I had a great time chatting with Doug from Sharesight. He's a nice guy and I love using Sharesight myself. It may sound boring but record-keeping is important in share investing and it also gives you insights that can make you a more profitable investor. We cover a range of topics including:
- The history of Sharesight and how it works
- His previous career at Morningstar and an insight into analysis
- Benchmarking your portfolio against a broader market index
- The tax treatment of ETFS and those gnarly statements
- Reducing costs
- Annualised performance and how this can help your investing
We also discussed a strategy for learning about stocks by buying and studying everything you can about one particular company.
- Find a company that you know well
- A well established company that has been around for a long time
- Have a look at analyst reports of the company and see if they are pointing to a higher price in the future
- Purchase the minimum amount and never any amount that you can't afford to lose
- Once you own it read and research everything you can as a way of learning how companies are valued
- Be prepared for the stock to drop after you purchase it. It will prepare you for losses and handling the psychology of investing
- Keep learning
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