Investment Postcards: Turning One and Growing

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It feels like yesterday when I nervously posted my first article in the blogosphere a little more than a year ago. And not in my wildest dreams did I imagine the extraordinarily fulfilling experience it would be.

Not to mention a subscriber list that has grown from zero to 6,300, and Alexa and Technorati rankings placing Investment Postcards from Cape Town in the top 20 of global financial blogs.

 

A question I am often asked is what motivated me after 26 years’ in investment research and portfolio management to create an own blog.

I write primarily to organize my thoughts about financial markets – in a way electronically “filing” pertinent information – and this has become a way of life.

Although I only started blogging during the middle of last year, more than 1,200 of my articles on investment-related topics had previously been published in various regular newspaper, journal and Internet columns. I have also published a book, Financial Basics: Investment.

Although I am an investment professional, I have always seen the blog site as something personal rather than a commercial venture, but it has created global awareness for our investment management business, Plexus Asset Management, which may lead to monetary gain in the longer term.

One of the biggest spin-offs has been all the new friends I have made across the globe, including fellow bloggers, investment professionals and a myriad readers from all walks of life. Needless to say, my sources of information and business opportunities have grown exponentially.

Just a few notes on the blog site’s name, Investment Postcards from Cape Town: my aim is to write short and punchy posts on investments, in the same way as one would strive to convey a message within the limited space on a postcard. (Having said that, I am guilty of getting a bit carried away on occasion, resulting in too long posts. There is scope for improvement!)

The “from Cape Town” bit was added to the title in order to create some distance, literally and figuratively, between the hustle and bustle of the world’s premier financial centres – where the herd instinct is often prevalent – and the more tranquil Cape Town surroundings where I find it easier to formulate independent and objective investment ideas.

The truly original ideas usually come to me when I do my daily run. I live by the motto “living to run, running to live” and, as there are numerous similarities between blogging and long-distance running, this greatly influences my approach to blogging. Suffice to highlight the following four examples:

* Both blogging and long-distance running have as goal to excel over the longer term, i.e. to endure to reach a marathon personal best, or to provide high-quality blogging content that will build a loyal subscriber base and withstand the test of time. (It is, however, also tempting to be ahead at each 100-yard interval!)

* Success in both instances depends partly on natural talent, but also on dedication and perseverance. In reality, self-discipline is paramount.

* Both blogging and long-distance running are individual “sports”, rather than team “sports” where the momentum of a group of people can spur you on to greater achievement. This requires a “self-starting”-type of temperament in order to get the job done, and eventually to excite a large number of spectators / readers.

* Long-distance runners continuously fight the adversity of injury. Bloggers, similarly, get “injured” by writer’s block, comments in bad taste, wrong market calls (in the case of investment bloggers), etc. Fighting injury and regaining top form in both instances require mental toughness.

In short, I have become quite dependent on both blogging and running to provide my daily dose of adrenalin. And the bonus is that they both work just fine on my travels across the globe.

But I have realized that in order to provide readers with interesting, and hopefully useful, content is only part of the story. It is also necessary to provide them with a pleasant and stimulating blogging environment, offering a variety of exciting and dynamic features. I have worked hard to continually add interesting ones and these features mostly reside in the sidebar (i.e. the column on the right-hand site of the blog site). The sidebar, however, has become a bit crowded of late and will be completely revamped over the next few weeks for the ease of navigation and improved functionality.

Thank you for your company over the past year. I hope you will find the blog posts sufficiently stimulating to honor me with your patronage for many years to come. And on this note, please share a glass with me on Investment Postcards going from strength to strength and, above all, on friendship!

 

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25 comments to Investment Postcards: Turning One and Growing

  • rich t

    Thanks Prieur for the efforts you make to produce this excellent blog!

    Rich

  • Ron Bolin

    Thank you for year one. I look forward to many more.

  • G. Weiner

    Prieur:

    Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary.
    Thank you for your dedication and efforts.
    Not only do I enjoy your original thinking but when you include the experienced analysts and money managers such as Donald Coxe, BCA, John Mauldin and David Rosenberg this adds to the value of what you offer.

    Coming from San Jose, CA, it’s nice to learn about Cape Town as well.

    Thanks again,

    Gary

  • R. Howard

    Thanks for what you do, you should be justifiably proud.

  • Congratulation on your post’s aniversary.
    I enjoy reading it and look forward to its arrival in my email.

    Best regards – Tom Serrano

  • Big Zeal

    Congratulations and it has been a pleasure reading your entries this past 6 months. To succeed in investing, I find that I benefit from seeing a range of perspectives from macro to specific, as well as opinions on the various topics that surround us, and using them to formulate a view around my own experiences and knowledge. Your blogs form a valuable component in that mix.

    Keep up the excellent work.

  • Christof

    Congratulations on your first year. Thoroughly enjoy reading your insightful views. Thank you!

  • Jan D

    Congratulations on this anniversary. I hope that many more will follow.

    I particularly appreciate your weekly overview, it always contains some interesting views that make me think and that I wouldn’t have found elsewhere.

  • Maggie Holmes

    Thanks for your blog and thanks to John Mauldin for “introducing” it. It’s not just informative, but also a pleasure to read. Congratulations on year one — keep up the terrific work!

  • Congratulations on completing your first year and many more. Well done!

  • Rick Mayor

    Prieur,

    I really appreciate all the hard work you put into writing this blog. The site has become a regular “must read” site for me ever since I found it. You put out a wealth of information (that I hope will help increase my knowledge and wealth)!

    Many thanks,
    Rick

  • Happy Anniversary!

    It’s been only a few weeks since I discovered your wonderful blog and it’s already become a part of the fabric of my investing life.

    Many Thanks. And, all good things to you!
    Ted Feely

  • Bryan

    Congratulations! You make my weekend reading so much more comprehensive and efficient. I am so glad I found your blog! Keep up the good work

  • Jon

    Many thanks for the investment clips and comments. Great Work!

    Jon in Houston

  • Hey Prieur,

    Just want to say I’m a fan and enjoy your weekly updates. Congrats on your anniversary.

  • David Wallace

    I look forward to your blog. I has helped me stay out of trouble.

    Hope you will be blogging for many years to come.

    Happy Anniversary.

  • Congratulations on your first year! We’re glad to have you in the blogging/trading community, and hope you keep up the hard work.

  • Maynard

    Hi Prieur,

    I was pleased to meet you at the Altegris Conference in San Diego and wondered how I would continue to benefit from your wit and intelligence. This does it. Congrats on keeping up this blog for the past year. I am lifting my glass with you. Cheers.

  • Bill Flinn

    Congratulations, Prieur, on a perspicacious and enduring blog. Living in Auckland, New Zealand, I appreciate where you’re coming from (literally!)and thoroughly enjoy your comments. If I had the time, I would start a corresponding blog from here, which has some of the same virtues as your location.

    Best,

    Bill

  • Congrats! You have done a great job with the posts. I find the weekly roundup to be priceless.

    All the best,

    DH

  • Congratulation Prieur,
    and thanks for sharing your valuable opinion about stock markets economy.

    I wish you all the best.

    Vlada Kynsky

  • You have become part of my weekly reading and reflection. Thank you for all the timely information that a nonprofessional would have a hard time finding.

  • Mike McKay

    Excellent job throughout the year. I know you will keep up the good work, and improve your blog year in and year out.

  • Sebastian

    Muchas gracias por compartir tu sabiduría con nosotros…Es un gran placer formar parte de este blog.
    (Thank you so much for sharing your extense knowledge and thoughts with us…I´ts a great plaisure to be “part” of this blog)

  • Comment from Jack Steil: Hello Mr du Plessis,congratulations on a worthy addition to the financial community. Your mix of raw data, comparisons (thinking of equity market performance in own and usd) and the advice of many experienced market observers deserves praise. Long may it continue. As I mentioned previously, I consider it a complement to Doug Noland’s cbb. Kind regards, Jack Steil.

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