Hello. My name is John Kingham and I’m the founder and editor of UK Value Investor. I publish a monthly investment newsletter for defensive and dividend-focused value investors. It’s mission is to provide investors with tools and information to help them build high quality, high yield portfolios.
Holding winners for longer and selling losers faster is a well-established rule of thumb for investors and traders alike. The idea is to offset the natural response of most people, which is to quickly sell winners (in order to lock in profits) while hanging onto losers for all eternity (in order to avoid locking in […]
For many dividend investors, the demise of Carillion was a disaster. Not only did their portfolios lose an important source of income, they also saw a permanent loss of capital. As usual, it’s easy to see what went wrong with hindsight, and in the August 2017 issue of Master Investor magazine I wrote about some […]
One of your primary goals as an active investor should be to extract as much educational value from each investment so that the lessons learned can be used to create additional financial value in the future. That’s why I always carry out a post-sale review as soon as I make the decision to sell an […]
Galliford Try is currently the highest yielding housebuilder with a dividend yield of 8%. That’s a very high yield, but is it enough to offset the risks of this notoriously cyclical industry? Neil Woodford’s team certainly seem to think UK housebuilders are in a good position. That’s partly because both major UK political parties have […]
Yesterday I published my investment performance review for 2017 and in it I mentioned my portfolio’s one-year performance since the start of 2017. That was a mistake. Maynard Paton pointed out that in my 2016 year-end review I said this: To be honest, I have gone off the idea of tracking one-year returns. I have […]
2017 was another year of above average investment returns in what is now a very old bull market. As with previous year-end reviews, I’ll review my model portfolio’s performance against its various goals as well as the performance of the individual stocks I sold in 2017. Here are the goals I’ll be measuring the portfolio […]
When I switched from “deep value” to “defensive value” investing in 2011, the first stock I purchased with the new approach was BP. Six volatile years later, this has turned out to be a mildly disappointing investment. That’s partly because of bad luck, but it’s also because I paid too much in the first place. […]
2017 is drawing to a close. I’ve already published my year-end FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 market reviews, so now it’s time to round up the most popular blog posts of the year. These are the blog posts that attracted the highest number of comments during the year, so hopefully there’s some correlation between how […]
As regular readers will know, I think many low-risk defensive “bond proxy” stocks are probably too expensive. Although I usually only talk about UK stocks, I thought I would take a look at two high profile examples of the bond proxy genre from across the pond: Coca Cola and Microsoft. I chose those two companies […]
Over the last 20 years, the performance gap between the FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 has been enormous. While the FTSE 100 has spent most of the last 20 years failing to beat its dot-com peak, the FTSE 250 has raced ahead. In fact it’s now almost three times higher than it was during the […]
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