Stress and stockpicking for the terminally optimistic

Things at work have ramped up quite a tadge over the last few months. There’s not much pleasure in it there’s no doubt about that but the money’s good and it’s local and it’ s warm. That said one of our number, sadly, has thrown the towel in. It’ll be sad to see him off the rosta but with a bit of luck he’ll get to do the surveys and standins that otherwise cause havoc and inconvenience to those of us that are ‘on leave’ but might be expected to turn to and help. Sigh.

An avid (and to a point, successfull) stock picker on the London exchange for some years, the collapse of UKC and PFD from an already ‘collapsed’ position and the resultant financial hit caused the allatsea investment house (ahem, I mean me and a Samsung netbook, a chart and a pin) to lose interest in the dark art. It was all left to a monthly stock spread buy on iii.co.uk and some very modest amounts of pocketmoney. Finally decided to have a look at the state of affairs earlier today so logged on through squeezed eyelids, summed up a burst of energy mixed with trepidation and a dose of forelorn hope, and came face to face with the reality of it……………………………….
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…………………….. well fan my brow and send me to the foot of the stairs. Not too bad at all. A quick word of thanks then to Associated British Foods, Tate and Lyle, KCom and Aberdeen Asset Management. Thanks chaps, you saved the day.

Fancying a foray into the world of insurance and re-insurance the following 2 stocks will be in the portfolio tomorrow, Catlin Group and Bezely Insurance. So going on past experiences when 2 stocks have caught an eye and then had wodges put on them (eg PFD and UKC), don’t follow my example. I’m only in it  for the thrill………………your honour.

Whilst on the subject, is there anyone else out there that’s tempted to have a little dabble, despite the gloomy outlook, with RBS? I bought at 42 (currently around 28 I believe) so caught a cold but something’s niggling away and saying ‘buy buy buy buy’. Or was it ‘bye bye bye bye’. Really have no idea but the urge to dive in again is VERY tangible. Terminally optimistic I suppose.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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