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Just getting back into shares (mid 2016) after a 15 year gap. Last time it was a pre-internet era and I was mostly interested in biotechs (including British Biotech) but it all ended and I had to go back to work (real work) when I naively ploughed too much into Clubhaus (remember them?) unaware that the huge tangible asset backing (golf courses) that a top UK accounting firm had been signing off year after year was in fact worthless. Of course a month or two before the end everyone knew but small investors.

I expect there are still lies, the special access to privileged information by big investors and the complicity (and ineptness) of accountancy firms but at least the internet and sites like Stockopedia and HL may have helped level the playing field just a little.

Shine66's Latest Blogs

Last July I wrote about my progress as an everso small micro investor, with just a few thousand pounds to work with, trying to make more than I would save over-paying my mortgage. Here's my end of 2017 note-to-self, as I'm nearly half way through year two of what is effectively a self-run endowment portfolio. Due to the mention of impending c. 50% job cuts…

Plus500: 653p You may remember last December the FCA announced it was ready to impose regulations on CFD companies and the sector duly went down in flames. As the ashes were being kicked over in the following weeks one company was repeatedly singled out in articles as the bad boy at the back of the school bus smoking a cigarette who'd caused all the trouble,…

I tuned in for the Virgin Money Holdings (UK) (LON:VM.) interim results podcast at 9.30 this morning. I've listened to one or two from other companies in the last year and what a treat they are. It's such a great benefit to be in on these presentations, to hear every word and in real-time. Long ago private investors would get at best a summation in…

The term 'small investor' certainly applies to me.  So small-fry in fact I'm not even a proper paid-up member of Stockopedia, just an interloper.  Maybe one day... In one of the first books I even read on shares many years ago (the first time round before I lost all my cash), there was a paragraph near the start suggesting there was little point trading with…

I'm stewing over being stopped out a couple of times recently and hope you don't mind if I vent a little on here. I don't feel I've quite grasped the what/why and how of it yet and would welcome comments.The latest occasion was losing my holding in Patisserie Holdings (LON:CAKE) last week on the cheap. I don't get to watch prices when I'm at work…

Shine66's Latest Comments

Isn't one of Mark Minervini's ground rules to be quick to sell a falling share, limiting a loss to 3 - 8%, I think - and similar to Robbie Burns, (aka Nakedtrader) who uses tight stops? It's probably impossible to quantify but as more and more investors adopt his method, won't every market dip be amplified by a greater surge of tight stop-loss selling?

The RNS from LXB Retail Properties (LON:LXB) is nothing like the cash return plan being proposed just last month. Now the BoD hint at 6p in the short term if shareholders commit to the following binding arrangement:'the transfer of certain assets and associated liabilities (actual and contingent) of the Company's group of companies (the "Group"), which will endure beyond 31 March 2019, to IW Midco…

Very good analysis, particularly on the disconnect between markets. Having said that, the US pull-back only adds to the recent nervousness here.

MiFID II is a gigantic version of  the 'cookie law', the EU directive that does nothing but cause everyone a nuisance every time we visit a website, and which is patently absurd in light of Snowden's expose.

If the market becomes 'directionless' this year would you revert to holding cash?

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