One of the unexpected, yet without doubt most personally beneficial, side-effects of me starting the whole WD thing many years ago, is how I have met up with loads of wonderful people, such as Ian Shadrack (@IanShadrack on the Tweets) who it turns out lives just a short distance away from me in Windsor.
WD Readers should be pleased to see that Ian has kindly provided me with this Guest Blog which is certainly worth reading through, and if you like, Ian can offer a free 30 minute chat about how you can get the most from your finances. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian has been investing in the stock market for over 25 years and from many discussions with him over beers, I can tell he knows his stuff. He is a qualified accountant who has worked for several blue-chip companies such as BT, Vodafone and Virgin Media. He now provides financial coaching to people who are looking to set and achieve financial goals such as early retirement. Please note I have no commercial relationship with Ian although I am sure he will buy me beers in the future and vice versa !!
Big, bold, THANKS to Ian for sending this text over to me.
I hope you like it, WD.
My mate Phil (@sloan_phil on the Tweets) has kindly provided this Guest Blog following the recent events regarding cuts to Dividends and his action in reviewing and rejigging his Income Portfolio. I have read it a couple of times for proofing and all that and it is really good and has some excellent insights into investing in US Stocks.
Many thanks to Phil for providing WD Readers with this and a personal thank you for saving me a load of work in writing a blog this week !!
My mate Simon Jackson kindly wrote this Guest Blog to try to capture some of the essence of how the recent Market collapse has played out from his point of view. Having read it through for the proof-read, I can say it is a very helpful piece and brings some perspective to what is going on and also shows how someone with Simon’s background of Accountancy can make errors. I particularly endorse his comment that it would be a big shame if newer Private Investors get scared off and leave the great game. I had to smile also when I read his words about selling his Winners too fast !! (or in this particular case his selling being perhaps motivated by simply the relief at getting back to break-even after a difficult Investment had turned around.)
Anyway, it’s a really good read and BIG THANKS to Simon for providing WD Readers with this and for helping me fill up my Website with yet more content !!
Cheers mate, Pete.
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.
Back in early 2017 my mate Phil wrote a couple of Guest Blogs about Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending which are very good as they describe in detail the ins and outs. Anyway, since then a lot has changed in the sector as it has matured and Phil has bashed out the following Guest Blog which updates where we are now. The original Blogs can be found at the Links below, and Big Thanks to Phil for providing this refresher,
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.
There was a discussion recently on Twitter about PCF Group and my mate Paul Hawkins mentioned that he had some notes on PCF and kindly he agreed to whizz them over to me so that Readers could share his findings and thoughts. A big THANK YOU to Paul for sharing this stuff and saving me a lot of time creating a Blog at a time when I am quite busy. It’s much appreciated.
Paul is a very knowledgeable and successful Investor and you can follow him on Twitter where he puts out a lot of useful stuff. His handle is @Hawkeye_74
I hope you have enjoyed the festive period with your families and taken the time off to relax. Due to the pressures the stock market puts on us, and certainly if you’re an investor, it can add stress to our lives as global equities take a tumble.
That said, next year is another year. Another year to build on the lessons of 2018, improving our strategies and refining our stock selection processes. The beauty of compounding is that both money and knowledge compound and so every year we have a bigger advantage than the year before.
Extreme volatility often signifies a potential peak. We saw this in February, with the Dow plunging, only to recover and make new highs. However, there can be no doubt over the past few months that we are in rocky waters. The last week has been nothing short of a rout. I don’t believe that anybody can predict a recession (I’m certainly not clever enough to) and think that the only people who claim they can are either 1) lying, or 2) selling something - but managing risk is something that we can all do. We have had a brilliant bull market for the past decade – whilst nobody knows the top we can say with absolute certainty we are always one day closer to it. Headwinds such as interest rates and Brexit may not be resolved for a while, and though there is always something to be scared of, we are seeing significant changes in price action. Being prepared is the best defence.
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