Nifty Thrifty Portfolio
The concept behind the Money Observer Nifty Thrifty portfolio is based on the US Nifty Fifty – the 50 shares that investors flocked to in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before the market crashed in 1974. Unlike the Nifty Fifty, however, our Nifty Thrifty portfolio is built using far sounder investment principles.
Over the course of 12 months Money Observer columnist Richard Beddard picks 30 companies from the largest 350 UK-listed companies by market capitalisation, using an algorithm that assesses three key criteria: value, as measured by the earnings yield; profitability, measured by return on capital; and financial strength, measured by Piotroski’s F_Score.
The sole qualitative measures employed are to check that the portfolio is not over-exposed to a single market sector, and to exclude banks, insurers and investment companies.
The objective is to outperform a FTSE All-Share exchange traded fund over any five-year period. The portfolio is reviewed every three months in Money Observer. Shares held for a year are reassessed to ensure they continue to meet the criteria.
In the December quarterly update of the Nifty Thrifty portfolio the trading algorithm keeps faith with Afren (20 per cent gain after a year) and WH Smith (95 per cent gain). Five holdings – showing an average 28 per cent gain – get the chop. These are Euromoney Institutional Investor, ITE, KCOM, Reckitt Benckiser and SDL.
These five are replaced by Serco Group, SOCO International, Spirent Communications, TUI Travel and Ultra Electronics Holdings.
The portfolio values below account for stamp duty and the £10 dealing charge levied by our sister website Interactive Investor. The current valuations do not account for dividends, which are recognised when a holding is ejected from the portfolio.Clicking on each share’s link will take you to the Interactive Investor website where you can find more details about each company. The starting date for the portfolio is 1 June 2010.