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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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"They operate out of the twin entertainment hotspots of Los Angeles and, erm, Sheffield. It may be 20 years ago, but memories of The Full Monty still burn bright." Sheffield has a very good DocFest which draws a very good international industry attendance : They may actually be quietly building a good media-related hub up there.

Proposed Placing of up to 67,941,581 New Shares in IQE PLC IQE plc (AIM: IQE, "IQE" or the "Company"), a leading global supplier of advanced wafer products and wafer services to the semiconductor industry, today announces its intention to conduct a non pre-emptive cash placing (the "Placing") of up to 67,941,581 new ordinary shares of 1 pence each in the Company (the "Placing Shares"). The…

Paul, ref your musing above on the future of retail, Research Tree will be offering a series of reports on the changing face of the British high street. The first has just been put online. A taster of it is: "The changing face of retail in the UK Brits have always loved to shop, and nothing typifies this love for spending more than the quintessential…

People generally buy over a contract period so they pay £40, £50 or whatever a month. A few pounds more each month are, imo, of little relevance to prospective buyers of new Apple models. Discretionary spending is just that, an exercise in customer choice among alternatives. One more or one fewer vodka cocktail each month or the latest model of iphone?

pka, in the chart, the last column on the right, in the list of suppliers.

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