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Real Name: Mark Carter

Occupation: Private Investor

Interests: Stocks

Location: Scotland

Twitter: mcturra2000

Fantasy Fund: Magic Hat

About Me:

I am a private investor living in Scotland. I am a computer programmer by trade.

Investment Strategy
I trade... monthly
I tend to buy... according to my system
I hold for... a year
Diversification is ... a hedge for ignorance

I tend to follow the guiding principles of Ben Graham, although since 2011, I am becoming increasingly interested in GARP stocks.


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A nice easy one this month: FXPO stays in on account of still being in the Greenblatt Screen. The MHP has taken a hefty hit over the last 3 months, more so that the underlying benchmark. The Footsie recovered strongly in 2019, after having seen a large down-turn at the end of 2018. The indices have turned down sharply again. It seemed reasonable to suppose…

Morgan Sindall (LON:MGNS) is due to be kicked out of the portfolio by rotation today. However, it still appears on the Greenblatt screen, and has a StockRank of 96. So it stays in. A nice easy one. I see that I had not traded on this portfolio since January. Lack of trading does not seem to have hampered its performance, though. It has acquitted itself…

T Clarke (LON:CTO) was due for ejection from the Magic Hat portfolio this month. However, it is still a member of the Greenblatt Screen. It has a Momentum of 95 and passes the Screen of Screens. So, as per last month, I can be lazy and leave the portfolio alone. It has handily outperformed the FTSE350 over 5 years, and in fact on a 1-,…

PAY is due to be kicked out by rotation. Although it does not actually appear in the Greenblatt Screen, it has a Magic Formula Score of A+. It also also has a Stockopedia StockRank of 97. Its P/FCF is 10.9. Given these facts, I will keep it in the portfolio.

SCS is due to be kicked out by rotation. However, it still qualifies for the Greenblatt Screen, has a Stock Rank of 100. So I'll keep it in.

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Real Good Food (LON:RGD) When an AIM company is censured, you know it must be bad.

Kudos to PWC for drawing a line in the sand on Staffline (LON:STAF). I don't know what PWC has said, but I take this as a colossal red flag that Staffline (LON:STAF) and its auditors couldn't reach agreement on accounting treatment. Momentum score of 7. Yikes. The whole thing seems untouchable to me.

Just a couple of things about Burford Capital (LON:BUR) that stand out to me straight away: Revenues were $60.7m in 2013, rising each and every year to $425m in 2018. I put this in the "too good to be true" category."litigation finance" seems a bit of a "bottom-feeding" line of business to me. Beware the bottom-feeders, they tend to catch a cold out of the…

The Magic Hat Portfolio is explained more here: It is also the public fund I have on this site:

I remember the early 2000's, when there was a huge disparity between value shares and the rest of the market. Although I didn't own many shares, I do recall that a lot of them were being bought out. One of them was Amstrad, which I had had bought only a few months earlier. It had a big cash pile which was a substantial part of…

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