Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Exericse


Exercise every day is going well- told people that I have to give money to charity if I don't do it is a strong motivator.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Ninety Thousand


Right...

Let's get right into it.

We have 90,000 views from all over the world now. By the end of the year, hopefully within six months, we will be at 100,000.

So this article is going to be partly about being ruthless when needed to reach your goals. If you are clear cut in your goals there are times when you have to be ruthless to reach them. That's because the world can be a ruthless place. The world isn't full of nice writers just trying to write. You should only be ruthless when needed- but there are times when you need to be.

If you see someone who is impacting negatively on you reaching your goals you should act on that RIGHT AWAY. Don't overthink it or be too nice- just act. Personally I have overthought it too much in the past but not any more. The more firmly you deal with it the less likely they are to mess with your goals again.

I will quickly state here- your goals should not be anything CRAZY like to kill people. You should have a reason for being ruthless. Most of the time I have been ruthless in the past is in a REACTIVE way when people have been ruthless to me first.

I think you have to have a ruthless streak in you to be a top writer these days. Nietzsche had it and it's needed now.

Yeah so you just have to have that focus on your goals to not take any shit when not needed.

Ha... quite an AGGRESSIVE tone there you could say.

The whole thing is... my goals overall will make the world a better place so I'll do what it takes to get there. I still want to be the best writer I can be, there is a lot more to come. At the same time... I want to make sure I am well paid enough for time spent on writing. I am not Mother Theresa. If you like my writing please donate or think of some other way to add value to me- that will motivate me to produce better content.

Whenever I start writing I just do it for the flow and to express what's on my mind. Maybe if I get truly famous as a writer historians will dig up poetry I wrote in the paper at four years old. I have a long way to go before people would go to that effort though- a lot of people who read are TOO PASSIVE myself included in some ways.

That's why I currently have a goal of exercise every day, or I have to give money to charity. I haven't for five years so that will be a strong motivator for me. Nothing hard about exercising you just have to do it. Have to improve my diet too.

But yeah let's talk about PASSIVE READERS a bit more. I've read over 2,000 books in my life. My life is decent now but it would be BETTER if I had just taken more ACTION based on the 'self help' books I've read. That's probably why I read less now, of regular books anyway. A lot of people don't read books at all, it's worth doing but you have to either ENJOY THE WRITING STYLE or get inspired to take action from the writing to make it really worthwhile.

Jumping in right here with more on this article...

When I was 19 I decided I could either just read books all my life or I could start writing one. So I started and that novel became Playing to Win. That's what really teaches you about writing- not just reading but writing a novel. 5p per hour but it was worth it in many ways. I didn't do it for the money although I thought it would make me more. Buy that if you want to support me.

It's free these days to set up your own blog so do it if you're into writing.

But yeah... a lot of writers died poor and I always knew I would never let that happen to me. Really the vast majority of writers have to have other income to be able to write- it's probably tougher to make money writing now relatively than a lot of points in history but I guess it's always been hard. People think about Harry Potter and imagine some writers get a lot of money. It's only the top 1% who do. I've had over £50 an hour for writing before but it's not consistent.

Still I think I will always like doing it for the flow...

Here's what Google is giving me when I'm looking at 'All Time' views... not sure it's totally accurate but it gives you a rough picture...


Lots of worldwide views... and too much passiveness from most people. HOWEVER I have connected with some great people with this blog and I believe I will connect with much more...

Anyway... for now this is the rough version of this post... will add more later. Thanks for you support. There is more to come.

Whitbread


Good rise for @WhitbreadPLC today... will it get to @Financial_Orbit 's target price of 5000p? I hope so because I still hold!

Exercise


I have to exercise every day or I have to 'give money to charity'... let's see how I do :)

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Prelude


90,000 article will be on www.markhowitt.blogspot.com in about a week. Expect some direct content I will make it a powerful one...

Shares


Busy goal day yesterday... yet I will state publicly now I want to go to the UK Investor Show in 2019. Now to get rich enough to make it a 'no brainer' as @Financial_Orbit orbit says!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Shares


BP and @Shell soaring higher today... good day overall up nicely :) ££££

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Pretty good twitter figures...

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Instinct


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Sunday, 15 April 2018

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Happy to network with more share investors today... will be examining some more shares and have plenty of money to buy!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Global Reach



Networking


Doing quite a bit of poker and out in Huddersfield tonight...

Feel free to connect if you're cool... I'm available for share investment consulting and writing as well.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Greene King


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Greene King killed it more than any share in the FTSE today... and my biggest spread was on Greene King... shows my INSTINCTS for spreads are still good.

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So yeah... bit tired but let's write some more stuff...

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@greeneking truly killed it today- more ££££ for @Financial_Orbit and me :)

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Instinct And Selling


Morning...

Just come out of a nice sleep and have this idea on my mind to BLAST OUT...

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So let's get right into the content.

Just over a year ago I hadn't sold any shares in over ten years. If you count closing spreadbets I have sold about 45 times since then... I have sold some regular shares too...

What have I learned from this?

I was brought up on the 'long term buy and hold' approach. 'Buy and hold forever.' Well... in the very long term you are dead. Nobody has lived for ever yet (although one ex employer thought he would...)

So at SOME point in your life you are probably going to sell some shares, if you have any. And I've always known that deep down so now I am learning how to sell shares. The act of selling shares is not physically hard even if it may be psychologically hard if you have done long term buy and hold for a long time. But in reality you just click the sell button.

Saturday April 14th Update...

What are the 'risks' or capital investment of buying a share or doing a spreadbet? Well for a share the buying cost for me can be around 1% or slightly less. 0.5% stamp duty, £5 dealing cost. Then there is the eventual cost of selling the share for £5. Then having thought about it there is the capital cost and time investment of that capital. When I am buying a share usually the minimum time I would hold it is at least six months- otherwise it would be better to spreadbet it. In fact the only time I have held a share for less than six months is with Bovis- should just have held that even though I made a high percentage in a few months- influenced by Chris Bailey there, nobody is right all the time.

What are the capital risks or investment of owning a spreadbet? There is the spread cost, which on a FTSE 100 company could be 0.25% or less. Then the spread cost of selling, again around 0.25%. Then there is the small 'daily charge' you incur for having a spreadbet. You can get 3, 6 or 9 month options to avoid this charge... you will be paying more for the share at the start but if you sell it before these periods you can get a higher than normal price for the share too. This area is something I have to learn more about- I have done both but at the moment only have daily funded bets.

So there is no point doing a spreadbet if you think the price will stay flat, or even close to flat, for a sustained period. That period can even be a month. Ideally you should be aiming for good gains- but don't CHASE them sometimes you have to give spreadbets time. Never panic and sell too soon- you should keep a daily view on your limits and stop losses too. Chris Bailey only does spreadbets in 'extreme situations'.

Key thing that has been buzzing around in my head about spreadbetting over the past few days...

Sometimes you may only need one or two 'ideas' at a time. Greene King was the best spread idea over the past 3 days in the FTSE... and it was my biggest spread. With more of a capital investment in it I could have made an absolute fortune- it was still my biggest spread and I did very nicely. Looking backwards, ideally ALL my capital should have been in Greene King. In fact, imagine if I had sold ALL my shares and just put it on spreadbets on Greene King... just the rise in the past two trading days would have made me around one million pounds...

You can't look back though you can only look forward. I still own Greene King shares and got the timing close to perfect there. Including stamp duty and dealing costs the shares are still up over 20% in just over 2 weeks...

Really it all about identifying those key shares seeing they are FUNDAMENTALLY GOOD then taking advantage of the positive catalyst. Buying a fundamentally good share or spreadbetting before a key results date or before good news is key...

Same with shorting. This can effect even fundamentally good shares... you want to short before the bad results date or bad news is made public... I have quite a lot more to learn about shorting though...

Key difference between shares and spreadbetting- how much you can win and lose. You can win and lose a lot more with spreadbetting. I actually have relatively little money in spreadbetting at the moment having exited a number of positions in the past 2 weeks. All of the exits were done with nice gains.

Let's hit it off with one very recent example. I sold Royal Mail a few days ago for around 572p. It fell quite sharply on Friday after I sold it. 572p was around a three year high. I think that is a key factor in selling shares- if you have a yield on a fundamentally decent but 'low growth' share of Royal Mail of around 4% and an OK PE of around 12.5... coupled with many brokers thinking it is a sell it is OK to sell.

Because you have to be aware of that 'downside risk'. Remember you can ALWAYS buy a share back again if it say falls 10% for no fundamental reason. The opportunities will always be there.

The fundamentals of selling are similar to the fundamentals of buying in my mind. I've gone over this many times but in a nutshell if the PE is TOO high and there isn't much of a dividend yield you may think about selling. Of course I still have much to learn about selling but here are some thoughts I have about it...

A lot of times I trust my instincts when to sell a share. Yet... you have to be careful not to look at shares TOO much. You can let a share hit a limit order then sell- if there is no cost involved in this it is fine just to set one up if you are prepared to edit it at least once a day. Basically you should be looking for that moment when selling a share... I can see this is OBVIOUSLY overvalued now, time to sell.

You have to be aware of the potential 'risks' or 'headwinds' (that is a popular investment writing word... Mr Rupert Hargreaves likes that one ;)). Like with BT... it is going to be a LONG time if ever before it reaches 500p again. Some of this risks can be hard to see others not. But you have to be aware of a risk that could send the share slamming down... remember that you can always use that money from selling for other shares... or just SPEND IT ON YOURSELF which is something I am learning to do too!

So yeah with shorter term trading when selling you need to know key dates like ex dividend dates and result dates. When spreading if you can spread with a juicy dividend date coming up soon on a fundamentally good share you can well turn a profit. Think Taylor Wimpey and ITV recently...

So yeah... just so you know I am going to slam out a NONE SHARE NINETY THOUSAND post when we reach ninety thousand. Just had this idea for instinct article and it turned out nicely. Time to win more on my goal day...

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Shares


Well... shares and spreads KILLED IT TODAY... with @GSK BP., Shell... many things POWERING UP. I'm in shares for LIFE and ready to get more ££££

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I spent a bit of time looking at my twitter followers, Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections...

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And it's a large percentage of high quality winners... even if I do get more 'famous' I would still value quality connections over quantity... spending more time with high value people to reach mutual goals...

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If you want more twitter info on my views... I can get over 40,000 tweet impressions a month now...

Monday, 9 April 2018

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@Im_Cheaper_ Plus @AldiUK is cheaper... that's it really...

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@Im_Cheaper_ I shorted @Morrisons again today and it kind of hits home why @AldiUK will just continue to take their market share... Morrisons do too many things so there are TOO MANY THING THAT CAN GO WRONG.

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@Im_Cheaper_ It's interesting though...

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@Im_Cheaper_ Getting your tweets flooding my timeline again today...

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Friday, 6 April 2018

My Instinctive Thoughts On Shares And Making Money


Right...

Let's get right into an article...

Firstly...

I'm a bit tired at the moment because this has been a full working week. I worked on the bank holiday despite snow. Every day is goal day.

Share and spread performance this week has been very good overall. BP, GSK, RDSB, SSE... they all recovered. I could tell they were all cheap. A lot of my FTSE 100 shares are still relatively cheap.

I managed to exit quite a few spreads in profit today and over the past few days. Practically everything I've 'closed' has been profit recently- and spreads such as Taylor Wimpey are fighting back. I spread Taylor Wimpey earlier in the week at close to perfect timing. It can certainly reach 200p a share again quite soon despite going ex dividend.

So yeah let's touch on a few other things.

I haven't talked to my share mentor Chris Bailey in about a week. I won't totally get into why. But I understand he has other things to do.

I say he is my share mentor and he is. But you could also say my father is my share mentor too. I was only fifteen years old when he gave me a share magazine and told me to pick some shares as I had too much in cash. I didn't know anything about shares then but I chose Manchester United. He said that was OK and bought some too. I still have the certificate in the new house.

I made over 100% plus dividends.

My dad doesn't even look at shares that much these days but has quite a lot of the same shares that I do. I talked to him today and he managed to get a better deal on his gas and electricity with a company I had never even heard of. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

My father has been investing in shares before Chris Bailey was even born.

Even my grandfather had some shares.

So it's my duty in a way to carry on the Howitt tradition...

It's a Brave New World now though. My dad never shorted shares. He never spreadbet. It was much harder to twenty years ago- the internet wasn't even widespread...

Part of me being a share investor now is trying to take advantage of when shares are too cheap AND too expensive. There is a multitude of opportunities. Maybe I will just learn a set number and take advantage of when they are cheap or expensive. FTSE 100 shares are better for spreadbetting though as the spread is much lower. I have some spreads on Greene King at the moment but the spread is a bit too big on that one. It has to be quite a compelling opportunity to spread a FTSE 250 share.

Slamming in a bit more after Wheelie D chat... yeah I am going to spend some more time learning the TA side of things... it's not something that like massively instinctively appeals to me TBH but it will help me make money so I'll do it. Hopefully get Wheelie to tell me some things TBH... he was the first person I really chatted to about spreads and we chat most days... he's v into TA...

So yeah... I talk to other people about ideas. I read about ideas. I closed out of IAG today as a spread which Chris said not to go for. But really it's just another version of Easyjet really... I still hold IAG shares.

The court case against Lloyds is over now. My lawyers believe there may well be a favourable outcome. I do too. Three and a half years in the making but I do believe another chunk of money will be coming my way.

Understand that I remember everything important that happens to me. Illegal builders who have disturbed me will not go unpunished. I have a very good track record with legal claims and complaints.

Yet anyway I see the chance to make more money in the future and I will do so.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Share Investor


Shares and spreads truly KILLED it today... @BP_plc @shell ... everything up big time. Readers around the world read me because I'm a REAL TALK share investor... I manage to overcome obstacles to WIN :) £££

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@Im_Cheaper_ is an interesting twitter account about @Morrisons

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Thanks for your support. It really is some inside information into the company that they employ such liars... fundamentally though @AldiUK and @LidlUK will just continue to take its market share...

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Closed @cineworld position today with a nice profit... originally got that tip by reading @ruperthargreav1 articles...

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I'm short @Morrisons again... way overvalued. My local Morrisons, one of the better ones despite employing liar Violet Rowan, has lost a lot of customer since @AldiUK opened. PE of over 20 is far too high...

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Won BIG poker poker and shares off to a good start...

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I'm short @Morrisons again... way overvalued. My local Morrisons, one of the better ones despite employing liar Violet Rowan, has lost a lot of customer since @AldiUK opened. PE of over 20 is far too high...

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Poker


Most poker for ages yesterday... resulted in me leaving a lot of players with felt... Probably higher stakes today!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Virgin Liars


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We do not offer compensation Mark. If you've reported an issue to the team via phone, and it's been down for 24 hours, we'd credit the 24 hours loss of service ^JGS


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I'm going to the regulators right now.

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You think I'm going waste ANOTHER 20 minutes of my time talking to Indian liars on the phone?

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Oh you don't know who you're dealing with.

Monday, 26 March 2018

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Examining some shares to buy today...


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Still will smash out some interesting writing... lots of thoughts in my head at the moment.

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Still ready to smash my goals.

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Been hindered by @virginmedia and the 'Pollard Family' trying to intimidate me.... they will pay in time don't worry.

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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Oil


Big rise for oil yesterday- over 70 dollars a barrel now. Been writing about it for years but eventually it will get to over 100 dollars a barrel eventually. Good news for my @BP_plc and @Shell shares.

I went long on #IAG yesterday


I went long on #IAG yesterday.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

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There were about 7 customers waiting. I said to her "Because they're cheap and want to save money. That's the real reason." They opened another till.

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9 year old girl, who seemed quite smart, said "Why do @AldiUK only have one till open?"

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

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Even @Tesco could take some of it's market share- my only short now but I've got quite a lot on it.

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Shorted @Morrisons again... I know this business can't compete with @AldiUK and @LidlUK ... the only time I've shopped there in the last year is with vouchers I've won... v rare I spend any money there even though it's close.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

SJ Bollard Builders Tries To Intimdate and Threaten Me


This is a serious article.

Unlawful building work is going on at 14 Newbury Walk.

There have been two crime numbers given to me and the police are investigating.

The details of one of the criminal builders is here

I have plenty of video and picture evidence. More to follow.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A lot of things have been going on lately... but every day is still goal day. Not a good idea for people to try and intimidate me...


A lot of things have been going on lately... but every day is still goal day. Not a good idea for people to try and intimidate me...

Friday, 9 February 2018

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Good results for @GSK yesterday... plenty of scope to climb higher.

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quick nice trade on @dfs this morning... in for an hour up about 8% :)

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Capital Allocation For Shares


Let's get right into this...

Another FREE quality article.

What does your capital allocation say about how you feel about shares?

Most people in the UK and worldwide know nothing or very little about shares directly. Of their own volition they probably have put no money in shares.

I reckon less than 10% of people in the UK have actively decided to put money into shares. It will be higher who have money in shares via a 'pension pot' though.

So... of those people... how many short shares? I reckon less than 1% of people in the UK short shares.

All that matters in shares is how much money you make. For many years I have just been 'long term buy and hold' and that generally is a fine way to do it. It beats cash in the bank...

However...

Obviously shares do not go up in a straight line. Over the last 2 weeks the FTSE 100 has fallen about 10%. In general with shares when there is a fall there is a steep fall...

So how much you have allocated in shares should reflect how confident you feel in your shares... and the economic situation as a whole.

Ben Graham's rule of thumb is interesting. He says that if you're 75% in shares you should be very positive about the market... if you're 25% in shares you're very negative about the market.

The thing is, even for say a year, it might not be a bad thing to have a high percentage of your wealth in cash. If you have 80% of your wealth in cash and quality shares drop say 30% then may be the time to pounce...

This has been on my mind quite a lot... let's see if I can get the right words out...

I think in general it would be BAD to have the vast majority of your wealth in cash for most or all of your life. Especially with interest rates as they currently are- in the UK you're lucky to get 1% in a savings account now and millions of people get nothing. How much you have in cash does depend to an extent how much interest rates are. If they were 10% then it might make sense to have at least 30% in cash, maybe more.

It will be a long time if ever if we see 10% in the UK though.

At the same time... ideally I don't think it's ALWAYS good to have a high percentage of your wealth, say over 75%, in shares. Because there are always sharp drops from time to time and then you can lose a lot of money. Warren Buffet has a ton of cash piled away right now to pounce on good shares. Who knows, maybe he is even buying right now, it could well be a good time to do so.

The amount of cash you have in shares depends on many things... and how much time you can dedicate to it. I dedicate quite a lot but I am not like Chris Bailey who regularly sleeps 3 or 4 hours a day then spends the vast majority of the rest of his time on shares. There are people who are better analysts of shares than I am in some ways. I still spend quite a lot of time on shares though and believe after almost twenty years in the game my instincts are good. There is always more to learn. As long as I have enough money I will be doing shares for the rest of my life.

Of course Ben Graham is dead now. In the 70s there were much better interest rates than there are now and in general it was harder for smaller or private investors to invest in shares.

In the current climate it can be tempting for people in the UK to have a high percentage of their money in shares. After all there are millions of people getting no money in interest from their bank.

Also you can obviously money allocated to things other than 'cash and shares'. Off the top of my head there is cryptocurrency, gold, oil, property...

Most people at some point will have quite a lot of their money tied up in property because they need a house to live in. Property is a solid investment which over the long term consistently rises. I would like to invest in property more, although it is a different skillset and more challenging in some ways than investing in shares.

But how much should you have in shares as a percentage?

It depends how positive or good value you think shares are. However there are other ways to make money with shares. You can short them. I have just started doing and learning about this. Shorting a share or index is an expression of a negative attitude towards the markets.

In general you can say having money in shares is positive towards the market, cash is neutral and shorting is negative.

So your capital allocation should reflect your view on this. At some times it may be fine to have a decent amount of 'negative' attitude towards the market. Or stay 'neutral' with say 20% of your cash or more so you can pounce on good opportunities.

This article is one I just keep coming back to...

The key thing to remember about high yield shares is that plenty of opportunities will usually be there. OK so it can be a bit annoying perhaps thinking of having a lot of cash stuck making practically no interest.... and that interest being paid once a year. However shares with good yields can get even better. Look at Imperial Brands as a recent example.

Dividend cover is key... because remember a company can cut a dividend to nothing at an instant. Then you have a big capital loss AND no dividend. Look at Capita as an example. Even a good history of dividend payments can't stop a cut. I can see why some people want dividend cover to be two times cash available. I think I will look for at least 1.7 myself. You can look at 'free cash flow' and possible extra capex.

Imperial Brands btw... I bought more shares and think the share is really cheap at this price. A PE of 10.75 can EASILY go to 15 for a tobacco company and British Amercian Tobacco has traded at around a 20 PE. Imperial are saying they are going to increase the dividend by 10% per year too.

In fact I would rather have good dividend cover and a history of nice increasing yield than a very high dividend yield. It's down to 'free cash flow'... I probably should research this more in companies.

But they key point is... wait until you see a GREAT opportunity for either shares or spreads. Good opportunities will be there most days... great opportunities? If you know shares and spend a lot of time looking at the market hopefully you will see two a month, maybe more. Especially if you know a lot about shorting shares which I have plenty to learn about.

Real life examples...

I instinctively felt in 2016 that we would vote for Brexit yet I was stuck in my 'long term buy and hold' mindset. What I should have done before Brexit is selling practically everything then buy back shortly after Brexit when there were many great value shares.

People like Warren Buffet and Chris Bailey often have a sizeable amount of cash to pounce on good opportunities. Chris had quite a lot of cash available so has been able to take advantage of the recent downturn. I have less cash overall as a percentage but still may take advantage of it.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

What Is Wrong With Spreadbetting?


What is Wrong With Spreadbetting??

This is one of those early morning posts I've been thinking of for some time...

Probably better content than most 'paid' articles I've done... yet I'm mainly doing this for myself and getting the thoughts out of my head.

So what is wrong with spreadbetting?

The whole deal with spreadbetting is you can win big and lose big. The first trade I did with Next I was up over £400 within 24 hours at just a pound a point... so I know I can win big...

However...

You can also lose big too.

When you place a spread you HAVE to put a 'stop loss' on and a 'limit order' on. The 'stop loss' is a price you have to sell at if the share reaches a certain level. The limit order is a price you have to sell at if the share reaches a certain level.

And it's just struck me now... why is this the case and why do spreadbetting companies do this? Because the spreadbetting companies will make money when you trade in or out of a position. Say for example you are buying a spread in a share... you have to pay the 'buy price' which will be over the regular price of a share. When you are selling you pay the 'sell price' which is under the regular price of the share. The spreadbetting companies will make money both ways. So it makes SENSE FOR THEM to want you to buy and sell shares.

Thinking back over my share buying, I have had quite a few shares which have gone down in price but I didn't sell them. They went onto to recover and do much better. HSBC and BHP Billiton are two examples that come to mind. I was down around 10% on some of my HSBC shares but now I am up on all of them... some of my HSBC shares in fact I am up around 50% plus dividends.

But what would have happened if I had put a spreadbet on HSBC? I might have been 'stopped out' and missed all the potential gains...

In shares and spreadbetting all that matters is how much money you make. So you have to pick the right 'stop losses' and limit orders. Ideally you just want to put a spread on and it to zoom up... but that rarely happens. Still you should be aiming just to pounce on GREAT opportunities... and even then I think you should put quite a 'deep' stop loss on... probably at least 10% below the current price.

For me at the moment that means lower value in pence shares are better for me to spreadbet. Say for example I'm spreading Taylor Wimpey, which I am. It's currently trading for around 190p a share so it doesn't take much 'margin' or capital allocation for me to put a 'deep stop' on it. For a share like Imperial Brands, which is around 2900p, it takes much more margin.

Because quite a few times... I have been 'stopped out' of spreads which have then gone up. That costs me money.

Also, you have to be aware of the time you put into spreadbetting. I have probably been putting in a bit too much time and checking prices too much. When it's real money on the line you want to be aware of the price...

It's quite interesting to note my 'demo spreadbets' have done very well... and I have been much more 'buy and hold' with them. My pound a point on EasyJet and Next are both doing well. I've even been profitable in all my foreign exchange trades, despite knowing little about foreign exchange. For these trades I have just seen shares or FXs that I believed were cheap and went for it. I haven't even bothered to check them much as it's 'fake money'...

Maybe this should be more the case with my real spreads too...

Sometimes I may see a great opportunity then pounce to make a gain. This might not happen all that often though...

Because really nothing is 'wrong' or 'bad'... it's just your view on it. Potentially I can make lots of money in spreadbetting... potentially I could lose lots too. It's just a case of aiming to get as much as possible. However I must be fully aware of the game I am playing in.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

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I have a pretty big position on @TaylorWimpey now... solid housebuilder nice yield.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

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Friday, 26 January 2018

Recovery


A lot of my shares/spreads recovered today... was decent day. BDEV up IMB recovers, SSE recovers, LGEN up... BTW I shorted @Ocado again for a profit and should just have held that short!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Killing it in poker... winning at higher stakes and biggest pots in ages!


Killing it in poker... winning at higher stakes and biggest pots in ages!

Shares and Spreadbetting




What is good about shares and what is good about spreadbetting?

With spreadbetting there is no capital gains tax and no stamp duty. You only pay the ‘spread’ so there are no dealing costs.
You can go ‘short’ with spreadbetting which means you are betting that the price will go down. You can’t do that with shares.

However you can also win big and lose big. You have to put a limit and stop on when you put on a trade. You have to know what you’re doing when you’re spreadbetting. You probably should look at it everyday. If you're doing badly you certainly have to look at it- to adjust your stop losses perhaps. The spread amount can change. Aim to get as low a spread as possible. Bigger market caps are better for this. Ideally you want the spread to be around 0.25%. If a spread is over 1% it may not be worth doing.

If you hold a spread it should be going up or down a fair amount. If it stays flat or even only slightly up or down you shouldn’t hold it. You can with a share though.

Have a clear target price or stop loss. Consider using a ‘trailing stop loss’- a sell if it drops a certain amount below the current spread level.

You also have to pay a ‘stock borrowing’ small charge with a short. Ideally you should have a catalyst as well as a high valuation with a short. High valuations can get even higher on misplaced sentiment.

Smaller amounts means I can take a position on any share I want. You can get exposure to practically anything with spreabetting.
At the same time though you have to be careful not to watch spreads too much. Watching too much means you might do something just for the sake of doing it. Really you should just pounce on great opportunities.

With shares you don’t have to set a stop loss or limit price. Overall when you’re buying a share it’s a more long term investment. Probably you will intend holding for at least a year. Often longer- I have held some shares for over twelve years. There’s less potential risk and less potential reward with shares.

Overall if you’re starting in shares what you should you do?

It’s less risky to start with shares if you’ve got a decent amount of money. It’s also practice for doing spreadbetting later if you want. Remember if you’re buying a share though you should put at least £1,000 in- that’s if you can get dealing costs for £5. With stamp duty that will bring your costs to 1%.

There is something to be said for the ‘learning experience’ of doing spreadbetting though, although I would recommend starting with small bets first. A share like Lloyds at the right price is a decent example. Even if you only break even in the long run it would be worth it for the learning experience.

For me personally I will continue to do a mixture of spreadbetting and shares. I still have plenty to learn about shorting UK shares and more to learn about the ‘technicals’ with spreads overall. I think as long as I have enough money I’ll be doing both for the rest of my life.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Full Version of Shares and Spreadbetting Article Done


Full Version of Shares and Spreadbetting Article Done.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Share Article


I have an idea for a spreadbetting and shares article which might be high value enough to only be written privately. Been thinking about it a lot today after closing out of @JustEatUK with a tasty profit...

Sunday, 14 January 2018

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The next stage for me is BETTING BIGGER with spreadbets... same time and effort, more money... I have plenty of cash now so time to invest or spread more by trusting my instincts in a BIG way when the time is right...

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With nineteen years in the game now I should just always trust MY instincts... they are right the vast majority of the time.

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Of course these are two VERY GOOD INVESTORS... @Financial_Orbit in particular... but you don't always have to 'follow gurus'.

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I read @Financial_Orbit content every day... I still made money out of @Tesco going down when he was long... I read @wheeliedealer content every day I still made money being short on @boohoo when he was long...

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Hopefully I may have reached a new level in some way... I'll get right into it now...

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Shares been going v well lately... powering through with my shorts...

Friday, 12 January 2018

Shares


Shares and spreads again performing well... leading to more followers...

LLoyds and Capita's turn to kill it today.

I think I can make a hell of a lot of money with shares and spreads over the course of my lifetime and I am in for life.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Gone long on @CapitaPlc now... don't especially like the company but it's cheap now and is a relentless cash grinder like @HSBC .


Gone long on @CapitaPlc now... don't especially like the company but it's cheap now and is a relentless cash grinder like @HSBC .

Shares and spreads doing very well lately @HSBC up big time, centamin up closed out of my @boohoo today in profit, @Tesco down today @AskLloydsBank up...


Shares and spreads doing very well lately @HSBC up big time, centamin up closed out of my @boohoo today in profit, @Tesco down today @AskLloydsBank up...

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Friday was another nice day for my shares and spreads... poker today and happy to connect with and learn from more property people!


Friday was another nice day for my shares and spreads... poker today and happy to connect with and learn from more property people!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

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Happy to hear from any of my new writing followers about share writing opportunities!

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Over 550 followers on twitter now thanks to @Ocado ... Just so you all know I'm a share investor really- only just started shorting shares. Long term buy and hold mainly. I have over 150,000 views on my share articles worldwide and website at http://www.markhowitt.blogspot.com

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Good to get some quality new connections recently... most new twitter followers I've had in a day. Especially interested in connecting with people with experience in property in Huddersfield and West Yorkshire. Property research continues...

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Shorted @ocado and @boohoo again today... both overvalued.


Shorted @ocado and @boohoo again today... both overvalued.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Good start for my shares in 2018 with SSE recovering, and Centamin continuing to climb...


Good start for my shares in 2018 with SSE recovering, and Centamin continuing to climb...

Monday, 1 January 2018

Researching property investment more, feel free to contact me about it.


Researching property investment more, feel free to contact me about it.