Category Archives : Investing Theory

A list of articles on the theory of investing. Articles that give you the knowledge on how to invest. Looking at the Invest Money tab to find out what to invest in.


Power Of Compounding Money Illustrated – Best Motivation To Start Saving Money Today 2

Let’s face it, saving money is hard. If it were easy, everyone would be able to do it effortlessly. We are conditioned to spend money today instead of saving and investing it so we can have more money in the future. For many people, savings must be forced. One way of doing this is by automating your savings so that 10% of each paycheque goes directly into your savings account. Whilst this is a great method to build up your savings account, I don’t like saving and investing money to be forced upon someone. I want people to actually want to save money. I believe that if people learn about […]


What Different Jobs Can Teach You About Investing

As investors, we often make the mistake of only concentrating our reading towards the fields of finance, business and economics. This is a huge mistake as it is more productive to read around one’s field than in one’s field. By learning about different fields of work, you increase your worldly wisdom as well as look at the bigger picture. With this in mind, these are some things you can learn from others professions. Biologist: All environments change, and the best protection against those changes is the ability to adapt. Gambler: Bet when others think the odds of success are low (that’s where there’s big payoffs) but be able to survive […]


Fear Of Missing Out – Investors Worst Nightmare

One of the biggest detractors to investment performance is FOMO or Fear Of Missing Out syndrome. This is when you make an investment, whether it be stocks or any other asset, simply because you do not want to miss out on the possible gains it makes. You do not want to miss out on the gains therefore you buy something out of fear of missing out as opposed to being rational and looking at the numbers. Buying assets just because you fear missing out on the gains does sound stupid but it occurs more often than people like to admit. It happened in the dot-com bubble where people were investing […]


3 Things To Look In Shareholder Letters

Most investors today tend to ignore annual reports. They are more content with analysing financial data from Morningstar or Stockflare than that in the raw form from annual reports. There is nothing wrong with this but it is important to remember that these fast financial data sites do not contain all the information found in an annual report. For one it doesn’t include any small print or strategy information. For another, it doesn’t contain shareholder letters. It is imperative for any serious to have a look at the shareholder letter of a company they want to invest in or are already invested in. These letters give a broad overview of […]


Warren Buffet on Consequences of Trump Tax Policies – Will Lower Taxes Increase Profits?

Ever since Donald Trump got elected as the president of the United States, there has been constant chatter in the corporate world about the US reducing its corporation tax rate. President Trump wants to reduce the corporation tax rate in the US to 15%. This is music to Wall Streets  ears  as it would mean more money flowing in to the pockets of investors. As a result of reduced taxes, stocks have began to price in more profits by rallying higher. But the question is, does a reduction in taxes  lead to increased profits or does it lead to lower prices for consumers? That may seem like a silly question […]


Investing Is More About Emotional Control Than Technical Skills 1

One question I keep getting asked is ‘what is the most important skill to have as an investor.’ Many people think the answer is something technical like great analytical or quantitative skills. But the answer is much more simple than that; in theory. The most important skill in my opinion is the ability to keep your emotions under control. The ability to keep your head in check when the world is going mad. The ability to think rationally. All the great investors, from Buffet to Templeton to Munger to Klarman understand this and that is why they are truly great. In down markets, they keep their cool by not selling […]


10 Different Types Of Competitive Advantage / Economic Moats To Look For To Outperform When Investing 4

When it comes to investing, most analysis is based on quantitive data. Investors look at things like the balance sheet strength, profitability figures and valuation ratios. Whilst the numbers of a business are key to figuring out its financial health and how it has historically performed; you need to look at its strategy to see where it is going in the future. You need to assess how the company makes its money to see if its profitability figures are viable going forward. You need to evaluate the quality of a business to see if it is worth investing in over the long term. In economics, mean reversion is the theory […]


I Bought More BT Shares – Averaging Down On Your Existing Stock Position 1

BT threw investors a curveball this past month by stating that its Italian business is facing an accounting scandal which has caused the company to write off £530million. Whilst the headlines around the company were focusses around the Italian scandal, BT also reported a deterioration in the outlook for UK public sector and international corporate markets. This has sent shares crashing from 380p to 300p; a drop of over 20%. Readers of this website will know that I first initiated a position in BT in the summer of 2016 for a price of 397p. I subsequently topped up my stake through my monthly stock programme which brought my overall holding […]


The 5 Models To Know If You Want General Worldly Wisdom – A list by Charlie Munger 1

Charlie Mungers philosophy on worldy wisdom is one of the best articles I have ever read. For anyone looking to be better than average, both in a stock picking sense and a wordly intellectual sense, I urge you to read the full article below. I would even go as far as bookmarking this page and having a re-read of the article every once in a while. It is that good. Below is a summary of the piece but do read it in its entirety to appreciate the full wisdom Charlie Munger imparts. Models to to learn for general worldy widsom: Mathematics – basic arithmetic and algebra, decision trees and the […]


Let Capitalism Set You Free – Move from Employee to Owner

There seems to be an ever increasing tide of bias against capitalism. People are increasingly becoming of the view that capitalism doesn’t work. But what they don’t realise is capitalism has allowed people on benefits today to have a better quality of life than the richest man on earth 100 years ago. Think about this for a second. When capitalism took over communism as the default world economic mechanism we saw an unprecedented amount of technological and productivity improvement. Without capitalism we probably wouldn’t have cars, planes, mobile phones, the internet, costa coffee or much else that we love. When people talk against capitalism, they don’t mention the benefits it […]