The next top 10 shares
by Peter Switzer
Two days ago, I promised to look at my second top 10 stocks for my portfolio. Excuse me for being old fashioned but I like to get rich slowly, which means I don’t get too many rude shocks when asset prices endure a crash of 2008 proportions.
My underlying strategy is to buy great brand name companies that generally pay healthy dividends. History shows that if you look at the long-term rewards from shares, around 50 per cent of those returns come from dividends.
Therefore, it makes sense to buy shares with a great track record of paying dividends. If you decided to do the opposite, you would have to select companies with enormous capital gain potential and that would mean you were treading down a riskier, get richer or get poorer fast path!
- Commonwealth Bank
- Rio Tinto
- Woolworths or Wesfarmers
- Coca-Cola Amatil,
Now, I know there were eleven, in fact, 12 if you count the double choice of Woolworths or Wesfarmers, but I can’t help over-delivering!
Nine more make 20
Now for my next 10. Here I will try to get some more balance into the portfolio but I am still driven by dividend. Remember this, if I can average around four to five per cent for dividends, then that’s like the average return from having your money in safe, fixed deposits. With shares, however, you have the added benefit of potential biggish capital gain.
So here they are. Remember I have already given the 11th, which is the first stock in my second top 10 and that was Coca-Cola Amatil. Now for the rest:
- David Jones
- Foster's Group
- GUD Holdings
- IRESS Market Technology
- Newcrest Mining
- Macquarie Group.
Generally I go for big names, but for the sake of dividends I have thrown in GUD, IRESS and Monadelphous as the guys at Lincoln Indicators, who were on my Sky News Business Channel show this year, have identified them as good, solid companies, which are good dividend payers.
Some big names such as News have been left out because of low dividends and some good speculative stocks such as Fortescue miss out on a dividend and absolute safety factor.
Also some great dividend payers such as Shakespeare McMillan and IMF could make my next ten but they don’t pass the big brand test. They are, however, good, small companies.
Keep an eye out
So, there it is, my top 20 for now. Remember, you can do the old 'buy, set and forget' strategy and you can do OK but it’s ideal to review your portfolio from time to time and rebalance it as share prices, dividends and other changes happen.
Best of luck with your share playing and let’s hope for a great year on the market in 2010.
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Published on: Thursday, December 17, 2009blog comments powered by Disqus