Monday, 29 September 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 20:25
Friday, 26 September 2014
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 22:58
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Monday, 15 September 2014
It’s quite amusing to see Alex Salmond tell people that they shouldn’t listen to ‘big oil’. I know who I would rather listen to- people from Shell who are the biggest company in the FTSE, and BP who are worldwide experts in oil. That’s much more believable than the ‘counterpoint’ of view given by the BBC for example, of one man saying “We have good oil resources”. Most of the time, companies don’t like to speak out on political issues, as this could turn some customers against them. However this issue is so important that they are prepared to do it.
I’m going to be serious here. As a shareholder, you are a part owner of a business. It is not just some letters on a screen. You have a responsibility to act in the best interests of that business, as long as it does not negatively effect you. And mark my words, it will negatively effect you if Scotland votes ‘Yes’. SSE, Lloyds, RBS, Standard Life... the list goes on and on. They will all fall drastically. Just the speculation from one negative poll was the main cause of SSE dropping more than 2% on Monday the 8th of September. Just imagine what an actual ‘Yes’ vote would do to that share. Lloyds, RBS and Standard Life would all be hit hard- there will be BIG falls across the board. Practically every share will fall if Scotland votes ‘Yes’.
Quite a lot of Scottish people won’t care at all about Banks or Financial service companies. They would when it effects their livelihood- the loss of financial service jobs would hurt the whole Scottish economy. So that could be pain in the future for them. It could actually benefit the north of England, where I live, but I’m still writing this. However what would effect everyone directly and immediately is higher food prices. I’ve worked for Asda, which is part of Wall-Mart, one of the biggest companies in the world. I don’t love them as a company at all- they can be very ruthless. But I cannot recall one instance of Asda becoming involved in a political issue. They don’t in general elections. But they have directly said that food prices will be higher if Scotland votes ‘Yes’- it will be so bad for them as a business that they are saying this even though it could offend nearly half of their customers.
I’ve been thinking for a while of how to word this, but I think it’s best just to instinctively say what’s on my mind. A lot of people are voting ‘Yes’ for emotional reasons- they want supposed freedom and independence almost for the buzz of it. But it wouldn’t even be real independence if they still want to be part of the EU- they would still be just a puppet country that has laws imposed on them by Brussels. They wouldn’t enjoy the freedom when it leads to economic hardship for themselves and their families. I cannot see Scotland voting Yes, but in an imaginary world in which they did, I can see them asking to come back in ten years time.
I believe the vote will be close, but I am convinced Scotland will vote No. However that relies on people like you understanding how important a decision this is, voting No and convincing others to vote No as well.
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 15:39
"Why ‘Independence’ would be Terrible for Scottish Shareholders and the rest of Scotland" Coming Soon!
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 04:30
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Why ‘Independence’ would be Terrible for Scottish Shareholders and the rest of Scotland. The Article!
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 16:22
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Hopefully will be available on ShareProphets and here soon!
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 19:25
Friday, 12 September 2014
Next articles I'd like to write are on why Scottish independence is bad for shares, and the people of Scotland, and an article on Astra Zeneca.
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 19:13
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 22:46
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 11:21
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Thank you all for your comments. Some people have a cynical view of writers, especially 'journalists', thinking we just do it for the money. I certainly don't, and like to have a connection with my readers. Writing allows me to clarify my own thoughts too.
Yes it's definitely worth spending time finding out about senior management- lately I've been doing more of this. I actually sat through a 3 hour video presentation of HSBC's results to see how their management reacted to hostile shareholders. They were actually so hostile I was surprised such a corporate company like HSBC allowed the video up on their website! But they handled it well, and that increased my confidence in the share.
On a personal note, I think at the moment I'm better at writing 'strategically' or maybe even 'philosophical' posts on shares than detailed posts on companies, but I hope to improve.
Feel free to checkout www.markhowitt.blogspot.com for more of my writing and connect with me on LinkedIn!
Thanks for your comment Libero.
I think you did the right thing by starting relatively early too. Remember most people never invest in individual share companies, ever. So don't beat yourself up too much about it. 18 is the earliest legal age you can buy for yourself anyway... I think it's OKish to start at about 21 or 22 properly like we did... but like you I wouldn't have minded investing more a bit earlier.
I'm a long term buy and hold investor now, and I think this is an 'easy' way to go about buying shares. It did take me a while to get into this strategy... I realised it maybe a year after in shares. I think I've only ever invested in one AIM share, Fayrewood an IT company, and made decent gains from it without knowing that much about the company. I got that tip from a discussion board.
I would say it's easier and safer to take a High Yield Portfolio approach for a lot of people. Depends how much time you want to spend on shares, and how good you are at stockpicking. End of the day, all that matters is how much money you make and if you make more investing in AIM shares that's fine!
Feel free to add me on LinkedIn if you like.
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 11:04
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
I would describe that as an emotive article. Questor makes 'judgement calls' which a long term HYP investor wouldn't make. The dividend is covered nearly twice, and Sainsbury's have a good consistent record of rising dividends. Sainsbury's does not have the problems Tesco has- no foreign adventures that have gone wrong, less big out of town stores and I believe it has a slightly more loyal cusomter base and a different offering to Tesco.
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 12:55
Monday, 1 September 2014
Posted by Huddersfield Mark at 09:20