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Real Name: Damian Cannon

Occupation: Private Investor

Interests: European Markets, Gold, Hedge Funds, Stocks

Location: London

Twitter: @RandomAmbler

Fantasy Fund: StockoHYP Large Cap

About Me:

Ex-rocket scientist, computer programmer, urban cyclist, calmer parenting advocate, high yield investor, yoga apprentice, genealogist and explorer of the outer bounds

Investment Strategy
I trade... a few times per year
I tend to buy... according to my system
I hold for... years
I invest with... <£500k
Diversification is ... essential to reduce risk
To sort the wheat from the chaff and not make gut decisions.


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This has been a profitable month and, if Twitter is any guide, I'm not the only one. Quite a few of my larger holdings have benefited from decent updates/results and I added a few starter positions in shares that I've been monitoring for a while. Whether or not it's the wrong time to reduce my cash buffer I don't know (on the basis that the…

After a very positive response to the very first StockSlam, in June, we decided to squeeze a second event in before everyone left for the summer. So last Thursday a predominantly new crowd assembled in Central London for ten short but interesting pitches. Personally I thought that all of the presenters did an excellent job getting their thoughts across in 5 minutes, or less, before…

After the last, very successful, event we are hosting a pre-summer StockSlam in London on Thursday 26th July. This is a great chance to meet other investors while sharing stock ideas in a fun, relaxed environment. And there will be pizza and beer!  I would definitely encourage anyone interested to consider presenting an favourite company to the crowd. You only have 3 minutes to fill…

After the market volatility of Spring, closely matched by uncertain weather, this month felt like a welcome relief as the sun shone on my portfolio - at least for most of the month! Very little trading took place but there were plenty of announcements to consider - including a humdinger of a profit warning from Photo-Me International right when I was enjoying a half-term break.…

I skipped last month's seminar unfortunately and was starting to miss seeing any new companies when this meeting came around. Hence I was ready to find out about some new and quite varied investment opportunities. ShareSoc did not disappoint. S&U (SUS) This has got to be one of the most venerable companies on the stock market. S&U was founded by Anthony Coombs' grandfather back in…

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I hadn't noticed the sharp drop until you mentioned it! I can't see any reason for it since the forecasts for the year are very positive and the last results were good. It could be related to the sanctions against China, GBP depreciation (which would help £XPP) or thin trading in the share over the summer. Either way I'm minded to add to my position…

Well my portfolio isn't publically available. However you can get a good impression of what I'm holding based on my review for 2017 - - and the monthly updates. Hope that helps!

It's a fair point. I do think that having stops is important and I'd certainly have done substantially better over the years had I used them. However: 1) I wouldn't want to use automated stops since intra-day volatility can hit these even though the daily closing prices are nowhere near the stop. 2) With some of my smaller companies I'm aware that their long-term volatility…

I haven't written an article about my checklist yet Andrea but it is on my long-list of things to do. Broadly speaking quality and momentum are driving the selection but I have a Zulu Principle biased value filter to give a nod towards price and earnings growth. In terms of using the Stock Ranks I am somewhat torn. On one hand if I stick with…

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