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Ending a year of volatility #investments

The stock market will close at lunchtime today and for small investors, it will be the ending of trading for 2016. Did we have a good year? I saw my portfolio take a huge dive following the Brexit vote but as the market recovered my returns recovered too. So I’ll be ending 2016 reasonably happy with my investments.

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Watching the market #investments

As a small investor, I’m always watching the market and this week my attention was turned towards the US markets. The Federal Reserve increased their base rate and this has global implications. The Bank of England decided to leave our rates unchanged, but for how long? There are already signs that the US dollar will appreciate against other currencies and my shares in GSK are finding favour again and seem a bargain compared to their October price. They have lost £2.00 a share in 2 months.

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Choppy markets #investments

September and October weren’t good months on the investment front for me and November has been decidedly choppy. The stock market is volatile with the FTSE 100 bouncing around a bit. But there is some good news. (more…)


Responsibilities to shareholders #investments

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…)


M and A #investments

Mergers and acquisitions can send stock prices soaring higher and acquisitions are more likely when prices are low; mergers too are more likely when times are tough. The FTSE 100 dropped from a high of over 7,000 to below 6,000 and so many companies have been looking at M & A. (more…)


Risk and return #investments

The FTSE 100 is up this morning after some positive news from the US, but investors are still nervous. Private investors expect a real terms return on their investment that reflects the risk they are taking.  (more…)


Crash: is it over? #investments

We have seen the stock market fall from over 7,000 to under 6000, is the carnage over? I think to call it a crash is an exaggeration, it’s really a market correction with a sprinkling of panic. (more…)


Friday rally? #investments

The stock market has been dropping since June and dropped from a  high of over 7,000 in May to a low of under 6,000 this week. It dropped below 6,000 last month too and then recovered, will it stay over 6,000 now? (more…)


Risks and diversity #investments

risks

There are many different kinds of investment. Even buying tools so you can grow vegetables in the garden or do your own DIY can be an investment. Investments can save you money, make you money or simply provide a little insurance and peace of mind. Something you can sell when times are hard. (more…)


Posh panic #investments

Posh boys panic

At one time all the traders in the City of London had East end accents. Now they are all Oxbridge educated and talk posh, they also panic when sentiment goes against the market.  They don’t appreciate that they are the sentiment. So the Shanghai composite took a dive on Monday and we saw posh boy panic in London. (more…)


Bubbles and cycles.

bubbles and cycles

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the world economy, but there does appear to be bubbles and cycles. Cycles when the Chinese Yuan is strong and then a cycle when the Yuan is weak. Do these cycles just happen or are they engineered by governments? The answer this week, was the value of the Yuan being cut by the Chinese government. Bubbles too can be engineered by governments, especially property bubbles, like we see in London now. (more…)


Looking for growth #investments

It was another boring week watching the stock market. The FTSE 100 is still down at 6744.47, much lower than it’s high of 7122.74. I think it’s unlikely to recover until we have some good news from Europe and Greece in particular. Austerity seems to be stifling international trade. (more…)


A democratic stock market

stock market

Democratic stock market

I’m old enough to remember the sell off, of nationalised industries in the UK. The gas industry, water, telephones and electricity were all sold off at bargain prices. Even the TSB was sold and the government didn’t even own that. It could have been a good thing, but they were simply sold off to the middle classes.  Most people lost out and have since suffered with high bills from those industries. A truly democratic stock market would give access to all. (more…)


Politics and money #investments

politics and money

Politics have been depressing the stock markets this week, with the Greek debt crisis lingering on. It seems the credit crunch that followed the Lehman’s Brothers collapse just goes on and on. The problems seem systemic, markets can’t decide and adjust economies. (more…)


Peaks and troughs #investing

Peaks and troughs

Day traders in the City of London watch for the peaks and troughs in share prices, selling on the peaks and buying on the troughs. They keep the market stable, but they also sell on bad news and buy on good news. (more…)

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