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Stockopedia Subscriber Performance Survey 2020

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Twelve months ago, stock markets in the UK and around the world were facing turmoil as Covid took hold. The initial price reversal was breathtaking. But unlike other serious sell-offs in recent memory – particularly the 2009 financial crisis – markets bottomed-out quite quickly.

Within weeks of the pull-back last February and March, some stocks and sectors were recovering. Others were even flourishing. Across the market there were emerging lockdown winners (and losers), all set against the backdrop of exceptional economic chaos.

It all set the scene for a year in which investors could (and some did) do very well in the stock market — and that’s exactly what we heard in the results of our 2020 subscriber survey, which we sent out recently.

A successful year for many investors

Every year we sound-out Stockopedia users to hear how they’ve fared in the market and whether they’re feeling bullish or bearish about the future. Despite the fear and volatility that dominated the early months of 2020, ultimately shares did well, and so have many of our subscribers…

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Indeed, a very solid 86 percent of the ~1,400 users who replied to the survey said they had outperformed or significantly outperformed the market since they started using the platform. Thirteen percent said that they had matched the market, while just four percent had underperformed or significantly underperformed.

Those results are quite a leap on the already strong performances reported a year earlier, in 2019. Back then, seventy percent of respondents said they’d outperformed or significantly outperformed the market since joining Stockopedia, with 22 percent matching the market and eight percent underperforming it.

Digging into the detail of 2020, an impressive 16 percent of respondents said they’d seen a performance of more than 50 percent in the previous 12 months. Nineteen percent said their performance had come in at between 30 and 50 percent. Forty-three percent said they’d seen a gain of between 10 and 30 percent. And fourteen percent said their performance had been between zero and 10 percent.

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Widely held winners in 2020

As for widely held winners, our findings from the 2020 survey show a huge number of names. We asked respondents to tell us which stocks had given them the best returns, and the table below highlights the most widely held winners and how they performed:

Share

Ticker

% of respondents

2020 Gain %

Sylvania Platinum

SLP

9.5%

122.5%

Games Workshop

GAW

4.4%

84.7%

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust

SMT

3.8%

107.2%

Novacyt

NCYT

3.1%

6050%

Volex

VLX

3.0%

98.7%

Boohoo

BOO

2.3%

14.7%

Best of the Best

BOTB

2.2%

342.4%

Ferrexpo

FXPO

2.1%

91.3%

ITM Power

ITM

1.9%

537.4%

Tesla

TSLA

1.6%

673.7%

Codemasters

CDM

1.5%

131.3%

Ceres Power Holdings

CWR

1.5%

390.7%

Ergomed

ERGO

1.5%

168.5%

Impax Asset Management

IPX

1.1%

81.3%

SDI

SDI

1.1%

53.2%

Greatland Gold

GGP

1.1%

1916.4%

MPAC

MPAC

1.1%

112.2%

MTI Wireless Edge

MWE

1.1%

76.8%

Gear4Music

G4M

1.0%

224.8%

Rio Tinto

RIO

0.9%

20.8%

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Mining and metals was a very hot sector in the uncertainty of 2020, especially on evidence of a new commodities supercycle emerging. South Africa-based PGM specialist Sylvania Platinum was the widest held top performer. But there were stellar gains achieved in stocks like Greatland Gold, and even large-caps like Ferrexpo and Rio Tinto delivered solid returns.
  • Covid winners emerged all over the place, but some micro-cap biotechs with testing expertise went stratospheric. French biology company Novacyt was one of the biggest, with a 6,000+ % gain through the year.
  • Tesla was probably the biggest name in stock markets around the world last year. It became a symbol of the incredible momentum in US markets, and was the only non-UK stock to make the top 20 here. One of its biggest institutional holders – Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (which holds a number of US tech giants) – was the third most widely held winner, with Tesla itself in 10th.
  • Growth stocks and high quality compounders continued to deliver in 2020. PI favourites like Games Workshop, Volex, Boohoo, Best of the Best and SDI among others, proved that they could be depended on.

How do Stockopedia users see themselves?

Our subscriber base has grown strongly over the past year and the majority continue to classify themselves as either Active Stock Pickers, Systematic Investors or Income/Quality Investors. The proportion marking themselves as Active Stock Pickers has increased to just over 30 percent from 25 percent last year. That perhaps reflects a sense that investors have felt the need to be more hands-on with their portfolio selections this past year – and, of course, that dividends from income stocks were decimated in 2020.

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In terms of experience, Stockopedia users have a fairly broad range of years spent investing, with nearly 40 percent of respondents saying they’ve got more than 20 years of experience behind them. A promising move from last year is that the proportion of users claiming to have been investing for less than a year has shifted from around 2 percent in 2019 to more like 5 percent in 2020.

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And for many users, our StockReports, StockRanks and Editorial continue to be some of the most popular features of Stockopedia – certainly in helping to improve portfolio results.

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Finally, another promising response from respondents to the 2020 survey is that the majority feel more confident about their understanding of the stock market since they started using Stockopedia. This is a slightly self-serving question, but we would still expect market conditions to influence how users reply to it. So it’s interesting that the proportion feeling confident in their investing has increased from 75 percent in 2018 to 82 percent in 2019 and now 85 percent in 2020. Confidence is at a high, presumably because the market may continue to recover as the Covid crisis wanes.

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As always, thanks to everyone who took part in the survey. The responses are hugely valuable to us and offer a very interesting view of what Stockopedia users are thinking and how they are performing.

As ever – Safe investing

Stockopedia



Source: https://www.stockopedia.com/content/stockopedia-subscriber-performance-survey-2020-770744/


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