|How low do you go?|
Sometimes low is good. Low cost, low fat - that sort of thing. And limbo dancing, of course.
But when the yield on one of your investments gets too low - that's another matter. Particularly if the reason is that the price has risen.
A low current yield means - if you are a DIY Income Investor - that your money is not working hard, but is figuratively messing about on the beach. Time for action.
My own yield threshold is pretty high. I like new investments to improve on the portfolio average (currently running at 5.6%) and I get very nervous when any of them falls below 4%.
So, to paraphrase the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch sketch, 3% is right out.
Believe it or not, I don't spend all day checking my investments, but when I looked at the yield on my holding of iShares EURO STOXX Select Dividend 30 ETF (which I bought in January 2013) was shocked to see that the yield on this Sterling version of the ETF has fallen to just over 3% (according to Bloomberg). The weakening Euro has contributed to this price trend.
Much as I am committed to dividends, ETFs and diversified investing, this is just not good enough and I have sold, netting a modest 23% capital gain.
I still plan to remain invested in worldwide dividend ETFs, using yield as an indicator of potentially unpopular locations.
[Sale price: £16.34]
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