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Occupation: Private Investor

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.


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

Web Address:

Address: PO Box 62

Tel: 020-8467-2686

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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…

A place to discuss usage, moderation policies etc of the Stocko-hub:  I can incorporate any agreed rules, after debate here, in the header of the main Stocko-hub thread.

Recent debate about moderation policies and the desirability of an investment hub set me thinking... We each have our own favourite investment sites and we'd all like to make sure we don't miss anything that might be useful posted on any of them. Twitter is a very useful medium for alerting others about quality articles but suffers from one disadvantage: it is a transient medium…

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Hi jonesjeff, As Paul (and today's results) has pointed out, Manx's debt position is radically different post-IPO, when it received a cash injection from the IPO of £82.5m (p118 of the AD). Net debt on admission to AIM stood at £65m, a figure which seems reasonable to me, in relation to an operating cashflow of £28.1m & an FCF of £12.1m, which is after some…

Hi ridavies, I took a look at Manx Telecom recently and decided to invest. However, before deciding to do so, I did take a good look at the AIM Admission Document. p13 of the document says this: The Group enjoys a leading market position in this sector and the Directors believe that the Group serves almost all of the existing available residential and business customers…

New ShareSoc chairman, Stan Grierson, attended BP's AGM last week and quizzed the Board. It was a lively affair. Given the large number of shareholders with interests in BP, on this occasion we're making the report available to all in our public blog: AGM report library continues to grow, with hundreds of reports now posted. This is exclusively available to our members. See…

Hi Ben, Paul, Mark Slater was sick on the day, apparently. Tom Winnifrith has indicated that Mark Slater has agreed to record the presentation he was intending to give, so should be available for viewing in due course. Cheers, Mark

Regarding the idea of suspending shares whilst a fundraising takes place: I suggest that for the practical reasons given above the suspension should begin when the funding proposals are put before potential funders, NOT when the board takes a decision to raise funds or whilst documentation is prepared. This should shorten the time period of the suspension to a reasonable one, of the order Paul…

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