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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.

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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…

Over the last week I've been reading up on small biotech firm Immupharma with a view to investing. Phase III trials are underway on a Lupus treatment. The peptide discoverer involved is a Professor Muller and watching some of her video presentations I have to say she is very impressive, and certainly a credible cheerleader for the treatment.But it was when looking over the management…

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When I held XLM the divs were always late!

X-O (cheap and cheerful), and Spreadex. Good customer service from both.

We all know what it feels like to be invested in a company where management turn out to be useless and we lose money. We accept it. It's unfortunate but it happens. No-one is complaining about regulatory failure then. Quite seperate from that is when companies pull a fast one, rip investors off - and there are no consequences. Why not? Rules, even the fairly…

There should be a select committee looking into the failure to regulate AIM.

Valid points about the uselessness of AIM regulation. It's all very well having rules but someone has to enforce them. How we ever ended up with Stuttard in charge beggars belief.

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