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Interests: Asian Markets, Bonds, Commodities, Derivatives, Economics, Emerging Markets, European Markets, Funds, Geopolitics, Gold, Hedge Funds, Interest Rates, International Stocks, Oil, Private Equity, Property, Stocks, US Market

Twitter: @marben100

About Me:

I am a full-time private investor... with a little trading on the side (generally small-scale arbitrage in specialist niches).

Previously, I spent 24 years in the IT industry, 13 of those running my own IT services firm. I invested as a "hobby" for 20 years before turning it into a full-time occupation in 2004.

I really enjoy the "research" side of investing, finding out about varied businesses and industries and learning what makes them tick. Since going "full-time" I have learnt an awful lot from some very erudite investors & professionals who are kind enough to share their expertise in electronc forums such as this. I can now count a number of them as my friends, having had the opportunity to meet them in the real world, as well as this virtual one!

I try to pay back the debt I owe by sharing what I've learnt and I always value constructive criticism to correct my errors and misapprehensions!

I am a Director of ShareSoc, the UK organisation for individual shareholders. See below for details.

 

 


Investment Strategy

Value oriented - but taking account of growth. I always look for "cheap" stocks but adjust my definition of "cheap" to take account of conservative growth prospects. "Cheap" can also relate to asset value, as well as earnings/cashflow.


Website

ShareSoc is a not-for-profit campaigning organisation, promoting individual share ownership, fighting for shareholder rights and providing educational resources to investors.

Web Address: http://www.sharesoc.org/

Address: PO Box 62
Chislehurst
Kent
UNITED KINGDOM
BR7 5YB

Tel: 020-8467-2686

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The price of oil (and energy in general) is significant for all investors, not just those invested in oil companies, as energy costs are a key input to the economics of many businesses. Hence the recent sharp decline in prices will have widespread economic ramifications, not just the obvious impact it has already had on the share prices of businesses linked to the sector. A…

Greetings! I am preparing a course on behalf of ShareSoc, designed to help investors who are not very comfortable or familiar with the range of tools now available to them. Now, I appreciate that most readers here are already "web savvy" and this course will probably not be suitable for you. However, maybe you know someone who isn't quite "up to speed" and would welcome…

I have recently made a small investment in Ophir Energy (LON:OPHR) , thanks to @WShak1 alerting me to the price drop following the placing by early investors Och-Ziff and Mittal. As it turned out, this was shortly followed by a large rights issue, which I shall be happy to take up. Ophir has been on my radar for a while, as a highly successful explorer,…

Earlier this week, a very important article/study was reported on by Reuters, following on from the original press release from the University of Texas here.  I have been sceptical that shale gas is the panacea it's been touted as. My concern was whether the CAPEX required for drilling and fracking was economically justifiable, given the rapid decline rate of shale wells. Whilst such wells produce…

Inaugural ShareSoc Technology Company Seminar    ShareSoc is pleased to launch the first of a series of technology company focussed seminars exclusive to ShareSoc members. The event will take place on the 20th March 2013, in the City of London, commencing at 5:30 pm. Three companies will be presenting and answering your questions: Escher Group (LON:ESCH) : a developer of software for the postal industry. Deltex…



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ShareSoc's third Investor Masterclass, to take place within the Mello Investor Workshops venue on 23rd April, has been officially launched today. Full details and booking information can be found here: http://www.sharesoc.org/masterclasses.htmlI'm delighted that David, Paul and Ed are joining our panel again and Leon will be hosting. I will be announcing the fourth panel member shortly.Please note that the Masterclass, though held in the same…

Hi Malcy, Thanks for your response and for drawing my attention to your report of Friday, which I found interesting. As you say, definitely worth keeping an eye on and I would be interested in your findings, if you manage to visit the company. Best regards, Mark

Hi Chris,Things have moved along bit with Baker Steel Resources Trust (LON:BSRT) since my post last November. In particular, the placing and open offer (at 36.2p, after NAV was marked down to 42.6p) raised little cash - only around £1m. Further shares were issued to acquire assets, as set out in the prospectus issued by the company - so little to cheer investors, so far.As…

Not immediately, but it's concerns about expiring hedges that are driving producers to slash their drilling expenditure, which is reflected in the rig count.

A good refutation of the "herd" storage glut view here: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Truth-About-U.S.-Crude-Storage.html H/T to @Conkers3 on Twitter.

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