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Employers hanging on to employees when they are worried about future recruitment has long been a factor in some circumstances; it's in most economic models. Harder to predict now because of rise in nil hours contracts, agencies, EU immigration etc. But it's still what some employers will do if they worry aboutfuture recruitment - better to sustain temporarily high costs than limit all future growth.…

It's also important to remember that mature businesses ought to be throwing off cash and immature businesses will need it. Some companies are a mix of the two. The most important aspect of analysing a mature business is to work out the end game. What are the wind up costs? Will that generate money, will that eat money, when will it run out of road…

Agree with comments about maintenance Vs expansionary & checking against interest received. Ditto personal checking where possible eg the estate for retail etc. Important to remember that the balance sheet is on only one day and the average balance sheet may differ. It's important to realise that you can't get it all from the figures. You need to understand what the figures are portraying, which…

If you are good at reading the markets then L2 helps, but it doesn't shout the answer in plain English. If it did that then the movements you are anticipating would already have happened. If you're a trader, it's indispensable but you have to learn to interpret it yourself. You just have more information to help you do it.

I don't pay a lot of attention to the more esoteric detail (I rarely do part sales or trade in and out), but I prefer to use Sharepad for portfolio magagement. Partly because it has all my stocks (Stockopedia doesn't) and partly because it will calculate and add dividends automatically which saves time. I do have to add bond interest manually, but I have fewer…

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