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OK, it’s performance time. For reference, here’s a link back to my Q1 2012 review.
If I told you European markets were actually positive in the first half of 2012, would you believe me?! Actually, it’s true. Wow, doesn’t feel like it, eh..? Hmm, I think we all know that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the tricks the media & your own mind/emotions play on you. Say what you like about Microsoft & Excel, spreadsheets are your only hope of separating fact from fiction, and analysis from emotion (as for Powerpoint, sigh…).
Some notes first: For simplicity, an equal weighting is assumed for all stocks. No attempt’s made to calculate any FX gains/losses either – which would depend on your base currency anyway. If a stock wasn’t held/written-up as of year-end 2011, the price noted at the time of my investment writeup is used instead. Similarly, if a stock was sold (marked**) before end-June, the price noted when I reported the sale (via blog post, comment and/or tweet) is used. Right, so how did we do in H1 2012?