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The World Cup, Dr Strange and a £1m pension pot – our most read stories of 2018

31/12/2018

The Value Perspective team

10. Eyeing returns in tennis and investment

In July, we observed that investment, like tennis, is a zero-sum game as, every time you win, someone else loses – and both require a disciplined approach to help you focus on achieving a successful end-result.

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9. The Strangely deep-value story at the heart of the Marvel empire

In August, we suggested the contrarian approach to investing that helped Marvel evolve from struggling comic-book business to cinematic superpower is worthy of one of the franchise’s characters – Dr Strange.

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8. What happens when the ‘FAANG’ stocks lose their bite?

The so-called ‘FAANG’ stocks of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google have been central to the US market’s record bull run but, in October, we argued investors should seriously consider how long they could keep up their current pace.

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7. Five famous market gaffes

In June, we wrote how many of the sillier episodes in market history came about as a result of people rushing in to invest with massively incomplete information – on the basis of, as it were, ‘buy first, ask questions later’.

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6. Why compounding should be the goal for all investors

As the 2018 World Cup kicked off that same month, it seemed only fitting to use a football example to illustrate the extraordinary power compounding can bring to an investment portfolio.

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5. The investment lessons from the Chris Froome doping accusations

The aftermath of cycling champion Chris Froome being cleared of any wrongdoing following a positive drugs test saw us this September offering two parallels with market traps into which investors often fall.

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4. Why investors should care about rising interest rates

In August we wrote that, while the link between interest rates and company share prices may not be obvious, it certainly exists, and so investors needed to pay attention to the Bank of England’s decision that month to raise UK rates.

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3. ‘Hot iron’ trial by ordeal: a 13th Century lesson for investors

In this history lesson, which actually first appeared on the site in 2017, we drew parallels between trial by ordeal – the painful, often lethal, way of determining someone’s guilt or innocence in the Middle Ages – and value investing.

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2. The one-word secret of the greatest investor you’ve never heard of

In October we highlighted how, after seven very successful decades managing money, one of Warren Buffett’s heroes concluded that the secret of long-term investing could be summed up in a single word.

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1. How realistic is a £1m pension pot?

Back in May, we argued significant retirement savings are not as impossible as some commentators suggest but it does help to start early – and also to adopt a long-term, value-oriented approach to investment.

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