Michael Murray

Michael Murray

Articles by Michael Murray

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

Beware a slowing market

Beware a slowing market

When the employment market is bloated, the housing sector is reaching its limits and the ‘boom is getting even boomier’, it’s time to batten down the hatches and look to the security of your investments

Don’t fall asleep at the wheel

Don’t fall asleep at the wheel

A rising market gives us all a false sense of security. But keeping a sharp eye on costs, fees and withholding taxes is essential for investors keen to build a healthy portfolio

Think like a winner

Think like a winner

If you take the time to investigate takeover targets, your rewards could be great

Lesson one: learn from your mistakes

Lesson one: learn from your mistakes

It takes time to become a master of the markets, but these ten resolutions can help you get there quicker

Brexit benefits of buying British

Brexit benefits of buying British

It sounds like madness, but there is no better time to invest in quality British property companies as shares trade at record discounts

Four resolutions to keep private investors flying high

Four resolutions to keep private investors flying high

Careful analysis and cutting out impulse decisions can lead to a profitable 2019 for investors

The case for the defence

The case for the defence

Low-risk, low-yield stocks suit many investors. If you go for high-reward cyclical shares, do your homework beyond the numbers

Steady UDG gets a clean bill of health

Steady UDG gets a clean bill of health

I held my nerve when UDG Healthcare’s share price plummeted, and the recent annual report vindicated my faith, with plenty of cause for medium-term optimism

Don’t be a duffer: make Ruffer a buffer for rougher seas ahead

Don’t be a duffer: make Ruffer a buffer for rougher seas ahead

The recession underlined the need to diversify our portfolios, and Ruffer Investment Company is designed to protect against the danger of a downturn in the markets

DCC: Catch this horse before it bolts once more

DCC: Catch this horse before it bolts once more

The current drop in DCC’s share price gives investors a golden opportunity to back one of the best performers of the past two decades

If inflation hits, quality bluechips are the best investment bets

If inflation hits, quality bluechips are the best investment bets

Price rises haven't been an issue for a decade or two, but nothing stays the same forever and it makes sense to buy your umbrella while the sun is still shining