Stocks and Shares - Tips

primmiemoo

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Location
Devon
What manner of things are these "platforms" of which you speak?

Doesn't anyone telephone the broker at their bank any more? Or queue up for the broker at the cabin at the market field, then?
 

andybk

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Mendips Somerset
What manner of things are these "platforms" of which you speak?

Doesn't anyone telephone the broker at their bank any more? Or queue up for the broker at the cabin at the market field, then?
platforms are a good mix of shares / bonds / etc , priced according to your attitude to risk , we have a few of those . also have a few national grid shares (left over from when local elecricity company was floated ) that the dividend does better than saving rates alone (4-5%) + growth of shares . rio tinto mining was another i did well on some years back
 

milkloss

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Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
What manner of things are these "platforms" of which you speak?

Doesn't anyone telephone the broker at their bank any more? Or queue up for the broker at the cabin at the market field, then?

Sorry to sound contrary to one of the above posts but ‘platform’ to me is the trading interface provided by your stockbroker. This shows prices of shares/funds etc or maybe spread betting or options trading.

Some are better than others regarding speed of pricing, stop losses or research such as charting etc.
 

texas pete

Member
Location
East Mids
Taking into account the fall from grace of Neil Woodford, i'd say it shows that even if the pro's
manage to FU it up, then you should proceed carefully.

It's conviction though isn't it? Very hard for a guy like Woodford to make a U turn and why would he? He has had unpopular spells before, the trouble this time is, as he has now been removed from the fund and the stock is being sold, we will never know!!!

I think it stinks. Everyone is so obsessed with short term gain, I can't see what was wrong with letting him have the opportunity to let his selections run a natural cycle.
 

teslacoils

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
What manner of things are these "platforms" of which you speak?

Doesn't anyone telephone the broker at their bank any more? Or queue up for the broker at the cabin at the market field, then?

It's interesting. I started buying shares as soon as I hit 18 in the privatisation boom. I went to my local nat west, laid out the tenners, and got a carbon copy of the deal. Then waited for the paper certificate.

I'm a firm believer in two investment rules:

FINK

First Incur No Kosts

And

Minimise Your Transaction Costs

So I tend to buy stuff and hold to the bitter end. It's easy for profit to vanish in stamp duty, legal fees, etc etc.
 

H200GT

Member
Location
NORTH WALES
I use Barclays Smart Investor. Last few years mainly invested in the mining sector, small cap AIM companies.

Aim isn’t for the faint hearted, can be big swings, and losses can mount quickly, but so can profits if your lucky, and there is a lot of luck needed in AIM. This week i have made i made over 100% proffit on one stock, but there have been occasions where the opposite has happened.

Its betting, so never gamble anything you cant afford to loose.

Do your research, stick to a plan, and don’t get sucked into the hype on share chat forums.
 

primmiemoo

Member
Location
Devon
It's interesting. I started buying shares as soon as I hit 18 in the privatisation boom. I went to my local nat west, laid out the tenners, and got a carbon copy of the deal. Then waited for the paper certificate.

I'm a firm believer in two investment rules:

FINK

First Incur No Kosts

And

Minimise Your Transaction Costs

So I tend to buy stuff and hold to the bitter end. It's easy for profit to vanish in stamp duty, legal fees, etc etc.

Another here who bought with cash and waited for the paper certificates back in the day.
I had a major row with a parent about who was going to use the shares application coupon in the delivered paper to buy into a privatisation, and who'd have to go and buy another paper for its coupon! Guess who lost.

My tips, for what they're worth:

The cheapest, certified, transaction only brokerage gives welcome wriggle room on margins.

Always keep a paper copy of an electronic transaction, keep everything up to date, and make sure your Executors can get the information they need to wind up your final paperwork. It's only fair.
 

DaveGrohl

Member
Location
Cumbria
I use Barclays Smart Investor. Last few years mainly invested in the mining sector, small cap AIM companies.

Aim isn’t for the faint hearted, can be big swings, and losses can mount quickly, but so can profits if your lucky, and there is a lot of luck needed in AIM. This week i have made i made over 100% proffit on one stock, but there have been occasions where the opposite has happened.

Its betting, so never gamble anything you cant afford to loose.

Do your research, stick to a plan, and don’t get sucked into the hype on share chat forums.
How long have you been with them? I used Barclays for years and years, their platform was great. Then they decided to throw their platform in the bin and start completely afresh. What they came up with is absolutely abysmal. Huge numbers of investors got rid and are with other platforms now, myself included. Don't mean to offend you, hence my opening question.

I've opened accounts with iWeb and Interactive Investor, but I've not bonded with either yet, they're just not as usable as the original Barclays platform.
 

Still Farming

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
South Wales UK
How long have you been with them? I used Barclays for years and years, their platform was great. Then they decided to throw their platform in the bin and start completely afresh. What they came up with is absolutely abysmal. Huge numbers of investors got rid and are with other platforms now, myself included. Don't mean to offend you, hence my opening question.

I've opened accounts with iWeb and Interactive Investor, but I've not bonded with either yet, they're just not as usable as the original Barclays platform.
HSBC sharedealing was good untill simular things and left .
 

H200GT

Member
Location
NORTH WALES
How long have you been with them? I used Barclays for years and years, their platform was great. Then they decided to throw their platform in the bin and start completely afresh. What they came up with is absolutely abysmal. Huge numbers of investors got rid and are with other platforms now, myself included. Don't mean to offend you, hence my opening question.

I've opened accounts with iWeb and Interactive Investor, but I've not bonded with either yet, they're just not as usable as the original Barclays platform.

Best part of 10 years now.

I too was not keen on the change initially, but as i am an occasional amateur trader i stuck with it as i could not be bothered to explore alternatives at the time. Since then its grown on me, and i have stuck with it.
 

Dragon

Member
Location
Cornwall
Be very careful with binary option trading and the a like. Some very unscrupulous platform out there. You need to know who you are dealing with. There are no quick quids without risk.
 

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