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How the 2014 Bargain Shares Portfolio fared

My 2014 Bargain Shares portfolio ended the year down 16 per cent on an offer price-to-bid price basis using the opening market prices on 7 February 2014, rather than the lower magazine prices. Although this is better than the performance of the FTSE Aim index, it's miles adrift of the return on the FTSE All-Share index against which I have benchmarked all my portfolios over the years.

Of the 12 companies selected for the 2014 Bargain Shares Portfolio, shares in five produced a positive return but this could not make up for the hefty losses on the losers. The two laggards, Aim-traded Chinese retailers Naibu (NBU) and Camkids (CAMK), contributed the majority of the negative return.

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