December Stock Market Purchase – Inverted Yield Curve and Panic

December has been all about the yield curve. The yield curve is a curve on a graph in which the yield of fixed-interest securities is plotted against the length of time they have to run to maturity. A yield curve is almost always upward sloping, a sign that the economy is functioning properly. In short, …

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What I Learnt In 2018

2018 was an extraordinary. It was intense for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most significant of which is that I believe it’s the year that our attention reached full saturation causing every smallish piece of news to feel like it’s both world-ending and totally-not-a-big-deal-and-maybe-not-even-true, all at the same time. We now live in a …

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Donald and Mildred Othmer – Stock Market Millionaires Club

Donald and Mildred Othmer were a couple like any other from Omaha. Except they had a secret. They both knew Warren Buffet when he was starting out and had the foresight to invest their money into his partnership. The rest as they say is history

Smartpolak interviews MG

About a year ago, a reader of the site (Pawel), who runs the Smartpolak and smartroman websites got in touch with me via the contact form on the site. He had just come across the concept of Financial Independence and was intrigued by the concept. Pawel was in touch to say how much he enjoyed …

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AJ Bell Stock (LON:AJB) – Front Running An IPO

Last week, I applied  for shares in AJ Bell PLC at the Initial Public Offering (IPO). Normally I am averse to IPO’s. Empirical evidence has shown that IPO’s tend to underperform . Insiders who have more knowledge of the firm usually sell out at the top and this is why IPOs in many instances tend …

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buildyourstax.com – Free Online Stock Market Simulation Game

I recently came across the website buildyourstax.com which provides a free online stock market simulation game. According to NGPF (the makers of the game), Stax is meant to teach students how to invest using an engaging, fast-paced game in which students will make 20 years of investment decisions in….20 minutes. Players can choose among stocks, bonds …

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Smithson Investment Trust Portfolio Breakdown – Terry Smith Holdings

The most anticipated investment trust launch of 2018 finally happened in the month of October. Investors will be hoping the trust will produce similar stellar returns to that of the main Fundsmith fund (holdings here). Even though Terry Smith won’t be the manager of the fund, the ethos of the Smithoson trust will be similar …

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November Stock Purchase – Drawdowns and Mental Strength

November was not a month for the faint-hearted. Stock markets across the world fell due to macroeconomic tensions. Growth stocks in particular were severely hit. The leaders of the current bull market – Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (which I bought), Facebook and Netflix – were all down close to 20%. And when these stocks get hit, …

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