Tag Archive: assets

  1. Honey I Sold The Assets Too Cheaply!

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    A Privatisation and how not to do it? Well, recently we had Lord Myners’  report on the Royal Mail flotation, and, along with it, some targeted criticism at the structure, process and net result of it all. Seemingly it could have netted a further £180m for the tax payer and whilst not a lot of money it should not be ignored; though it is a mere drop in the budgets of the Treasury. (more…)

  2. The Markets

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    Why have markets been rising?

    Well this is always a conundrum, and explanations from the great and the good abound everywhere. However, there is one aspect that is often ignored, as most seem to follow what the institutions and private investors do as they chase their fashion fads into various asset classes of the day. They often overlooked issue is what the companies actually do themselves. It seems that in the US there has been a growing propensity just for companies to buy their own shares back. With the cost of debt being pretty cheap there is a logic for companies to buy some of their own stock back, reducing the number of shares in issue and thus increase earnings per share for investors – oh yes and improve the value of the executive stock options as well!

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  3. If You Can Keep Your Head When All Around You Are Losing Theirs….

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    It has been quite a year for stock markets. In the past 12 months shares have soared to record highs; higher than the tech boom in 2001 and higher than the credit bubble of 2008.

    But let’s not get carried away. Being disciplined with an investment strategy is as important when times are good as when times are bad, but in some ways the excitement of a rising market makes it harder. Here are three things that investors should remember while they are enjoying a rising market – and what we do about each one.

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