Diary of a Private Investor

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Let the madness begin!

The kids go back to school, the grown-ups go back to work and first half results season all begin in earnest next week. On an individual stock level I am happy with the positioning of my largest holdings and on a portfolio level I am broadly happy with the balance and diversification (there is clear […]

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Rebalancing Update Q3 2017

In my posts of 23 June and 1 July, I outlined the rationale for taking an overweight position in IQE and how I planned to mitigate that risk by flattening and broadening the remainder of the portfolio; adding more income and more conservatism, as measured by both volatility and market capitalisation. The main phase of […]

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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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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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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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Locked and Loaded

From an investment perspective, I am glad that 2016 is now done and dusted. My overall performance of +29.46% masks a very uncomfortable year in which I learnt many important lessons. In short, I got out of jail with a couple of big winners but I need to add more certainty and predictability. 2017 is […]

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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