Category: Individual trade decisions

We are all gurus in a bull market, Obscure exchange listings, The other Future Generation Fund & Simpler times.

In a bull market like we have seen this year, it is easy for most investors to think they are quite talented. There haven’t been too many weak areas in the markets. Chances are, whatever your method is it is probably at least delivering very solid absolute returns. I must go back about two years to find a period that provided a slight test of investor’s nerves. It has led me to think of a couple of well known sayings in the market. Continue reading “We are all gurus in a bull market, Obscure exchange listings, The other Future Generation Fund & Simpler times.”

Tweaks to my portfolio, Asia, addressing the LIC discount & being boring.

Firstly, I will just go over a few changes to some holdings of mine I had mentioned in the past, or some relevant news updates.

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TWO LICs YOU WILL PROBABLY HATE.

Being a contrarian investor is easy, just find some stock ideas that are not popular. Doing it successfully is not so easy! I have been doing my own little experiments lately and getting some indication of investor sentiment anecdotally with a very small sample set, and I don’t think my boring investment style is that interesting right now in a raging bull market. Continue reading “TWO LICs YOU WILL PROBABLY HATE.”

2017 MEANS US SHARES OUTPERFORM EMERGING MARKETS, HIGHER BOND YIELDS, STRONG US DOLLAR, MORE VOLATILITY IN MARKETS. OR DOES IT?

It is funny how in early January we see so many articles in the media from pundits predicting how the various asset classes will perform over the next 12 months. For these couple of weeks in the year, suddenly it is critical that we form an exact 12 months view of various asset classes, with often precise end of year targets.

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REPORTING SEASON WRAP UP, BUT FIRST SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL LICs.

Please do not read these comments as advice for making decisions on the below stocks.

My financial goals and circumstances may be totally different to yours and my decisions could be totally irrelevant. And readers cannot be sure I have a clue what is going on anyway, or what my track record is!

 

Before I begin on some notes I made on some of my holdings (warning – this is a long post of individual stock comments), I thought I would just point out a link to an article about the latest offering from Magellan. Continue reading “REPORTING SEASON WRAP UP, BUT FIRST SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL LICs.”

TIME FOR GLOBAL ACTIVE MANAGERS TO OUTPERFORM & COMMON CATALYSTS FOR LICs.

Most investors probably have an inkling that active fund managers are not doing a stellar job when it comes to outperforming the S&P 500 of late. Sometimes a chart is worth a thousand words, and the above one ought to grab the attention of those with a penchant towards a mean reversion, contrarian and cyclical approach to their investing.

This post will predominately be for those that subscribe to the theory that active managers may be in store for some sort of return to favor over the next few years, and potential implications of this for some LICs.

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DOGS OF THE PORTFOLIO AND A REVIEW OF FY 2017, RECOMMENDED RESEARCH SOURCES.

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No harsh comments about the dog in the picture as he is a close friend of mine.

June 30 is often a time of reflection for investors and I thought I would sit down and do a quick self-review of the financial year gone by. As promised I went through and just noted the stocks that I have mentioned on the blog previously where I still hold, and picked out the ones that have looked shaky of late as at June 30. Continue reading “DOGS OF THE PORTFOLIO AND A REVIEW OF FY 2017, RECOMMENDED RESEARCH SOURCES.”