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Cherry Picking Profitable AIM Shares

A couple of weeks ago now - prior to a little mid-summer rest and relaxation - I penned a post (with one foot out the door) in which I fleetingly mentioned the fact we'd liquidated a number of holdings and topped up on one in particular I thought a little over-sold. There wasn't any great financial nous behind that decision, no fundamental or technical analysis. Charts weren't poured over, ratios weren't examined, calendars of upcoming financial events were not consulted. I got what's know in bad economic times as the heebee-jeebies, the financial jitters. It's a desire, neigh necessity, to take what...

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...

13 UK Shares on AIM

You'll have to excuse this post, it's a little self indulgent and - as Lucy from Entertainment One has kindly pointed out - incorrectly titled, since Entertainment One moved to the main board in July 2010. I wanted to throw the recent (three months in this case) charts of all our holdings together in the one place so I can get a bit of a feel of what's looking good (and what's looking not so good) technically speaking as we punch on in to 2011. Usually I'd do this sort of thing without posting it but what the heck. So with a...

Hitting £100K in 2011

Like Santa and his helpers, late December proved to be a busy period for Investor Trader. On December 17th we completed five trades and then backed up again on the 30th with a further three (including a couple of purchase from our list of 17 potentials I wrote about last week). But more about that soon. Now, if we're to hit the magical million by April 2014, then 2011 has to see us get somewhere close to £100K (at least). We've got to step it up a little. Unfortunately I don't have the exact figures to back this up but I...

Purchase – Atlantic Coal

Earlier this month we added Atlantic Coal (ATC.L) to our portfolio purchasing 402,226 shares at .41 pence a share for a total outlay of £1,649.13. To quote from the tin, Atlantic Coal are: a coal production and processing company, focussed predominantly on open cast mining and the processing of high-grade, low emission coal. Its primary asset is the Stockton Colliery, a union free opencast anthracite mining and processing operation in the Pennsylvania Coal Field, US. The Company has a highly experienced team, whose expertise and knowledge is being utilised to position Atlantic Coal as a consolidator in the sector, targeting known coal...