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4 Factors To Consider Before Investing In A Consumer Staples Company

When Jeremy Siegel and Jeremy Schwartz were doing research for the book The Future for Investors, they wanted to find the best performing stock from the original 1957 version of the S&P 500[i]. What they found wasn’t an exciting technology stock, or a behemoth oil company, but rather a simple consumer stock: cigarette maker Philip Morris (now called Altria Group). What’s more, Siegel and Schwartz found that 11 of the top 20 long-term performers came from the same boring economic sector: consumer staples. And Jeremy Siegels findings were not an outlier. Consumer Staples companies – those that sell essential repeat everyday products such as food, beverages, tobacco and household items […]


Billionaire Charlie Munger On How To Get Rich Through Investing 1

One of my favourite investment thinker and theorist is Charlie Munger. And if you have read any of his investment pieces or listened to any of his interviews, you would understand why. Mr Munger is a stern believer that an investor would be better served by focusing on better quality businesses, even if the price were higher, because those businesses could be held for decades, continually churning out cash and profits for the owners. This level of thinking rubbed off on his long-time business partner, none other than the legendary Warren Buffet, and led to Buffet acquiring stakes in quality companies such as Coca Cola and shunning the “cigar butt” […]


A Letter From Warren Buffets Grandfather – The Importance Of An Emergency Fund

In personal finance circles, one of the most important actions an individuals should take is to build an emergency fund. This is the money set aside for a rainy day. In is good practice to build an emergency fund before you even start to think about investing. Read the below letter from Ernest Buffet – Warren Buffets grandfather – to see how important an emergency fund is to your financial and psychological wellbeing. Dear Fred & Catherine:   Over a period of a good many years I have known a great many people who at some time or another have suffered in various ways simply because they did not have […]


Why Stocks Are The Best Asset Class To Own

There has long been a debate about which asset class is the best to own. The discussion around property vs equities is particularly interesting. But in my opinion, there should be no discussion for long term investors as equities (stocks) are the best hands down. Looking at historic returns, equities have historically outperformed all other asset classes returning 9% per annum whereas property only returned 5.7% per annum. So why do equities outperform all other asset classes? The main reason why equities produce higher returns is due to equities having the unique ability to compound in value in a way that investments in other asset classes cannot. The explanation for […]


Investors Need To Understand Accounting – Warren Buffets 1982 Shareholder Letter

It seems that most investors today are oblivious as to the language of accounting. They would rather look at headline figures presented in financial media than actually dig through an annual report. Even famed investor Terry Smith once mentioned that analyst – the people that are paid to scrutinise a companies performance – don’t usually read a full set of accounts. But if you want to be an investor in individual stocks, it imperative that you learn the language of accounting. The accounts give you the clearest picture of a business and where it is headed. The accounts can show you weather a companies earnings are real or if they […]


The Wealthy Do Have A Secret – They Know How Money Works 2

Many Britons – everyday people working to build a comfortable life – assume the “rich” have a magic formula or some sort of secret. It seems they know something about “how the world works” that the rest of us don’t. If the average person could just figure it out, they’d be wealthy, too. They’d live with less stress, more time, and more money. And money, after all, gives you the freedom to do what you’d like to do. Money allows you to buy your freedom form the rat race. What I found out from reading hundreds of books, studying countless articles and listening to numerous podcasts is that the rich […]


Take These Steps To Enjoy A Tax-Free Retirement

The thought of being hit with hefty taxes when you enter you reach retirement is a bitter pill to swallow. But there are ways to legally reduce taxes in your golden years. You can actually generate a six figure tax free income if you start planning early and make use of the tax wrappers and allowances that are available. Here are a 5 steps to consider if you want to have a tax-free retirement. Step 1: Personal Allowance The first allowance to make use of is the Personal Allowance. Anyone earning less than £100,000 a year can earn £11,500 tax-free. In essence this means that the first £11,500 you receive […]


Best way to Teach Kids about Money, Business and Personal Finance Using Videos Made By Warren Buffet

Every responsible parent knows the importance of teaching their children about personal finance. If kids can learn about the importance of budgeting, how money can make even more money, the power of passive income and the power of compounded returns at a young age, they are sure to go through life on a steady financial grounding. The problem is most children are not interested in the finance related topics at a young age. They hardly like maths and english at school and I don’t think the subject of personal finance would be any different. The Best Way To Teach Your Children About Money – Secret Millionaires Club The best way […]


What Different Jobs Can Teach You About Investing

As investors, we often make the mistake of only concentrating our reading towards the fields of finance, business and economics. This is a huge mistake as it is more productive to read around one’s field than in one’s field. By learning about different fields of work, you increase your worldly wisdom as well as look at the bigger picture. With this in mind, these are some things you can learn from others professions. Biologist: All environments change, and the best protection against those changes is the ability to adapt. Gambler: Bet when others think the odds of success are low (that’s where there’s big payoffs) but be able to survive […]


Women Should Control Investing and Savings Decisions In a Relationship 2

Traditionally men have looked after a family’s saving and investment decisions. But in recent times, this has changed with women becoming more financially savvy. And the is great news for household finances. There is a good reason why women should control a households savings and investment accounts; they live longer and provide better returns. Women Live Longer Than Men Studies have been conclusive in showing that women on average live longer than men. And because of this, the majority of assets in retirement accounts are going to be controlled by women who outlive their husbands.. The trouble currently is many women who are approaching or currently in retirement have no […]