Category Archives : Practical Advice on Investing

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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 […]


Merchants Investment Trust – When Reasons For Owning A Stock Change Time To Sell 2

My very first stock sale. It feels really weird considering I made my first stock purchase in 2015. I’m glad to say I have remained inactive over the past 2 years amidst all the investing volatility. But alas I had to act. Just because i am a buy and hold investor doesn’t mean i should sit on my hands when my investment thesis changes. I sold my shares in Merchants for a profit of just over 6%. As I have only held the stock for 4 months, the annualised return for my purchase is 18%. Not bad id I say so myself. To put it simply, I sold Merchants Trust […]


Estee Lauder (EL) Share Purchase – Wonderful Companies Deserve High Valuation Multiples

Those familiar with my investment approach know that one of my key philosophies is to buy shares trading at a Price to Earnings ratio of under 20. Simply put, I do not like to overpay for stocks. It may thus come as a surprise that I purchased shares in the Estee Lauder company (NYSE:EL) whose shares trade at a P/E ratio of 24. No, I have not lost my mind! Neither have I thrown my investment thesis out f the window. Rather, I have bought shares in Estee Lauder due to its high returns on equity (ROE). To understand the concept of Return on Equity, have a look at the […]


Imperial Brands (IMB) Stock Purchase – The Value of Sin Stocks 4

The value of owning sin stocks cannot be denied – research has shown that investing in sin stocks generate higher returns. From 1900 through 2012, tobacco stocks delivered annual returns of 19.7%. From the end of WWII through 2012, alcohol stocks delivered returns of 11.5%. Since the creation of The Standard Oil Trust in 1882, the average integrated oil company has delivered 12% annual returns. If you remove tobacco, alcohol, and energy from the U.S. stock market from 1926 through 2012, those 10% annual average returns that you hear about become 7% annual returns instead. Over a half-century long investing life, the difference between 7% and 10% is the difference […]


Legal and general (LGEN) share purchase – Insurance, Asset Management and Alternative Finance

Along with house builders and traditional banks, Insurance companies have felt the full force of the ‘Leave’ vote The biggest firms in the sector, like Aviva, Prudential and Legal & General, have all seen there stock prices tumble in recent weeks. To most, a share price decline is a terrible event, but to me, share price declines are opportunities to buy more shares in the companies I like at discounted prices. Since starting my dividend portfolio over a year ago, I have wanted to diversify my holdings in order to get exposure to some financial services related stocks. Banks to me have always been out of the question as they […]