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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...

Topping Up On Lloyds…I Think

Personally, I've always considered trading shares a very intimate process. I would do my homework, I would look at the market and I would decide, initially my entry point, and down the track, my exit point for any given equity. The timings were mine, the mistakes - of which there have been many - were mine, and even the odd windfall was mine. It was done to my schedule. I had no real plans to do any active trading this week. I was obviously going to keep my eye on the market in general, and my finger near the erratic pulse of...

Cosalt Open Offer

A while back (June in fact) I wrote extolling the virtues of a company by the name of Cosalt and promptly put my money where my mouth was, purchasing 916 shares at £0.5437 for a total outlay of £498.03. I'd read a little good press, the company seemed to have had it's problems in the recent past, but was moving in the right direction and with prices nearing five quid back in '07, I thought with some decent management why shouldn't they get there again. Anyway from pretty much that day on, things seemed to go from bad to worse, price wise...

Day 107 – Portfolio Value £8,261 Up £160 On The Day

So after taking a bit of breather in June and July, the UK markets seem to have returned to their northward trajectory in the past month or so dragging our little green portfolio with it. Germany and France today announced GDP growth in the previous quarter indicating rosier times ahead and  the US Reserve held interest rates leading many pundits to speculate whether things aren't as bad across the pond as was held as consensus. I guess time will tell, but for the moment at least, there seems to be at least a little elbow-room for optimism. Clipper Windpower today announced that: two...

An Overdue Update

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted, what can I say, it's summer where I'm at and our little portfolio has being just dandy on its own without my meddling hand. There's been some chunky news floating about, so let's get down to the nitty gritty. Remember Cosalt - our provider of safety products and services to the marine, industrial and offshore oil and gas markets - that we took a stake in back in June. Remember how they halved in price almost overnight. Remember the expletives I used describing them in the coming weeks (only joking), we'll things aren't as...

Day 92 – Portfolio Value £7,378 Up £47 On The Day

Following yesterday's regurgitation of all gains made on Monday (and then some), today was a little more settled with a handful of modest gains made across our portfolio. Ceramic Fuel Cells finished the day up 6.5% on the back on news that it has extended its agreement with GDF Suez to develop and deploy fuel cell micro combined heat and power (mCHP) units in France. Lloyds Bank continued it's merry journey northward finishing up a further 2.7% today, whilst both our recent Chinese acquisitions - West China Cement and China Biodiesel - made small gains on the day. Even Cosalt had a win,...

Day 71 – Portfolio Value £6,541 Down £321 On The Day

Red, red, red, our portfolio is as red as a sunburnt Communist sipping a Bloody Mary! Every one of our nine pathetic holdings finished the day in negative territory. Do I sound a little bitter? Maybe, just a touch, but the inner optimist in me is trying to see the positives. After dropping 9% (and drifting from almost a quid higher this time last month) ReneSola may have slipped back into my buying zone, so we could be looking at a top in the next couple of days. My newly-discovered risk-averse side is telling me to hold back and possibly even...

Month 2 Summary – Portfolio Value £7,240

Last October I spent 30 days on a freighter ship as a passenger travelling from Melbourne, Australia to La Spezia in Italy. One whole month without Internet, with only the most fundamental of financial headlines via a copy of the ship's faxed daily world news summary from its head office. Despite 48 hours of fearing for my life rounding the Gulf of Aden, that trip was one of the best financial decisions I've made. Why? Because in September I took my trading account flat. By the time I arrived on the Italian coast my portfolio - had it been up...

Purchase – Cosalt International

We've laid a little money down a company by the name of Cosalt - a provider of safety products and services to the marine, industrial and offshore oil and gas markets. We've purchased 916 shares at £0.5437 for a total outlay of £498.03 Our reasons? Simply a case of a profitable, expanding company, who've experienced a hiccup or two of late, being undervalued by the market. With the sale of a loss-making caravan arm in it's recent past and continued expansion into European ports, some good results may kick-start the price of Cosalt. Here's hoping!...