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Real Name: Mark Carter

Occupation: Private Investor

Interests: 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 ... a hedge for ignorance

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


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My Magic Hat fantasy fund, which is mostly mechanical, is on Stockopedia: http://www.stockopedia.com/fantasy-funds/magic-hat-463/ Its goal is too achieve above capital returns greater than the FTSE350 and Magic Formula screen using a portfolio of about 12 shares selected from Stockopedia’s Greenblatt Screen. It relies on “strategic ignorance”, which means that I do not put much thought into company fundamentals.Over 3 years, the fund has returned 33.7%,…

My Magic Hat fantasy fund, which is mostly mechanical, is on Stockopedia: http://www.stockopedia.com/fantasy-funds/magic-hat-463/ Its goal is too achieve above capital returns greater than the FTSE350 and Magic Formula screen using a portfolio of about 12 shares selected from Stockopedia’s Greenblatt Screen.The Greenblatt screen is beating my human-intervening portfolio on a 2-year basis, but not on a 1-year basis. That doesn’t necessarily prove anything, as relative…

It’s about that time of month when I can have a trawl of the Stockopedia rankings to see what looks interesting.ALY (Laura Ashley) has a Stock Rank of 99, and has fallen 9.8% to 30p today. Paul Scott picks up the story (http://is.gd/X1JMZq):at the time of writing, I hold a long position in this share … It has decided to spend £31.1m buying the freehold…

Thorntons is up 42% to 145p today on news that Ferroro bid for the company (Motley Fool: http://is.gd/E6KEty). I had sold out in May (http://is.gd/X8SH92) at 92p. I made a nice profit on the trade, but still, it’s always galling to see that I could have made a lot more.I had also sold FLYB (Flybe) prematurely, before its big runup.Too little patience! By nature, I…

Shares in DIA (Dialight) fell 30.6% today to 516.8p after issuing its trading update, stating:… the Board expects that underlying operating profit for 2015 will be significantly below expectations and that the results for the first half will be less than the prior year. The Board believes that this reduction in orders is linked in part to a slowdown in the oil and gas sector.…



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A Freudian Slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. ;)

Yes, you make a fair point. With limited diversification, it probably would have been better for me to have chosen something in a different sector.

I think it has a fragile business model, as it does not have a diverse business stream. They may not have their contracts renewed, or there may be renegotiations in their disfavour.I think gaming companies are problematical in general, as they are easy targets for political interference. PoC tax is a prime example. There are some pretty shady operators in this field (Playtech (LON:PTEC) is…

I guess the real question regarding Quindell (LON:QPP) is: what took them so long? People have been shouting about this company for a considerable time, yet it is only when it has been suspended do the authorities recognise there there may have been, possibly, perhaps, conceivably, some improprietory. You know, even if the regulators are lazy, they could probably just look at the ShareProphets website…

There once was a growth stock named Quindell, Who's prospects the directors did kindle, When the stock reached a high, Rampers urged all to buy, Which turned out to be a big swindle.

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