Sunday 18 December 2011

A Random Walk though 'Income' Portfolios

You may have heard of Burton Malkiel as the author of the best-selling book 'A Random Walk Down Wall Street', popularising the Random Walk theory of the stock market - the basic message being that the markets are (pretty) random and trying to forecast them is pointless. The answer to this randomness lies in diversifying your portfolio between different asset classes.

In a new article in the Wall Street Journal he sets out his thoughts on portfolio mix for the future.

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Portfolio Buy: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT)

As always, I continue to be on the lookout for good new dividend-paying shares for my High Yield Portfolio. These high-yield shares form Level 6 on the DIY Income Investor Income Pyramid).

Inmarsat plc is a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, providing data and voice connectivity to end users worldwide.

Thursday 8 December 2011

10% Yield!

A 10% yield is a big yield for any small investor. It is also too much and indicates that the market perceives significant risk. But locking in a 10% yield for 10 years is an attractive option.

So, how risky is 'risky'?

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Prepare for Retirement!

Preparing for retirement should be the main long-term goal for the DIY Income Investor - preferably retiring early!

To me, 'retirement' means having the income to do what you want - but also will probably require you to live 'sensibly' (aka modestly).

However - in the UK at least - the trend is going the other way, with retirement becoming more and more fraught with financial difficulties.

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Portfolio Buy: Morgan Sindall (LSE:MGNS)

In my continuing search for good new dividend-paying shares for my High Yield Portfolio (Level 6 on the DIY Income Investor Income Pyramid), I have recently purchased Morgan Sindall Group. MGNS is in the UK construction sector, specialising in infrastructure, affordable housing, 'fit out' (for offices and shops), urban regeneration and property investments.