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Occupation: Private Investor

Interests: Economics, Stocks

Twitter: mech_bull

About Me:

I am a private investor with an interest in mechanical and rules based investing for UK stocks

Investment Strategy
I trade... monthly
I tend to buy... according to my system
I hold for... a year
I invest with... <£500k
Diversification is ... essential to reduce risk
I look for stocks that score well over a wide range of metrics. I hold until something better comes along.


An investment blog with a focus on mechanical and rules based investing.

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*** Reposted after fixing major flaws in original analysis *** I have been using Stockpedia's high StockRanks as the basis of my investment strategy since they were first published in 2013. Since then I have more than doubled my capital. However, the last year has been very challenging. My total wealth is down over 6% since the start of the year and more than 8%…

I have been using StockRanks for almost five years with a fair amount of success. However, I seem to have hit a bit of a rough patch. My portfolio has barely recovered from market lows in March. Indeed, it has underperformed the FTSE 100 for 5 weeks in a row. In April the FTSE was up 6.8% but I was only up 1.8%. This bull…

I'm just watching Conviviality's share price fall off a cliff this morning following release of their Half Year Results: As of midday it is about 18% down. It is an "in-line with expectations" and I'm struggling to see any reason for it. I am a holder and normally I would sell on this kind of drop, but surely this is overdone? At the moment I…

I was an earlier adopter of high StockRank based investing and I have done pretty well averaging over 25% pa over the past 4 years. Last July I decided to diversify and apply the same strategy in Australasian markets. However, the results so far are not encouraging. I am down about 6% versus the ASX200, which is up about 10% and the NSX50, which is…

Following Ed’s New Years update on his NAPs strategy, I will give an update on my own version of a high Stockranks based strategy. I have been applying this now for over 3.5 years, more or less from the time that the Stockranks were first launched. So quite possibly I have been using a rules based Stockranks strategy longer than anyone.The basic strategy is pretty…

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One thing missing is the lack of institutional buying. According to MM this is usually needed to sustain a share price above the new high.

It is true that Minervini does not always buy at the 52 week high, but he does always buy into a long term upward trend and with the price moving upward through a 'pivot point'. The ideal set-up is where the price action is contracting over some months or weeks within a chart base and daiy volume is declining (especially on any pullbacks). The buy…

Thanks for sharing these results. However, I find it very difficult to believe that 53% of investors have achieved positive returns this calendar year. All the evidence points to 2018 as being quite a bit more difficult year than average:- The FTSE All Share is down around 8% - AIM is down 11%.- Stockopedia's top decile QVM stocks were down around 3-4% in mid October-…

Thanks for pointing this out. I have discovered a major flaw in how I have calculated % change from the StockRank figures. I will redo the the analysis and repost in due course.

A word of warning - in the current market conditions, UK Consumer Defensives as a group have not proved very resilient. They are 5.7% down over the month (about the same for the market as a whole) and 9% down for the year (a little bit worse than the overall market). Investors shouldn't be lured into thinking that this sector label necessarily provides protection against…

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