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Ranjeet Singh's Blog

Ranjeet Singh, the CEO of FCA regulated stock broking firm, London Stone Securit... More


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4
APR

Time to Sharpen your hunting skills - Part 2

Hello to all…and welcome back to the 2nd part of my “Time to sharpen your hunting skills” report.


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20
MAR

It's time to sharpen your hunting skills

After having spent over 20 years scouring the markets for good buying opportunities, I have come to the conclusion that it’s not just ‘what you know’ that’s important but also ‘what others don’t know’. 


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13
MAR

Why it's good to have a hedge even if you don't have a garden PART 4 of 4

Preparing for the next market crash is important because we all know that the stock market works in cycles and therefore we understand that the market at some point has to fall. That’s a fact. We also know that along the way the market will experience ‘market corrections’ which you could call mini-crashes.


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27
FEB

Why it's good to have a hedge even if you don't have a garden PART 3 OF 4

It’s more far more important not to lose money than to make money and that is a lesson which is unfortunately either not fully understood or just ignored by most. Portfolio preservation (sometimes known as ‘capital preservation’) is where 95% of the investing public unfortunately fall down.


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Rajan Dhall's Blog

Rajan currently serves as a Technical Analyst & Expansion Manager for Share View... More


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14
SEP

Bank of England rate decision preview from FXdaily

Going into the MPC announcement later this morning, no-one is expecting any change in policy, nor should they - now or indeed any time soon.  We would expect this view to be shared by the broader spectrum of investors but, as we know, the reaction today hinges on whether we get any additions to the hawks that are Messrs McCafferty and Saunders, and this would be enough to send Cable on another rally higher, where we would likely see the upper end of what we believe is the current range of 1.2500 to 1.3500. 


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24
AUG

Dixons Carphone - The chart says it all!

So I have been insisting the impact that FX could have on companies since brexit, and now the falling GBP has its first major victim. Dixons Carphone this morning issued a warning and shares fell more than 30%, with the Co. saying profits this year would be £360m to £440m, down from £501m last year.


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29
JUN

Commodities Focus: Soft USD painting a rosy picture

In the last few days commodities have seen a decent run, the fall in the USD has really helped commodities in general with the DXY  falling 1,77% in the last 3 days alone. Alongside this we have seen some comments out of China, where apparently economic targets will be hit for the year. Let’s look at some of the price action in copper:


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21
JUN

Q2 2017 Carnival Corporation & plc Earnings Conference Call tomorrow (during market)

During market hours tomorrow Carnival report their Q2 results. I like it when Co.'s report during market hours as it inspires volatility in the price levels. Carnival has been on a great run of late printing all time highs week after week. Having a look at the chart shares have shown no signs of slowing down, volume has been lower heading into the release but I'm sure things will move tomorrow.


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Tom Britton's Blog

Born in Los Angeles, Tom moved to the UK to play football and after three fairly... More


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14
NOV

Key questions to ask when considering investing in a share placement

While there is money to be made from investing in share placements, there are also a lot of associated risks if you don’t know what to look for. Below, I’ve highlighted some of the key questions you should answer before deciding to invest in any company and business.


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8
NOV

The Main Players in Secondary Share Placements

Beyond the company, who is, of course, the star of the show, there are a number of key players working behind the scenes to ensure a placement comes off smoothly. Given you might not be aware of just how many are involved in the process I thought I’d give you a look at who else is involved in the process.


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26
OCT

The lowdown on Private Placements

Secondary offerings -  What you need to know: A secondary offering occurs with the issuing of new equity for a company that is already publicly traded on a market. Secondary offerings are often referred to as share placings, placements or ‘seasoned offerings’ and are typically used to attract new investors into a company.


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27
SEP

The public is missing from IPOs, It's time that changed.

Hotel Chocolat, the innovator of the chocolate bond, which allowed customers to invest in the business in return for repayment in chocolate, recently IPO’d and all the institutions involved in the float have since seen their investment increase by more than 30% – and the stock price is still rising.


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David Harbage Blog

David recently retired, after more than 37 years working in the asset management... More


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13
OCT

An update on the house builders.

Last month’s article, “If the boss is selling, should you?” prompted a lot of comment from readers, especially those interested in the domestic residential market and the stocks of UK stock exchange listed house builders in particular. In response to requests, such as where does best value reside amongst these companies’ shares, we produce an industry-specific update of this blog’s ‘Looking out to the horizon – a focus on future profits and dividends’:


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18
SEP

If the boss is selling, should you?

Last week housebuilder Linden Homes – which is part of the FTSE250 index construction group Galliford Try - announced that it built 7% more homes in the year to 30 June 2017 (to 3,296) and achieved a 6% uplift in the average selling price of its private completions (77% of the total) to £354,000. Moreover, the company expressed confidence that the second half of 2017 had begun strongly – despite the political instability caused by the June election and the apparent weak consumer confidence indicators. This was just the latest in a series of trading results – and typical of outlook comment - from a number of the listed house builders over the past two weeks, including Barratt Developments, Berkeley Group, Bovis , McCarthy & Stone and Redrow.


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1
SEP

Review of the 'Focus on future profits' portfolio

The prime driver of company share prices, over the appropriate longer term is profit – with an expectation that dividend income can combat local inflation. This blog has been monitoring the performance of a list of approximately 20 UK equities – featuring a number of industry leaders, together with a few ‘upstarts’, including a non-dividend payer - on a quarterly basis to see how true that statement might be. Certainly, this List is not intended to be a suggested portfolio, or indeed a recommendation of any sort.


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30
AUG

'Jam Tomorrow' stories

So-called because these are businesses which are currently unprofitable but have the potential to earn a lot of money. This blog tends to leave the bulletin boards (described more politely on LSE.co.uk’s website as ‘Share Discussion’) to focus on start-up or loss-making companies.


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Eric Chalker's Blog

Eric retired from running his business in 2001 and that’s when he became an inve... More


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16
OCT

Who benefits from Venture Capital Trusts?

Journalists’ interest in VCTs has recently been reawakened by the thought that VCT tax benefits might suffer in the government’s next budget, due in a month’s time.   This is on the back of several new fund raisings by VCT managers which may also have been stimulated by the same thought – or perhaps by the thought that this is a good time to persuade wealthy savers to part with more money.


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6
OCT

Takeover Panel becomes an arm of government

Most private investors are probably only vaguely aware of The Takeover Panel.  It is generally thought of as acting as umpire when a merger or acquisition has been proposed, in order to ensure fair treatment for interested parties.  At the behest of the government, it is now preparing to be a judge as well, which some might think will interfere unwarrantably with investors’ rights to obtain best value for money when disposing of their investments.


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22
SEP

Whose interests do directors put first?

It is common for directors to ask shareholders for authority to buy back company shares.  For many private investors this is anathema, because they rarely if ever see any benefit.  Worse, when directors actually use the authority it tends to be at the top of the market, not when the share price is low.  Worst of all, perhaps, is when directors seize upon a share price fall to buy shares for themselves, but not for the company itself so that all shareholders benefit.


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8
SEP

Executive Pay

The government has published its action plan, following a public consultation that was notably biased towards what ministers originally planned to do.  This was principally to curb excessive executive pay, expose companies more directly to their critics and, vaguely, improve corporate governance.   This gave it the opportunity to substantially improve the position of private investors, but this it has not only completely failed to do but, on the contrary, has if anything worsened it.


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James Sullivan

James has worked in financial services since 1999, initially as part of the inve... More


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Coinsilium

A blockchain technology investment and development company, harnessing growth th... More


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18
FEB

The Blockchain Technology Revolution

At the beginning of the year, the UK Government’s Office for Science released a paper entitled ‘Distributed Ledger Technology: beyond blockchain.’  


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Lumin Wealth Management

Lumin Wealth Management provides financial planning and investment management fo... More


Latest Entries:

4
JUL

Lost track of your Pensions?

Have you heard of the pension tracing service? A surprising number of people haven’t. Yet it is a useful resource to cope with one common problem created by changing jobs.


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9
FEB

Three alternative sources of income

If you're looking to add some diversification to your portfolio but still generate an income, here are three funds that we hold within our portfolios. 


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14
DEC

5 Simple Steps for Investing

Financial planners and investment managers, Lumin Weath Management, guide you through 5 simple steps for investing:


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11
NOV




Resident IFA Blog

lse.co.uk's resident Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) has 13 years experience... More


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24
JUN

Referendum Reaction

It happened.  It really happened.


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31
MAR

Budget 2014

Our latest 'Quick Poll' posed the question "How do you feel about the Budget?"


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11
OCT

Risk & Reward: Shares

Most of us have come across Shares at one time or another.


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17
NOV

Disclosure (Cheap as chips Pt.2)

The case I mentioned in 'Cheap as chips!' two days ago has already been accepted.
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Naked Trader Blog

Robbie Burns - aka The Naked Trader - has become a cult figure in the wor... More


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15
NOV

The demise of MF Global

The collapse of MF Global raises one or two interesting issues.
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13
OCT

Lessons learned over 4 years

First, apologies for being so lazy and not updating this column enough. I could blame a dodgy knee, but that's probably not enough is it?!
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11
FEB

A (very) cautionary tale

When I hold seminars, I often hear some terrible stories about trades gone wrong.
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26
JAN

Spread Betting ‘Stop-Losses’

First of all, thanks a lot for the feedback on my new Spread Betting book. It seems to have helped a lot of you and I’m glad about that.
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