3-months lasting correction on the S&P 500 or beginning of the crash? You could hear B word quite often at the end of the last year. And it was not only Brexit but also bear market…
On the 28th October I published the analysis for the Investment League project which I am an administrator and a partaker. It is the educational project for learning investing among my office colleagues which allows to try investing but without taking the risk, using our virtual portfolio of shares. It gives the opportunity to understand how investing on the stock market works.
Welcome in the year 2018. The year 2017 was very good in the financial markets. The developed markets were growing steadily with S&P500, Nasdaq and British FTSE100 growing respectively +19.96%, +28.86% and +8.55%.
The emerging markets outpaced the developed markets with Argentinian Marvel raising +77.62%, Turkish XU100 +47.60%, Indian Sensex +27.91% and Polish WIG20 +26.35%. Results of those markets are even better if we refer them to one currency – for example Polish PLN gained +16.84% to the US Dollar in the year 2017.
As many institutions are playing to be a forecaster, I also have decided to give it a try. I will have a look at currencies, stock markets and commodities prices in 2018.
Currencies and cryptocurrencies
In my opinion US dollar plummeted too much in the last year. Raising interest rates and possible repatriation of money by American companies, caused by lowered tax rate, will strength the dollar. Also British Pound will finally grow slightly. The currency which I underweight is Euro.
A year ago I opened my ISA account with AXA. Since that, I have been investing in the global stock markets and commodity funds. The results are much better than I expected.
The chart above shows the performance of my investments vs benchmarks – FTSE100, FTSE 250 and SP500. My wallet performance was +79.30%. FTSE100 gained +21.87%, FTSE250 gained +3.68%, and SP500 went up 22.39%.
It was the best year in my investing history. The selection of assets which I chose at the beginning of 2016 turned out to be very good. I think that I am choosing very good companies because I started documenting my choices, sharing them with you so I am more focused on this. In a nutshell, Continue reading
It is already half a year since I started investing money on the ISA account. It is time to summarize that period.
The chart above shows the performance of my investments in £ vs benchmarks – FTSE100, FTSE 250 and SP500. My wallet performance in that period was +48.50%. FTSE100 gained +15.44%, FTSE250 lost -3.96%, and SP500 went up 13.57% – details below.
In the table below you can see fundamental ratios for International Equity Markets:
4 months of keeping a record of my investment wallet are behind us. The decision to invest money in the developing markets and commodity seems to be really good.
The portfolio unit value changed +21.38% vs. +0.82% for FTSE 100 – see the image below.
Exactly two months from starting running an investment wallet in £, I want to show you the results. My choice to invest in the emerging markets and commodities was good. 20.67% during 2 months is really decent profit. Continue reading