17th Jun


Occupation: Academic, Journalist

Interests: Economics, Geopolitics, Stocks

Location: France, Spain, Brazil

About Me:

Jane is a writer and translator, mostly of business and economics articles for country and company supplements in newspapers and for news agencies, while she also collaborates in the conception and writing of proposals for television series. She has lived in six countries with very varied cultures and business environments and thus has knowledge and awareness of different cultural influences on business, besides a ready understanding of meaning in different contexts. She uses these assets and her language skills to research deeply and widely into a deliberately restricted small number of stocks.

Investment Strategy
I trade... a few times per year
I tend to buy... after much research
I hold for... years
Diversification is ... dead
Extensive research and very close monitoring of prospective and current investments, as well of their competitors and their market sectors, besides modelling of expected results. Emphasis on getting behind the figures and the statements by management, on assuming nothing, on starting each time with fresh eyes and then of forming an understanding and on being convinced of the business and of its management. Concentrated portfolio, usually of between 10 and 15 shares, with an emphasis on mitigating risk and ensuring a good margin of safety pre-actively through extensive research and then pro-actively through close monitoring (including asking "what if.........?", "what do I not know that I ought to know?" and "would I buy this stock today?"). Investment usually in what would be classic but perhaps hidden "value and growth" stocks, usually small-cap and under-researched and with undiscovered potential and prospects, often very much off the radar of bulletin boards. As an unashamed technophobe, I find it difficult to understand tech or resources stocks as investments so I usually avoid those sectors and find stocks in sectors I can relate to and understand personally, that is I usually invest in stocks that are within my comfort zone of competence and experience. There are exceptions, with some stocks where I can understand and relate to the end-uses of the technology concerned and where I can compensate for my technical ignorance through simply working even harder to understand enough to make informed decisions on investing. This strategy has worked fine for me.

Janebolacha's Latest Blogs

Investors Chronicle has just published this article on Weir (LON:WEIR) and the "travails" (perhaps) of its CEO, Keith Cochrane. This is a business working in sectors which are highly cyclical. The thrust of the article is that it has been hard on the CEO to see his total pay reduced by three-quarters as a result of his bonuses and options, from £4.73m in 2011…

ITV (LON:ITV) is due to isssue its interim results on Wednesday, July 27.  This is a stock I have been following for quite some time and which I see now as an attractive investment opportunity.  Should there be a note of caution in the outlook statement on Wednesday with respect  to UK short-term advertising revenues, as some analysts have hinted, and that leads to the…

The Financial Reporting Council has just published its decision and report in the case of the conduct of the CFO of a company that collapsed several years ago, a company called Healthcare Locums. I had been a shareholder but sold long before it went belly up. Here's the link: It makes for very interesting reading. I'm sure we would all have our own lists of…

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Radio interview with Chris Bogart. Gives interesting insights into the germination of the business model. Http://

This thread starts out with the words "A business looking for a catalyst". It seems that Laura Ashley, a failing and fading brand, now sees this catalyst as being in hotels and tea rooms. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.................. .............................................................................................................................................................................. "LAURA ASHLEY SETS GOAL OF 100 HOTELS IN NEXT FIVE YEARS" Laura Ashley Hotels has plans to expand its portfolio to 100 domestic and…

Jenga, the game of precariously over-extending a structure, in pursuit of the unattainable, to the point of inevitable reckless abandon while concurrenty undermining its very foundations and bringing about its collapse. Very apt for the managements of many quoted companies. Nice choice, Nick. The yacht would be nice, though.

DMS, yes, I agree. Imo, Gyna Sapiens is not "put off" by those marketing metaphors. She is, however, usually wise enough to see through them, often with a great sigh of disbelief. There are innate differences in our investing approaches, for natural reasons that have been aired many times all over the place, but feminising the headlines or softening vocabulary would be rather pointless as…

New hires at Burford, interesting comments on growth potential: "In Growth Bid, Leading Litigation Financier Bulks Up Leadership" "By bringing on two legal executives with startup experience, the world's largest litigation funder is making a bet that there is still a lot of room to grow." Https:// There is also Burford involvement in the AMP débacle in Australia: "Law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan…

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