Hello, Share Divers. Allow me to take a break from my latest list of more speculative shares and remind you about the worthiness of a successful Footsie giant. My choice today is one of the few big index members which is holding up rather well in spite of the Brexit chaos...
Hello, Share Sifters. One of my all-time Footsie favourites, Legal & General (LGEN) is growing even bigger. And so I rather fancy will the share price. Ok, in the first six months of this year, underlying operating profit did not improve by much - 5% to £909 million - but that was partly due to pumping more dosh into digital technology which will serve the company well in the future.
Hello, Share Chisellers. Mostly I suggest you look at small-cap and penny shares. But every portfolio needs a few ’safer’ stalwarts to keep an even keel. One such company for me is Legal & General (LGEN). Now, most insurance companies have seen their share prices bloat in the last year or so and that happy trend continues.
Hello Share Scribblers. You don’t need me to tell you that the world is becoming a more volatile place - including geopolitics, but also in the likes of weather and fire hazards, as in the case of Grenfell Tower.
Hello Share Creepers. We really do love it, don’t we, when one of our babies boosts its profits? Not its revenues, which oft mislead, but the real, honest to goodness, operating profits.
Hello Share Turners. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a fan of insurance companies. They seem to be the one arm of the financial industry which is really coming along. Firms like RSA (RSA), even with its massive PE ratio, and Admiral (ADM) are paddling forward nicely in the river of capital returns and juicy dividends.
Hello Share Smashers. With the Footsie once again pushing into a new all-time record, it is perhaps time to re-visit an old favourite of mine.
Hello Share Splashers. There are several well-worn maxims in Shareland which happen to be true. One of the best in my humble experience is ‘the trend is your friend’. Simply put, this is a share which has been rising for a few days continuing to rise. Just as a company which is doing badly continuing to see its stock tumble.
Hello Share Twiggers. For the last few trading sessions, I’ve been looking at jolly good companies where the stock has been oversold in the wake of Brexit and various other unusual situations. Today I bring before you Legal & General (LGEN). The massive insurance company made a slow but sure recovery after disaster hit financial stocks in 2008. Consequently my post-crash investment increased by 200%. Then things suddenly went a bit pear shaped.
Let me know if you can find a sector more opaque than the insurance sector. In too many years of pacing through corporate reports I cannot think of a sector that consistently bamboozles even experienced analysts with all sorts of anachronistic terminology.
Hello Share Surfers. I’ve had a very expensive October. And we’ve still got the cost of Christmas to come. But we’re about to begin the fab led Santa Rally and it’s not a good time of year to sell shares. Not in my view, any road.
Hello Share Trundlers. My main current reason for buying shares in insurance companies is that they are set fair to take advantage of the ever-improving financial situation, following the now long-gone credit crunch of 2007/8.
Legal and General (LGEN) shares are trading at 243.1p on a PE ratio of 16.1 and a yield of 3.82%. The company is well known as a provider of insurance and other financial services worldwide.
At 236p after the interim results to June; despite the government’s abolition of the compulsory annuity rule in exchange for tax relied on such contributions, the market still seems optimistic about dividends and earnings for Legal & General (LGEN).
Hello Share Munchers: Insurance outfits have taken a pounding over recent months. Mostly, it's because the government said people could take cash sums out of their pensions when the time comes to retire. They expect people who've been saving all their working lives to take the opportunity to blow the lot on a new car, boat and so on. That's the way I read it, anyway.
Hello Share Tinklers: Shares in insurance companies are pretty volatile. You never know where you are with them. I hold stocks in two high profile companies the old Royal Insurance Company now RSA (RSA) and Legal and General (LGEN.).
Hello Share Fans: You have probably been watching all these horrible pictures of homes under water in the south and west of England.
Hello Share Folk. Because we find penny share action quite exciting – they can go up a lot and fall (just as dramatically) in one day – we tend to forget that big money can also be made with Footsie giants.
The Legal & General (LGEN) share price is at the top of its game and the top of its trend pathway. It has risen 55% over a year in which the FTSE100 rose by only 16%. That gives scope for the share price to fall back again on profit taking.
The great issue surrounding insurance has been, as with the banks, one of capital adequacy: do they have enough capital to sustain and carry out their contractual obligations? That has been an overriding preoccupation for European insurance industry regulators. But regulation and the things that are regulated are as a moving feast or moving goal posts on unlevel playing fields. Most recently, the regulators have been worrying about those insurance companies that have been giving guarantees to customers. One recalls what that kind of thing did to an even once older insurance company, the late and august Equitable Life, which was ordered by the High Court to pay up on promises made contractually. It has been made known that a small number of insurers are under the regulatory eye in that respect.
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