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Getech – Buying Opportunity?

Getech - the geoscience services business specialising in the provision of data, studies and services to the oil, gas and mining exploration sectors - delivered a trading update today for the six month period ended 31 January 2014. Here's the full RNS. Whilst trying to remain upbeat for their full-year prospects, there was no escaping the elephant in the text: The Company has seen strong demand for its consultancy work in the first half of the current financial year. However, irregular purchasing patterns across the customer base, driven by cyclical budgetary constraints, have resulted in reduced levels of overall revenue in comparison to...

Avon Rubber

Today we're talking rubber. If you've found your way to this page via a search that's not too financially-focussed in nature, I hate to disappoint but we're an investment site and the rubber in question is Avon Rubber; quite a successful operation out of Wiltshire in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. Avon Rubber operates in two main segments: protection and defense and dairy (after a period of re-structuring they've dropped their automative industry interests.) They've begun testing the water in the diving and aerospace markets too, but in the scheme of things these segments are secondary. For...

A Guide To Online Shares Trading

With share markets booming once again online shares trading is back in vogue. But this time many people are choosing to use financial derivative such as CFDs and spread betting to trade shares. Below we will look at how these financial derivatives allow you to trade shares and how they compare to traditional share trading. Using Financial Derivatives To Trade Shares With traditional share trading you purchase shares and then sell them for a profit when they increase in price. In comparison, with CFDs and spread bets the value derives from the underlying share. You do not actually purchase this share itself. For...

The Performance of the FTSE in Perspective

The UK FTSE 100 index enjoyed strong gains earlier this week as a result of higher metals prices.  Earlier this week, the UK's FTSE 100 index enjoyed gains of 0.3% to close at 6591.55. This was the fourth successive day of gains for the index. The positive sentiment was a direct result of higher metals prices. The gold price surged to a 2 week high – its longest really since August 2013 in New York. Among the biggest gainers were Randgold Resources and Fresnillo. But it's not only the precious metals sector that is performing well in the UK, it's Barclays...

Different Options for Becoming Debt-Free This Year

Credit card, store cards, loans - these days there are all sorts of ways to borrow money. Whilst this is all well and good for those who are able to borrow responsibly, with the ability to manage debt general reflecting well on a borrower's credit rating, what happens if you find yourself racking up too many debts in one go? In these cases, the best option is to figure out a plan to make those all-important repayments until you are living the debt-free life that we all crave. If you are interested in tidying up your finances now the New Year...

Redesign at AIM Soiree

Things are about to get a little messy over at our sister site, AIM Soiree as we bring the design kicking and screaming into 2014. Gone are the kitschy graphics - with the exception of a small homage or two - to be replaced with some funky new colours and lines. And with them, a little new functionality. But more on that later. Just be assured that if things all go a little awry, I'm onto it (maybe) and service should return to normal just as soon as my sub-par programming skills allow. But why change? A couple of reasons. Unfortunately it's a bit of a last role of...

Alternative Investments That Appeal In the 21st Century

With the economic situation as it is, many people are looking for alternative investment opportunities that lie away from their high street bank. There is risk associated with any form of investment as most people will know, but with government bailouts and static rates, banks are commonly falling short when it comes down to potential returns. Alternative investment opportunities give people the chance to do things on their terms, and even get involved in a market that they haven’t been in before. Of course, investments are best made with plenty of research and knowledge, which is why many individuals depend on...

Momentum Investing

It's a new year and we're back on our momentum kick, screening for UK shares that tick a number of boxes in terms of debt, liquidity, growth, profitability and importantly, momentum. Why is momentum so important? If you've ever picked up a beginners investment book, many of the first investment lessons that are rammed home are momentum lessons, they're just not referred to as such at that early stage in your development. Remember "let the trend be your friend" and "never catch a failing knife"? Momentum lessons, the both of them. At an overview level, if something has been doing something for...

Supergroup’s Lastest Interims

Prices in Supergroup - the High Street fashion retailer - are testing 24 month highs on the back of their interim results released on the 12th December. For those of you new to the world of Supergroup, they're the company behind the Superdry and CULT brands. Here'a a little blurb from the Superdry website: Inspired by a trip to Tokyo in 2003, Superdry fuses design influences from Japanese graphics and vintage Americana, with the values of British tailoring. The result – unique urban clothing, with incredible branding and an unrivalled level of detailing. Such distinctiveness has gained the brand exclusive appeal, as well...

The Evolution of Share Trading

I'm amazed at just how far share trading as in industry has come in the past couple of decades. I would find it hard to name a pre-existing industry that has benefitted so directly from the internet age. Twenty years ago - spurred on by the luxury lifestyle an intimate knowledge of share trading afforded the likes of Gordon Gecko in Wall Street - I recall having a vague interest in shares and trading; with vague being the operative word. I mean, back then - pre-internet - unless you had a parent who was a stock-broker, how did you even get a...

Investing in African Minerals on the London Stock Exchange

African Minerals as a source of wealth is nothing new. From the Romans to the British Empire, there have been major fortunes made from investing in African resources. Although the chances of making an Empire’s worth of money are slim, there is certainly the possibility for some smart investments into African minerals today. A number of different African minerals companies are currently trading on the London Stock Exchange, and for the savvy investor, this sector represents a major opportunity. African Mining Mining is one of the biggest industries throughout Africa, and the continent is rich in a number of minerals that are increasingly...

Investing in Shares on the LSE

Don’t gamble when it comes to picking shares on the London Stock Exchange! After receiving my commerce degree, I was ready to take on the world. I believed that I was sufficiently equipped with the requisite financial sense to make smart investment decisions, regardless of the market volatility. Squarely in my sites was the London Stock Exchange (LSE). But at some level, I was a little scared. There appears to be a whole lot of hullabaloo about investing in shares on the LSE. True, insight, knowledge, common sense and good fortune are required, but it's not an impossible endeavour. Equities bestow...