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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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An end and a beginning, September 2022

September saw the end of the Queen’s reign and the beginning of the new King’s reign. Alongside that we saw the end of one Prime Minister’s time in office and the beginning of the new Prime Minister’s government. The combination of a new fiscal budget, monetary policy changes (quantitative easing), interest rate rises, and changing…

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On holiday, August 2022

In August I enjoyed a couple of weeks away from home with my family and paid little or no attention to the markets during that time. I certainly wasn’t looking to buy or sell. Despite the cost-of-living crisis and a significant rise in energy bills, markets have been reasonably stable. I’m also fairly comfortable with…

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