What You Bought This Week: Aviva


LONDON -- One of Warren Buffett's famous investing sayings is "Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." In other words, sell when others are buying and buy when they're selling.

But we might expect Foolish investors to know that, and looking at what Fools have been buying recently might well provide us with some ideas for good investments. So, in this series of articles, we're going to look at what customers of The Motley Fool ShareDealing Service have been buying in the past week or so and what might have made them decide to do so.

Enormous yield
At number six in the latest "Top 10 Buys" is insurance group Aviva . (Based on aggregate data from The Motley Fool ShareDealing Service.)

In terms of capital growth, Aviva hasn't exactly been a stellar performer, with its share price down some 22% over the past couple of years.

Currently trading at a P/E of around 10, the company arguably looks like a great value. But earnings-per-share forecasts for 2013 vary so wildly -- anything from 12 pence to 58 pence -- that it's clear no one really has a clue what will happen and the company's P/E probably wouldn't be a reliable "buy" sign.

But one thing that may have attracted Fools is the enormous yield. At its current price of 357 pence, Aviva yields more than 7% -- more than twice the FTSE100 average and significantly higher than a savings account would offer.

Obviously, there's always a risk that a dividend will be cut, but with a strategic restructuring of the company proceeding well and chairman John McFarlane on record saying he's working to save the dividend, Aviva's payout seems safe for now, although it's unlikely to be increased in the year or two ahead.

A high-quality income share
If you already own Aviva and are looking for another high yield, then this particularly high-quality income opportunity might be for you.

Indeed, the company in question boasts a 5.7% dividend yield and impressed Fool analysts so much that they've named this share "The Motley Fool's Top Income Stock for 2013."

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