Tim's Story

How did you pick investments before you used Stockopedia?

"I've been an enthusiastic amateur private investor for more than 30 years. Before Stockopedia I mainly used the following sources:

- Barclay Smart Investor, where I still have a trading account.
- Alliance Trust (now Interactive Investor) where I have a stocks and shares ISA and a trading account.
- Trustnet, mainly to monitor the investment trust sector.
- A few investing media outlets."

Has using Stockopedia changed your approach to investing?

"Since joining Stockopedia I now focus on 3 sources to help my picks - Stockopedia, Interactive Investor and Trustnet.

I focus on investment trusts and equities, but since joining Stockopedia I have been much more active in stock-picking. Currently my portfolio includes about 8 investment trusts and about 25 equities."

Wilson uses Stockopedia to help bring enjoyment to his investing

Has Stockopedia impacted your investment results or quality of life?

"I think my investment results are pretty good, most of the time - certainly I get much more right, than wrong. Stockopedia has definitely increased my level of enjoyment in something I have always regarded as a pleasurable hobby."

What's your advice for investors that are just starting out?

"The biggest mistake I ever made was experimenting with a managed account. Some years ago I gave £100,000, as a trial, to "professional" managers at Beaufort Securities. Sadly they taught me nothing other than how to make poor decisions.

So my advice to a new investor is not revolutionary:
1. Learn the basics from books like "The Zulu Principles" and other similar sources.
2. Go low-risk until you can afford to have a higher-risk element to your portfolio.
3. Join an investment club if you can find one.
4. Invest in opportunities you understand.
5. If you only have time to use 1 source of advice, make it Stockopedia - and read/watch all the guides and webinars."

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