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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 (, there is an interesting link to the latest blog post by Bronte Capital ( 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 (, 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 ( 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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Spotting quality can come down to a lot of common sense. Look for companies that: are profitable, have a history of paying dividends, have been floated on the market a long time, are self-funding (no, or rare, placings), and operate prosaic rather than exciting businesses. Although more difficult to ferret out, the better-quality ones will have large insider ownership and be classified as "family businesses".…

All TA is only indicative, so I am leery about all that algebra. I think one may need to marry TA with FA. The charts are quite interesting, actually. Next and Bonmarche are in clear downtrend. Burford is in uptrend. It's Value score is 14, which is quite low. So maybe hold and hope it rebounds off the 50dMA; but risky to buy. CPR looks…

Laura Ashley Holdings (LON:ALY) is a very interesting share. They did that property deal, and the market has been suspicious as to what's going on. A clear negative trend was established. Now, you could have argued that it was a definite value share - and I wouldn't have argued with you. The problem then came with the Feb Interim Results, which precipitated another sharp decline.…

An interesting point. Personally, I'm a bit leery about selling out when P touches SMA(P,50). I consider it a support point, and hence a possible buying opportunity. Also, a little bit of "drift" is not necessarily bad. It could just be that it's gathering breathe for the next move forward. Therein lies the condundrum: a buying opp, or a signal that momentum has broken down.…

Thanks for writing about NCC (LON:NCC). It seems they made a bunch of acquisitions without knowing what they were doing. I see they raised £124m last year, which went to fuel acquisitions. That's a bit of a red flag right there. IIRC correctly there was some criticism over the price paid, too.FTAlphaville today reported on comments made by Cannacord: "On our new forecasts, the stock…

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