DIARY OF A PRIVATE INVESTOR

Just the ticket for stable income

GO ON, admit it. We love to complain about our public transport systems wherever we might be living. Even if they are the best of the breed, they are still never quite good enough.

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Casinos: The house always wins, but the investor may not

IF YOU think of casinos as indoor theme parks for adults, then you probably won't go too far wrong. But instead of rollercoasters and spinning teacups, the thrills that casino customers are likely to experience are slot machines that could, if they are lucky, spit out buckets of change, or howls...

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A spoonful of medicine to grow your wealth

I GET disappointed these days when I can't find a little pill or a gritty ointment that could be used to treat an ailment that is giving me problems. It doesn't happen that often because there seems to be a cure for all known germs. 

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Healthy profits, returns for hospital stocks

HOSPITALS are a bit like hotels, except they don't leave a piece of chocolate on your pillow at night. That might seem a little facetious. But, essentially, hospitals are places where people rent a room or a bed space when they are unwell and check out when they feel better. During their stay,...

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Putting some power into your portfolio

AT THE press of a button we expect our lights to come on and our air cons to start delivering a stream of cool air to make our lives a bit brighter and our living conditions a bit more pleasant.

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Insurance for your portfolio

HAVE you ever wondered what it means when we buy an insurance policy? Is it simply about making a bet as to whether something awful might happen? For instance, when we insure the contents of our homes, is it a wager with an insurer on whether we might be burgled? There is, perhaps, some truth in...

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Brokers that can make you rich

IT SEEMS the only time that many of us will ever contact our brokers these days is when we have a problem. It could be because a dividend payment that we were expecting has gone astray. Or it could be that our broker has made a mistake with our trading fees.

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Why the defence business makes for a defensive play

WAR is not something that anyone likes to think about or get involved in. Most of us, I am sure, would much prefer peace. I know I would. Consequently, investing in the trappings of war can make some people a little uncomfortable. Nobody wants to profit from the misery of others.

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Airports: a flight to safety?

AIRPORTS can be quite exciting places. A trip to the airport could mean that we are about to jet off to somewhere glamorous. Airports can also be quite comforting places. It could mean that we have just come back home from a long trip to somewhere exotic. But whether we are jetting off or...

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How income investors cope with volatile markets

AS January goes, so goes the year. Be warned. That old stock market adage is likely to be repeated time and again this year, as pundits try to get to grips with share-price volatility in the first trading month of 2019. If the final couple of trading weeks of 2018 is anything to go by, stock...

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The dividend investor's naughty and nice list

IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We won't have chestnuts roasting on an open fire and we won't have Frosty the Snowman - it's much too warm for that in Singapore. But Santa Claus will still be coming to town. And in the case of, us, dividend investors, it could...

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Picking through stock exchange dividends

IS the market too expensive or could it be too cheap? Many investors will probably have a view, one way or another. Those who think that shares are too pricey might want to sell. Those who think that valuations are reasonable might want to buy. But there is a group of companies that probably...