Diary of a Private Investor

Diversified Income Shares

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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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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Shuffling the Pack

One of my lessons from 2016 and therefore, a resolution for 2017 was to trade less often. So here we are less than 3 weeks into the new year and I have already made 19 trades (9 sells and 10 buys). I decided to write this article to try and explain my rationale, as much […]

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Six of the Best Takeover Targets in 2017

I am concluding this seasonal “Six of the Best” series with a little fun. Which UK listed companies might be acquired during 2017? I would never invest in a company solely because it might be a takeover target and ordinarily, I don’t pay too much attention to this aspect. However, post Brexit, with the pound […]

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Six of the Best Income Shares in 2017

Continuing this seasonal “Six of the Best” series, today I’ll be looking at high yielding income shares. For investors seeking primarily income, six shares is not enough of course because diversification is the key to running a true income portfolio. Indeed, I have over twenty shares in my own diversified income portfolio. However, I do […]

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Six of the Best Investment Lessons from 2016

Seeing as I have a bit of spare time over the holiday period, I decided I would write a mini-series of “Six of the Best” articles, starting with my most valuable investment lessons of the past 12 months. Overview I began the year building a broader portfolio around 3 core investment strategies; (compound) growth, (focused) […]

From over 40% cash to fully invested – at last!

Regular readers will recall that I have been 40% + in cash since shortly before the Brexit vote and subsequently stated that I would remain so until after the US election – this is very unusual for me because I am usually fully invested most of the time. As chance would have it, I was […]

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Portfolio Restructuring

As stated in recent posts, I believe we are entering a period of high uncertainty and volatility, not just in the UK stock market but also the EU, US and currency markets. Frankly, I am not smart enough and neither do I have sufficient time to trade this volatility successfully. Therefore, I have decided to […]

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