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Market risk #investments

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Market risk

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…)


Surviving the market turmoil #investments

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…)


Predictions for 2016 #finance

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…)


Will we see more takeovers? #finance

It was another dire week on the stock market and the FTSE 100 moved closer to 6000. The drop from the high of over 7000 a few months ago is substantial. Will we see more takeover bids? We have already seen a bid for RSA insurance that fell through, Thorntons was taken over by Ferrero, Cable and Wireless look like being taken over and TSB went too. (more…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


Austerity a mistake? #investments

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…)


Risks and diversity #investments

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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…)


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…)


Diverse investments

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…)


Small investors and risk

For small investors the stock market looks scary with warnings that you can lose all your money. It’s easier to just put your money in the bank and accept interest that barely covers inflation. With low interest rates, that situation has got worse. You do have to put a lot of thought into share dealing and you can lose money! You just have to learn as you go along and not get greedy. (more…)


Crisis bargain hunting #investments

Crisis bargain hunting

It looks like the Greece crisis is over, at least for now, but prices haven’t fully recovered. The FTSE 100 index is still way down off it’s high of earlier this year. At the time of writing, it’s on 6,791.51. Will it go back up past 7000? (more…)


A democratic stock market

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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…)


Political uncertainty #investments

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The London stock market still looks shaky this week with political uncertainty making traders and investors nervous.  I’m old enough to remember a few governments and so although cautious, I’m not too worried. Last week, I lost about 2% on my portfolio, but gained this week. (more…)


TSB takeover #investments

TSB investment

This week TSB issued a statement: “TSB confirms that it has received a preliminary proposal from Sabadell which may or may not result in a formal offer for the entire share capital of the Company.” Banco de Sabadell SA has offered 340p in cash per share for TSB sending the share price up to 325p (more…)


Pundits, power and panic #finance

Pundits, power and panic

It seems that traders on the stock market rely on the guidance of brokers and the pundits in newspapers, rather than doing their own due diligence before trading.  We all rely on others to analyse complex annual reports, we can’t read them all; but many pundits seem to amplify minor problems. (more…)


Finance Friday: Contrarian investments

Investing in companies that have problems or that are making a loss is contrary to normal wisdom, but the returns often justify the risk. I bought Lloyds Banking Group for just under 30p and today they are just under 80p. That is about as good as it gets. Or is it? I could do better on Solo Oil. (more…)

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