Dividends Will Bring You Through the Stock Market Slump

THE WEEK: Grit your teeth through the market slump, says Morningstar columnist Rodney Hobson, all will come good in the end - especially if you earn dividends

Rodney Hobson 12 October, 2018 | 2:17PM

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As a long term investor I don’t fret too much about short term trends, so I don’t know how well I’ve done this week, or this month, or even this year. You can fret about these things too much. So you underperformed the FTSE 100 Index? Unless there is a lesson to be drawn for future trading, the information is of no practical use to you.

However, as I was asked by a follower on Twitter how my portfolio had performed in the year to date, I made the laborious calculation of listing all my holdings, number of shares held minus any I had bought in 2018, finding 31 December closing prices, calculating the value of my holding against the portfolio value now, adjusted for cash inputted into the account in the meantime.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Hays PLC106.80 GBX-0.37
PageGroup PLC357.60 GBX-0.67
Robert Walters PLC400.00 GBX-0.50
WH Smith PLC997.00 GBX2.26

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Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson  is a columnist for Morningstar.co.uk and author of several investing books, including The Dividend Investor and How to Build a Share Portfolio.

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