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Doing Business in Lebanon: Getting Help from International Banks

Bordering the Mediterranean Sea and lying between Israel and Syria, Lebanon has a population of 4.259 million and a GDP of USD 40.09 billion in 2011, according to World Bank figures. Lebanon is situated in a strategic geographic location, at the crossroads between three continents (Africa, Asia and Europe), where trade routes converge. It is one of the non-oil producing Arab states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Here we will explore why Lebanon is considered an attractive destination for investors looking to start a business and how international banks can assist. Investment Climate Lebanon has one of the most...

Berkeley Mineral Resources and Gold

With our share portfolio in free-fall there's not much good news coming out of Investor Trader for the moment. That is unless you consider Investor Trader's new colour scheme news-worthy? I had hope for Berkeley Mineral Resources (BMR.L) when I fleetingly glanced over last Thursday's Kabwe tailings JORC results RNS pre market-open. But irrespective of what nuggets it contained, deep down I think I knew the market was always going to shrug its shoulders and continue its southerly trajectory. The news? Well on the plus side we're sitting on a higher grade of lead. Masoud Alikhani, Chairman of BMR had this to say: "We...

Investing or Actively Trading?

Despite the fact that I like to think of myself as a long-term investor - albeit with a speculative bent - part of me wishes I took advantage of short-term gains a little more often. Sure, I look for shares with the potential for explosive growth but when that explosive growth comes I rarely think of the resultant price as an over-bought position, as a point to profit, but rather as a re-rating, a confirmation of my homework and the reasons I invested in the company to begin with. Occasionally I'll take a chunk of profit reasonably early on but without...

When Times Are Bad – An Apology

I've got an apology to make. When times are good - as a blogger - you can't shut me up. I'm talking big, the million quid looks more than doable and I'm shooting my mouth off to anyone who's willing to drop by. But when things turn sour for a month or two, well, I dash for the hills. Not a share-related peep out of me for weeks on end. I must come across as the original fair-weather investor. So apologies, all that stops today. Over the coming weeks I'll be taking a close look at each of the holdings that...

Taking Stock

Back in January of this year I took stock of our portfolio by lifting the three month charts of the 13 shares we held from our friends at SharePrice.co.uk. From a technical point of view it gives a great snapshot of your holdings and although the process in January was conducted with a tad more optimism, it's an exercise I tend to undertake whenever I've had a spell away from the keyboard. This time around I've gone with yearly charts. Twelve month charts give an overview of longer term trends whilst showing up any  shorter term corrections. If what I see an...

It’s Been a While

My apologies first up for the complete lack of posts over the past couple of months. After a spell in Russia and Asia I'm back in my native Australia taking stock of a portfolio that's suffered a bit of a bashing from its highs of January. To say I've lost touch with what's been happening in the market is a bit of an understatement. Before I headed off I'd set up RNS alerts for each of the holdings in my portfolio which did the job of conveying any major updates whilst I was on the road. Though to be honest, I...

West China Cement

First off allow me to apologise for the infrequency of my posting of late. Rather than braving the European chill, for the last month I've been avoiding things that slither and sting down under. I've swapped my laptop for a beach towel and the only stock that's piqued my interest has been the stock of beer in the esky. I've attempted to keep an eye on things financial whilst I've been here, but to be honest, any minor portfolio value gains I've made in that time seem to have been offset by corresponding minor losses with a net effect of, well,...

Buckle Up For a Renesola Ride

It's been a hair-raising start to 2010 for Renseola - our manufacturer of solar wafers and solar power products - but no-one said investing in China-based alternative energy AIM shares was gonna be easy! January started with an optimistic bang sending SOLA.L skyrocketing from it's Christmas break price of 145 pence up to 190 pence in the space of a week. That's a 23.6% gain! Why? Good question. That first full week of 2010 trading only bought news of a failed acquisition. Renesola's plans to purchase Dynamic Green Energy Limited fell through due to a lack of  relevant Government agency approvals. Despite what...

Not Up, Not Down, Just Sideways

It seems as though our portfolio has been hovering in a range just above or below 10K for months now. In reality, it's probably been closer to a few weeks but after the meteoric rise of our - small caps dominated - portfolio in the preceding four months, expectations have been high. But sideways isn't a bad thing, especially when you see dips as potential entry points. Renesola is a share that keeps jumping onto our radar. After pushing £2.50 in June this year it's currently trading at less than half that today. By it's very nature Renesola is a volatile piece...

Selling a Few Clipper Windpower

The last couple of weeks has seen a little turnaround in the fortunes of our - predominantly - small capped portfolio. The recent rise and rise of the FTSE seems to indicate that there's still faith in the market in general so maybe it's a case of people taking from AIM to invest in the main board. Whatever the case, we've decided to pocket a little profit from our Clipper Windpower holdings for no other reason than when things get a little jittery it's nice to take a little profit here and there. We bought into Clipper Windpower back in May '09...

Day 153 – Portfolio Value £10,413 Up £134 On The Day

So it seems an age since I've posted on Investor Trader but in reality its only been the best part of three weeks. Three weeks since we broke through the 10K figure. And whilst the FTSE powers on northward, heading back towards it's old stomping grounds of '07 and '08 - beyond the 6K level - our portfolio has spent the past few weeks neither gaining or losing too much ground. A situation that's just fine by me. So often with small caps, a round of hefty gains is followed by a round of enthusiastic selling as those in for the short...

Clearing 10k – Just Two More Zeros To Go

Today the value of our portfolio banged and crashed its way through the four figure barrier and into the five figure bracket with a lovely £370 rise on the day, taking it to to £10,159 (see the juicy, big blue numbers to the right). So five figures down and only two to go before we hit the magical million mark - a walk in the park. Careful, don't slip on the sarcasm! Looking back over the past four and a half months its been a meteoric rise from financial obscurity to financial semi-obscurity. In April 2009 we began with three shares with...