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How I’d invest a spare £500 before the Stocks and Shares ISA deadline

With £500 to invest before the Stocks and Shares ISA deadline, this is the approach our writer would take to put his money to work. The...
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With the annual ISA deadline just a couple of weeks away, like many investors I have been thinking about my investments. If I had a spare £500 right now, here is how I would invest it before the Stocks and Shares ISA deadline.

Long-term passive income streams

I would put at least some of the funds into shares I reckoned could pay me passive income in the coming years.

For example, tobacco company Imperial Brands currently has a dividend yield of 8.6%. The company benefits from owning a range of premium brands, such as John Player Special and Lambert & Butler. That gives it pricing power, so it can use price increases to help offset falling volumes as smokers quit the habit. The company has also been developing a range of non-cigarette tobacco products. So although I do see declining cigarette use as a risk to both revenues and profits, I think this passive income generator may be able to keep paying dividends for years to come.

I also would think about putting some of my £500 into financial services provider M&G. Like Imperial, the company currently offers a dividend yield of 8.6%. I think the long-term demand for investment products should be strong. That could help M&G maintain a steady stream of profits to help fund its dividend. One concern is the risk of customers leaving it for a competitor. But the company reported a net inflow of client funds last year and was confident enough about its business to raise the dividend, albeit only fractionally.

Growth focus

I could also use some of my ISA allowance to buy growth shares.

One I like the look of at the moment is retailer JD Sports. After an 11% fall in its share price over the past year, I think JD Sports now offers me a compelling growth story at an attractive price. Demand for its offering of casualwear and athletic products is likely to remain robust. The company has a proven retail formula. Rolling that out in new markets and building its presence in countries where it already operates could allow it to keep growing. Its most recent revenues and profits both set new records. The withdrawal of government stimulus in the key US market could hurt sales. But with an eye on the future, I see JD Sports as a long-term growth story to tuck away in my Stocks and Shares ISA.

Another UK growth share I would consider buying for my ISA is beaten down online retailer Boohoo. It has seen double-digit percentage annual sales growth in recent years. Even though supply chain issues threaten some of its sales, it said the past year also delivered double-digit sales growth. Cost inflation is a threat to profits, but I think the company will be able to overcome that with time by increasing its prices. Even after a recent rally, this penny share is over 70% cheaper than it was a year ago.

Beating the Stocks and Shares ISA deadline

£500 is enough to let me invest in more than one company. That diversification could help me reduce the risk to my ISA if one of the shares I buy does poorly.

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Christopher Ruane owns shares in Imperial Brands, JD Sports, M&G and boohoo group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands and boohoo group. 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.





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