Herewith my letter. There is much more I could have added but letters have to be brief. Of the UK bank lending to business, over 80% is for construction with over 80% of that construction being in London and over [...]
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To become more independent in making your own investment decisions and being comfortable of the risks being taken and the possible outcomes.
You may already have an existing portfolio, or, wish to start for example, by creating your own SIIP or ISA. I wish to work with people as closely as possible, depending on location and availability, to assist creating your preferred portfolio and by using my own investments as an example.
We can discuss and suggest a choice of stockbrokers or an investment manager to purchase or sell securities on your behalf.
I believe in being as independent as possible with my own investment decisions to provide a return on any investment held. The rules and regulations for financial service companies are many and are going to increase. Thus being able to discuss the best way of using their advice or services before signing up to their service contracts and fees could prove to be a useful step.
I hold 58 individual stocks in a diversified global equity and bond portfolio. This includes large and small capitalisation companies, government and corporate bonds, investment funds, commodity ETFs and a venture capital portfolio of early stage companies. I use the UK stockbroker Charles Stanley & Co. on an advisory basis. The holdings are held directly through my CREST sponsored membership account or Charles Stanley nominees for the ISA, SIPP or overseas holdings. Hornbuckle Mitchell are my SIPP providers and again Charles Stanley provide the investment management function on an advisory basis.
I maintain a growth and income strategy with a medium risk profile. Although the VC element is most certainly high risk.
Criteria, structure and purpose
My overriding requirement is: have the companies paid their dividends? Are they still businesses with a future or a fund invested in decent companies?
Equity investing is a long-term type of investment. Trading is something else – short and long strategies. Keep looking and researching, take profits or build-up cash if you get frightened. Learn about people and their habits and histories. Apply some philosophy and psychology, and hopefully, with some help and luck, run a profitable portfolio.
My aim is for both income and capital growth. I have an appropriate dividend yield of 5.2% (excluding my SIPP) which is part withdrawn and partly re-invested. I prefer to receive dividends than share buy-backs and the resultant EPS increase as a physical return of cash to my bank account helps me pay bills. Therefore, choosing companies that maintain dividends in volatile markets is important. I research and build-up knowledge of these reliable companies in a number of industries, not just utilities, telecom or pharmaceutical. New areas of technological advancement and these types of stocks tend to end up in my VC or SIPP sections of my portfolio.
The CREST and ISA sections are for use now and the VC and SIPP is for later use basically. I use my ISA allowance each year and contribute yearly to the SIPP.
Portfolio performance (Approx)
The above is more important.
From the market lows of March 2009 where I was showing a -20% loss of the total invested. I then returned +40% in total invested during 2009 along with many others in the strong market rebound that followed. 2010 was about +14% YTD. In 2011 I was pleased to manage a +0.1% YTD return considering the volatility in markets throughout the year. Although this was helped by a large (paper) gain in a VC investment which secured funding from a large multi-national company at a much higher price than the previous round. So basically in 2011 it held its own value in capital terms with income of 5.2% which I withdrew about 90%.
During this period especially from August 2008 into 2009 I was in about 40-30% in cash dropping to 25-15% in 2010. In 2011 I maintained about 9-12% in cash. High cash levels although (supposedly) safe effects performance when there’s no interest being made.
Share thoughts: The ones that got away
There’s always the ones that get away and you wish you had bought or held on to. Mine are: Renishaw, Weir, Rotork and Halma – which I’ve had and even bought at markets lows during 2009 and then selling later in 2009 or 2010 as the market recovered. Yes, I made a profit on these investments, but as they are good British exporting companies with global sales, I should have held them. They are on my watch list again. Wish to discuss more? Please make at date.
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Recommended reading and websites
The Financial Times, The Economist, New Scientist magazine, Moneyweek and occasionally Investor’s Chronicle or share magazine.
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