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Is Paypoint Worth a Punt? Great Financially But Does It Have A Future.

Whenever I run stock screens to try and find new shares worth investing in, Paypoint always seems to pop-up. The company has great Returns on Capital, strong Free-Cash Flows and a Bullet Proof balance Sheet. But the one thing that has always stopped me from investing in the company is the unknowns about its future i.e. the implications of its business model in a cashless world. Paypoint is retail payment processor that allows customers to pay utility bills, pay council house rents, buy lottery tickets, top up the credit on a mobile phone and send money to other people via its terminals which are found in local shops. The Financials […]

Lindsell Train Investment Trust (LTI) Full Portfolio Breakdown – UK, Global and Japan Equity 1

The Lindsell Train Investment Trust has had a remarkable run over the last 10 years. Over this time, it has produced gains of just over 400% or 16% per annum. This is simply amazing. It is no wonder the investment trust is trading at a 15% premium to the value of shares it holds. If you think a 15% premium is crazy, just over a year ago it was trading at a 60% premium. The performance of the LindsellTrain Investment Trust and its exceptional returns haven’t gone unnoticed and I have had a number of readers contact me asking what individual stocks the fund holds. As such, I have done […]

Shire Stock Purchase – The Importance Of Low Dividend Yield and Fast Growth In A Portfolio

Regular readers will know that I have been a big fan of Shire as of late. The company has fantastic growth, a pipeline that is envied by other biotech’s and a management team that is astute and rational. The best part about Shire is the valuation with shares trading hands at a P/E of less than 13. When a company looks attractive, I always ask myself ‘is there something I am missing? Is there something that I am not seeing that is making investors trade the stock at such a cheap valuation relative to its peers.’ With Shire, I think the answer is that investors are overlooking this stock due […]

10 Cheap Stocks To Buy Using Different Valuation Metrics 4

Everybody loves to spot a bargain and investors scouring stocks are no different. But what many new investors fails to understand is that there is a difference between shares which are ‘cheap’ and those which offer genuine value. To help in identifying undervalued stocks, there are a number of ratios to look at. In this article, we will see which shares are cheap based on P/E ratios, PEG ratios and Price to Book ratios 1. Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) P/E Ratio = current share price / earnings per share If Company A currently has a share price of 100p and is forecast to generate earnings per share of 20p […]

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Stock Purchases – Pound Cost Averaging My Way In To This Healthcare Giant 1

When I first decided to become a dividend growth investor, GSK is one of the first stocks I looked at. The company met the criteria beginner investors should look for. Namely, GSK has strong Free Cash Flow, a bullet proof balance sheet, good returns on capital (12%), strong returns on equity (15%) is an easy to understand business,has stable and predictable growth, has economic moats in its consumer business and it pays a hefty dividend. What also swung me to looking at GSK was the number of income fund managers holding this stock in their portfolio thus showing that the company is highly regarded in the wealth management world. The […]

SSE Stock Purchase: Utility Shares Are For Yield and Inflation

Inflation has been non-existent over the past few years. As recently as 18 months ago, the inflation rate was 0%. But this is all changing and inflation over the past few months has jumped to 2.3%. And it is set to rise further as the weak pound, following the Brexit vote, makes imports more expensive for us to buy. With inflation returning, now is a good time to start thinking about buying into assets that will protect the value of money as the cost of living increases. Utility companies are a great way to protect against inflation as the prices they charge are regulated and linked to the Retail Price […]

What Stocks and Shares Should Beginner Investors Buy – 8 Factors To Look At 2

When it comes to modern day investing advice, the majority of newbie investors are given the advice of sticking their money into a low cost index fund such as the FTSE100 or S&P500. THE rise of passive investing has been great for the individual investor as it means they can get wide diversification for low cost with a single purchase. The low cost is the key part and that is why passive indexes have outperformed the more actively managed and more expensive mutual funds. If you are an investor with no time, can’t tell the difference between a balance sheet and profit and loss account and don’t want to do […]

Which Royal Dutch Shell Shares To Buy To Avoid Paying Dividend Withholding Tax – RDSA Vs RDSB

There are a number of companies that are dual listed i.e. there stocks are traded in different countries. For the biggest companies, the price of the stock is usually the same on the two or more exchanges the stock is listed on. One might think that it does not really matter on which countries exchange you buy the stock. But as an individual investor, it is imperative you buy a stock you are after on the right exchange – by this I mean buying the stock in the country with a lower dividend withholding tax rate for instance. Let’s take Royal Dutch Shell for instance. It is a dual listed […]

Burberry (LON:BRBY) Shares Sale : When A Stock Is Overvalued Sell

Having gone years without selling out of a position, it feels odd writing about my second share sale so quick after my first one. Making my second stock sale all the more remarkable is I didn’t think it would be Burberry. Since initiating my position in Burberry back in July 2016, I imagined that I would be holding these shares for years and years – even though I didn’t see it as a legacy position. Whenever I make a stock purchase, the company I am investing in either has to be a serial compounder of wealth or it is fundamentally undervalued. The biggest opportunities for large returns are by buying […]

Brickowner – A review of how investors can invest in property with little money.

In the UK, we love our property. Many individuals here understand property better than any other asset class. It is no surprise that the buy-to-let boom which has taken place over the past couple of decades has minted many millionaires. And it will continue to mint many more. The only problem with todays would be property investors is that it is too hard to save for a deposit and even if you do, you will normally be financially outmuscled by someone with an existing buy-to-let portfolio. Thankfully for small investors like myself property crowdfunding exists. Property crowd funding allows individuals with little capital and minimal knowledge of the property sector […]