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.


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

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Tribal dropped 39.9% to 32.66p in early trading after releasing an RNS on its trading update ( 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,…

I have been scanning through Stockopedia’s Screens, looking for interesting shares. What I noticed is that the Winning Growth & Income screen, and Robbie Burns Naked Trader screen have exceptionally low volatility and exceptionally high returns. This is apparent just by looking at the chart. If you want to be more quantitative about it, you can look at the maximum draw-down figure. Both are reasonably…

Decisions, decisions. In the stock market you have to make them, never being sure if they’re right or wrong. Anyway, I sold my holding of specialty finance company REDD (Redde) today.I bought it in Jan 2014 when it was called HHR, at a price of 5.753p. Adjusted for consolidation, it’s 57.53p. I see from my notes that I put a FV of £420m on the…

AO World is an online retailer of domestic appliances. Its shares dropped 14% yesterday to 140p on the back of its interim report ( Revenues grew 21.7%, but it suffered an operating loss of £8.9m (2014: £0.9m profit) “reflecting the ongoing investment in German operations and start-up costs in further Europe territories”.I am not convinced by the story here. AO floated in February 2014, which…

Stamps dealer and auctioneers Stanley Gibbons released their interims today (, sending the shares down nearly 10% to 98.2p.Sales were flat, but alarmingly, “Like-for-like sales, excluding Mallett acquisition, were £21.6m, down 21% on the prior period”. Trading profits were £0.5m (2014: £6.1m), but that figure excludes “investment on internet development, exceptional operating charges, pension service and share option charges and amortisation of customer lists”.Mallett made…

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Good diversification over a number of sectors. Looks fine. The Woodford one will probably add stability, too. You should probably try to sit on your hands, and resist the urge to tinker.

"come back when markets are looking to possibly recover" And what does that look like, exactly? Nobody knows where the top or bottom is, despite the abundance of opinions. The markets might rebound strongly from here. Or we might only be at the half-way stage of a bear market. We'll only know with the benefit of hindsight. According to this site: the UK is…

Herbie, I agree. Buffett is a undoubtedly a genius, but he often makes glib statements. What exactly is "don't lose" supposed to mean? Never lose? In which case stuff your money in a building society. What he probably means is don't make egregious mistakes. George Soros said it better than Buffett, although it is not as quotable: it's not how often you win or lose…

I love the SGI translation, Paul. Inventory write-offs are looking highly likely. Tapping "Stanley Gibbons" into Google Trends makes for worrying viewing. The trend has been downward over the last decade. I suspect that's management's motivation to diversify into other things. "the Board is considering a number of fundraising alternatives to reinforce the working capital position prior to the year ended 31 March 2016." Presumably,…

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