First of all, welcome to Phanoto.

My name is Thomas Nielsen and I’m a 31-year-old economist/enthusiastic part-time stock investor.

I started this site in order to chronicle a journey in the world of stock investments, and to give me the chance to share my thoughts – and hopefully insights – on subjects I’m very passionate about: investments, finance and economics. I will regularly post about these subjects, plus – to make things more interesting – I’ve started a stock portfolio and I will keep everyone updated on the status of it on a monthly basis.

The Phanoto-Portfolio

The Phanoto-Portfolio – as I’ve affectionately nicknamed it – saw the light of day in January 2014. I have allocated $3000 dollars as start-up capital, and every month I will put an additional $100 into my stockbroker account.

What Stock Exchanges Will Be Used

I will – or can – buy stocks from the following stock exchanges:┬áNew York, Toronto, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, and Oslo.

The Goal

My goal is quite simple – and dare I say rational – to have as high a return as possible! In other words, I hope to beat the market. This is of course very difficult, but let’s face it, it is also more fun. I realize and I agree that for many investors it is safer, easier and an overall better idea to simply track the indices. But I also believe that you actually can consistently beat them if you have the skills and the work ethic. Of course, it remains to be seen whether I posses those things.

I hope you will enjoy the site.

In the monthly status updates, I aim to keep everyone informed of the development of the portfolio. As a reference, I will use the MSCI World Index, which tracks large and mid cap representation across 23 developed markets. My hope is to beat this index.

In the graph below, you can see the development of my portfolio compared to the MSCI World Index, since I started in January:


From April on, my portfolio has been ahead. However, since I’m hardly well-diversified, it can change very quickly. We will see.