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The Intelligent Investor (September 2023)

Dog-tired of poor investment performance?

If you’ve read any financial news in the last couple of weeks, you may be aware – and concerned – that one of the UK’s largest wealth management firms topped the list of underperforming fund managers in the latest Spot the Dog report by Bestinvest.

The Stock Market Is All Around You

The stock market might be one of the most misunderstood concepts in the world. Given its central role in helping investors become financially independent, it’s crucial to understand what it is, what it isn’t, and how it functions.

The Stock Markets

(Updated 31 August)

The key benchmark you should care about is achieving all of your financial and life goals and not running out of money.

The Unimportant Numbers – 1 Month

Monthly figures are a distraction from your long-term goals, we’ll help you avoid the noise.

The Important Numbers – 30 Years

Investing in the Great Companies of the World has produced life-changing returns for the disciplined and patient investor.

Inflation – The Real Enemy (Updated 31 August)

The number one enemy of the long-term investor is the financial dragon called inflation (the silent but steady increase of prices over time).

The only sane definition of money is purchasing power, and over the last 30 years, inflation in the UK has almost halved the value of your money.

But an investment in the UK share market has consistently provided protection from this enemy.

Please note: we have changed this visual below to how the return of global equities (in £) vs UK inflation.

IN THE MEDIA

The media is not a friend of the disciplined and patient investor. Whether it’s on TV, Print or Online, the media prefers to focus on short-term returns, market predictions, and negative news. Which is not suitable for a long-term investor.

Below are the stories, podcasts, and images which we wanted to share with you this month, which are uplifting, interesting and informative.

These links below will take you to articles on other websites.

Positive News

Here is this month’s selection of positive news stories not related to investing.

Further Reading

Here are some articles you may find interesting this month.

Listen & Watch

A Picture is worth 1000 Words