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At the end of the year, December 2022

The newspaper report told me that “the FTSE 100 was the world’s best performing major stock index during a miserable 2022 for financial markets.” Total returns of 4.6% for this index of the UK’s largest companies compared well with a fall of over 20% for both the US S&P 500 index and the UK FTSE…

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Three-year review to November 2022

Three years ago on 30 November 2019, things were different. In the UK we were amid a general election campaign. A choice between getting Brexit done and levelling up or embarking on the Corbyn experiment – or so we were told. We had not yet heard of Covid-19 or learned of its impact on lives,…

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Bouncing back, November 2022

November was marked by a strong bounce in my portfolio and in its benchmark the FTSE All Share total return index. That index is now at an all-time peak for a month end according to my records. This despite the Ukraine war and other recent events. Is the market anticipating better times ahead perhaps? November…

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Reducing my home bias, October 2022

October saw the implosion of the Truss-Kwarteng economic policy in the UK. Markets continued to drift mostly downwards in the first half of the month. I was, however, inspired to make some portfolio changes that further reduced my holdings in UK equities. October The FTSE All Share Total Return index, my chosen benchmark, rose by…

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