About IT Investor

I’m a private investor, based in the UK, with a penchant for investment trusts.

Married. Two kids. All the usual sort of stuff.

My investing journey

I can’t remember exactly how I first came across investment trusts, but I do recall being attracted by the monthly savings plans that most of them offered back in the 1990s.

I was fortunate as it was a great time to start investing. The steadily rising markets of the time meant you could see your money grow at a respectable rate. But you didn’t get too carried away by oversized gains that weren’t going to be sustainable.

My monthly investments were topped up with a few lump sums now and then. It was amazing to see how quickly they all grew into a meaningful sum.

I’ve owned about forty different investment trusts over the years, and I still own about a third of them today.

Some of those I sold, I wish I had more patience with.

For example, I briefly enjoyed the ups and downs of the technology bubble with Henderson Technology Trust (now Polar Capital Technology) but then moved on.

And I had small positions in Fleming Indian fund and Finsbury Worldwide Pharmaceutical, now known as JPMorgan Indian and Worldwide Healthcare Trust respectively.

I have also been a fairly active investor in individual company shares. Over time, though, I found that my investment trust holdings seemed to do a little better, with much less effort and stress, so they have increasingly come to dominate my portfolio.

I’ve always tried to add new money whenever I can and to take advantage of my annual ISA allowances. I don’t think it’s possible to time the markets with any consistency, so I tend to stay fairly fully invested and I avoid trying to time the market.

I’ve written a separate article that covers my investing strategy in more detail.

What I write about

Many of my posts are to clarify my own thoughts about my investments and to act as a reference point later on.

There are a lot of investment trusts (and indeed whole sectors) that I am not particularly familiar with, so I also write a number of more exploratory articles.

I also touch on topics like investing for kids, pensions, financial independence, and behavioural finance.

The views expressed on this site are my own. I don’t receive any money from any investment trust or fund manager in relation to what appears on this site, because that sort of stuff is just a bit grubby. But I have added some basic advertising and affiliate links to cover my costs.

I will be writing about some investment trusts that I own, and others that I am interested in purchasing. I’ll try to make it clear in the article whenever that happens but I’ve also added a portfolio page that lists all my current holdings.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am not a qualified financial adviser and nothing you read on this site should be considered as financial advice or a buy, hold or sell recommendation. You should always do your own research before making any investment decision.

Think of me as a passionate amateur rather than an informed professional!

Keep in touch

If you want to be alerted about any new articles that I publish then you can follow me on Twitter or sign up to my email list here. I’ve also set up an RSS feed.

Thanks for reading and good investing!

10 Replies to “About IT Investor”

  1. Bookmarked, looking forward to reading more articles. Hope your brave journey into blogging proves to be a success.

  2. Thanks Jon. It’s been an interesting journey already — setting up a blog is certainly very educational in itself.

  3. Found your site from Monevator today.

    Glad to see a fellow blogger using Tsohost.

    As well as helping the investment thought process, I have (unexpectedly) found writing an informative blog can bring all sorts of interesting snippets through the contact form.

    You may even receive offers for writing work (especially if you drop the anonymity!).

    Happy blogging!

    Maynard

  4. Thanks, Maynard! I suspect I will add more details over time. And you certainly do get something interesting feedback and ideas via the contact form 🙂

  5. I have not received any email regarding the subscription.I got the information from monevator.Thanks.

    Chandra

  6. Thanks for letting me know Chandra. I’ve resent you the activation email so hopefully it will get through this time. Assuming you haven’t done so already, it may be worth checking your spam folder.

  7. Recently found IT Investor, interesting and helpful.
    You are very positive of small caps. Bernstein’s analysis of small caps found a negative return for as long as 30 years, I know there are other studies which are more positive. Large caps provide a cushion in tough times which may be approaching. In a down turn small caps disappear but you can sell large caps at a discount and you then have money to pickup bargains.
    I hope you will take this as a positive contribution.

  8. Thanks, Nigel. No problem with a different point of view.

    I don’t think I have come across that particular study, but all strategies seem to wax and wane (although 30 years would certainly test my patience!). Small caps have certainly done well over the last ten years, although not so much the last few of those.

    From my point of view, small-caps aren’t a major bet as they are less than 10% of my portfolio. I’m still building up my exposure, though.

  9. Hello

    I’ve tried a number of times to subscribe to your site, but unfortunately the Confirmation email never seems to come through (to either the inbox or to spam)
    Could you send me through a confirmation email when you have time.

    Thanks in advance

    PJ

  10. Hi PJ,

    Sorry to hear you’ve had problems with this.

    I’ve just resent the activation email. If you still haven’t recevied it, please let me know and I can add you to the email list manually.

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