Occupation: Company Director, Consultant

Interests: Economics, European Markets, Interest Rates, International Stocks, Stocks

Location: London & Nottingham

Twitter: @TrousersTechno

Investment Strategy
I trade... weekly
I tend to buy... according to my system
Diversification is ... essential to reduce risk
I guess I would define my strategy overall as one that is akin to a Value or Quality Momentum approach. I use the Stock Ranks, but do not only select based solely upon them, and essentially try to find another reason why a share should be purchased. Once the story becomes more compelling, then that is usually enough and I may well then purchase the share. Not all are successful, of course, and if they turn downwards then I may well sell, even if this is purely a technical decision. i.e. there is no other information that may be driving the price downwards. Basically, why hold on to something that seems unloved by the market, and I am quite happy to take some losses. I hold shares usually for several months, but it may be weeks or even days if something goes wrong, so I do not adhere to the fixed length approach. However, one rule I do try to employ is not to jump too soon. To do nothing is also a decision, so I typically require real evidence that the downward (or flat) cycle is likely to continue. No point in holding a share to see it return close to nothing or negative values. Diversification is essential to reduce risk, and this is my main focus behind my diversification. I have no clue which shares will move upwards, and find that my favourites often lag behind. This simply re-enforces the correctness of my decision to hold a reasonably wide portfolio, typically 18-25 shares. Technical analysis feeds my buy and sell points, but I do not claim to be an expert of this, nor do I wish to spend the time so doing. I need it to be a fairly quick process, and as long as the weight of evidence supports one or the other, then that is usually enough. I don't always get it right, but most probably it is better than average so worthwhile. I have massive goals, and always look to improve, but as I lead a very busy working life, the time I have available is also limited, not least in paying attention also to my very active family! I hope that I achieve them, and with Stockopedia, I feel that not only do we have the right tools, but also the right team to support us.

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I use desktop and phone to access, but never found Stockopedia difficult to use on the phone (large screen) anyway! Having just had a very brief look at the new site, I was not immediately a fan TBH, but remain to be convinced. Also, is there going to be a link to the old charts - I have never ever got on with the re-designed…

Apologies. It was not a 'thumbs down' and was meant to be a 'thumbs up'..... mouse movement at the point of clicking error. :-( TT

Hello Hayashi22 I am happy to share all the current portfolio, as the historical picks will not help much now. So my currently portfolio is only numbering eleven, and I am probably around 45% cash still. In no particular order, they are:Fevertree Drinks (LON:FEVR)Dart (LON:DTG)Altareit SCA - Euronext PARIS (the £ before the ticker doesn't appear to work)Bushveld Minerals (LON:BMN)Lonmin (LON:LMI)Somero Enterprises Inc (LON:SOM)FairFX (LON:FFX)RockRose…

There is a very good reason why I do not hand over my money to financial fund managers, this being that since I invested seriously using a disciplined approach, with Stockopedia being my chosen platform, my performance has been (for me) stellar compared to anything these guys can do. To validate this to myself, I just checked my performance on the X-Ray on AJ Bell…

I read all the views above, and hear what people are saying with regard to the offering of FairFX (LON:FFX) However, I prefer to take the view that I know nothing about the relative merits and let the figures do the talking. From what I can see their growth is outstanding, so they must have something that others currently do not match and I think…

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