Monthly Archives: December 2015

Mining

This is the chart of BRWM (BlackRock World Mining Trust), an investment trust: Its price now seems near its decade’s low, something I doubt many would have anticipated. The nature of the decline seems very different from the 2008/9 crisis, … Continue reading

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Antifragile on new lows

I’m reading Taleb’s Antifragile, and finding it fascinating. Here’s an extract from p101, which seems appropriate for current market conditions: … when I became a trader, I was told a heuristic used by veterans, and only old seasoned veterans: when … Continue reading

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CMS – Communisis

I see that shares in CMS (Communisis) have been hammered today. Shares are down 11.5% to 36.5p. No news has been issued today, and I’m not aware that any are due imminently. Their services include “brand strategies by utilizing creative, … Continue reading

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10 years of the Footsie

No doubt we are non-too-happy with the way shares have been behaving the last year. I thought I’d take some time to tabulate yearly return for the Footsie. Figures below: Year Value Return % 2006 5681 2007 6220 9.5 2008 … Continue reading

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TRB – Tribal – drops 40%

TRB (Tribal) dropped 39.9% to 32.66p in early trading after releasing an RNS on its trading update (http://is.gd/ym729r). Apparently the company is a “provider of software and services that support the management of education”. It’s the first that I have … Continue reading

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Using pyDatalog to join data simply

In this post, I try to motivate you to try pyDatalog as a simple means of performing “database” queries. PyDatalog is a Logic Programming module for Python, similar to Prolog, but more inclined towards Datalog. I will assume that you … Continue reading

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Fortran vs Cobol vs Haskell

There’s nowt like a bit of retro. I have been learning Haskell for about 6 months now, and I am starting to get to grips with monads. Fortran is something I used in the 90’s for my PhD. I used … Continue reading

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FTAS at interesting support/resistance level

Here is a chart of FTAS (FTSE All-Share) over the last 5 years: The chart was created using gnuplot, with about as much style as a mid-90’s PC desktop environment. There has been a support/resistance level of about 3400 for … Continue reading

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Two stocks I’d never buy: FRP and IPF

FRP (Fairpoint) “is a provider of consumer professional services, including debt solutions and legal services”. IPF (International Personal Finance) “are engaged in the provision of small sum, primarily home collected, short-term unsecured loans in emerging markets”. After being burnt by … Continue reading

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Magic Hat – DTG stays in

The MHP (Magic Hat Portfolio) on Stockopedia (http://www.stockopedia.com/fantasy-funds/magic-hat-463/) is an experiment by me to see if a human can improve on a mechanical Greeblatt Magic Formula screen. I am trying to weed out “mistakes” that I feel the screening commits: … Continue reading

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