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I trade... a few times per year
I tend to buy... after much research
I hold for... years
Diversification is ... essential to reduce risk
Long term buy and hold strategy based on the patient accumulation of quality dividend paying stocks when considered to offer good value.

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As part of our research when assessing prospective share purchases it is important to look at trends in certain key figures and ratios across a number of years. In particular, dividend investors are usually keen to see a history of increasing dividends per share over several years as this gives some confidence not only that the company has been performing well, but also that dividends…

I have written before about the potential merits of investing in a portfolio of high yield shares, both for those in the wealth building phase and those seeking an income from which to live. But in my view the success of the strategy will lie more in the ability to identify sustainable and growing income streams which can be the most difficult thing to get…

With the FTSE climbing to close at 6,625 last week I am finding it much harder to find those tempting purchases at the moment. I notice however that G4S (LON:GFS) has fallen back around 20% over the last couple of weeks which has pushed it into high yield territory, something which I don’t recall happening very often for this particular company. So that has got…

Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA, LON:RDSB) usually needs little introduction. It is one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, originally formed in 1907 through the merger of Royal Dutch and Shell Transport and Trading, although the two companies only formally unified into a single holding company in 2005. Shell is now the largest company on the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of…

There’s nothing more beguiling than a cheap looking share. And in times such as these, where we have seen prices of shares on our watch list rise well above where we hoped to achieve a favourable entry point, the allure of such apparent bargains becomes more powerful. That is human nature I suppose. If I went into the supermarket tomorrow to find that my favourite…

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H & T (LON:HAT) trading update looks good:H&T is pleased to announce that the strong trading performance of the first half of the year has been maintained. The gold price has also remained broadly in line with the first half which benefits the Group's pawnbroking scrap and gold purchasing segments.As a result, we expect that our full year profit before tax will be above current…

Hi Paul, Regarding Zotefoams (LON:ZTF) It's a pity that the company omitted to put a footnote in, stating what it believes the range of market expectations actually is. More companies are doing that now, and it's extremely helpful to investors - especially private investors, who often don't have access to broker forecasts. Stockopedia shows a consensus broker EPS forecast of 15.2p for calendar 2017. So…

Hi Paul, quick question. On CPR you say "...There are lots of creditors over 12 months, which would need more investigation before I would consider a purchase." How would one go about this? Call the company, look in last annual report? I'd be grateful to hear from anyone on how they would unravel a query like this? Initially, it's best to look in the last…

Re: Carpetright (LON:CPR)I don't think it is true. Surely the 'underlying' profit does actually include the losses (or very low profits) from these stores?Paul is largely correct.Taking a very simplistic example of a store losing £200k per annum with 5 years remaining on the lease. It does an onerous lease review and books a £1m provision on its balance sheet. This "one off" £1m charge…

Firstly, whilst it may be correct in accounting terms to show that RBG have 0 net debt, is this a little disingenuous when they actually have 60+ long leases on their books that presumably have no break clauses - so effectively these act like long term loans with quarterly payments in advance (albeit I guess there will be turnover aspect to this)?It's probably better to…

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