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LATEST EPISODES

The private investor's podcast

PIP006 FTSE Small-Cap Review: City of London Investment’s 9% Yield (CLIG)

This time Maynard Paton and Mark Atkinson review FTSE Small-Cap City of London Investment and the investment potential of fund managers. Maynard covers in detail why he owns the City of London Investment, when he started buying the City of London Investment, what CLIG does, attending the recent City of London AGM and what Maynard thinks about their current situation and future growth potential. Is it a further buy, a hold or a sell?

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PIP005 Aim Listed Small-Cap Share Review System 1 (SYS1)

This time Maynard Paton and Mark Atkinson review Aim Listed Small-Cap System 1 and the investment potential of testing adverts. System 1 is Maynards largest holding starting with his first purchase in March of 2016, since then Maynard has further added to his position becoming the largest holding in his portfolio.

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PIP004 FTSE 250 Share Review Greggs (GRG)

Welcome to The Private Investor’s Podcast. This time Maynard and Mark’s share review of FTSE of 250 listed Greggs (GRG) and the investment potential of sausage rolls. Mark first bought Greggs in 2003 before selling it in 2005. Mark began buying again in 2017 at £10.24 adding several times with the latest purchase at £18.00 Greggs is now one of Mark’s top five holdings accounting for 5% of his overall portfolio. The question is; what does the future hold for Greggs? Will Maynard be buying, does Mark hold, buy more, or sell?

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PIP003 AIM Listed Small-Cap Share Review Somero (SOM)

Welcome to The Private Investor’s Podcast. This time Maynard and Mark’s review of AIM listed small-cap Somero Enterprises (SOM) and the investment potential of concrete levelling machines. Mark first bought Somero (SOM) in April 2016 adding a further nine purchases making it one of the largest holdings in his portfolio. Somero Enterprises is a US domiciled company listed on the UK AIM share market that specialises in concrete levelling machines for large warehouses, fulfilment centres, large factories and data centres. The question is; what does the future hold for Somero?

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NEW PODCAST SHOW

EBW002 Should You Invest Now Or Wait?

Should you invest now or wait on the sidelines? Most of the financial news lately has been focused on reasons a person might want to sell their equities: If you are worried about what to do, Paul Belanger explains something incredibly important for everyone to understand. When it comes to building wealth, the biggest cost you will face is the cost of waiting to invest. The enormity of this cost is completely misunderstood by most people, which is why Paul will break it down for you in the next 24 minutes.

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EBW001 Welcome To The First Episode; This Is The Way

Welcome to the first episode and introduction to The Evidence-Based Wealth Podcast, the podcast where Paul Belanger offers unique insights and methods to help you build enduring wealth. Paul will expose you to some fairly advanced tricks and new ways of interpreting financial information, protecting and building wealth, and planning for short- and long-term financial goals. Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day.

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LATEST EPISODES

FYR066 Deep Value Investing with Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson is a deep-value investor and has been investing in individual stocks since 2003. Over the last decade, Mark has generated a 19% compound annual return following a Value methodology. He has achieved this out-performance by developing a strategy that plays to his unique strengths and overcomes his weaknesses, in particular finding practical ways to overcome behavioral biases. Mark shares his investing journey and demonstrates his stock-picking methodology by breaking down a company from his portfolio that he has a high conviction in.

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FYR065 Investing for Dividend Growth with Roland Head

Roland Head is a UK equity income analyst with a particular focus on investing for dividend growth. Roland is here to talk about his investment approach and some of the lessons he has learnt over the many years as a private investor and shares one of the strongest convictions in his portfolio. Roland has been investing since 2007 and is an experienced investment writer and analyst writing for Stockopedia since 2015, and regularly contributes to Investors Champion and the Motley Fool as well as many other well-known investor websites.

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FYR064 Lord Lee of Trafford: How To Make a Million Slowly

Lord Lee of Trafford holds the accolade of becoming the first ISA millionaire in 2003. Lord Lee is a well-known and respected private investor who has been investing in the UK small-caps very successfully for many decades. During this interview; Lord John Lee reflects on his many years of investing and discusses the types of businesses he invests in, why he likes AGMs, how he assesses management, his top five holdings and the recent 30% drop in one of his largest holdings, Treatt

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FYR063 Joe Kuhn Retired at 54; how’s it going now?

Joe Kuhn had a successful career as an operations manager and chose to retire at the age of 54. During this conversation, Joe shares what surprised him the most about leaving the work environment and living off his investments, and hows it going now? Joe also shares what he did to build his portfolio of investments that enabled him to retire at 54. Joe shares many more insights about his journey toward retirement and into retirement.

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FYR062 How to Engineer Your Early Retirement: Paul Belanger

Paul Belanger is back with us to talk about his new book Evidenced-based wealth – How to Engineer Your Retirement. For those who don’t know, Paul is PHD chemical engineer who became finically independent at 50, hence the title how to engineer your early retirement. The book is essentially a manual on how to achieve financial independence.

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FYR061 Mark Atkinson: How do you know if you are cut out to be a private investor?

Private investor Mark Atkinson has been investing since the mid-80s. Mark is a self-directed private investor who achieved financial independence at the young age of 53, living full time off his stock portfolio of 36 stocks. In this episode, Mark answer’s the common questions we received after our first podcast chat such as: How do I know if I am cut out to be a private investor? Why does he invests in stocks and not funds and is holding 36 stocks too many?

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LATEST BLOGS

Cost of waiting to invest

What Is The Cost of Waiting To Invest?

Most of the financial news I have been reading lately has been focused on reasons a person might want to sell their equities: Today I’d like to talk about something that is incredibly important for everyone to understand. When it comes to building wealth, the biggest cost you will face is the cost of waiting to invest. I don’t think the enormity of this cost is appreciated by most people, which is why I am going to quantify it for you. There will always be an event, or in some cases just an overblown theory, that will serve as a reason to believe it is the end of the world as we know it, a reason to just stay on the sidelines and avoid any but the safe haven dujour.

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Stocks are Quite Overextended, but…

Given this short-term uncertainty, a logical question arises: “how much of my portfolio should I keep in cash?” This is an excellent question and one that can be informed by some mathematical evaluation. I say “informed” because mathematical models cannot precisely predict the future. They can, however, help guide our decision-making. Today I am going to discuss how I view the cash vs. stocks decision. I’m going to leave out the discussion of gold (for now). The benefit of this article to you should be to give you some ideas of a general framework you can use to shape your own decision-making.

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Which is Better, Massive Diversification or High Dividend?

In this post, I am going to compare the results of withdrawal policies applied to two different portfolios consisting of equities and gold. The first portfolio will center around one of the largest positions in my portfolio, VYM, which is the Vanguard ETF that tracks the FTSE US High Dividend Yield Index.

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