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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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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…

Laird announced its Q3 trading update today, sending its price down 48% to 161p. Highlights from its announcement:After a disappointing first half … we have experienced increased margin pressure … Management are taking actions to stabilise and improve the financial performance of the PM division with a considerable focus on managing costs and cash across the Group. We expect year end net debt to EBITDA…

Tribal dropped 39.9% to 32.66p in early trading after releasing an RNS on its trading update ( Apparently the company is a “provider of software and services that support the management of education”.It’s the first that I have heard of the company. I only noticed it because I was looking through the list of risers and fallers for the All-Share.Stockopedia is really an invaluable resource,…

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Farmer here. I used to be more like a hunter. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the business of investing that it dominates one's thinking. The "cure" for that is to have outside projects. Mine is for programming. I now have less time to look at shares because I have other interesting things to do. My approach now is to review my…

And within US small caps (Russell-2000), 48% of stocks are below their 200 day moving average ie almost half of stocks are in a long term down trend.That's an interesting point. If the majority of shares are below the 200dMA, I reckon that that would be a bearish indicator. So it looks as though the US market is at least struggling.Note, though, that Stockopedia reports…

Paul wrote: This does feel similar to 1999 though, in terms of market sentiment, in my view - i.e. getting very toppy, especially for technology & other growth stocks. It's interesting you mention this, because Neil Woodford was talking about the poor performance of his funds in a recent interview. He talked about a narrowing of the markets. This should perhaps be taken as a…

On UP Global Sourcing Holdings (LON:UPGS):This branding, sourcing and distribution company has been listed since February. It imports a range of consumer products from Chinese manufacturers (cookware, tabletop, laundry, etc). Growth for the current year sounds excellent. But when you read through the statement, and get to the outlook, you find the growth picture suddenly evaporates.Blimey, they didn't last long, did they?It's all a sick…

It makes me wonder what has really been going on behind closed doors. To be honest, I don't know how The City works, but this one smells really fishy, even to my nose. I can only presume that this is a stinking bad company, and Panmure decided that it would much rather retain its reputation than take a fee, and that other potential advisers have…

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