The new strategy of buying more Exchange Traded Funds (currently 43% of the portfolio) is working in one sense: not a lot of attention is required - but not in another: the price trends are slow (and at the moment not all that favourable, it has to be said).
So a bit of positive 'market action' has cheered me up a bit.
The big riser today is Berkeley Group (LSE:BKG), with the publication of its latest Annual Accounts. The profits of this up-market house builder are reported to have shot up in 2014 and their management have reiterated its very investor-friendly dividend policy.
I bought a bunch in early September 2014 and then topped up later in the month when the price sagged for no obvious reason - producing a compelling 7.8% yield, although I couldn't understand the reason for it at the time.
My 'sell' signal - for those readers who do not already know this by heart - is when the capital gain exceeds five times the forecast annual income. I have this set up in my portfolio spreadsheet, which I can update automatically at the click of a button. Today the indicator for BKG hit 5.5, telling me that it is OK to take a profit now. (I'm not saying that the price won't go up further - just that I allow myself to sell; otherwise I have to keep on holding.)
Selling these two fairly big holdings today (in different family accounts) has yielded a profit of around 40% in about 9 months - a performance I wish I could achieve more regularly!
This purchase and sale is almost a 'textbook' example of what the DIY Income Investor portfolio is all about: using high yield as an initial indicator for finding good companies (or fixed-income securities) when their prices are depressed (and thus their yields are high) and selling them when the price recovers.
Almost as simple as painting by numbers....
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