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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…)


Taking AIM #investments

Investing in the AIM market

I bought shares in another AIM company this week. As usual I invested half of my usual minimum amount and got a discounted dealing commission. It’s even more important on the AIM to limit your risk by investing less and diversely. (more…)


Time to sell? #investments

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The FTSE 100 reached a new high again this week and is slowly moving towards 7000. With many shares doing well, is it a time to sell? Most investors look to buy low and sell high and some prices seem high now. (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…)


FTSE 100 record #investments #finance

FTSE 100 sets a new record

The FTSE 100 climbed to new highs this week and although this gave investors confidence, red lights flashed on my dashboard. With interest rates still rock bottom and even negative interest rates being considered, institutional investors are looking for safe havens on the stock market. (more…)


Forward guidance #investments

forward guidance

Last August Mark Carney governor of the Bank of England issued his ‘forward guidance’ on interest rates. He told the market that he intended to keep the Bank rate at its current historically low 0.5%, at least until the unemployment rate fell to 7% or below. Can we rely on that? (more…)


Investment strategy #investments #finance

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Different people view investments differently, some think long term and some think short term. Greed drives some people to invest and the need for financial security drives others. As a small investor I keep an open mind, but favour companies that are basically good companies, but going through a difficult time. (more…)


Finance Friday: Investment peaks and troughs

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…)


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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