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The private investor's podcast

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?

The private investor's podcast

PIP002 UK Small-Cap Share Review Tristel (TSTL)

Welcome to The Private Investor’s Podcast. This time we review UK small-cap Tristel (TSTL) and the investment potential of medical cleaning wipes and disinfectants. Maynard bought Tristel in 2013, while Mark bought it in 2017. Both Mark and Maynard recently attended Tristel’s shareholders’ Open Day learning key insights about the potential growth of the company. The question is; do we buy more, hold or sell our holdings?

The private investor's podcast

PIP001 UK Small-Cap Share Review Photo-Me

Welcome to the first episode of The Private Investor’s Podcast. The podcast where keen stock pickers, Mark Atkinson, and Maynard Paton talk about managing their share portfolios. Mark began buying shares in 1984, and Maynard started in 1993, this time we cover UK small-cap cover Photo-ME and the investment potential of passport photos and self-service washing machines.


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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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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


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.


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.


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?


FYR060 Andrew Craig | Financial Literacy Part Two – Inflation and Government Pensions

Financial Literacy with Andrew Craig. In part two Andrew delves deep into what is the real cause of inflation and the cost of living crisis. Andrew also shares a brief history of the pension system and what has gone wrong with the government pension system, and why should not rely on it for your future financial security. While conversation starts off by looking at the flaws in the system. The conversation moves on to a brighter future than many realise, from the growth of the stock market, the long tail of the internet that we are now witnessing, and new emerging technologies.


FYR059 Andrew Craig | How Financial Literacy Can Make You Wealthy

Financial Literacy with Andrew Craig, Part 1. Andrew is an ex-investment banker, founder of plain English finance, and author of Amazon best-sellers, How to own the world and live on less, invest the rest. Andrew believes the reason so many people struggle financially is, very simply, because they have never learned enough about money or financial markets.



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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