A strong rebound in stockmarkets from the pounding shares received at the end of 2018 catapulted the Money Observer model portfolios firmly back into profitability during the first quarter of 2019.
Most of us like to holiday abroad at least once a year, in search of something different or more exciting. Increasingly, income-seekers are also inclined to venture overseas, where they can now choose between a variety of equity income trusts.
Constructing a diversified portfolio that is well-placed to weather storms and take advantage of future bright spots is no mean feat. That is where Money Observer’s 12 model portfolios aim to help investors reach their financial goals.
The ability of investment funds and trusts to provide investors with a regular and growing income is often underrated. Many investors still regard them as a way of accumulating capital, rather than as a means by which they can use capital to supplement their income. Yet for many of the 2019 Money Observer Rated Funds, income generation is one of the primary objectives; and historically they have proved they can deliver.
Four years ago, we asked how much an individual would need to invest in order to generate an annual income of £10,000 from corporate dividend payments. Rising yields have allowed us to reduce the amount each year and still meet the income objective, but 2018 proved a stiffer test and requires some explaining.
TR 1 year 11.4%, 3 years 75.8%, yield 0.5%
Income-seekers should proceed with caution amid growing headwinds – a mature economic cycle, rising interest rates, the withdrawal of fiscal stimulus and a return to financial market volatility.
“There has been a significant search for yield over the past few years, and as we’re nearer the end of the investment cycle than the beginning, the risks associated with a hunt for income have increased,” says Justin Oliver, deputy chief investment officer at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management.
The UK equity market lagged international stock markets in the first half of 2018, and it was the same story in the third quarter, with the FTSE All-Share index posting a loss of 0.8 per cent. In contrast, the FTSE World index returned 6.2 per cent in sterling terms.
While the underperformance of UK equities may whet the appetite of more contrarian-minded investors, as far as our model portfolios are concerned, it was a big factor behind eight of the 12 falling short of their relevant FTSE UK Private Investor index benchmark in the three months to 1 October.
Markets shook off a rocky start to 2018 to return to form during the second quarter – and propel the Money Observer model portfolios firmly back into the black.
All 12 of our portfolios beat the relevant FTSE UK Private Investor index benchmark during the three months to the end of June – some by as much as 3.5 per cent. That saw them recoup losses incurred during the volatility that pervaded investment markets in the first quarter of the year – and then some.