Many investors make an investment in a small company and hope they make it big. I have high hopes that Solo Oil will make it big with its shares in oil discoveries both in Tanzania and in the UK.
George Osborne made some interesting comments about quantitative easing and loose monetary policy this week that showed some new thinking:
George Osborne said: “We need to offset the very necessary loose monetary policy and the distributional consequences that it is having. Essentially it makes the rich richer and makes life difficult for ordinary savers.”
“There’s a role for government policy not in stopping that monetary policy which keeps the economy strong but in mitigating its impact. I think all of us who believe in free markets need to work harder to find an answer to the anger that people clearly feel out there.”
This followed on from comments made by the Bank of England’s deputy governor Minouche Shafik that suggested quantitative easing is here to stay. New thinking at the Bank of England seems to favour QE as a permanent tool of monetary policy.
By a strange coincidence, my car insurance is due today and the premium has gone up 20%. This seems the norm this year across the industry. I have my insurance with the AA who have been upgraded by brokers Morgan Stanley this morning to ‘overweight’. The share price has shot up by 4.85% in early trading. Every cloud has a silver lining…
The whole economic picture for the UK and maybe for the world is still uncertain. Despite the super-computers running economic models and expert economists making their predictions, the economic future looks even more unpredictable than ever. The future for the UK is even more unpredictable because of uncertainty caused by Brexit.
After the stock market was trashed last Friday we had the aftershocks that saw banks and house builders losing up to 30% of their market capitalisation. Then, the dead cat bounced, the market recovered a little this week. So why did it crash so spectacularly on Friday and what can we learn from it? We have to understand the role of market makers in all this. We need to understand the Brexit aftershocks.
Pharma in focus
Pharma in focus was really the theme of the week with Immupharma soaring as trials of its Lupuzor drug appear to be successful. The inventor of the drug is also due to give a lecture on the developments which is expected to be positive news. In early trading today, many investors were selling and taking profits and so quite a big drop this morning. (more…)
In life, we always have uncertainty and some periods are more uncertain than others. Most people try to avoid drama and want a quiet life. We want certainty in an uncertain world. It is the same when we are investing our money, we want certainty and stability but politics and religion make for constant uncertainty. Today, it is the referendum that makes markets jittery in the UK, but many problems around the world add to the uncertainty. (more…)
It was another week of uncertainty for investors as we wait for that dreaded referendum and its unpredictable consequences. So may investors are looking for unusual investments that offer some predictability. (more…)
There is always some political risk when it comes to investing. The prehistoric tendency for one tribe to go to war with another still exists. We might have developed supercomputers and space travel but many people still have Neanderthal ideas. It makes it difficult for those of us who want a world of entertainment, peace and security. (more…)
Market risk changes constantly. Economic downturns, terrorist risk, perceived risks by rating agencies and political risk all weighs on sentiment. The sentiment that drives buying and selling in the market. (more…)
Market makers seem to trade with no goal except to make money. On the AIM market, they often increase spreads to as much as 20% for no apparent reason. Trying to figure out what they were doing this week was a challenge as usual. (more…)
I watched Question Time on the BBC last night and the politicians answering the questions trotted out the same party live cliques as usual. Not an original thought or idea between them. (more…)
This week I’ve been following the progress of the oil well at Horse Hill near Gatwick which has been flow-tested with good results. It’s producing about 450 barrels a day which is good for all the small companies involved. For Solo Oil, this is another investment to bring in revenue. (more…)
If you’re on a low income it is actually easier to double your standard of living than if you’re on a higher income. First you need to do a little bookkeeping and identify your sources of income and what you spend it on. (more…)
The Halifax has said that house price growth has risen to 9.7%. Who benefits from this? If you own property as a landlord, then you might benefit when you sell your property or you might be able to increase the rents but overall as a society, we are losing out as so much investment goes into the property market. (more…)
I was reading a forum this morning and someone suggested the reason by the world’s stock markets were so unstable was the robots having a laugh at our expense. Many transactions are now done by computers these days! (more…)
The other day I read that the majority of members of parliament are now landlords and have their money invested in the London property market. It only needs the government to fund a London building programme to burst that bubble. No wonder they’re all scared of Corbyn getting into number 10! (more…)
The all share index on the London stock market is down nearly 4% this week, which is a lot for small private investors. There are some bargains to be had but falling markets have had a devastating effect on the value of portfolios in recent months. We have to think long term and consider buying. (more…)
We can never be sure what the future will hold, but I think this will be the year when inflation starts to creep up again. Competition in many areas such as the supermarkets was fierce in 2015. The oil companies had to compete too with a glut of oil and that is seeing producers with higher costs disappearing. The world economy has seen tight money and increasing competition. (more…)
The British parliament voted this week to extend bombing to Syria and the FTSE 100 dropped two percentage points the next day. Coincidence? Not likely. We can invest in bombs and bullets or we can invest in building things that will benefit humanity. I would prefer to invest in research to cure cancer. (more…)
Financial uncertainty seems to be caused by political considerations and lack of regulation. The problems in Ukraine seem to have taken a backseat now to the problems in Syria. The drop in economic growth in China seems to be less of a worry too. Those problems are still there, but we have more important things to worry about now! Get used to more uncertainty! (more…)
I have noticed recently that many company directors don’t seem to care about shareholders until they need capital. Shareholders need to be kept informed and this is doubly true for small companies on the AIM. They should have a director whose sole responsibility is to engage with investors. (more…)
Some people are beginning to wonder if the policy of austerity favoured by many western nations is really a big mistake. The national debts are increasing, tax revenues are decreasing and people are suffering as a result. (more…)