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Real Name: Simon

Occupation: Blogger, Private Investor

Interests: Funds, Stocks

Location: Bournemouth

Twitter: @BrilliantLeader

About Me:

I have been an active private investor since the mid 1990s and while I have made healthy gains overall, I am the first to acknowledge that although having learnt much already, I still have plenty more to learn. I started the Share Knowledge blog in 2011 in order to share my research, commentary and investment ideas. Since then, the readership base has grown at a healthy rate and continues to do so. 

I am primarily interested in investing and commenting on growth companies. I try to avoid early stage growth or so called 'blue sky' stocks having been burnt on these too many times. These days my sweet spot is to focus on companies that are transitioning into or growing profitability. Typically, my investment time frame when I take a position in a share is 3-5 years and I try to take a strategic perspective, ignoring short-term price fluctuations, while ensuring that the investment case remains valid and risks are assessed. Additionally, I have begun building a high yield segment within my portfolio and envisage moving more in this direction as retirement approaches.


My Share Knowledge blog is where I diarise my ongoing attempts to ‘beat the stock market’. It is a never ending challenge of course because investing in shares is not a one way bet. In recent years my focus has shifted beyond individual share selection in favour of building a resilient, diversified portfolio that will outperform in bull and bear markets.I publish my portfolio holdings and weightings at least quarterly. The aim of this is not to beat my alpha male chest but rather, to share my learning and experiences with other private investors. The ensuing conversations on this site and Twitter help that learning process and hopefully it also provokes thought among both experienced and novice investors.

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Regular readers will recall that I have been 40% + in cash since shortly before the Brexit vote and subsequently stated that I would remain so until after the US election – this is very unusual for me because I am usually fully invested most of the time. As chance would have it, I was in the US for election week and boy, what a…

I feel that I would like some exposure to oil in my portfolio but would prefer not to own individual shares as I'm terrible at researching and valuing oil companies. Therefore, I'd like to improve my exposure via specialist funds. My preference is closed ended investment trusts. I already have a holding in City Natural Resources High Yield Trust (LON:CYN) which has a nice yield…

There was a SCVR discussion on broker notes recently (sorry for the new post but I couldn't find the right SCVR thread), prompted by Paul's meeting with the CEO of Research Tree. I came across this site recently, Broker Forecasts, that is a cheaper subscription at £15pm - or you follow them for free on Twitter @BrokerForecastsThey don't provide access to the actual note though…

This coming weekend I will be launching the ISA01 real money portfolio to coincide with the new ISA tax year. I will also publish and track the holdings for each of my three investment strategies; Focused Income, Compound Growth and Special Situations.Context and GoalsI am in my early 50s (as is my wife) and we plan to retire before we are 60. We have a…

It seems like I have been in hibernation for almost a year now. I should explain why this site has been neglected. I have been involved in a private equity acquisition in my professional life and alongside this I have taken on a new global role that has required a lot of attention. Now that it looks like normal service is returning, I should be…

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They are a good follow on Twitter Roland - company specific and ESG sector generally

As ever, some excellent analysis Roland. I have owned Impax Asset Management (LON:IPX) for a couple of years now (maybe three years even) and have taken some profits along the way. I have passed them over for recent portfolio top ups, partly because of value and partly because of the stage of cycle we are at. AuM is in part affected by market performance. This…

Re: Belvoir (LON:BLV) there was a 5 minute video interview with the CEO published earlier today My takeaway was that they are growing market share in a flat overall market environment. The real benefits of this will be seen when market conditions improve, in my opinion. Also, I note Paul’s concern about the balance sheet strength and level of dividend payment. So far, they…

Thanks for sharing your holdings - a couple I was not aware of. Gold certainly appears to have a tailwind at the moment, I have c25% gold exposure (along with 74% long other equities and 1% cash awaiting reinvestment). My exposure to gold is via one high conviction holding - a gold miner that is net cash and paying a progressive dividend on the back…

Why would you stop doing the NAPS Ed? It is excellent to follow, read and learn from as well as always being thought provoking.

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