Portfolio Management

This section contains papers that discuss how to manage a collection of investments to meet an objective.


Title:        Tracker Problems    (published 2nd December 2014)

Author:    John Lander

Description:
Based on data published in The Sunday Telegraph on 25th January 2004, this paper identifies a key weakness in the performance of index tracker funds. The figures show a clear underperformance compared to the index they attempt to track.


Title:        Lifting and Balancing Your Investments   (published 2nd December 2014)

Author:    John Lander

Description:
Share certificates have been largely replaced by either full CREST membership for some investors, or for most private investors by nominee accounts. This paper identifies a number of disadvantages with nominee accounts, which investors should balance against their convenience. Note that while the legal position is as stated in the paper, the practices of individual brokers do vary. For example, some brokers do allow nominee account holders to vote for or against takeover bids.


Title:        Penalties of Nominee Accounts

Author:    Eric Chalker

Description:
Share certificates have been largely replaced by either full CREST membership for some investors, or for most private investors by nominee accounts. This paper identifies a number of disadvantages with nominee accounts, which investors should balance against their convenience. Note that while the legal position is as stated in the paper, the practices of individual brokers do vary. For example, some brokers do allow nominee account holders to vote for or against takeover bids.


Title:        Controlling Investment Risk

Author:    Jim Shoesmith

Description:
The Aldenham SIGnet Group held a very interesting meeting on Thursday 18 th August 2005. A key focus of the meeting was “How do you control investment risk? The points raised were so fundamentally sound and useful that they deserve a wider audience, hence this article for the website; the aim is to highlight the key points rather than to provide in-depth coverage.


Title:        UK Equity Income Unit Trust Holdings   This paper is restricted to members only

Author:    Harry Ivey

Description:
This final note in the series considers how to secure an assured stream of dividend income from UK shares, preferably rising but at
least not falling year-on-year, by “following-the-leaders” ie. by copying the leading investment fund managers in the investment business.