Thursday, 7 December 2017

Choosing a Broker

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Running a DIY portfolio is tough. You have no-one to blame but yourself on your choices of investment (more about that later).

But one area you can tackle fairly simply is minimising the operating costs of the portfolio - by choosing the right share-dealing broker, which can save you hundreds of pounds a year.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

So, You Think You Know What You Are Doing? (Portfolio Sales)

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Not much action on the DIY Income Investor portfolio recently, apart from a couple of sales (which I'll come to), meaning that there is a lot of cash sitting around idle...

But before I do any more investing, I need to check that I know what I am doing: I'm even less confident than I used to be.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Income Portfolio Using Cheap 'Tracker' Funds

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The Daily Telegraph has published an interesting article about using cheap 'tracker' funds to create an income-oriented portfolio.

Over time, I have sought to automate and diversify the DIY Income Investor portfolio by using Exchange Traded Funds, which are a cheap and easy way to 'buy' a (fairly) sustainable income, as well as accessing world markets.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Risky FTSE100 Dividend Shares?

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The DIY Income Investor likes shares that pay dividends - effectively investments that pay you an income while they (hopefully) go up in value.

And what could be safer than buying shares in the biggest dividend-paying companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange?

Buyer beware! Big is not always beautiful.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Only Connect! (Portfolio Buy)

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The election and Brexit have helped to knock Sterling and the Stock Market sideways - although the DIY Income Investor portfolio (which is quite international) has perked up in the last few days, hitting record values, at least when measured in Sterling.

As part of the recent flurry of deals, I have gone for something more UK-based - using the usual 'painting-by-numbers' approach.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Resourceful? (Portfolio Buy)

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Boredom is a great problem for the DIY Income Investor.  2017 has generally been quite tedious, with not much to do with the portfolio but watch the money roll in - apart from the occasional 'sell' when something has increased enough in value.

But come April and the new ISA and SIPP season and there are new choices to be made. And there is always the temptation to 'try something new' rather than add to existing holdings...

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Cashing In (Portfolio Sale)


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After a couple of months of doing nothing, the DIY Income Investor portfolio is getting a little more active. With the new Financial Year, I have several bits of admin to do, including topping up ISAs and SIPPs.

Bottom line: moving money around between different accounts - and also cashing in some winning investments.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

My Favorite Dividend Share (Portfolio Buy)

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Over the years I've held many different securities in the DIY Income Investor portfolio. Most holding come and go, falling out - that is the nature of the portfolio: buy low (with a high yield) and sell high (with a low yield).

But some (a very few, it has to be said) shares seem to be perennially yo-yoing up and down - as well as having an attractive yield.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Worth The Hunt? (Portfolio Sale)


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After a couple of months of inactivity for the DIY Income Investor portfolio there has been some movement. 2017 has proven to be a very slow year so far, in terms of performance, and I am mainly just sitting tight waiting for the tide to change.

But one of my 'sell' rules has just clicked into action, so I have cleared out a non-performer.