Portfolio review: October 2018

I’m writing this portfolio review off the back of a pretty horrendous week for my portfolio. The markets have been weak all round and I’m sure many investors will have suffered losses, but with my focus on high quality growth stocks I’ve been hit particularly hard. It’s the worse week I’ve had in quite a few years. At times like these I think it’s important to accept your losses rather than regret them and to look forward to the opportunities and risks ahead. This review gives me the opportunity to take a step back from the carnage and focus on ensuring my portfolio and strategy are well-equipped for what might be coming next.     Continue reading

Portfolio Review: July 2018

My portfolio has finally resumed its advance over the last quarter, though the performance has not quite been spectacular. I’ve slowed down my portfolio turnover over the last quarter and am hoping that this small shift in strategy is going to suit the current market volatility a bit better.  Continue reading

Portfolio Review: April 2018

It’s time for another quarterly review. The last few months since the last review have followed on in a similar vein  i.e. volatile and only marginally ahead of the FTSE. I would expect my strategy to perform less well in more volatile periods, so being marginally ahead of the FTSE is a small comfort. Though as always the point of the review is be critical and look for ways to improve. Continue reading

Fund manager benchmarking

I’ve now been tracking the performance of my portfolio for three years. Lately, I’ve been doing a bit too much agonising over recent mistakes and worrying about possible impending market doom and whether my strategy will weather different conditions. So to lift my spirits and put things into perspective, I’m going to pour myself a whisky and compare my performance so far against some of the professional fund managers I follow for investment ideas.

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Portfolio review: November 2017

It’s time for another quarterly portfolio review. Overall, the performance of the portfolio has slowed considerably over the past three months and has become a little more volatile. I’m hoping this drop in performance is temporary, but there’s been a strong run since last summer and it might be unrealistic to expect that sort of performance to continue. I’m hoping extending my coverage to US and European stocks may provide some additional firepower.
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