Michael Murray

Michael Murray

Articles by Michael Murray

Keep finger on pulse of pensions

Keep finger on pulse of pensions

Potential investors should keep a close eye on a company’s pension scheme – and it is essential for savers to be alert about their own retirement funds

Tiptoeing through the retail property minefield

Tiptoeing through the retail property minefield

Retailers are particularly vulnerable to market disturbances, but a well-managed commercial property company can be a sound investment

Future for bank shares looks far from bright

Future for bank shares looks far from bright

There are enough star players in the Irish stock market to provide a healthy diversity of investment, but avoid the finance sector like the plague

Keeping your portfolio afloat

Keeping your portfolio afloat

While investing in whiskey is best left to the experts, when it comes to private equity investment, it is important to keep issues of liquidity in mind

Play the game but don’t get caught short

Play the game but don’t get caught short

In short selling, you need to be adept at spotting trouble, and be able to hold your nerve during the nail-biting wait for your target to tank

Beyond compare

Beyond compare

Before you invest in small caps, it’s wise to look at some key yardsticks to assess companies in the same sector

Eastern promise

Eastern promise

Irish investors tend to be homebirds, but indirect exposure to overseas markets can be highly profitable

Short and sweet

Short and sweet

Profiting from others’ misfortune appeals to some people, and short selling can be a lucrative enterprise – but it requires nerves of steel

Why property has a place in my portfolio

Why property has a place in my portfolio

Shares in professionally managed property companies can offer the patient investor a relatively risk-free option with good returns

Don’t bank on big returns with BoI investment

Don’t bank on big returns with BoI investment

Despite Bank of Ireland’s solid results, profit margins are being hit by technological disruption, regulatory squeezing and increased competition

Stay alert and don’t panic

Stay alert and don’t panic

A share price fall need not be grounds for concern. Careful monitoring will help you identify when to get in and when to get out

Diageo’s targeting of premium spirits market pays off

Diageo’s targeting of premium spirits market pays off

The drinks company’s shares have broken records in the past fortnight, but even in leaner times it has paid its many Irish shareholders a consistent and growing dividend

Time to face the brave new world

Time to face the brave new world

No investor is immune to losses in their portfolio, but you can minimise this by looking beyond the numbers at the sustainability of business models – and how they are handling the tech revolution

Cevian may bring new perspectives to CRH

Cevian may bring new perspectives to CRH

Far from fearing activist investor Cevian, CRH shareholders will likely see it as a real asset to the company

UDG Healthcare is in rude health

UDG Healthcare is in rude health

The former distribution business United Drug has moved into the far more lucrative and exciting area of specialist healthcare services, which means I’ll be holding on to my stake