30 Dec 2017

Written by Damien

Damien is one of the most widely quoted money and investment experts in the national press and has made numerous radio & TV appearances. He created MoneytotheMasses.com while working in the City when he became disillusioned with the way the public were left to fend for themselves because they could not afford financial advice.

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The investment outlook for 2018

For DIY investors the obvious question is whether 2018 will live up to 2017 or whether we will see what feels like an almost inevitable and overdue correction. 80-20 Investor members will be familiar with my view that trying to predict the future is folly and fraught with dangers. You just have to go back to this time last year when I carried out a review of 2016 to see the lessons learned, one of which was the danger involved in crystal ball gazing.

As momentum investors we follow trends up (and indeed down) taking the emotion out of the investment process to increase the chances of success. The table below shows the performance of my £50,000 portfolio in 2017 versus a number of benchmarks:

Name Year to date % return My £50k portfolio 12.87 Average managed multi-asset fund 9.43 Passive benchmark 8.69

However there is no denying that other investors’ views and emotions do influence their decisions and investment markets and therefore to a certain degree our own returns.

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