Jens Rabe is a noted trading coach in Germany, who specialises personally in options writing. Here, he is interviewed on how he started trading and how he developed his skills in order to leave work and trade on his own fulll time.
He first made a trade on the markets in the 90s when the dotcom frenzy was building up around the world, with his own interest being sparked while feeling bored doing his national service in the German army.
A multi-strategy note from analysts at Morgan Stanley has outlined the implications for the markets after the European Central Bank’s announcement of quantitative easing.
The announcement by ECB president Mario Draghi that the central bank will purchase €60bn per month of debt from euro-zone governments, agencies and institutions for at least the 18 months from March 2015 went "beyond market expectations" and the bank's own forecasts and should therefore be viewed as a "positive surprise", Morgan Stanley said.
Share price weakness at Iomart (IOM) following a failed bid approach and a disappointing interim statement offers investors a buying opportunity. The cloud computing and managed hosting services provider has good growth prospects and is a strong cash generator.
Iomart offers managed hosting, co-location, content delivery networks and cloud computing services. It owns its own physical network infrastructure, including eight data centres. The vast majority of revenues are recurring.
2015 has started in a similar fashion to the way 2014 ended. The same stocks that were heavily beaten down towards the end of last year are seeing further selling as the new year gets into full swing.
No prizes for guessing which ones are suffering – miners and oil companies (and the associated oil services firms). Oil started the year on the back foot and has kept going, while copper prices have slumped dramatically in recent sessions.
Collectibles retailer Stanley Gibbons (SGI) has been pushing forward with its strategy to widen the range of collectibles it can offer and improve its online offering.
Recent acquisitions include coins dealer Noble Investments and antiques dealer Mallett and they bring to the group additional expertise as well as long-standing brands that date back centuries. Noble owned coins dealer Baldwin’s which dates back to 1872 and auctioneer Dreweatts which was started in 1759.
These are the 10 top share tips and recommended trades for 2015 from our network of experts: professional traders, analysts and stock tipsters. Stock tips include some supermarkets, a US car maker, an AIM penny share and a FTSE 100 insurer, while there are three top forex trades and a pair of indices.
Good luck if you add them to your portfolio, but remember picking one share to buy for 2015 is a notoriously difficult thing to do and investments can go down as well as up!
With its mathematical formula to explain why ‘hipsters’ try to look different but end up looking the same, a radical new scientific paper could provide interesting lessons for contrarian investors. I think it's possible to take something from this unusual juxtaposition, even if it's just the mental image of Warren Buffet with a hipster beard and tattoos.
Mathematical neuroscientist Jonathan Touboul from the Collège de France in Paris has written a paper titled: “The Hipster Effect: When anti-conformists all look the same”.
Personal Group Holdings PGH has historically been a steady business offering employee benefits, but the purchase of Lets Connect, which provides salary sacrifice schemes enabling employees to acquire computers and other technology products, should be the first step on accelerating the company’s growth rate.
Personal has been around for three decades and the core business has historically been selling hospital plans and providing other employee benefits. The main income has come from the hospital plans, which offer a payment if the client goes into hospital, and the associated interest income on the payments.
When I think of WH Smith’s (SMWH) I think of a familiar friend on the high street selling magazines, stationery and, in the good old days, 12-inch records from top 80s bands.
What I don’t think of is a rocket-powered growth machine, relentlessly driving earnings and dividends per share upwards every year. But in recent years that is exactly what it’s become.
Defence and security business Cohort (CHRT) has made its second earnings-enhancing acquisition in the current financial year. The latest acquisition is expected to enhance 2015-16 earnings by 15%.
AIM-quoted Cohort sold its space business earlier this year and that gave it a cash pile to finance acquisitions.
Thu, 1st Jan - * China's manufacturing sector recorded its first monthly contraction in over two years in January, according to government data released on Sunday.