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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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23
AUG

Can Persimmon banish post-Brexit gloom on housing?

The announcement of national, volume residential builder Persimmon’s interim results this morning cheered the City as both the numbers and comments on the immediate outlook for new housing beat analysts’ expectations and bucked prevailing, mixed sentiment towards the industry.


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22
AUG

Dividend income from smaller companies

Further to last week’s article which commented on the difficulty of finding reasonable level of income from cash deposits or government bonds, UK inflation data has been published which indicates a rise in underlying prices that further threatens real (purchasing power considered) income.


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16
AUG

Interest rates are low, where can we go?

Since Bank (often termed base) rate was lowered from 0.5%, that has prevailed since 2009, to 0.25% on 4 August - and the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has warned that overnight interest rates could fall to zero – savers and investors alike have been reassessing where to place their hard earned cash.


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11
AUG

New technology excites and dislocates

After seeing the Japanese firm Softbank agreed US$32billion bid for what is probably Britain’s biggest high technology business, micro-chip designer ARM Holdings, last month investors in UK listed companies may be wondering what else is worthy of investigation.


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Eric Chalker's Blog

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


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31
AUG

A rewarding strategy

This is an article about dividends.  The generation of profit is fundamental to equity investment, even though share prices are often driven by other factors.  Companies can generate profits without distributing them, but for some investors the distribution is what matters.


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22
AUG

Attending an AGM can open your eyes

In the previous article, I suggested that attending an AGM can help you decide whether to retain a share, sell, or buy more.  There may be all manner of questions to ask, but my particular focus was on a company’s strategy, or lack of one, coupled with an assessment of whether the company is sufficiently market-orientated.  In this article, I want to provide a few illustrations, drawing upon my personal experience.


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11
AUG

Why did you buy that share?

There will be more than one answer to this question, but it becomes particularly pertinent when the investment begins to look like a mistake.  Some shares are bought on momentum and if that continues, fine.  Some are bought for dividend income and if that continues, fine.  But some are bought because of expectations about the business itself and if those expectations are not met, even though the business still seems sound, the fault may lie with its directors. 


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29
JUL

Are your NEDs working for you?

For shareholders, the board of directors provides a company’s management.  Executive directors are there to carry out the board’s wishes.  Non-executive directors (NEDs) are there to keep what should be an independent eye on management, principally on behalf of the shareholders, the owners of the business.  But it doesn’t always work like that.


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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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