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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.


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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"The resulting schadenfreude gave me a surge of energy," Don't get too excited, Paul. Labour are bound to win an election sooner or later, and then where will we be?

"An Indian company which is building its first port near Navi Mumbai" That fact alone would stop me from investing. It has no revenues. It's market cap is a measly £9m. That's approximately the amount of debt it raised in both 2014 and 2015. It will all end in tears. There's just no way investor capital won't be poured down the drain.

Laura Ashley Holdings (LON:ALY): no doubt I'm being overly-cynical, but the thing that worries me with these foreign-controlled companies is that things seem to go wrong one excuse at a time.

I noticed that an Stanley Gibbons (LON:SGI) director bought £52k worth of shares in April 2015 at 238p. In retrospect, it all looks a bit of a PR exercise. Having said that, I have occasionally bought on directors purchases, and generally done quite well out of them. I think that part of the key to it is to retain a healthy scepticism about director purchases,…

When I worked as a trainee accountant, I always insisted on getting everything down to the last penny. There was another guy who started at roughly the same time as me, and he was willing to let the odd few pennies slip by. Consequently, he was faster than me. And I think appreciated by the firm more.

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