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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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A month to forget! Purchases Hollywood Bowl Bought at 219p - July 19 I've held a starter position in Hollywood Bowl for about a year now and have been very happy with its steady progress. The share still passes my quality and value screens easily and is perhaps even better value than it was a year ago. After all the price has barely moved but…

For quite a while it seemed that June would be a quiet month. It turns out that two major profit warnings, from Somero and Craneware, takes quite the shine off of things. Neither of these were events that I thought likely given their track record of solid trading during positive economic conditions. Just goes to show why diversification is so important. Curiously both of these…

Apologies but the date is not a misprint. Life has taken a front-seat since I had the pleasure of hosting our second StockSlam of the year! Nevertheless I know that many investors can't always make an event in central London and so I'm happy to provide this cleaned-up transcript of the event. As ever we had some excellent presenters and an engaged audience which made…

Unlike April I've had a rather busy month on all fronts in May - so much for sell and go away. To a large degree this activity was stimulated the investor events that I attended. The key one of these was Mello London in Chiswick where I spent a happy two days listening to company presentations and learning from keynote speakers. As usual there was…

Once again I've enjoyed a quiet month with regard to the markets and have done little apart from watch the dividends roll in - thanks XP Power! It's not that I've been putting my feet up though. No, real life has more than occupied my time and that's no bad thing. I did, however, enjoy reading this recent piece on AIM investing (Staying Safe on…

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Yeah you could say that! It'll be interesting to see what the shorters have to say (if Burford Capital (LON:BUR) really is the target) but I haven't found previous dossiers to be compelling. Either way I have no plans to sell my shares (without any actual news from the company) and will probably add more if the price remains under pressure. The obvious danger is…

Thanks for the feedback everyone - much appreciated. I tend to agree that we're in for some medium term economic volatility by the looks of it. Although there's some cognitive bias here in that the miserable current news flow is casting an outsize shadow. So, as ever, I think that it's best to focus on quality and trading while remaining open to opportunity. As an…

Hi Gromley, I also had a look at the franchise opportunity as well but wasn't quite sure what to make of their offer. On one hand the lack of direct fees is a positive but then again the company seems to make most of its money from supplying the sponge bases. Also the up front cost is high but the expectation has to be that…

Nice analysis mojomogoz and I agree with your conclusions. The steep fall in DVD/Bluray income has hit Zoo Digital (LON:ZOO) hard and I think that they're finding it tough to ramp up the subbing business. This makes sense since studios are risk averse and there's an awful lot of entrenched competition. Like you I think that the technology looks great but this rather blinded me…

For sure what with the price almost doubling from its recent low. If you make it to Mello I'll be around somewhere - cheers!

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