Why I Write My Investment Blog…

Thursday, Feb 07 2013 by

Most bloggers eventually get ’round to answering the question ‘Why do you write?‘. If I recall, I’ve made plenty of related asides & comments myself (damn, I wish I had ‘em to hand!) over the past year – but high time for a proper post, eh?!

As I mulled over this post, I came to a surprising realization – I guess the origin of the Wexboy blog actually stretches waayyy back. At one point, I wrote a daily market commentary for a number of years. Seemed like a good idea at the outset – oh, what sweet & naive foolishness! If you’ve tried it, you’ll know writing a daily 7 am commentary becomes a rather daunting (& boring) prospect pretty quickly! But it wasn’t something I could quit once I’d started, and whining about writer’s block wasn’t a feasible option either. So – my solution?

The old Mae West – I quickly drifted… My commentaries began to include anything & everything that took my fancy: Stocks, dumb celebrities, current affairs, political lampoons, hangover cures, primers on technical analysis, etc. Anything to distract & entertain myself as I tried to nail down a picture of the market each day/week. Over time, I’d indulge myself with various series & running gags. I’d often anthropomorphize the markets in terms of movies, celebrities, farming, whatever..! USD/JPY moves & intervention were huge then – I vividly recall writing Godzilla mini-plots to explain exactly (?!) what was going on in the markets.

I do recall the institution I worked for was rather staid – lawks, they still had bloody tea ladies when I left! I’m sure if anybody senior enough had ever read those commentaries, I’d have been rapidly replaced as author & perhaps employee. But, like with most companies, that would have completely missed the point… Because I’d actually discovered, to my astonishment, something very valuable:

First, I realized the very act of writing about the market – no matter how jocular my tone – actually crystallized my own market opinion & trading strategies. And I was able to measure this effect as a tangible improvement in my P&L. You know, I’m all for education, but regular education methods bore me to tears – I’m definitely an autodidact. Which might explain why I wasn’t happy with the notion that simply setting something down on paper could actually…

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Wexboy 7th Feb '13 1 of 1

Aaah, with a (revised) title like that, it just sounds like homework..! ;-)

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About Wexboy


My personal investing career began with an emerging markets obsession. Investing in individual emerging market stocks was a much taller order then than today, so I gravitated towards investment fund shares and warrants. Little did I know that (despite the volatility involved) this would turn out to be a very fortunate approach – it pretty much saved me from the consequences of poor/misguided stock analysis, chasing stock tips and investing in garbage stocks all the way down to zero.... Only when I learned of value investing did I finally discover a quantitative approach, plus a set of tools, that appealed to me and equipped me better for investing. And I guess it appealed to my mathematical background and perhaps my natural scepticism. It also tempered my lust to dive into investment trends – in fact, I’ve come to realize that any decent secular trend will take many many years to play out and there will be cycles of booms and busts in any related stocks to exploit, so hold your horses, stick to value investing and your chance will come…!  more »

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