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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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I am not keen on headlines that are too flashy, so I hope you fail to become excited by this post’s title.Courtesy of MrContrarian on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MrContrarian), there is an interesting link to the latest blog post by Bronte Capital (https://goo.gl/S95R1T).I thought I would share some of my own ideas for becoming a better investor in 2017. It’s more of a “what not to do”…

Industrial supplier Diploma announced its finals today (https://goo.gl/j6zOXY), sending its shares up 1.2% to 910.5p in early trading. Revenues were up 15%, profit before tax was up 5%, free cashflow was up 46%, and total dividends were up 10%. So everything is going in the right direction. The Chief Executive commented: Despite the current macro-economic uncertainty in the global environment, the Board remains confident that…

In my previous post, I lamented my holding in Laird. Two shares that are working out well for me are investment trusts: Black Rock World Mining (BRWM) and JPMorgan Russian Securities (JRS). BRWM is up 33% since I bought it in Mar 2016, and JRS is up 34% since I bought it in Dec 2015.So what went right? My answer is: they were value investments…

Laird announced its Q3 trading update today, sending its price down 48% to 161p. Highlights from its announcement:After a disappointing first half … we have experienced increased margin pressure … Management are taking actions to stabilise and improve the financial performance of the PM division with a considerable focus on managing costs and cash across the Group. We expect year end net debt to EBITDA…

Tribal dropped 39.9% to 32.66p in early trading after releasing an RNS on its trading update (http://is.gd/ym729r). Apparently the company is a “provider of software and services that support the management of education”.It’s the first that I have heard of the company. I only noticed it because I was looking through the list of risers and fallers for the All-Share.Stockopedia is really an invaluable resource,…



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I notice that Vislink (LON:VLK) has an average ROCE of -4.4%. So Paul's point that this has been managed poorly is well-taken.

Crawshaws need to become an on-line retailer surely!Good news, the pork chops are in the post. I think the package will be easy enough to spot: it'll be the one with all the flies circling it.Sorry. I couldn't resist. Forgive my flippancy. No disrepect intended.

"He admits that economic forecasters have (so far) got it completely wrong." It is with absolute conviction that I knew they had no idea what they were talking about. It smelled more of political scaremongering than anything else."The approach needed is surely to accept that economics is really all about how human beings behave"Like in the film Wargames, I think the real point is to…

I can't resist commenting on this company. I was scanning the LSE boards, and came across this little recent gem: "the company actively looking for ways to spend the £51m cash on the balance sheet, either on an acquisition or on a new factory and processing facilities, or perhaps both." The RNS does not mention the word "factory" specifically, but a "new site". Reading between…

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