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How I’d retire early on a passive income from UK shares with just £50 a week

Peter Stephens
·3-min read
Hand holding pound notes
Hand holding pound notes

The stock market crash has highlighted the short-term volatility that passive income investors can experience when holding UK shares. However, over the long run, the stock market has the potential to deliver impressive returns that can lead to a surprisingly large nest egg.

Through building a diverse portfolio of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares with solid financial positions, an investor could purchase small amounts of stocks regularly to retire early on a growing income.

Diversifying across UK shares to reduce risk

Diversification may not be the foremost consideration for any investor when investing money in UK shares. For example, they may be more interested in return prospects or earnings growth.

However, diversification can reduce risk and improve long-term returns. For example, a portfolio containing a small number of stocks is reliant on a limited number of businesses for its returns. Should any one of them experience difficult operating conditions that cause a fall in their share price, it may lead to disappointing returns.

By contrast, a diverse portfolio of UK shares is less reliant on any individual company for its returns. This may mean less risk, as well as a larger portfolio value in the long run that can deliver a more generous passive income.

Investing money in the best stocks

The stock market crash has highlighted the importance of buying UK shares with solid financial positions. They’re more likely to survive a period of weaker sales growth that can come along at any time without warning.

As such, identifying companies with solid balance sheets, low debt levels, and access to liquidity may be a sound move for any long-term investor to make. They may be less likely to fold under economic pressure. Also, they may be more capable of gradually expanding their market presence to deliver higher profitability as their peers struggle to survive.

Investing after the stock market crash

Investing money in UK shares after the stock market crash could be a logical means of building a retirement nest egg from which to draw a passive income. Valuations across the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are relatively low at present, due to weak investor sentiment. Over time, this is likely to change. Investors who buy undervalued shares today may be able to generate impressive returns that are ahead of those of the wider market in an economic recovery.

Even if an investor matches the FTSE 100’s 8% annual total returns, regular investing could lead to a generous passive income in retirement. For example, a £50 weekly investment at an 8% return could be worth as much as £325,000 over a 30-year time period. From that, an annual passive income of £13,000 could be drawn on to supplement the State Pension.

Clearly, investing more money in UK shares for longer could lead to a higher portfolio value and a larger income. However, the example serves to show that buying a diverse range of high-quality companies for the long term can improve an investor’s prospects of retiring early.

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