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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

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…

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”…

Mark Carter's Latest Comments

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.…

Marks and Spencer (LON:MKS) "in my view. What is often forgotten is that people get older. Hence, while young people may not be interested in M&S, they probably will do so, once they're 50+ and have more disposable income" Oh dear. You know you're getting old when Marks & Sparks seems like a good place to shop. Actually, M&S isn't all that expensive, really. Pair…

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.

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