Tag Archives : Portfolio Management


Investing Requires Patience and A Long Term Mindset

There is only one way for individual investors to win – to increase our time horizons. I have written about this before here and here. Go have a read of these posts to understand why. The underlying reason is that most professional money managers have short term targets. If they don’t show good performance on a quarter by quarter basis, money leaves their funds and they no longer collect their juicy performance fees. That is why many ‘professional investors’ buy stocks that will do well for the next quarter but not necessarily ones that will do well over the next 12-24 month. That is why active management gets outperformed by […]


January Stock Market Purchase – Patience and Time In The Market

We are already a month into 2019! Can you believe it? Time seems to be flying by. I don’t even know where the last 30 days have gone. When we left the markets last year, stock prices were falling across the board as recessionary and trade fears kicked in. But much of that has been abated for now. And with the US federal reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, coming out and saying that he won’t raise interest rates as fast as many expect, stock prices began to rally. Whilst the markets have moved up this month, there were still many attractively priced stocks. Not as many as December but there are […]


You Shouldn’t Care About The Short-Term Oil Price.

“The oil price is falling, should I sell my BP stocks.” This was a question I received via email from a reader of the site. The reader further went to ask “ Where do you think the oil price is headed? I fear that it is going lower and I should sell my BP shares.” My simple answer to this is simple, I don’t care what is happening to the oil price at the moment – even though the price of crude has dropped by about 20%. It might shock you to learn that I am not an avid follower of the oil market even though close to 15% of […]


Should I Hedge Currencies In A Portfolio?

One question I have been receiving regularly is whether investors should hedge currencies in their portfolio. This question has become increasingly important since Brexit as the value of the Pound has seemed to gyrate heavily over the past two years. The simple answer as to whether I hedge currencies is No. If I were to hedge currencies in my portfolio, a question I would ask myself is how would I do so? Should I base it on the currency of the country in which the companies are listed? This obviously would not work. There may be no connection between the country in which a company is listed and its area […]


Shire Share Sale – Takeda Acquisition Leads To High Debt and Withholding Taxes

Regular readers on this site will know that I have been a huge fan of Shire stock over the last year. I constantly wrote how cheap the shares of the company were and made purchases at regular intervals using my monthly stock purchase programme. Even though I first bought Shire shares when they were trading close to current levels back in April 2017, I used my monthly stock purchase programme to average down on the stock as it kept falling. As I kept buying the shares at lower and lower prices, my average price paid per share of Shire was £33. At this price, I was adamant the company was […]


Averaging Down On A Stock Requires Mental Strength And Conviction 
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I have made it no secret that I like to buy shares when prices go down. Just like you would get excited for when those trainers you were admiring go on sale, I feel the same when it comes to shares in quality comes. When prices go down, I am able to buy more shares for the same amount of money. And more shares mean more dividend income. If prices go down further from the point at which I made my investment, I would be inclined to add to this position. Just look at my investment in Shire PLC. I first initiated a position at £44 a share. After my […]


ISA 2018/2019 – Strategy, Saving The Full Amount and The End Game

It’s the 6th of April which means only one thing, the beginning of the new tax year. This makes me excited as it means that I now get another £20,000 to add to my stocks and shares ISA. And if you are not excited about this it’s because you do not fully understand the concept and the great benefits that an ISA possesses. If you are someone like me who wants to achieve financial freedom at a relatively young age, an ISA is the way to go. In essence, an ISA is a legalised tax heaven for the average person like you and me. You are able to earn dividends […]


March Monthly Stock Purchase – Perseverance and Temperament are Key To Investing Successfully

2018 has so far been a dreadful year for the UK market with prices dropping 7.2% year to date. This UK has been the worst performing developed market in 2018. Whist they have been several profit warnings for London listed companies, part of the fall in UK shares has been due to a market de-rating. Many companies in the UK market are trading at discounts when compared to global peers of similar quality. Just look at Royal Dutch Shell trading at a discount to Exxon Mobil, BAT trading at a discount to Altria and RB trading at a discount to Church and Dwight. This is why it is an important […]


Fidessa Plc – A Takeover Approach Of An Increasingly Rare Serial Compounder Of Wealth 1

This past week Fidessa Plc – a company I have been buying shares in via my monthly stock purchase programme – received a takeover bid from Temenos for a total value of £36.467p a share. The shares in the company consequently shot upas a result of he takeover bid and are now trading at £38; a price above Temenos bid price. The reason for the shares shooting higher than the bid price is due to heavyweight investor Elliot disclosing an increased stake in Fidessa implying that the current takeover price undervalues Fidessa. Elliot normally gets what they want – just look at how Qualcomm increased their bid for NXP semiconductors […]