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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…)


Planning ahead #thrifty

I still haven’t bought any Christmas presents, but I’m looking out for suitable gifts. Many prices will go up closer to Christmas, so you can save money by getting your presents early. One idea is to buy a few smaller gifts and put them in a gift bag. You can get the gift bags from Poundland. (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…)


Thrifty Halloween #thrifty

As usual I’m searching for bargains, but often you know which shop to go to, but the item you want is out of stock. Many shops buy in stock at a discount and when it’s gone either don’t restock, can’t restock  or are slow to restock because they have to negotiate a discount on new stock. (more…)


Is it really a bargain? #thrifty

Things might look like bargains in discounters like Aldi, Lidl and Poundland, but they aren’t always a bargain. We should always compare to other stores. (more…)


Short term and long term #investments

We have to think both short term and long term when we invest. While we want to see a return on our investments on paper because that gives us a virtual return and so adds to our financial security. We also want to see real returns when we sell or when we collect dividends. (more…)


Planning for autumn and winter #thrifty

It’s the first day of October and in many government departments this is the day the heating is switched on. I switched mine on a few days ago but have the thermostat set lower than usual and I’m wearing a warm jumper more! (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…)


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…)


Rich or poor? #thrifty

rich?

I watched a little of Britain’s spending secrets with Anne Robinson again last night. Once again it highlighted the gap between rich and poor and the discrimination against the disadvantaged. I saw a few seconds of a ‘benefits’ programme on channel 5 too, that was too disgusting to watch more. (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…)


Sweet deals and bargains

They have a sweet deal on at Poundland this week; two bags of sugar for a pound! They have a money belt for a pound too; just the thing for us stingy types! (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…)


Summer bargains #thrifty

I had another good weekend, going to  events. I went to a community project and photographed a model railway, then on to West Bromwich Manor House on Saturday. Then on  Saturday night I went to a Big up the Black Country Event and photographed some local performers. (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…)


Turning pennies into pounds #investments

turning pennies into pounds

A  featured Post by Mike Maynard 

There are lots of stories on the internet about buying penny shares in innovative companies that end up worth pounds and give early investors a fortune. I don’t think many people get the opportunity to invest early on in the life of a company, but there are some penny shares in the AIM market that might soar to great heights one day.

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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…)


Safe harbours? #investments

safe?

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…)


Political uncertainty #investments

political

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…)


Rampers and rumours #investments

rampers

I wrote about the news of oil in the Weald basin last week and how that was affecting the share price of the companies involved. The statement about 100 billion barrels of oil, certainly ramped up prices, but they dropped dramatically again this week! Solo Oil hit 0.71, but is back at 0.55 today. (more…)


Solo Oil #investments

Solo oil

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…)


Political risks #finance

political risks

I used to have the odd afternoon betting on horses on Betfair and trying to not only place bets, but to lay bets too. Now I watch the stock market instead. Some would say I’m still gambling, but we gamble all the time anyway. Life has it’s risks and we have to avoid dark alleys, but not allow fear to stop us taking risks altogether. We have to be brave and live life. (more…)


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