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  1. Confounded

    The Bubbly Bitcoin Thread -- Merged Threads

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-25138627/quest-for-lost-hard-drive-with-4m-stored-bitcoins Yes that poor guy, would be worth 18m now....
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    cavity wall insulation next mis-selling scandal?

    I live in Devon having moved from the SE and never experience such damp in all houses I have lived in down here. The sort of damp where you put your smart leather shoes away and when you get them out next time they are covered in mould. I fit positive pressure ventilation almost as soon as I move in now. It is really just a fan that draws in cold air from the loft and blows it into the house and forces the damp air out of the trickle vents etc. The theory is that the cold air expands when it enters the house so even if relatively damp when it comes in as it expand it's % humidity drops. It works best the colder it is like now. Autumn when the temperature differential is small and the humidity is high it is less effective but still better than without. We used to use the Kacher window vac each morning, now we don't use it at all (there is still a small amount on the Windows with weather like this but clears on its own. I have not seen a definitive study but there is a case for it not adding to your heating bill as despite brining in cold air that needs heating the dryer air requires less energy to heat and comfort is felt at lower thermostat temperature.
  3. 200P wow they had 400% rise in 10 years, can see why they are needing to pay people to buy at these prices. And to be fair it stops the collapse many of us where talking about in 2008 I guess it is a good thing. I have always told my DAd if they lend at 0% I would buy a mansion. Looks like I may have to do it.....
  4. Just a hint of what could be heading our way. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-30/denmark-you-are-now-paid-take-out-mortgage
  5. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jul/07/britains-biggest-buy-to-let-landlords-sell-entire-portfolio Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords to sell entire portfolio of propertiesSale of nearly 1,000 homes in Ashford and Maidstone area likely to net Fergus and Judith Wilson at least £100m Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, are to withdraw from the property business, selling their entire portfolio of nearly 1,000 homes in the Ashford and Maidstone area in a deal likely to net the controversial duo at least £100m – and spark speculation that property prices have peaked. The Wilsons met with widespread condemnation earlier this year when it was revealed they had sent eviction notices to 200 tenants on housing benefit, saying they preferred eastern European migrants who default much less frequently than single mums on welfare. They first shot to prominence in 2006 when it was revealed that they had built up Britain's biggest buy-to-let empire, sometimes snapping up a property every day in the early part of the decade. Fergus Wilson said a bounceback in the local property market to above 2007 levels has prompted him to quit. In an email to The Guardian, he said: "We are selling up the whole lot! The market has recovered and passed the 2007 level.
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    Aim A Bubble To Come?

    Hi BWSH, all aim and steering clear of anything I can't assign a valuation to. LGO was the one I made 400% on, bought just under 1p and sold for 3.9p. CAZA is the other one up 300% but I am still holding. I prefer oil stock that are already producing and have periods of news ahead of them (hopefully good). Most of the AIM stocks I have owned have been down 30-50% prior to them taking off so even better entry points were to be had for some. In March my whole portfolio was only up 5% erasing some of the gains from a non AIM stock (AGA) I bough last summer before switching strategy. AGA went up 70 on my averaged up holding and over 100% on the original stake. Now my whole portfolio is up 200%. I run both mine and my wife's ISA. I tend to go in with an initial stake and average down or up providing I am still confident in the business. I have got two holdings as per an earlier post that did not work out, one is down 50% and another was flat after holding for 6 months. One is sold and the 50% drop I have average down because I still believe in the business, but still not gone in with a big holding. The reality is you can have pain of "loosing" several thousand pounds on a holding, but the rewards can (and have been) many £10K's, so as per my original post the risk reward stacks up fine for me. Overall I sense the AIM market strengthening and after the last month with several stocks gong up hugely, this is creating cash for reinvestment in other AIM stocks, as I am doing. Of course there are some train wrecks on AIM QPP, Blur, TRP to name a few and they are the risks, but as per my earlier statement if you can determine intrinsic value (does not have to be profit making) then that does seem to filter a lot of the trouble makers. I know I will have my disasters and I guess down 50% on one stock is just that, but the over all thesis from last year still seems intact and I suspect just about to hot up.
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    Aim A Bubble To Come?

    Well another good week for my portfolio with one of my core holding ups 400% and sold at an intra day high on Monday. It then went on to fall 30% from that point during the week but may well stabalise and go on further. So 400% in 6 months is very much in line with my original post. I have another stock (my biggest holding) that is up 300% but come off 25% from that high but I have kept my whole holding as using the same metrics that led me to sell the other one I still believe it could treble from this level with the right news and conditions. Most of the action in my portfolio is with the oilers at the moment. They have been through a very tough phase and become so undervalued that if you pick the correct one it can lead to the speculate gain being seen when the right news comes. One of the stocks I had researched but not invested in went up 230% on Friday. Over my whole ISA I have nearly trebled it since I seriously started taking this higher risk strategy in Autumn last.
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    Aim A Bubble To Come?

    Hi The Masked Tulip, I did not invest in QPP, I favor value investing and have mainly been focusing on the Oil and gas sector because it has been in a bear market for a good few years and some of the valuations are crazy low. One stock I am most heavily invested in is up nearly 300% on my average and could go 100% again before the valuation would be getting punchy. This is without exuberance up. If we get a severe main index correction the AIM market will suffer severely, vigilance is needed at all times.
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    Aim A Bubble To Come?

    Well things certainly seem to be hotting up with two of my holding up 200-300% in the last month and two up 50% with one at even and one down 50%, both of the weaker ones were not added to so are a fraction of my main holdings. Altogether my ISA is up a tax free 150% since i started the thread with the main index flat. These moments of euphoria as shown in my portfolio currently are normally a good indicator of a pause and consolidation, however even the ones the are up 200-300% are till full holdings without any top slicing the value still seems to be there. Just wanted to update on progress and the AIM environment inside an ISA is looking a good place to be so far as laid out in my original post.
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    Aim A Bubble To Come?

    Well 6 months on from starting my strategy it has been an interesting ride with the AIM market still being very unloved and volatile. However I sense that things have turned in the AIM markets. The turn around in my portfolio since March this year has been remarkable with my total combined portfolio being up 40% with the main market being pretty flat in the time I have been investing since September. Virtually all the aim shares I have owned have falling up 40% percent on initial investment in the time that I have held them. However when you hold a share in loss it does motivate much more thorough research than when you jump on and ride an upward wave. My strategy has been to put in a meaningful investment at the start but with the intention off adding if further developments allow. This has allowed me to quadruple my holding in companies that have slumped and my research convinced me to buy more. Many of the shares I own I have targets of double or even quadrupling from here this year, time will tell if the rest of my plan works. However as I stated in my initial post the downside risk in the shares I owned looked to be 50% the upside could be 10 fold increase in some of them. AIM looks to me to offer a fair risk reward to me, although you have to filter the AIM share that have solid business models that do look only to have a limited downside risk (really only factoring in natural volatility and not anticipated bad news!). I have watched some share on AIM in the time I have had my portfolio loose 80% of there value. As I predicted at the start of this thread with the main market looking like it will trade sideways at best I believe this will drive more interest into the AIM market, with the government increasing ISA allowance, allowing AIM share to be put in them and removing stamp duty from AIM share purchases seems to a deliberate ploy of the government to bolster the AIM environment. One thing is for sure is there are a lot of investors who have been stung by AIM and sentiment is still very negative despite the new changes the government have introduced. As we know on HPC there are few unloved markets out there ATM and I am still sniffing bargains.
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    Another Bear Bites The Dust...

    I thought Confounded was a good name for me back in 2006, however it amazing how now 8 years on the madness can confound further. I have learnt a huge amount in the early days of me joining HPC and I would say what I have learnt from the generous others was truly life changing. Have I navigated the property market making my fortune, no, however I do live mortgage free in an adequate house for our needs. HPC open my eyes to so many things and i believe this helped me make the jump to start my own business that is now in it fourth year of providing a good income in a part of the world we always hoped to move to. Good luck with your new home.
  12. Confounded

    They Think It's All Over....

    A great thread that one :-) They were the days, things were falling into place and even into 2011 it looked on track, the rest is now unfortunately history. I let it run it coarse but with it's failure to materialise at that point (the fear phase) I had to initiate plan B and admit defeat in the face of the numerous supports put in place and continuing to put in place.
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    Investors Most Bullish In Nearly 27 Years

    Looking at that graph we could be at 1991 with rises all the way to 2000, I would have loved to have been around to buy that run....
  14. I posted that before Bear Goggles post, although my post comes below. Does put a different perspective on it, somewhere in the middle is more likely. Either way it fits into the propaganda that has gone into overdrive the last few days.
  15. Great bit of investigative journalism, I know people in the BBC read this site, It is going to be huge when they publicly expose this level of deceit..... The level of propaganda regarding the housing market has been extreme this last few days. Sadly it is going to be the case that the propaganda is the only thing impacting the market, the policy is so weak on it's own it will have little impact, exactly as they want it.

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