Here is a good article explaining CAPE. CAPE is basically a way of telling how reasonably priced the whole market is. At the top of a bubble CAPE will be high, and in a slump, low.

If this was boiled down to one lesson it would mean to take caution when CAPE is high, be greedy when others are fearful ie when CAPE is low. This is because historically CAPE returns to its long run average.

An alternative approach to stock market forecasts

UK Value Investor is a great site for those wishing to beat the market investing in large FTSE companies but with little effort. I think there might be a small subscription charge but Johns Kingham’s methods are pure common sense.

I bought some SIGG on Friday after seeing a tweet about it. I’m writing this up quick so i’m vague on the details but go look for yourself. They are a closed fund that hasn’t done too well since it started several years ago. The share price has drifted and now stands a whole lot lower than the NAV. The NAV is 92p or thereabouts and the price to buy is about 55p. Ok so this disconnect between NAV and SP might continue forever…. but we have a potential catalyst.

They announced last year that they were wrapping up and liquidating the fund!! Great news for shareholders. The only catch is it will take a while. Around 35% is planned to be liquidated over 2013 and beyond that timescales are not known. Still there could be a cash return soon and this could spark interest and a narrowing of the SP and NAV.

Limited downside and lots of upside!!

GKP purchase

January 11th, 2013 | Posted by shauniekent in My positions - (0 Comments)

I’ve added to my Gulf Keystone Petroleum position. Price is travelling upwards over the last few day and i dont see that stopping for now. A lot of short positions are open on this company so i think a bit of a short squeeze will mean the price keeps rising. I think a bit of attention in the newspapers etc over the weekend could help too.

This is my largest portfolio position at present.

I’ve just finished the chapter in Joel Greenblatts book on Spin-offs and how the canny private investor can profit from them. I did a quick google for ”spin off lse” today and noticed the Cookson group has very recently split into two new companies – Vesuvius and Alent. One is to do with steel, the other ceramics/chemicals i believe. A cursory glance is all i’ve given to this situation to see if Joel’s principles could apply in this spin off situation. The answer is that they do not. Both new companies have large market caps and so are accessible to an institutional investor. This eliminates the small investor advantge.

That’s not to say that either company may not be a good investment on its own merit, but that the opportunity inherent from a specific type of spin off can not be found here on account of the large market caps of both new companies. Never mind, at least i’m putting my new analytical skills into practice.

 

This made me chuckle, which from below would prove a most profitable investment since a year and a half ago:

  • Delta Airlines
  •  AIG insurance company
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Northern Rock
  • Buying and drinking beer

Lessons in Investing

Review of recent trades

December 21st, 2012 | Posted by shauniekent in My positions - (0 Comments)

I’ve been busy starting a new job recently so not had time to blog often but I wanted to do a little round up of recent trades as I’ve been quite successful J

I bought more PVCS as outlined previously. These have seen a decent little rise but im holding tight as I expect more to come.

NTOG bought on a twitter tip has risen 6% and I’m still waiting on the news due soon about two other wells which if positive could spark a big gain.

CAPD has been the star performer and my best ever return. Up 60% (!!!) since buying on Centamins Egyptian problems where it dropped an inexplicable 40%. Centamin has things running again in Egypt and predictably CAPD has recovered well. It is still undervalued by many measures so im continuing to hold. Credit goes to WShak the motley fool boards heavy weight who drew my attention to this one.

My other held shares in GKP have continued to drift downwards, I hope to buy more soon because the court case looks weak and ceteris parabus these will jump on the court case result.

Carpetright continues to defy all known market efficiency theories. Its worth a fraction of its current value. This is undeniable. Recent poor results haven’t knocked it though so im still holding on for the day they fall through the floor…  I might be old and grey first.

Frontier Mining FML – is trickling down unendingly. Poor sentiment about this company and lack of news + mine shut down for the winter have left this drifting. I do believe when production restarts q2 next year these will be higher. Im also thinking of adding more at these prices but I think it will drift lower yet.