I am bashing out this blog as a result of a conversation with a mate which was along the lines that he finds it hard to hold things for the long-term and tends to bottle it at some point and end up selling when a decent Profit has built up; but often this might not be the best approach. Even a bit of a numbskull can figure out that if you continually sell Stocks after making perhaps 40% Profit, you will never ever get gains of 200%, 300%, etc., which are the ones that really transform your overall Returns.
Buying high quality Stocks and then holding them for long time periods has many advantages and of course many drawbacks. The benefits are really around ease of execution and low activity; which of course can lead to lower Dealing Fees and costs, and effort around selecting Stocks and general Portfolio Management activity.
I often think of subject matter that is way too short to justify its own blog, yet at the same time far too long to just send out via a Tweet and also I would like to store such stuff in the Website Archives so it can be retrieved by anyone who wants it; and of course with Tweets they tend to be quite ephemeral and soon lost in the River Twitter. On the basis of that, I am envisaging that this blog will cover a few possibly unrelated subjects but at least they get captured in ‘black and white’ electron imagery for the future.
Stay in control of your Position Sizes
This is something I see so often and I know I have fallen into this trap many times myself in the past. It’s a very simple concept where we buy into a Stock, and we quite like it, and we give it perhaps 4% of our Portfolio and then we leave it to do its stuff. Then it turns out that this one is a real beauty and it keeps steadily pushing higher and after a period of time we find that it has grown to be much larger and could even be up to 12% or our Portfolio or more. If we have a very focused Portfolio with maybe just 10 Holdings or something, then a Stock like this could easily grow to be 20% or more.
This Interview was previously published on Michael’s excellent ShiftingShares website and he has kindly agreed that it can sit on both our sites. He has many quality interviews on his website and make sure you pick up a copy of his FREE ebook – there is a link at the top of my ‘Weekly Performance’ page. You can find Michael’s website here:
I have had a link to this Interview sat on my Homepage for ages but I am quite confident a lot of Readers won’t have noticed it and that is probably even more true for people who are new to this whole WD silliness. So it seemed a good idea to create this as a Blog so it sits in the Archive and people can go back to it if they fancy another dose at any point in the future.
I am extremely grateful to Michael for providing this Guest Blog and making my life easier this week, which has also enabled me to make very good progress on the Stock blog I am working on. I am sure most Readers will already know of Michael as these days he is a huge celebrity in the Private Investing and Trading world with regular articles in Investors Chronicle and SharePad etc.
Michael has a Website and if you go to the ‘Weekly Performance’ page on WD1 you should find an image of his FREE eBook and if you click on that you will be taken to his site. The book is well worth reading and of course I am biased because I was involved in the latter stages of proof-reading and tweaking it. You can find him on Twitter as @shiftingshares.
So big THANKS to Michael for letting me share this with WD Readers and I hope you all enjoy it.
A few months ago I produced a series of Checklists to be used when Buying particular kinds of Stocks and then some while later it hit me that I ought to produce one for those very high risk, often loss-making, start-up type businesses on AIM that I avoid on the whole but occasionally I will buy into one. Before getting stuck into this particular one, here are Links to the other ones I produced – in fact this is the final one but it has Links to the others:
I have felt for some time that Readers are struggling a bit with how the WD Websites are structured and this makes it hard for them to find stuff. I have realised this from comments people make and this has driven me to try to explain it simply via a Blog so Readers can get a lot more out of the Sites. I know people dislike the layout of the Websites changing so I promise I will not change how they are structured very much and if I ever do make some significant changes, then I will try to explain them very well. At the time of scribbling this I do not foresee any such changes (to be honest it is a pain in the backside for me as well so I am in no rush to change stuff !!).
My plan is to put a Link to this Blog near the Top of the Homepages so Readers can quickly refer to it if need be and of course any new Readers should find it useful.
The ‘working title’ for this Blog when it was just a mere whisp of an idea in the WheelieBonce was ‘Only the Inexperienced Panic’ but the more I thought about it the more I felt this was a bit insulting and in reality we all panic but there are ways we can reduce such episodes and I wanted to talk about how to do this.
As usual with my Blogs, a lot of the ideas just come out of thin air and no doubt my Brain is triggered by something which seems unrelated that I then twist (probably much too far) into a topic loosely related to Investing !! My inspiration for this one came from the icon Thomas Weekes on ‘Misfit Garage’ on Discovery Turbo when he came out with the line, “My old daddy used to say, only the inexperienced panic”, and that cemented the thought in my head.
This Guest Blog has been kindly sent to me in order for Readers to see what Journal.Investments are providing in terms of a Website through which you can record information about particular Stocks in a structured way with various ways to analyse your performance and it is FREE to use. I first became aware of this perhaps a year ago and I have had various chats with the guys who run it with regards to how it can be shared with the wider community. It is now ready so feel free to take advantage. Having proof-read the text they sent me I have to say that it does sound a very useful tool.
I have no commercial relationship with Journal.Investments.
PS. You can find a copy of ‘The Art of Execution’ in Wheelie’s Bookshop if you are desperate to spend money.
This is a Guest Blog sent to me by Zoe Talent Solutions which discusses various aspects of HR management courses and skills. Also at the bottom they have provided me with an Infographic which has some useful information on it. You can get a Zoe Talent Solutions Human Resource Training Course here.
Please note I have no commercial relationship with Zoe Talent Solutions but I thought some WD Readers might be interested.
I am breaking all the well established ‘Rules’ of Blog scribbling with this one as I am going ahead without a plan and half watching the Lionesses in the Semi-Final against the USA which is very distracting (I am sure if I was watching the Men’s game I would be able to focus almost 100% on the Blog because it would be extremely dull as Men’s Footie often is).
I got the idea for this Blog from a fairly new chap to the Markets who strikes me as very much in the early stages of trying to figure out what the hell is going on (don’t worry, you will always feel like that, even after 20+ years with the Markets forever throwing up new tricks and challenges) and getting drowned in the sheer Wall of Noise that just bombards us. It is by no means a Blog subject I have not written about before and I intend to include Links at the bottom to several related Blogs on the subject which should help understanding (oh boll*x, the US have just scored a second goal……).
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