The Motley Fool

Here’s how I’d invest £500 per month in an ISA starting right now

Image source: Getty Images.

Congratulations, if you’ve decided to invest £500 per month in the stock market. Or, indeed, any other sum. Now looks a great time to be starting. Markets are at depressed levels, due to the economic impact of Covid-19. And history tells us buying stocks during challenging times like this can lead to stellar long-term returns.

You’ll pay no tax on those returns, if you invest using a Stocks and Shares ISA. You can put up to £20,000 in such an ISA this financial year. So how would I invest £500 per month, say, starting right now?

5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!

According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…

And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential...

Getting started

Opening a Stocks and Shares ISA is quick and easy. Also, share-dealing costs are much lower these days than they once were. This makes buying £500 of shares in a company reasonably cost effective.

I personally favour choosing individual businesses to invest in, as opposed to handing my money over to a fund manager. For one thing, I’m interested in businesses, accounting, and valuations. For another, I reckon no one cares about my money as much as me!

So, in getting started, I’d open a Stocks and Shares ISA, and look to buy shares in individual companies.

How I’d invest £500 per month

The world’s greatest investor, Warren Buffett, said in his 1993 letter to shareholders: “If you can identify six wonderful businesses, that is all of the diversification you need … Very few people have gotten rich on their seventh-best idea.”

Now, I wouldn’t be comfortable aiming for a portfolio with as few as six stocks. On the other hand, I think my levels of analysis, confidence and conviction would suffer, if I went much above 20. As such, over the course of the first year, making 12 investments of £500 in different companies would suit me well.

In the second year, I might add one or two new holdings. But only if they were businesses I really wanted to own, trading at compelling valuations. Otherwise, I’d continue to invest £500 per month in my first 12 picks, looking for the best value each month.

Wonderful businesses

I believe some diversification by industry and geography is sensible, but I reckon diversification for the sake of it is counterproductive for investment returns. I’d sooner buy a second wonderful business in one sector, than a poorer quality company in a different sector just for the sake of diversification.

What do I mean by a wonderful business? I’d look for companies operating in industries with good structural growth drivers. Within those industries, I’d look for companies with competitive advantages, such as powerful brands, valuable patents, high customer switching costs, network effects, and so on. I’d also look for strong management and balance sheets.

A great time to invest £500 a month

As I mentioned at the top of the article, if you’re looking to invest £500 per month in the stock market, now could be a great time to start. There are wonderful businesses trading at prices that haven’t been available for years.

These may be some of the best investments you ever make!

“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”

I'm sure you'll agree that's quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.

But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.

What's more, we firmly believe there's still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.

And right now, we're giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.

Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!

G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

Our 6 'Best Buys Now' Shares

The renowned analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.

So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we're offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our 'no quibbles' 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.

Simply enter your email address below to discover how you can take advantage of this.

I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.