The Desert Island Investor

Listen to the experiences and strategies of private investor, Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. The stocks he reviews are from his actual portfolio, not a 'virtual' one, so these are genuine win-some, lose-some stories. We hope that you'll also enjoy regular feature 'Question in a Bottle' where Mark answers listeners' questions about investing.

The Desert Island Investor

Episode posted on 15/12/2023

James Halstead plc is a UK based company which is primarily engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of commercial floor coverings. Their geographical area includes Europe and Scandinavia, Australasia, Asia and the Rest of the World. In this festive episode Mark runs through the figures and outlines his confidence in the company as a long term investment. Paul reads the parrots a Christmas poem.

This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Bottle Illustration: rawpixel.com - FreePik (CC-BY) Parrots pic: Horst Dunkhorst (Pexels). SFX - Freesound (CC0/CC-BY) Waves: juskiddink. Corkscrew: YleArkisto. Thunder: digifishmusic. Rainfall: nonzeroenfilade. Poem: The night before Christmas - Clement Clarke Moore (public domain).

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James Halstead: https://jameshalstead.com

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 30/11/2023

Somero Enterprises Inc. manufactures innovative laser-guided machinery used in horizontal concrete installations. Their equipment is used to ensure that the concrete floors of large warehouses are perfectly level and safe. In this episode Mark discusses the qualities of the company and the potential for growth in light of the increasing demand for online-shopping fulfilment centres. Paul threatens to attend a Somero product demonstration dressed as Elvis.

This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Bottle Illustration: rawpixel.com - FreePik (CC-BY) SFX - Freesound (CC0/CC-BY) Waves: juskiddink. Corkscrew: YleArkisto. Online shopping picture: Bogdan Hoyaux - WikiMedia Commons

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Somero: https://www.somero.com

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 09/11/2023

Unilever Plc is a manufacturer and supplier of fast-moving consumer goods with over 400 brands to its name. The company's portfolio comprises food products, beauty and personal care products, beverages, home care products, vitamins, minerals and supplements. In this episode of the podcast Mark reviews the organisation as one of his core holdings. Paul gives one of the island's parrots a Unilever brand recognition test.

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Bottle Illustration from FreePik (CC-BY) rawpixel.com. SFX from Freesound (CC-BY): Waves: juskiddink. Corkscrew: YleArkisto. Macaw: felix.blume. Wings: Nakhas. Parrot Jungle: soundbytez.

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Unilever (PLC): https://www.unilever.com

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 19/10/2023

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio products group that develops and markets proprietary hardware and software products. Their solutions are used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike in the quest for the highest possible quality of both live and studio recordings. In this episode of the podcast Mark reviews the company in respect to its solid performance as one of his smaller holdings.

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | SFX from Freesound (Creative Commons Attribution Licence): Waves and Seagulls: juskiddink.

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Focusrite (PLC): https://focusriteplc.com/history.html

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 24/09/2023

Our guest castaway Tom Entwistle washed up on the beach this morning and in payment for his safe return to the mainland he has to endure a grilling from Mark. In this episode Tom talks about his success in property investing and the challenges that the market faces. Plus he reveals the story behind the incredibly popular online resource for UK landlords, Landlord Zone.

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | SFX from Freesound (Creative Commons Attribution Licence): Waves: juskiddink.

Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
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Landlord Zone: https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 29/08/2023

Greggs seem to be going from strength to strength at the moment and this is one of Mark's core stocks. In this episode he talks in detail about Greggs and explains the compelling investment argument. Paul visits the new Greggs drive-through in Bolton to sample their cheese and onion bake. The 'Question in a Bottle' is from Jonathan Murphy who asks Mark, does director trading influence you?

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | SFX from Freesound (Creative Commons Attribution Licence): Waves: juskiddink, Corkscrew: YleArkisto. Question in a Bottle illustration courtesy of Freepik.

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Greggs  | Greenhalgh's  | Carrs

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 06/08/2023

Smurfit Kappa is a FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world with operations in over 30 countries. In this episode of the podcast Mark explains why he has maintained faith in Smurfit Kappa through thick and thin. Paul points out that they even make a cardboard tent. The 'Question in a Bottle' this time is from David Raywood who asks Mark to explain, what is EBITDA?

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Wave SFX by juskiddink (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Corkscrew SFX by YleArkisto (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Question in a Bottle illustration courtesy of Freepik.

Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
https://uppbeat.io/t/yeti-music/peaceful-morning
License code: L0TLWWJDT28JVSTX

Smurfit Kappa Group | The Smurfit Kappa KARTENT (YouTube) | 10 Hours of Rain in a Cardboard Tent - Kent Survival (YouTube)

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 19/07/2023

STRIX (KETL) is based on the Isle of Man and is the company behind a patented bi-metallic thermostatic switch which can be found in homes around the world. Applications include kettles, irons and toasters. Through a series of acquisitions the company has also diversified into water filtration products and a remarkable system that delivers chilled, ambient or boiling water from a single tap at the touch of a button. In this episode of the podcast Mark explains why despite being underwater with this investment he sees promise in the future of STRIX and has just added to his holding. The 'Question in a Bottle' this time is from David Raywood who asks Mark for his thoughts about the investment strategy of averaging down.

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Wave SFX by juskiddink (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Corkscrew SFX by YleArkisto (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Question in a Bottle illustration courtesy of Freepik.

Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
https://uppbeat.io/t/yeti-music/peaceful-morning
License code: L0TLWWJDT28JVSTX

Palma Bottled Water Statistics | UK Bottled Water Market value | All about electric kettles in America (Technology Connections YouTube channel)

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 19/06/2023

On the basis that less is more, the quest for less CO2 emissions will undoubtedly require the production of more copper wiring and copper components as the world focuses on renewable energy and electric vehicles. In this episode Mark explains that although he is not a fan of mining stocks, he is nonetheless happy to have Central Asia Metals (CAML) in his portfolio. The 'Question in a Bottle' this time is from Amit Vedhara who asks Mark, what are your views on the Share your Voice campaign?

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Wave SFX by juskiddink (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Corkscrew SFX by YleArkisto (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Question in a Bottle illustration courtesy of Freepik.

Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
https://uppbeat.io/t/yeti-music/peaceful-morning
License code: L0TLWWJDT28JVSTX

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 29/05/2023

Tesco supermarket (TSCO) is just one of several options if you're looking to add a large-cap retail business to your portfolio. In this episode of the podcast Mark explains why he invested in Tesco and why he has held that investment for so long. He breaks down his investment argument into 5 categories that will be useful for anyone thinking of investing in a supermarket. The 'Question in a Bottle' this time is from Nathan Sturgess who asks Mark, which investors do you respect the most and which books related to investing do you personally recommend?

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Wave SFX by juskiddink (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Corkscrew SFX by YleArkisto (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Question in a Bottle illustration courtesy of Freepik.

Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
https://uppbeat.io/t/yeti-music/peaceful-morning
License code: L0TLWWJDT28JVSTX

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 07/05/2023

Jeremy McKeown has worked in the City for over 4 decades in both fund management and stockbroking. He is currently a well respected investment consultant and he also hosts the popular podcast 'In the company of Mavericks' on Spotify and other podcasting channels. In this episode Mark talks at length with Jeremy about his journey and Paul heads off to the mainland for some rest and recreation.

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Wave SFX by juskiddink (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Corkscrew SFX by YleArkisto (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Question in a Bottle illustration courtesy of Freepik | Boat paddling SFX by: | Wind SFX by: | Nightclub SFX by:

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Dowgate Wealth (website)  In the Company of Mavericks podcast (Spotify)

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.

Episode posted on 16/04/2023

Will a cold stock warm up again? This is the question that Mark faced with his holding in Titon Holdings (TON), so he went off on a fact-finding mission to get a clearer picture of how his investment might pan out in the future. In this episode he reviews the stock, explains the challenges that the company was facing and reveals how the management is addressing those challenges. The 'Question in a Bottle' in this episode is from Declan who asks Mark, what is the PE Ratio?

The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. This episode of the podcast is generously hosted by London City based analysts Progressive Equity Research.

Created by Mark Atkinson (LinkedIn) | Produced by Paul Kerin | Wave SFX by juskiddink (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Corkscrew SFX by YleArkisto (Freesound) Creative Commons Attribution Licence | Question in a Bottle illustration courtesy of Freepik | Barometer photo credit: CCBY. Collection of Aukland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, col 2748.

Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
https://uppbeat.io/t/yeti-music/peaceful-morning
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Titon Holdings (website)

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is provided for general information only and the opinions expressed by Mark, his guests and the producers of the podcast do not constitute financial advice. Before purchasing financial products it is advisable to seek the guidance of a professional financial advisor.