Diary of a Private Investor

We are halfway there…

…let’s hope we’re not living on a prayer! Despite a poor June, I am pleased to report a first half portfolio gain of 24.54% versus a FTSE All Share (my benchmark index) gain of 3.33% which makes for a nice graph: From what I can make out, it seems that many other private investors have […]

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When opportunity knocks

Back on 5th May I commented on two of my special situation holdings; Hurricane Energy (HUR) and IQE (IQE). I doubt I could have picked two holdings with more diverse fortunes in the weeks that have followed. Hurricane Energy (HUR) Previously I wrote, “Shareholders continue to wait for the promised Competent Persons Report (CPR) and/or […]

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Two keepers and the one that got away

Happy Friday everyone! Without wishing to tempt fate while there are still a few hours trading to go before markets close but this week looks set to deliver my largest portfolio gain of the year so far. Sometimes market exuberance can be a wonderful thing so long as one is able to find a chair […]

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Risk, Style and Special Situations

Regular readers will be aware that over the past couple of years, the focus of this site has moved away from individual stock commentary, towards a greater emphasis on portfolio management. In short, I am trying to build and manage a resilient portfolio that provides adequate risk management while delivering an annual absolute return in […]

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Q2 Rebalancing Update

In my last article I highlighted some rebalancing I had planned for my portfolio, including dividend reinvestment. This brief article provides an update on those changes along with commentary: Bioventix (BVXP) – top sliced. This remains my largest holding but I felt it prudent to top slice in order to lock in some of the […]

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines – Q1 2017 Portfolio Review

The Headlines – Overall, my portfolio is up by 11.51% since the start of 2017 (including reinvested dividends) – I currently have 32 holdings of which 22 are profitable positions and 10 are running at a loss, year-to-date (excluding dividends) – A total of 116 trades during the quarter. However, this is a little misleading […]

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Bull Market or Bubble?

Since the start of the year I have been pondering this question, are we in a sustainable bull market phase or are we seeing a market bubble that is about to burst? Several investors I follow on Twitter have been talking of moving funds into cash or shorting US shares and indices. Paul Scott, via […]

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Quality and Sustainability

Since the beginning of the year I have become hooked on the weekly blog article written by the (anonymous) Naked Fund Manager and published on Research Tree. It really feels like he wants to help private investors understand some of the considerations of professional fund managers so that we can apply them in our own […]

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