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Occupation: Analyst, Consultant, Private Investor

Interests: Economics, European Markets, Stocks, US Market

Fantasy Fund: Andrewdb's Fund 1

About Me:

Day job

started as an actuarial student because it started with 'a' turned programmer turned admin consultant turned systems consultant/project manager/ whatever clients are happy to pay for.

Always liked topology/numeric analysis. Did 2/3 msc in AI. Moved house.

Grow vines to make bad wine.

Lately been interested in SVMs/ NNets, but not seen the amazing results quoted in my attempts.

Investment Strategy
I trade... a few times per year
I tend to buy... according to my system
I hold for... years
I invest with... <£1m
Diversification is ... essential to reduce risk
Like others here, start with a stocko screen to some extent based on the core SRs. Then prune: SIPP I do not buy : 'jam tomorrow' stocks, loss making companies, companies in dying industries, companies whose products are easily substituted ISA I do not buy : companies in dying industries, companies whose products are easily substituted Internationalist in the long term: Well run countries will outperform - the us/sweden/(and yes) the uk/most of the EU Badly run countries will eventually fail - china/parts of s.america, africa/russia, italy Admit that the SRs are backward looking so they are not a 'magic bullet', so before doing anything, need to look wider. Struggling with timing exits. Made early mistakes selling at/near lows. Currently considering just not selling.

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Index data is available from many places (including Stocko) I am in the habit of recording the FT all share index, yield on the index and the cover on a weekly basis - have been doing this since 2008. This used to be available from the FT ( but now it seems I have to become a paid subscriber to access the data. Hopefully the…

Just read the Article in the register about Redcentric (LON:RCN)I had a small holding - that is worth 60% less than it was last friday.What do I do now?Personally I think it is too late and so will sit tight and see what happens next.Wondered what others thought.

Had a small holding since '11. Not really paid attention to it as it seemed to be doing just fine by itself. Noticed sp has been fairly sideways since March '15.IC said 'Buy' on 15/06 as the property portfolio has grown and noted it trades on a premium to NAV.My calculation of NAV :-(Accs 31/12/14) Net debt 448m, Long term investments 1284m(RNS 1 April) "At…

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"competition and capitalism invariably makes lives better for employees, shareholders and society"Actually, over the last 20 years or so, productivity - which drives increases in real wages has been negative.  The effect has not been uniform, the top 1% now has about 15% of all income - up from about 8% 20  odd years ago.This means that the incomes of those at the lower end…

(I followed this company some years ago, but never bought)The P/B ratio makes me think of Stanley Gibbons (£SGI).They had stock on the books that was reportedly worth over 100m.- until people realised that the value of the stock was SG's valuation and that if you actually disposed of even a small fraction, there is no way the full value would be realised.In this case,…

10 May 2018Capita plcAdmission of Nil Paid RightsFurther to the announcement made on 23 April 2018 by Capita plc ("Capita" orthe "Company") regarding the Rights Issue, the Company confirms that1,001,032,281 New Shares of 2 (1)/(15) pence each will be admitted, nil paid,to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and will beadmitted, nil paid, to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s…

The stockrank @23/04/18 - actually all stockranksreflect historic knowledge for the most part (if it really could see into the future we would have private islands by now).Most of the time new knowledge (new results, share price movements, announcements) are not too different from the last published set - or too different from broker expectations - so these values change gradually.In the case of Capita…

I think Sharecope / Pad have more 'Power User' features - as they have been around longer and that (might) reflect their subscriber base personally would like more 'power' features, but recognise that of 10,000 odd subscribers, I am probably one of a few hundred or less who want that and so can understand why investment goes on 'shiny'. Always enjoy Eds talks and then…

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