20th Sep


Real Name: Darron Preston

Occupation: Fund Manager

Interests: Asian Markets, Commodities, Economics, Emerging Markets, Geopolitics, Gold, International Stocks, Oil, Stocks

Location: Cheltenham

Twitter: PrestonDarron

About Me:

One of the 80's "Barrow Boy" recruits to the City. Odd choice for someone who always wanted to be a submariner with a leaning to sonar.

Never went to a uni and my love of economics and fascination with the City (who else would be sad enough to be reading the FT on the school bus at 13 and trading shares using their father's name?) was enough to see me through.

Decided I didnt like London - hate it in fact and so stuck to the provinces with one of the big private banks. Then in '94 saw an opportunity to set up a discretionary portfolio management outfit for a firm of lawyers and have never looked back. Okay the salary may not compare (certainly doesnt) but then again, quality of life is all that matters, especially now I have four kids. The start of 2012 saw quite a change for us, with Aventus joining European Wealth Management Group, and so we are now European Investment Management where I am head of UK Equity.

Fund Management

Aventus Capital Management team manages investments for individuals, trusts and pension funds. The total funds managed now exceed £66 million*. As advisers who are regulated by the Financial Services Authority we have the specific needs of clients in mind when recommending the best strategy.  We appreciate that clients have different attitudes to risk, specific objectives and various tax issues to consider. From the start of our relationship with you we value the importance of effective communication and we will take time to understand what you want to achieve before presenting you with our recommendations. Keeping you informed of how your portfolio is performing is critical to the way we do business. We pride ourselves on being approachable and readily available by phone or email should you wish to contact us. It goes without saying that, wherever possible, we will abandon financial jargon for the sake of plain English. We go to great lengths to provide our clients with a bespoke investment portfolio that we believe is best suited to their individual needs. In order to achieve this, and to understand fully our client’s objectives, we take time to interview our clients in-depth, completing a questionnaire that is designed to obtain salient facts and to discuss, in detail, the difficult question of risk tolerance. All investment carries risk and it is important to establish a mutual understanding of the risks involved in different asset classes. From here we will agree an acceptable level of risk with you that will be used as a benchmark to manage your future portfolio.  

Web Address:

Address: Ellenborough House
GL50 1YD

Tel: 01242 898148

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I note that there has been some considerable comment of late about the state fo the markets for equities and spreads, dark pools and so on. Im not sure how many investors are aware of it but there is another wonderful piece of regulation that is headed our way, the fantastically named MIFID 2. This is really wide ranging but there is a lot aimed…

Thought Id just flag up the annual Global Energy Conference hosted by First Energy and Societe Generale.As ever, an excellent line up of companies over the two days. From the agenda, the ones attending are:Day 1. Coastal EnergyRocksourceBahamas Petroleum CompanySterling ResourcesNauticalBankers Porto EnergyTethys PetroleumCondor PetroleumGreenfields Petroleum San Leon EnergyCoveDEO FaroeDay 2. EcopetrolGran Tierra EnergyPetromineralesC&C Energia Gold OilParex ResourcesEnquestShaMaran PetroleumSonoroTransglobe Energy CorpRialto EnergyWentworth ResourcesProvidence ResourcesCanadian Overseas…

In a break from babbling about more solid companies with boring things such as reserves and production, I thought Id mention something a little bit different.   Now here's what Id say looks a very very interesting but HIGH risk play that could/should see an outcome in the near term with the first well spudding later this month and the drill is scheduled to take 6/8…

Oh no, yet another Canadian company! C&C Energia, - company website here. This time, the company is entirely focussed on Colombia with interests in 9 blocks, operating 7 of them. C&C has been very successful sticking to its knitting and production has risen form virtually nothing to 7,300 bopd at the end of 2010. Here is the latest presentation for more information. Note that this…

As many here will know, Im constantly banging on about the lack of decent UK E&P plays and how Im finding more and more overseas, especially in Canada. Well, heres another one, which impressed me at the First nergy Global Energy conference last year. Parex Resources - company website here The group is focussed on two areas, Colombia  and Trinidad & Tobago, where it is…

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comments from Travis Perkins this morning seem to have knocked anything perceived as being "related" to the construction, RMI markets irrespective of whether they are "related" or not in actuality.

dmjram I take it you noted that the main article was a few years old? I thought that the article was spot on in its summary of how the market works. That sport is a major selling point and part of the retention strategy is a given. However, look at the low churn rate just announced (not just in the UK but also across Germany…

Ah, beginner, but when tings are looking "dodgy" is it not the time to start to dig around for value? True, some stocks (arguably NBI) still look a bit pricey but there are pockets of value starting to appear - looking at a longer term value basis. PFC looks vulnerable with the debt it carries but AMFW on the other hand looks a lot more…

As a NW "angel" I have to say I was somewhat surprised to receive the email from them advising me of the deal. Unlike Andrew, Im very much still a happy member - its just nice to support new growers and Ive never had a bad bottle yet - just different wines than you normally find. That aside, I do really struggle to understand what…

Yep - ASOS is the big girl in the sector but as Paul says, Boohoo and MissGuided are very much "go to" sites for the fashionable female youth market, especially those who want somethign a little but different to the more "mainstream" ASOS. Well, thats what my 24 year old daughter tells me (she's also a Buyer for a clothing retailer).

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