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Real Name: Patrick Leahy

Occupation: Other

Interests: Property, Stocks

Location: London

Twitter: pmrleahy

About Me:

I am a young private investor; it's a hobby for me. Full-time I am the head of a policy and communications team for a medical royal college.


2016: 4.8%

2015: 4.2%

2014: 25.2%

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Do Stockopedia readers have a personal view on the outlook for the UK economy at the moment? I appreciate it's all educated guesswork but it's obviously important for considering what to do with one's portfolio. For me there are some contradictory signals. E.g. Safestyle UK (LON:SFE) recent update made me nervous that we're on the verge of a recession if a big ticket item like…

With many shares on pricey valuations, I'm beginning to look at safe-ish ways of shorting the market. I have never shorted anything in my life and have generally been put off shorting due to the risks and complexity involved. More recently I've been looking at ETF products which short indices such as this product which shorts the FTSE 250: There are good reasons for…

  Is Fairpoint a fair investment?Fairpoint plc is currently trading at a P/E of 1 based on Stockopedia broker targets of an adjusted P/E of 14p for the current year. I’ve been a shareholder in this company before so I am interested in seeing whether the market is now overlooking potential value. Dividends are currently suspended here so ignore the Stockopedia estimated dividend of 50%!  Why…

I've been taking a look at Blancco Technology (LON:BLTG) recently as I spotted that it's growing quite fast with some further near-term opportunities for growth. It primarily does data erasure and, to a lesser extent, mobile diagnostics. This is not a sector I know a lot about although most investors will be familiar with the recent 'right to be forgotten' EU/Google case as a high…

Hi, Can anyone recommend a good RNS alerts service? I was using but they seem to have stopped adding new shares and when I emailed them to request adding them my email bounces back! Hopefully this doesn't break any stockopedia editorial rules by discussing other services. I also tried using the londonstockexchange email service but that doesn't seem to work properly. Ideas appreciated!

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Someone on Twitter worked out that 28% of Purplebricks (LON:PURP) customers leave reviews on TrustPilot which seems quite high. Maybe suspiciously high? Or perhaps there is just a very high level of satisfaction. The thread also has useful information about their market share based on Rightmove (LON:RMV) data: It's good to debate. Purplebricks (LON:PURP) are providing an update to the market on the 29th…

"However, the poor reviews for Purplebricks on allgents are corroborated by the Watchdog show and the BBC radio show covering the company." No they're not. The Watchdog show was not a serious allegation. They alleged two main things. Firstly that Purplebricks (LON:PURP) was making exaggerated claims about the amount of money made (the methodology for the calculation couldn't quite be justified). The company has put…

I totally agree. As an amateur investor, with limited time for following stocks and shares, Paul's overview of what's happening in the wider market is invaluable.

Those review sites can work both ways. A lot of traditional estate agents are understandably very anti Purplebricks (LON:PURP) so I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of the negative reviews on allagents are fake (as Purplebricks (LON:PURP) has implied). And frankly, estate agents are not held in high esteem so who cares if some people have had a bad experience of Purplebricks?! The…

The results, and not just the executive chairman's musings, were also interesting from City of London Investment (LON:CLIG). Basic earnings per share are now 36.9p putting this on a P/E of around 11 - historically it has traded more around a p/e of 13 (from memory). The company is cash rich and nicely sets out on its website how it will maintain its 25p dividend:…

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