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Real Name: Mark Carter

Occupation: Private Investor

Interests: Asian Markets, Funds, Stocks

Location: Scotland

Twitter: mcturra2000

Fantasy Fund: Magic Hat

About Me:

I am a private investor living in Scotland. I am a computer programmer by trade.

Investment Strategy
I trade... monthly
I tend to buy... according to my system
I hold for... a year
Diversification is ... important, but not beyond 10 positions

I tend to follow the guiding principles of Ben Graham, although since 2011, I am becoming increasingly interested in GARP stocks.


Investment blog of an amateur private investor. The blog also contains non-investment related posts.

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Mark Carter's Latest Blogs

THT – Thorntons – as everyone knows, makes chocolate.THT, as an investment, has been very good to me on a few occasions. I have tended to dip in and out as circumstances have dictated. I did extremely well out of its initial recovery phase, which has since petered out. I’ve done quite well trading in and out of it on a few ocassions.My latest purchase…

I thought it might be worth sharing a recent experience with a spinoff, which perhaps highlights that they can provide some pretty good investment opportunities. The company in question is CRC (California Resources), which is a spinoff from OXY (Occidental Petroleum) from the end of November 2014.I bought CRC on 9 January 2015, at a price of $4.96. At the time, OXY was worth $62.6b,…

Six months ago , I called hosting company WANdisco overbought at 384p (here), saying that it has yet to show that it can earn decent returns on capital. The valuation was too high, and the faltering price meant that momentum players were likely to lose interest. So, how did things work out?I'm relieved to report that my prognosis was accurate. Its RS6m (6-month relative strength)…

With another tax year under our belt, it's time to pause for reflection, assess what we've learnt about investing, and hopefully boast about how our smarts led us to bag some big winners.Unfortunately, I have nothing to boast about this year. My portfolio was down 6.2% during the (tax) year, compared to a positive return of 2.8% for the ASX (FTSE All-Share). I therefore lagged…

Ed Croft wrote an article on Stockopedia recently, about DTG (Dart Group) ( the shares shot up that day (I'll resist using the word “flew") by 18% on the release of the trading statement:The Board believes that Group underlying operating profit(1) for the year ending 31 March 2015 will be ahead of current market expectations and broadly in line with last year (2014: £49.2m), as…

Mark Carter's Latest Comments

Too much conviction leads to over-concentration and the possibility of significant losses ABSOLUTELY! I really don't like the Buffett quote that diversification is an arbitrage of ignorance. The facts are, we're unlikely to be as clever as we think we are, and just about anything can happen to a share. Trying to be the smartest guy in the room is a recipe for disaster. My…

I am trying not to impose too much rules but I think we can all agree this is a sensible one. Yes. I'm really really regretting buying in, thinking this thing would bounce. Ironically, TUNG, which I decided was just another pile of AIM junk, has rebounded 28%. Quindell (LON:QPP), which everyone expected to be suspended, wasn't. I should probably Tippex a notice along the…

Very exciting! I'm green with envy. I have noticed that if you had eliminated the shares with less than 5 years listing (Epwin and Plus500), your portfolio would have eliminated the worst two out of 3 shares.

Please be aware that there can be a sizeable delay between a post appearing on my blog and appearing on this site. It looks, so far, that I have left plenty of money on the table regarding Thorntons (LON:THT), as the quote is now 98.25p as opposed to my sell price of 92.18p. It's not unusual for me to be a little early in my…

If you believe that the medium/long term prospects are good, and shorters are attacking it as an easy target, then the logical thing to do is buy.

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