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  1. Agree that future of Aberdeen looks bleak. Went to city centre last weekend and was dead. Not sure what council has planned for empty shops as unions Street is full of them. The rumour is also that the big M&S near bon accord might shut soon. The so called boom in hydrogen/renewable hasn't happened and I don't see why any company in their right mind would want to be based in Aberdeen, with so many other better locations. Regarding decommissioning, it hasn't turned out to be the saviour like previously raved about, but the pioneering spirit is just one part of the decommissioning process. That has essentially been the best way to remove topsides / jackets, which has always been about 20/30% of the total project costs. The main cost of decommissioning has always been plugging and abandoning the Wells, which accounts for about 50% of each project. Estimate costs for platform Wells range from £1 to 10 million each, with subsea Wells estimated at about £10 to 30 million, most of the costs are from hiring out Jack up / vessels for the P&A.
  2. Yes I will buy and slowly transfer out to ledger, need to still research more on that. Yep I don't see this as a short term, I've obviously missed the boat so will just hold and hopefully will be worth more in the next 5 / 10 years.
  3. Thanks for info. Yes wouldn't go all in as crypto still an investment which can go wrong. I think I'll plan £100 a week (50/50 split between BTC & ETH) and just DCA for the foreseeable future. What paperwork do you need to keep to make it easier for when selling? I plan to use bank account > revolut > coinbase pro. Should I just keep statements of bank accounts etc and note down price bought for CGT purposes, or can you export this data from the exchanges easily.
  4. Thanks. Do you think institutional investors will go for ethereum or stick with bitcoin?
  5. Hi All, Reading through this thread again just shown how wrong I was about HPC and crypto. I do t have alot of money to invest so was thinking of just DCA into bitcoin / Eth £100 a month, does this seem like a waste now as once again it seems like I'll be buying "at the top". I've tried reading up on altcoins but just seems like more risk than I'm willing to do at the moment, is it worth just concentrating on BTC / ETH or should I do more research onto alts? With job situation looking abit flaky, I've got enough savings for 6 months + about 100k in pension / ISA, but I think I really need to just invest in crypto as feel so stupid not investing before.
  6. Bigger problems lie for Aberdeen with the upcoming IR35 reform. Alot of personnel n Aberdeen were working as 1 man band limited companies. Few years ago it wasn't unheard of for people to earn £1000 day rates onshore. Nowadays is a complete opposite. day rates and per hour going down and down. Most companies have stated roles are inside ir35, so no doubt come April there will be a lot of people leaving. Very few operators are drilling exploratory Wells. The "brownfield" projects are non existent in Aberdeen. More and more private equity / independent operators are springing up as the big boys like BP / she'll are concentrating on a few offshore assets / hubs (West of shetlands etc). Unfortunately, I feel like things haven't started to get bad in Aberdeen. With brexit looming, this will add another factor for companies to comprehend.
  7. Pretty disappointing to read how bad the scale of fraud is, money could have been put to so many better uses, if only some simple checks were enforced. Also shows how society in general, peoples ethics and morals are going down.
  8. I have to admit, I feel really jealous whenever reading this thread and see people making 5 / 6 figure gains. I sort of knew about bitcoin in 2017, but didn't really pay much attention to it. I ended up buying about 8k worth of crypto, mix between bitcoin and alts in 2018, at the very peak, now worth about 3k. I wish I could buy more now, but been burned before, and now I just think I've missed the boat again. Was also hoping for that HPC, but seems like that also will never happen.
  9. Home survey report list value at September 2020 as £225k. Not a great place to stay aswell, as that road used to always be busy at rush hour people avoiding the haudigan roundabout.
  10. Prison Officers get 34.1%, still not enough to work in that job. Wouldn't wish that job on anyone.
  11. Not sure how this would work if you wanted to WFH, and then were "requested by employer to come into office for say a meeting, would you get the 5% back for days working in the office, paid expenses for travelling to office? Can't have it only one way which benefits the employer. Seems like a very short sighted idea, which will turn out to be very complex and lots of blowback from employees.
  12. Aligning CGT at income tax rates was one of jeremy corbyns plans and he got hammered for it. Quite funny to see alot of the Labour policies now slowly being rolled out by the "Conservative" government
  13. Its pretty depressing seeing the decline of Aberdeen, every news link posted to this thread just seems to be doom and gloom. Alot of people losing jobs and most operators looking more into decommissioning their assets. The only thing that might help get some jobs back to Aberdeen right now is if they start the decommissioning plugging and abandonment Wells campaigns, but even then that won't create lots of jobs, like os always touted in press and journal. Don't see Aberdeen ever being a renewables or hydrogen hub like they are trying to make it, why come to Aberdeen when the work can be done almost anywhere else in UK?
  14. Do people think HMRC will really go after the people who abused the bounce back loan / furlough / eat out schemes? It would be great way to reduce the UK tax bill, but sadly I think it is just another pie in the sky dream, and once again show that HMRC are vastly understaffed, and only go after the low hanging fruit as they also have targets to meet and will never get the big fish like the proposed online sales tax going after amazon / ebay etc
  15. Wanted to ask everyones opinion on what to do if house will go into negative equity with a potential HPC upcoming? House was bought at 250k, current value would probably be 220k. Have about 170k left on mortgage, so right now in theory have 23% equity, however I suspect prices will fall even further in my area. Is it worth still overpaying mortgage? Plan to stay in house long term, as didn't buy for investment, but just not sure if mortgage overpayment is the best use of money with the ongoing COVID recession.
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