Deciding when to buy and sell on the stock market can be difficult. Some investors operate stop losses but those aren’t foolproof especially on AIM. Market makers often reduce the bid price by a few percent with the intention of triggering stop losses. It seems to be a common practice on the AIM.
I’m watching interest rates around the world. It seems the Federal Reserve will be the first to normalise interest rates. It could be as early as next month but many pundits are betting on December. That could be the trigger for other central banks to raise their rates too. It would certainly have an effect on the value of the US dollar as more money would be invested in the US as international investors look for better returns on their funds. That, in turn, would have a negative effect on other currencies including the GBP.
The stock market rallied a bit yesterday after the Federal Reserve decided to delay interest rate rises to later in the year. Uncertainty still worries investors and it seems this morning some dealers are taking profits and so the main market is down. I would be down too, but diversity rules for me and so I’m up as some of my AIM shares come good.
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.
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…)
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…)
Market makers are often the topic of discussion on the boards of investment forums. They are often blamed for all sorts of things! The London stock exchange has members who are official market makers and guarantee to trade in certain stocks. (more…)
Last weeks election is all over now and we have to consider the political consequences. We also have to watch out for bubbles in the market. Interest rates are still ridiculously low and so many investors are happy to get a low return even from the stock market. Some safe shares are priced too high as a result. (more…)
The stock market has been a little rocky as investors wonder how the general election result will affect their investments. The minimum wage might go up and put a strain on those companies that have a lot of low paid staff. However, many of those companies will benefit from increased sales. (more…)
This week has been a better week for me on the stock market. Solo Oil and it’s partners in the Horse Hill prospect all put out an RNS yesterday that sent their share prices up. That was good news for private investors. (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…)
Interest rates are still very low in the UK. The bank rate is still 0.5% and so banks are offering meagre returns on their accounts. They try to make them acceptable with bonuses, but most people find the rates unacceptable and are looking for a better return on their money. Peer to peer lending has become safer and more popular. Leading the peer to peer lending movement is Zopa. (more…)
A lot of shares seem cheap now as we appear to be coming out of a recession. Taylor Wimpey shares have been rising steadily since 2008, but are still a fraction of what they were in 2007. They could return to the highs of over £4.00 a share as the economy recovers. I think there is a housing shortage and they are in a good position to do the building, if the government gets it’s act together.
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!