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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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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…

I had an email from IG stockbrokers earlier. It seems that they will be introducting "custody fees" of £24 per quarter. It is offset by commission you pay, and seems like a weez to generate churn, and hence commission. I don't deal regularly, so I want out. Can anyone recommend an execution-only broker?

I am not keen on headlines that are too flashy, so I hope you fail to become excited by this post’s title.Courtesy of MrContrarian on Twitter (, there is an interesting link to the latest blog post by Bronte Capital ( thought I would share some of my own ideas for becoming a better investor in 2017. It’s more of a “what not to do”…

Industrial supplier Diploma announced its finals today (, sending its shares up 1.2% to 910.5p in early trading. Revenues were up 15%, profit before tax was up 5%, free cashflow was up 46%, and total dividends were up 10%. So everything is going in the right direction. The Chief Executive commented: Despite the current macro-economic uncertainty in the global environment, the Board remains confident that…

In my previous post, I lamented my holding in Laird. Two shares that are working out well for me are investment trusts: Black Rock World Mining (BRWM) and JPMorgan Russian Securities (JRS). BRWM is up 33% since I bought it in Mar 2016, and JRS is up 34% since I bought it in Dec 2015.So what went right? My answer is: they were value investments…

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Did you know ... Cliff Richard has had a number 1 hit in each decade spanning 6 decades? He said that it was a record that was highly unlikely to be broken. Blast from the past: The Young Ones (in the Rik Mayall sense) - Living Doll.

In regards to McColl's Retail (LON:MCLS), surely having a much bigger competitor who is also a supplier is a disaster waiting to happen.

I'm not sure how many people have heard of the "Dorfman Robot". it is a mechanical strategy that selects for the lowest PE companies with low debt (debt less than equity, IIRC). Dorfman reports it to be a good strategy. I used it in the early 2000's to great effect. I think I discovered that those companies with bad balance sheets actually performed better during…

May should have done what my dad suggested: declare "we're out, what are you going to do about it?" The whole idea of "negotiating" was a bit of a non-starter anyway, as the EU has a simple position: "whatever you want the answer is 'no'." May's days as PM must surely be numbered.

My own thought on the whole PSN thing is that it's probably not so much management skill, as benefiting from the right time in the cycle. BTWDIK.

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