Welcome back Nige. You have been missed.
How many guitars do you have now? :-)
As a matter of interest could you please remind me of the stocks I had in my VP that gave 185% increase in two years.
I think may be PURP and FRES were two of them.
Will speak soon
Yes Im aware of this trust. Doing very well. 39% up in 12 months.
They have large weighting in American shares and Chinese shares. Im already fully invested in those shares like amazon, tencent, alibaba, Baidu ...etc
This is a large trust Mkt Cap a massive £6.6 Billion. It was established in 1909 ie more than 100years ago.
Nige here are stock that I have, with a few more I am looking at.
AB DYNAMICS PLC ORD 1P
ALLIANCE PHARMA PLC ORD 1P
BOOHOO.COM PLC ORD 1P
BOOT (HENRY) PLC ORD 10
BIOQUELL PLC ORD 10
DALATA HOTEL GROUP PLC ORD EUR0.01
EVERYMAN MEDIA GROUP PLC ORD 10P
FAIRFX GROUP PLC
FRONTIER IP GROUP PL
FUTURE PLC ORD 15
HAYS PLC ORD 1P
IOFINA PLC ORD 1
IMPAX ASSET MANAGEMENT GROUP PLC ORD 1P
IQE PLC ORD 1P
ITM POWER PLC ORD 5P
LIGHTHOUSE GROUP PLC ORD 1P
MIDWICH GROUP PLC ORD GBP0.
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC 'B' ORD EUR0.07
SOPHOS GROUP PLC ORD 3P
SYNCONA LIMITED ORD NP
Hello it is nice to have you back again after a long while. We look forward to you input. Don't know what to suggest, but see what happens. No doubt MD will have something to suggest. We are also in the Nasdaq at the moment. Have a good read of our latest input on this board.
Hi all I've had a busy time over the last 6months or so. I ended up as poor as a church mouse who had received a massive tax bill from the inland revenue for accumulating to much cheese. The good news is that I will be receiving a great wad of cash in just over a weeks time so looking to buy something that will increase in value. I have checked out the competitions that we ran in 2016 It's interesting to see that Marks portfolio is now showing 185% increase sharemaiden 91% increase and Loads 76% increase. Gus and Larry also did well. I hope you are all keeping well. My youngest daughter gave birth to my fifth grandchild yesterday and I hope to see them in a few hours time Happy Days
Hello MD do you know about this one. Looks good, not sure what it will do in the year 2018. I was sent this by H & L in an email.
Annual percentage growth
Dec 12 -
Dec 13 Dec 13 -
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Dec 16 Dec 16 -
Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 39.8% 21.4% 13.3% 16.5% 41.1%
FTSE All World 21.0% 11.3% 4.0% 29.6% 13.8%
Leb. In my post on Tuesday at 13:31 , Paul Scott has been suggesting to be cautious re growth/momentum stocks as they seem to be a bit wobbly pausing for a breath for a while now.
May be investors have made a lot of profits recently and banked them and waiting to see what happens next. A lot of stocks in this category, plenty of them are popular in this bb the likes of BUR BOO PRSM FEVR IQE KWS GAW PURP to name but few.
Im still in all of them, smallish amounts except IQE where I have a large position. I watch and see.
China's Quantum-Key Network, the Largest Ever, Is Officially Online
A figure from the letter shows how the Micius satellite transfers quantum keys across vast distances.
Credit: Physical Review Letters
China has the quantum technology to perfectly encrypt useful signals over distances far vaster than anyone has ever accomplished, spanning Europe and Asia, according to a stunning new research letter.
Bits of information, or signals, pass through people's houses, the skies overhead and the flesh of human bodies every second of every day. They're television signals and radio, as well as private phone calls and data files.
Some of these signals are public, but most are private encrypted with long strings of numbers known (presumably) only to the senders and receivers. Those keys are powerful enough to keep the secrets of modern society: flirty text messages, bank-account numbers and the passwords to covert databases. But they're brittle. A sufficiently determined person, wielding a sufficiently powerful computer, could break them.
"Historically, every advance in cryptography has been defeated by advances in cracking technology," Jian-Wei Pan, a researcher at the University of Science and Technology of China and author on this research letter, wrote in an email. "Quantum key distribution ends this battle."
Quantum keys are long strings of numbers keys for opening encrypted files just like the ones used in modern computers but they're encoded in the physical states of quantum particles. That means they are protected not only by the limits of computers but the laws of physics.
Quantum keys cannot be copied. They can encrypt transmissions between otherwise classical computers. And no one can steal them a law of quantum mechanics states that once a subatomic particle is observed, poof, it's altered without alerting the sender and receiver to the dirty trick. [What's That? Your Physics Questions Answered]
And now, according to a new letter due for publication today (Jan. 19) in the journal Physical Review Letters, quantum keys can travel via satellite, encrypting messages sent between cities thousands of miles apart.
The researchers quantum-encrypted images by encoding them as strings of numbers based on the quantum states of photons and sent them across distances of up to 4,722 miles (7,600 kilometers) between Beijing and Vienna shattering the previous record of 251 miles (404 km), also set in China. Then, for good measure, on Sept. 29, 2017, they held a 75-minute videoconference between researchers in the two cities, also encrypted via quantum key. (This videoconference was announced previously, but the full details of the experiment were reported in this new letter.)
This long-distance quantum-key distribution is yet another achievement of the Chinese satellite Micius, which was responsible for smashing a number of quantum-networking records in 2017. Micius is a powerful photon relay and detector. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2016, it uses its fine lasers and detectors to send and receive packets of quantum information basically, information about the quantum state of a photon across vast stretches of space and atmosphere.
"Micius is the brightest star in the sky when it is passing over the station," Pan wrote to Live Science. "The star is [as] green as the beacon laser [that Micius uses to aim photons at the ground]. If there is some dust in the air, you will [also] see a red light line pointing to the satellite. No sound comes from space. Maybe there are some raised by the movement of the ground station."
Just about any time Micius does anything, it blows previous records out of the water. That's because previous quantum networks have relied on passing photons around on the ground, using the air between buildings or fiber optic cables. And there are limits to line-of-sight on the ground, or how far a fiber-optic ca
corporations that have reported unique technological breakthroughs in the last three years in the field of quantum computing, and/or corporate groups with vested interests in research programs geared toward developing commercially viable quantum-enabled products and services.
This list is organized alphabetically.
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
IPX was down 4.9% yesterday. I think its because of the 2.6 million shares admitted to AIM trading ie dilution effect. Just my opinion. See RNS below.
By StockMarketWire | Fri, 19th January 2018 - 09:18
Impax Asset Managment has completed the acquisition of Pax World Management LLC, announced on 18 Sep, the following the admission to trading on AIM of the 2,665,989 consideration shares yesterday.
At 9:18am: (LON:IPX) Impax Asset Management Plc share price was -1.5p at 192p
Consumer sentiment unexpectedly declined in January to a six-month low as American households viewed the economy less favorably, as reported by the University of Michigan report that was released Friday.
The decline in sentiment included a decrease in a measure of buying conditions for big-ticket goods, indicating consumer spending may slow early this year after a solid holiday shopping season.
The setback in purchasing conditions was mainly due to less attractive pricing, according to the University of Michigan. That was reflected in a pickup in increases in expected inflation rates over the coming year and longer term.
At the same time, the expectations index remained stable, with 70% of respondents saying they thought the impact of the tax reform act would be positive. What's more, the survey showed lingering strength in personal finances. Improved finances were reported by half of all respondents, matching the 2017 average which was the best in 17 years.
Key levels to watch next week:
S&P 500 (CME:SP500): 2,682.36
Dow (INDEX:DJI): 24,471.70
NASDAQ (NASDAQ:COMP): 6,924.08
Gold (NYMEX:GC.G18.E): 1,344.50
Crude Oil (NYMEX:CL.F18.E): 64.35
U.S. Dollar (NYBOT:DX.H18.E): 92.36
Bitcoin (CME:BRTI): 17,090.52
I don't know what happen to ACTA products, and equipment, does anybody know? They had a few nice items but no money
This is a good board with plenty of good information. We use Stans book to help us, ( Stan Weinstein's , " Secrets for Profiting in Bull and Bear Markets") , It comes for around £12/£15, cant remember where it came from.
This is better than being on the CEY board. I have not done CEY for a long time. I have no Gold companies at the moment. My best stock at the moment is ITM, I bought it at 18p now it is around 37p. It is an interesting company with products for the future based on Hydrogen products, but it will take time to keep growing..
Apart from that they go up/down. I now have a few Nasdaq companies I have just started. We need a tax certificate to do companies in North America, I got mine from Hargreaves Lansdown..
You can see what we do by reading the board. Markman is very active on this board he keeps dong things all the time.
My American stock for Friday= HYG up 4.12%, NVDA up 2.53%, ATVI up 1.1%. Not to bad for just a few stocks.
IOF Has an interesting 5 year chart, it has gone down an just started to move up, it when up 5.33%, and it is now a buy IMO. It is ok above the 50, and 200 day markers. Looks like a long hold, it is an S2..
I sold BIFF it has gone to the S3 marker so it is good buy. Instead I bought in the Nasdaq MSFT, see how it goes.
As you may have gleaned from the televised yacking and frantic tweeting, Congress is racing the clock to avoid a government shutdown. They have until midnight Friday. For those of you who find this phrasing as painfully ambiguous as we do, this means the midnight between Friday and Saturday. As we write, all sides (House, Senate, White House, Republicans, Democrats and caucuses within each party) are far apart, and most see little hope for a deal. On cue, media is rife with speculation about the potential stock market impact. In our view, whether or not Congress kicks the can at the last minute, investors should stay cool. No shutdown has ever caused a bear market or recession, and we see no reason this time should be different. Look past any short-term wiggles, and stay focused on the longer term.
If this sounds familiar, it is because we had four shutdown nail-biters last year. Each time, Congress managed an eleventh-hour deal to kick the can for a few weeks or months, keeping the government open, civil servants at work, campers and hikers enjoying national parks, and economic data online (thanks for that). Some lawmakers have talked of doing the same this time, but others dont want to. (We suspect this has something to do with midterms looming in November and vulnerable lawmakers not wanting to rock the boat, lest their competition accuse them of endangering the republic by not helping the government stay open). So all the contentious budget issues are back in the fore, along with some other things lawmakers have tried to duct tape to it, like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation (that would protect immigrants who came to America as children from deportation) and the Childrens Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. (For more on the debate over either, see Twitter.)
House leaders say they expect to vote tonight on a bill to delay a potential shutdown until mid-February, giving Capitol Hill a few more weeks to compromise on long-term funding issues. While it appears to have broad GOP support in the House, Senate passage looks iffy, to say the least. Republican senators arent unanimously in favor, and only one DemocratWest Virginias Joe Manchinhas signaled support. Stranger things have happened than a bunch of squabbling, spotlight-hungry politicians reaching compromise in 32 hours or less, but we learned long ago not to hold our breath.
If the government shuts down, we might see some market volatilityjust normal sentiment-driven wobbles. Media shutdown hype can rattle investors nerves, and that can register in stock prices. Then again, volatility isnt a given. Markets might already have dealt with this widely discussed issue. Either way, what matters for stocks isnt what happens over the next few weeks. Markets move most on events 3-30 months out, not 3-30 days. Said differently, whether the government shuts down for a while shouldnt meaningfully hit corporate profitability over the next one, two, three or more years. This is probably why none of the other 18 shutdowns since 1976 brought a meaningful downturn, as the nearby table shows. Returns during the shutdowns themselves are variable, but returns afterward are positive much more often than not. No bear market ever began with or because of a government shutdown. Nor did any recession.
While we could easily write off current fears by reminding you that its different this time are the four most dangerous words in the investing world, we dont like being dismissive, so let us instead consider some facts. Federal government spending and investment is just 6.7% of GDP, and a short-lived shutdown will not wipe all of this out.[i] While the federal government employs over 2.8 million people, this includes over 600,000 employees of the US Postal Servicethey arent furloughed in a shutdown.[ii] Other essential government employees will also continue clocking in. Those who do get some unwant
Ill carry on as usual; buy or sell on individual merits. The $US will sort itself out in a few weeks once the authorities in America agree on another formula to avoid shut down. Always goes to the wire, a last minute agreement hammered out.
Stick around, stay put: thats me
The USA economic data is good the $ is sinking because of Shutdown fears
It's a familiar story but Thursday was another poor day for the US Dollar. With the EUR and GBP well bid, and the AUD and NZD back within touching distance of their 2018 highs, the Dollar's index against a basket of major currencies fell from a high in Asia of 90.61 to a low in the New York afternoon of 90.05.
Equally as familiar as the dollar's drop is that it came despite yet another good set of economic numbers. Last week, we saw higher core inflation and retail sales numbers. On Wednesday, industrial production surged +0.9% in December as very cold weather at the end of the month boosted demand for heating. Yesterday we learned that weekly jobless claims Jobless decreased by 41k to 220k; their lowest level since February 1973 and the biggest weekly biggest drop since April 2009. The figures suggest the unemployment rate of 4.1%, already the lowest since 2000, could be set to fall further. The latest week for claims includes the 12th of the month, which is the reference period for the Labour Department's monthly employment surveys.
Rather than look at the incoming data, the USD is being spooked by headlines that US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is making contingency plans for the growing possibility of a government shutdown. Congress is facing a January 19 deadline (today) to pass a spending bill, which helps determine the government's budget and discretionary spending for the fiscal year. Without it, the government will shut down. This would be truly surreal. It would be the first time ever that a party which controls the White House, Senate and House of Representatives has overseen a government shutdown.
During the last government shutdown in October 2013, 850,000 federal workers were furloughed, equal to nearly 40% of the government workforce. The shutdown lasted for 16 days, triggered by a disagreement over Obamacare. According to Standard & Poor's, it cost the economy $24 billion.
Currency fluctuations should not effect your decisions if you are in long term the shutdown may not happen. Buy more on dips alternatively sell half then buy back on dips.. This is always difficult best to stay in the market to some extent.
Despite the fact that ACTA went under, this remains one of the most active boards on this site!
I had quite a large holding in this company. I have also had other investments in "Better Mousetrap" companies that are on life support if not actually deceased.
The lesson is that brilliant inventors do not necessarily make good businessmen. Even Venture capital companies reckon only one in ten of their investments work very well, four chug on and five go under.
This company had a good product. Does anyone know what is happening to the intellectual software and assets or has it all gone down the plug?
My American shares are up; all the Big Guns are doing well. Great stuff.
These geezers make up more than 10% of my stock market portfolio. These will not continue to rise in a straight line, mind you.
I feel sorry for people who still resist buying American shares particularly the ones dealing with Artificial Intelligence ie Robotics, Automation, Computer hardware and Computer software. You can buy them through funds, UTs, ITs, ETFs ...etc.
Oh well, I leave you to it. And I wish you well.
The £:$ is now 1.38 compared to 1.31 , 6 weeks ago.
Hows this affecting my American shares valuations? Badly I wouldve thought.
Your take on this? you know more than me here (worlds first; you know more than me hey !! Lol).
Having thought more clearly about highlighting rising and falling shares, few points.
Firstly, you mention its best to buy on dips. I rarely do that myself because dips can turn into nasty retraces. As a rule, whenever theres a dip, I wait to see if I should sell. I never wait to see if I should buy more. Its commonly said not to try and catch a falling knife or buy in Stan Stage 3/4 unless you know the company well and you know the reason for the dip. So to clarify the last point, I did actually buy more of IPX when sp dipped 2-3 months ago because major directors sold a lot of shares. I reasoned that was ok, they made 200% on their shares and were entitled to enjoy some of the money with their families.
Secondly, most shares have been volatile lately. Thus, a winner early in the day can become a loser at close and vice versa. So I will only highlight a share movement if I can produce an informative data and a chart with it which in my book would be a rising share which IMO has plenty of potential for future upside.
However, none of the above is set in stone. We shall see.
For the benefit of others in here, I sold LGT Lighthouse, down 4.1% today iii data, trading update two days ago was OK ie in line with expectations but failed to ignite the sp. hence I sold it. It may well do fine in future, who knows. Ill watch.
LTG Learning Technologies, I still hold, two tranches, up 20% so far since late October. A favoured stock by Giles Hargreave, the re nowned Manager of Marlborough Sp Sit Fund and Marlborough UK Micro Growth UT which I hold and is up 33% in 12 months.
Sold SCS yesterday, failed rising share and a profit warning from peer carpetright. Lost £95.
Sold ESCS on 11/1/2018. Failed rising share and a volatile share too. Cost me more than £100 in losses, a mistake buying it but a lesson learnt. I bought it because its a cyber security small firm, I thought theyll benefit from the recent bad publicity about flaws in computer chips which could allow hackers in. This included many major cos including intel Qualcomm Apple ...etc.
Sold OSI osirium Technologies on 8/1/18, loss of £82, failed rising share.
Sold BT. On 4/1/18, lost £25 , failed rising share and got fed up with it.
That concludes all my losses on sales in January. I sold a few banking profits including ABDP.
Sold three losers this afternoon.
LGT lost £45 , trading update on Wednesday failed to ignite the sp. My strategy in these scenarios is to exit. I bought it as a rising share, it failed to continue rising.
Similarly sold ULS loss of £71 and sold NCC loss of £113. Both failed rising shares.
Im happy to do so. I usually mention my sales with losses. But because the magnitude of loss is so small I never thought its greatly helpful. Luckily Ive not had losses of more than £100 per share sold for ages now. All my purchases are documented in this iii bb and nearly all my sales are mentioned too. I dont hide many things.
My idea here is people will be encouraged to research a share further with a view to buying it if I highlight the shares good chart, good rise in sp and a positive outlook ie good potential future upside hence a rise of 5% is appropriate to mention the share here if one is looking for a gain of 30% plus in the next 6-9 months. My opinion.
Let me start with some losers today, IPX large holding for me 5% down, share dilution as the company has completed an acquisition and new shares admitted to the market. Similar story with XLMedia a few days ago share dilution following a successful placement. Cost me a lot but should be good for the future.
BMK down today, no idea why.
Anyway your point is taken but dont hold your breath as there wont be, I hope, many significant losers apart from the day to day variation/volatility which I wont enter into.
I think it will be helpful to others if you post falling shares as well that you hold because it is best to buy on the dips rather than after it has risen 5,6 or10% on the day. Just a thought... and thanks for your posts.
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