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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.


Investment blog of an amateur private investor. The blog also contains non-investment related posts.

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Mark Carter's Latest Blogs

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.

COST is due for ejection from the portfolio this month, but I have decided to keep it in. It has net cash, a high dividend yield, and its Stockopedia momentum score is greater than 50%. I have had a look at the Greenblatt Screen, and there look to be a healthy number of sensible candidates. I am hopeful that the Greenblatt Screen will actually perform…

Berkeley Group (LON:BKG) is due to exit the portfolio by rotation. However, it has a Stockopedia StockRank in the 90's, so I'm leaving it in. Lazy me. The portfolio has beaten the FT350 over 5 years, and almost certainly since inception, too.

Time for a MHP (Magic Hat Portfolio) update. British American Tobacco (LON:BATS) gets kick out of the portfolio by rotation, and Euromoney Institutional Investor (LON:ERM) enters. BATS has been a disaster for the portfolio, falling 40% in a year. I hold it personally, and IIRC at least one of the regular contributors to this site does, too. I am going to stick to the rules…

Dart (LON:DTG) is due to be kicked out of the Magic Hat portfolio by rotation. Although it doesn't pass the Greenblatt Screen, it does have a Magic Formula rating of A+, according to Stockopedia. It has an EV/EBITDA of 2.0, although I suspect this may be skewed by off balance sheet finances. It has a P/FCF less than 10, and a StockRank of 97. These…

Mark Carter's Latest Comments

I seems to recall that I bought Nichols (LON:NICL) in late 90's. It was on a PE of 5. Some time later I decided that NICL wasn't going anywhere, and sold. You can probably guess the rest. Hey ho.

Never been with Ryan Air, and I don't think I ever will. It's like buying a car, only to be asked if you want wheels, seats and a steering wheel with it.

Moat or no moat, clubs are run for the benefit of the players, ultimately. Footie is an emotional issue amongst us Brits (except for me), and emotions don't make for good business.

Re Crusader Resources (LON:CAS) "Is this a record in terms of speed to failure?" I think there was a company called Madagascar Oil (??) that lasted about TWO WEEKS. Job well done.

IMO, TLDs are a concept that need to die, not expand. It was a good idea for its day, but that day has passed. Businesses in particular have to register multiple domains just so that others don't nick their names. The new TLDs will only make matters worse. A cynic would say that this is all a racket run by ICANN to increase its revenues.…

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