Some articles by Dominic

Good things come to those who wait

Dominic, August 10th, 2020

‘Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet’ Good things come to those who wait. This was the strapline once used by Guinness to refer to the 119.5 seconds it takes to pour a ‘perfect’ pint of their iconic stout. In investing, the time periods we are concerned about are measured in […]

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Warren Buffett: the exception who proves the rule

Dominic, July 14th, 2020

If you were asked who you thought was the world’s best investor, you might well say Warren Buffett, the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. That would not be an unreasonable answer, given he is worth US$ 71.5 billion today , give or take a few million for daily market movements! He is also often held up by those in support of ‘market beating’ strategies as a shining example of their creed. Over 40,000 avid followers attended the 2018 annual shareholders’ meeting, referred to by some as ‘Woodstock for capitalists’ and his style of investing is known as ‘Buffettology’, on which numerous books and articles have been penned.

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Taking Steps In The Right Direction

Dominic, June 8th, 2020

Climate change, the habitat destruction of palm oil farming, ocean plastic, zero contract hours, child labour and income inequality are amongst the many challenges that we face in the world. Our attention has increasingly been drawn to the issue of ‘sustainability’ by campaigners such as Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg. Most of us – in our heart of hearts – know that the human race is doing a pretty poor job at present of balancing the claims of the present on the world and its resources against the claims of future generations.

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Supporting Witney Foodbank During COVID-19

Dominic, May 5th, 2020

During these challenging times, many people in the Witney area are struggling to supply enough food for themselves and their families. This can be due to interruptions to regular income caused by the lock-down, delayed benefit payments or simply as a result of panic buying in our supermarkets.

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‘Vox populi’ and the wisdom of crowds

Dominic, April 16th, 2020

Many of those reading this short note will have, at some time, travelled down to Devon for a lovely summer break amongst the rolling fields, moors and beautiful beaches of this somewhat remote county. Only a few will have ventured into Plymouth, the famous naval seaport and home to Sir Francis Drake (that famous Elizabethan pirate who so vexed our Spanish friends by stealing their gold) and the site of the departure of the Mayflower with the pilgrims on board heading to America 400 years ago this year. Even fewer will know that it was the place of an amazing insight into the powerful nature of crowds, which provides us with a wonderful word picture of how markets operate.

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High quality bonds in the spotlight

Dominic, April 3rd, 2020

There is an old adage in the investment world that ‘diversification is always having to say you are sorry’, as there is usually one (or more) parts of the portfolio that is a bit disappointing. Every asset class has its day in the spotlight, for good or for bad, at some point.

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Important Information For Our Clients (During Coronavirus)

Dominic, March 20th, 2020

We're very aware of the difficulties being faced by the world right now and the extra uncertainty that this creates for us all as individuals. You'll be aware that at Expert we consider everyone part of the family and so the safety, health & welfare of our team, clients and their families is of paramount importance to us.

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Coronavirus – keep things in perspective

Dominic, March 10th, 2020

In the modern era, we have far greater access to world news at just the click of a button, or from flash news alerts on our phones. This is not always a good thing as newspapers and websites publish news stories that will attract readers. It can be all too easy to […]

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Taking small steps towards a more sustainable world

Dominic, February 4th, 2020

It does feel as if the world is at an inflection point: step up to the challenges of global warming and other non-sustainable pressures on the Earth’s resources today or let our children and grandchildren reap the havoc of the melting ice caps; sea water level rises; deforestation and a decline in biodiversity; desertification and the potential social and migratory upheaval that will accompany it.

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Waking up to a large Conservative majority

Dominic, December 13th, 2019

‘One cannot judge a performance in any given field (war, politics, medicine, investments) by the results, but by the costs of the alternative (i.e. if history played out in a different way).’ Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Fooled by Randomness For some, waking up to the large Tory majority this morning will be […]

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Quarterly Investment Report – June 2019

Dominic, August 6th, 2019

Welcome to our quarterly returns bulletin for the end of June. First of all, we feel we should apologise for being a little tardy with this one. Our excuse is that we have all been away on our holidays and when not doing that, busy serving our lovely clients! This month, we’re going to turn our attention to the benefits of doing nothing.

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The Pain & Pleasure of Diversification

Dominic, June 12th, 2019

It is human nature to look at an investment that has done particularly well and wish you had been invested in it. We all risk being dragged into ‘if only’ mind games: ‘If only I had put a £10,000 into Amazon in 2003, I’d be retired by now’.  ‘If only I had bought Bitcoin at £1…’. These thoughts are dangerous to investors, as this fear of missing out (FOMO) can tempt them into taking speculative risks, often based on a rear-view mirror perspective. Concentrated risks have concentrated outcomes, both good and bad.

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From early July we’ll be recording all incoming calls

Dominic, June 4th, 2019

At Expert Wealth, we're always looking for ways to improve the standard of service we offer. We would like to inform you we will begin recording all incoming calls to Expert Wealth from the end of June 2019. This will allow us to monitor the quality of service we're offering on the phone, and give you all the same security you would have when you're meeting us face to face in the office.

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Quarterly Investment Report January 2019

Dominic, January 25th, 2019

As I write this briefing, it has just been announced that legendary fund manager, and founder of Vanguard Group, John (Jack) Bogle has passed away. I appreciate than many of you will not have heard of him; but it is estimated that thanks to Jack Bogle, investors have saved $175 billion in […]

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Quarterly Investment Report October 2018

Dominic, October 26th, 2018

The aim of this report is to show clients how the six EWM portfolios compare to other investment management group’s result in the period 1st September 2015 to 30th September 2018.

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3 Brexit Risks Posed To Your Portfolio & How To Mitigate Them

Dominic, October 8th, 2018

Whichever way one voted, it is hard not to be dismayed by the shambles that is Brexit, concocted by all sides. In the event that any deal agreed gets voted down in Parliament, or there is no deal, there is a material chance that the government could fall. One or both of these events would come with great uncertainty. We set out three key investment risks relating to Brexit and how sensible portfolio structures can mitigate them.

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Politics and portfolios

Dominic, October 4th, 2018

Trump’s belligerence, China’s debt mountain, Putin’s malevolence, not forgetting Brexit and the prospect of a far-left leaning Labour Government: All this turmoil inevitably leads to concern over investment portfolios. Let's discover how well-structured portfolios are capable of riding out any storm.

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Forecasting the investment weather

Dominic, August 3rd, 2018

Despite long-term, deeply embedded memories that summers are generally warm and sunny, nothing is certain. In fact, long-runs of unpredictable summer weather are the norm, not the exception. The last few weeks have seen wonderful weather, but to make the point we still hark back to the fact that the last time this happened was in the summer of 1976, 42 years ago!

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Quarterly investment report July 2018

Dominic, July 12th, 2018

The aim of this report is to demonstrate how the performance of EWM investment portfolios compares to that of other investment management groups. To do this we use Asset Risk Consultants (ARC) Private Client Indices.

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Some thoughts on bonds…

Dominic, June 11th, 2018

Challenging times In response to the very low yield on bonds, some investors have been tempted to chase higher yielding bonds, in an attempt to squeeze some return out of what feels like an unproductive portfolio allocation. This is, unfortunately, an accident waiting to happen. The phrase ‘picking up pennies in front […]

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