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Weekend reading: Introducing Stock Tickle

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What do you do when you love writing your investing and personal finance blog but it disrupts your work, your weekends, and even your cinema nights?

You start another!

Wait: There is method in my madness. My new site, Stock Tickle, is a very different beast to Monevator.

There’s long been conflict at the heart of Monevator:

  • I follow short-term market news and moves like other people read the sports results – but I don’t think it’s intellectually justifiable, nor important for investing success.
  • I invest a portion of my portfolio in individual shares – even though I believe in the realms of research that says most of us are better off with trackers.

Things came to a head earlier this month, when I was pondering how to follow my share trades on Monevator – either my real portfolio (unlikely), or a real-money demo portfolio set up for the purpose.

I thought it might be interesting to certain readers. And yet it seemed the antithesis of the strengths of Monevator, which I’d humbly suggest are a focus on asset allocation, portfolio management, and investing for the long-term.

Also, it’s very clear from the emails I receive that a lot of new readers find the blog and take away these messages. I don’t want them getting confused by posts about selling Vodafone.

Enter Stock Tickle!

My new blog will be the outlet for all the UK market news and my trading experiences that I want to keep off Monevator.

Posts are short, and opinion is flippant.

  • If you’re an active trader in UK shares, you’ll hopefully like how it builds over the months ahead.
  • If you’re not, I’d suggest you ignore it.

I’ll still do some individual stock write-ups here on Monevator, but I’d prefer to keep the focus on the myriad of other investing and money topics.

To sum up: Monevator is still very much about equity investing! It is the ‘noise’ that will be the focus of Stock Tickle.

Other Monevator news

Finally, while I’m doing site news, two more additions:

  • Site search box, by request: It’s in the column to the right, and needs to be tarted up. It uses Google and the results are pretty good.
  • Discussion page: This makes it easier for you to track all the comments appearing on the site.

Finally, finally, if you missed my posts on the hidden benefit of getting out of debt, the manufacturing myth, or how to increase your salary in the same job, please do check them out.

Posts from the blogosphere

Articles from the financial press

  • Charlie Munger’s parable on how the West will die – Slate
  • Valuation matters when you buy equities – The Economist
  • UK GDP revised up to 0.3% for Q4 2009 – Stock Tickle
  • Swiss banks ‘worthless’ bonuses now worth $5 billion – BBC
  • Norman Lamont’s punt on small caps – Motley Fool
  • ISAs for income – FT
  • Merryn disses the Bolton China fund – FT
  • Yet another Bolton view – The Independent
  • Great cash ISA saving rates – The Independent

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  • 1 LeanLifeCoach February 27, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Congratulations on the new site. It looks interesting and informative. It is nice to see perspectives from the other side of the pond. I’ll be following.

    Thank you for the mention. Having never been in Europe it makes me wonder; do sales people use all the same methods to separate you from your cash or are they more civil?
    .-= LeanLifeCoach on: Combat the Closing Techniques – The Power Of Suggestions =-.

  • 2 Financial Samurai February 27, 2010, 4:50 pm

    Very cool, another site! That could really be some good fun. Just thought up of any idea for a new Yakezie Challenge update, or frankly the 2nd part of the challenge after win all succeed in the first one. *Rubbing hands* this will be good!

    I prefer the blind and random method of investing myself!
    .-= Financial Samurai on: An Opportunity To Speak With Consumerism Commentary =-.

  • 3 The Investor February 27, 2010, 8:27 pm

    @LeanLifeCoach – Here in the UK we’re usually a few years behind you guys on these techniques, but otherwise similar. Continental Europe (different language etc) is different matter. I think selling is selling everywhere, if it works, right?

    @Sam – Thanks, the new site should be good to eat between meals with its short posts. Just as long as it doesn’t spoil *my* appetite!

  • 4 Wojciech Kulicki February 28, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Thanks for linking it up!
    .-= Wojciech Kulicki on: Sizzlers for February 2010 =-.

  • 5 The Digerati Life March 3, 2010, 10:11 pm

    Yay for stock noise! 🙂 I look forward to your thoughts on Stock Tickle (even if I follow the US market more… ) Congrats on this Mr. Investor!
    .-= The Digerati Life on: High Yield CD & Online Savings Products From Sallie Mae =-.

  • 6 The Investor March 4, 2010, 10:27 am

    @TDL – I have to admit I’m having a lot of fun with Stock Tickle. I’d say about half the posts so far have been US related (on a macro level) so hopefully you’ll find some stuff you like in the mix! Thanks for tagging along. 🙂

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