Category Archives : Practical Advice on Investing

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AJ Bell Stock (LON:AJB) – Front Running An IPO

Last week, I applied  for shares in AJ Bell PLC at the Initial Public Offering (IPO). Normally I am averse to IPO’s. Empirical evidence has shown that IPO’s tend to underperform . Insiders who have more knowledge of the firm usually sell out at the top and this is why IPOs in many instances tend to underperform.  But with AJ Bell, I did not have the usual concerns that come with an IPO issue.  This is because the founder Andy Bell decided to keep his stock. Furthermore the IPO was only available to customers of AJ Bell that had an account as of 18 October 2018. And only 26.6% of […]


buildyourstax.com – Free Online Stock Market Simulation Game

I recently came across the website buildyourstax.com which provides a free online stock market simulation game. According to NGPF (the makers of the game), Stax is meant to teach students how to invest using an engaging, fast-paced game in which students will make 20 years of investment decisions in….20 minutes. Players can choose among stocks, bonds and index funds while also learning about the importance of having an emergency fund as “life happens” to them in this simulation. The game takes data from a real 20 year period this is really cool – it let’s you know which 20 year period after the game is finished. This allows you to see […]


Smithson Investment Trust Portfolio Breakdown – Terry Smith Holdings

The most anticipated investment trust launch of 2018 finally happened in the month of October. Investors will be hoping the trust will produce similar stellar returns to that of the main Fundsmith fund (holdings here). Even though Terry Smith won’t be the manager of the fund, the ethos of the Smithoson trust will be similar to the flagship Fundsmith Fund – Buy Quality Companies, Don’t Overpay and Do Nothing. What Individual Stocks are held in the Smithson PLC Portfolio? Smithson, like most investment trusts, only gives its top 10 holdings at any one time. As the trust is new, we currently don’t know the full 29 holdings in the portfolio. […]


Anne Scheiber – Secret Buy and Hold Dividend Millionaire

Today’s secret millionaire story comes from the vault. It starts all the way back in 1893, the year our secret buy and hold millionaire Anne Scheiber. Like most other secret stock market millionaires, Scheiber did not come from a family of means. In fact, her early childhood was worse than most. Anne grew up in poverty. Her father died when she was very young. As a result, she was forced to began to work in her teen years. Through sheer determination and graft, she saved some money, put herself through law school and began a career’ at Internal Revenue Service’ – the tax department of USA. Anne excelled at her […]


Phillip Morris (PM) Stock Purchase – The Best Performer Over The Past 100 Years

It’s a well known secret that one of the single best investments you could have made over the past fifty or sixty years was to buy and hold Philip Morris stock (LINK) . Had you invested $1,000 in the late 1960s, and continually reinvested the dividends along the way, then your holding would be worth roughly $7,000,000 + today. The sheer scope of those returns – compounding at a rate of about 20% a year – is unmatched by any other stock in the S&P 500. (Check the stock return calculator here – please note Phillip Morris was part of Altria (MO) before the 2008 spinoff). Credit Suisse published a report in 2015 […]


Phyllis A Stone – Secret Buy & Hold Dividend Millionaire

Phyllis A. Stone was a typical New Yorker. There was nothing special about her. She wore frumpy house dresses, drove a beat-up old Chevy Cavalier, lived modestly in a two-family house and frequented her local church. A friend of hers described her as “an average person and a lovely lady who was not at all ostentatious.” She was ordinary in all sense of the word, except, she had one astonishing secret. That secret would only be reviled upon her death. When Phyllis Stone died at the age of 91 in 2013, the beneficiaries of her will got a shocking surprise. Phyllis Stone was a millionaire. To be specific, Phyllis left […]


Secret Buy And Hold Millionaire Investors

When it comes to investing, evidence and concrete numbers are everything. Nothing beats the hard facts. It may be one thing for me to write about achieving financial freedom using dividend growth investing. But can this strategy work in practice. Does buy and hold investing work in the real world. Can you become a millionaire by simply buying and holding high quality stocks. The stories of everyday buy and hold investors will help answer these questions. If you pay attention to the news, you end up finding enough clues to uncover some of the secret stock market millionaires; the folks who weren’t watching Bloomberg worried about this quarter’s GDP growth, […]


Patience in Public Markets Is Key – Creighton’s and RWS Holdings PLC

A few month ago, I bought shares in both Creightons and RWS Holdings PLC. I bought shares in Creightons for 29.5p a piece and RWS for 374p a piece. Subsequent to my purchase, the shares prices of both companies fell due to poorly received trading statements. But I was calm. I knew the market had overreacted as it has done many times over the past 2 years. Creightons fell to19p. RWS fell to 350p The fall in share price for Creightons in particular baffled me. Creightons trading statement indicated that margins might be lower than expected due to having to outsource production due to business being better than expected. Yes […]