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Overseas childhood, Mod Langs Uni, 25+ years M East banking, now shuttling between UK, US and Spain, trying to earn a more or less honest crust investing.

Mainly UK shares, predominantly oilies + 'special situations'.

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Hi all, A bit like waiting for a bus.... GLA

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Hi all, I like the family involvement/alignment of interests : apart from Sven Morstedt''s 50.69%, brother Bengt has another 6.61% and they each have a NED on the Board. AIUI, the share buyback in lieu of 'conventional' dividends suits Sven's tax status. The absence of dividend may also keep it off PI's/ II's radar screens a bit. I think CLI is a relatively undiscovered gem…

Hi all, My daughter is a junior doctor and looking at buying her first home. She's horrified (rightly, in my view) at the price of houses : she works in London. When I suggest it's a demand and supply issue, she wonders why we don't just build more houses. When I point to the shortage of doctors and nurses and say, shouldn't we double the…

Hi catalogue, My commiserations ! If a week is a long time in politics, 6 weeks can seem an eternity, if you're unexpectedly under water on investments that you had such high hopes for ;-< ! I'd be particularly interested in hearing more about your US naps, since this isn't a market I've followed up til now ....and it would be useful to understand how…

Hi kalkanite, I think I may not have been clear in my comment re the older demographic : not so much that they're (I'm) not reasonably internet-savvy, more that a lot of people are reluctant to give card details over the internet and like the 'safety' of ordering from home/office and paying/collecting from the store. it's this risk averse segment of potential customer base that…

Hi kalkanite, Thanks for the write-up - I've looked at HOME from time to time , but never persuaded myself to push the 'Buy' button. My personal, very occasional experience of Argos has been good, but I'm probably not their target customer. I like the cushion of an in-house financed credit book (a) for the conservatism and (b) for attracting, maybe, an opportunistic bid at…

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