Some investments take a long time to come good and are much riskier than the FTSE 100 companies. We can limit risk by diversifying and limiting our exposure quantitatively. These investments often lose money, at least on paper in the short-term, but can give a good return in the long-term.
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.
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…)
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…)
The good news this week was that RSA Insurance may be taken over by Zurich. That sent the price up to 518, but it has dropped back to 516. (more…)
The excitement over the discovery of oil and gas soon died down when they realised there wasn’t quite as much as they thought. It sent Solo Oil’s price up over a penny and for a while we danced in the streets and celebrated. (more…)
The weather is getting colder and wetter in the UK as winter approaches. My house is fairly warm relative to the temperature outside. Einstein knew the importance of relativity. If we were all the same height, there would be no tall people or any short people. We are only short or tall relative to others. (more…)
If you have been following my finance posts you will know I started investing on the stock exchange a few years ago. I see it as an education, I’m still learning. Yesterday, was an interesting day just before the market closed there was news of an oil strike that sent shares in Solo Oil soaring. (more…)
Shares in Britain’s house builders are falling today after George Osborne said that he would now give the Bank of England stronger powers to curb mortgage lending. The Bank’s Governor Mark Carney also noted that interest rates could rise sooner than expected. More ‘forward guidance’, so anything can happen. (more…)
I usually do an investment post when I make a new investment on the stock market. On my watch-list for some time has been the troubled insurance group, Royal Sun Alliance. I had a discount on dealing fees on Wednesday, so I decided to buy. (more…)
My first investment blog post was nearly 2 years ago now. I wrote that after buying shares in Premier foods for 4p each. The company was heavily in debt, but the shares went to 18p before a 1 for 10 share swap. They are still at 129.59 at the time of writing. That’s a return of over 220% so far!