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Real Name: Chris

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Diversification is ... a hedge for ignorance

I use a mixture of dart throwing and technical analysis to identify undervalued stocks, and mesmerism to increase their prices. I had unmatched success with this combination, from march to september 2009.

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You have probably wondered about the truth of the claim that Southern entrepreneurs - and the businesses they run - are shifty, unscrupulous and two-faced. We need take nobody's word for it because the data is available. Let's investigate!I got hold of a list of the postcodes of HQs of all the firms on the market, converted them into Latitude and Longitude, and merged this…

I took an accounting course a while ago, and partly for fun the professor described a forensic accounting technique, which I've been mulling over. In the spirit of Christmas, that time of year when we give away useless stuff to people we barely know, I thought I'd contribute the findings to the investing public. You can read about Benford's law on wikipedia. The article there…

You won't find anything new or unexpected in this piece - it will only confirm some common observations.I got interested in those network visualisations you see sometimes, and resolved to make one. As a slave to Twitter, and follower of some of this site's regulars, I thought mapping PI Twitter was a project. It's made with R and Gephi.First thing is to know what I'm…

There's much disappointment about the lack of an article on BooHoo today, so I'm going to step in. Prepare to be further underwhelmed. I'm wanted to see how BOO compared to Asos subsequent to the launch of Boo's app, and you can get the data to do this: a moving average of web traffic from and app downloads from I only have the…

Here are some graphs: they show a bunch of companies placed according to the automatically generated Earnings-Power (vertical-axis) and Graham valuations (horizontal) from this site. EPV is supposed to consider the firm as it stands today, Graham as the firm it will grow into. AIUI. Overvalued is top left, Undervalued bottom right. No particular rationale for the choices of firms: some are people's picks for…

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Well I can't second guess the way the screening tool works, but the firms came at all sizes, and were named from A to Z. Maybe they did all line up on some criterion I didn't check though.. what I did was delete all but Size from a screen I had there already so perhaps something hung over from its initial state. I did actually…

Yes, the key to all investing mysteries is not lost in the weeds of Stockopedia 's glossary, nor in the (stick to the metaphor) flowerbeds of technical analysis. Perhaps it's in our hands already: our ability to look a company director in the eye and to unlock his dark and secret soul, or at least his ability to not run his firm into a tree.

Nick. You write the following at the top of your piece.."The five axes which emerge from this analysis broadly correspond with the Stockopedia groupings of Momentum, Value, Profitability, Volatility and Financial Strength"I don't understand PCA, except in its broadest intent of simplifying a 'state-space'. But what I want to know is whether you're not reading Stockopedia's own system into your analysis? Are you putting S's…

And keep a diary noting all your thoughts, moods, reactions, rationalisations, no matter how nutty they are. The greed and the fear. The decision to buy or sell has (for me it has anyhow) a strong mood component and is always surrounded by a cloud of extraneous thoughts and post-hoc justifications. "Felt like it" is a note I make too frequently. You may not be…

I mean, I'd like to know what ambrosia thought of them. Hand on their wisdom, or chuck them in the bin? - it's hard to tell. The one on the right is by Mandelbrot - not sure if he made money on the markets with his fractal equations, and dammit there's no way to find out

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