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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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!

I think NAHL (LON:NAH) looks interesting, especially after recent falls. I am currently a holder. It is cheap (p/e of 6-7) and currently trading on a 9% dividend. The business is also easy to understand.However, there are a number of risks to the business which is why it will probably only be a small, short-term holding for me. The biggest of these are proposed regulatory…

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Thanks Jane. Your posts are also very helpful on IQE (LON:IQE). You're one of the best contributors on here.

Ramridge and others - do you have a link to any explanation of what IQE does aimed at the intelligence of primary school children like me? I held IQE earlier in the year and now annoyed I sold at 56p! I bought it originally because I thought it was being priced like a value share even though it looked more like a GARP share. But…

Good update today from City of London Investment (LON:CLIG) - which is probably more the type of share Graham would comment on. I am keen on this company as it's beautifully transparent, posting monthly updates on its website about its Funds under Management and an explanation of how it will maintain its 25p dividend as well as forward guidance (a bit like £NXT). That said,…

Thanks for everyone's comments; very helpful. I have noticed that quite a few of the Short ETFs I've looked at seem to have performed far worse than should be expected (e.g. see my previous post about SUK2) presumably because of the daily compounding effect. This is in line with the article posted above (  Does anyone know of a way of shorting an indice without…

According to Google Finance over the past 6 months the FTSE 100 has gone up 0.7% but SUK2 is -6.78%. Why the disparity? Fees? Poor tracking?

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