Welcome to Paladin Money. This blog is about common sense investing and personal finance topics. Lackluster financial journalists, and know-nothing financial advisers have a lot to answer for. In my own small way, I want to help you avoid the traps they lay for you. That’s why I picked Paladin to name my blog. The original Paladin were warrior champion knights. I want to champion the so-called ordinary investor against the deck that I think is often stacked against him or her.
My personal stimulus to take back the management of my own investments was after I watched my portfolio more than halve in value in 2008 while my well-paid “wealth manager” consoled himself, but not me, that at least he was beating the benchmarks. This, by the way, was after I had asked him if his firm used stops, because I thought the market was looking a bit wobbly, and they assured me that their asset managers did when they felt it necessary. The culture of fully invested buy and hold management is well loved by many an adviser. Problem is, it costs a lot of people a lot of money.
And we’ll work hard to keep our strategies and tactics as simple as possible, because if they aren’t, we likely won’t do them. We will also avoid unnecessary trading. Less is more, if it pays off. In many cases it will.
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