Thursday, 31 December 2015

Global Reach


New Global Reach... nice having worldwide influence ;)

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

HouseBuilders


I'm putting housebuilders on my watchlist like PSN but think they're a bit overpriced at the moment.

Job Offers


Hit me up with job offers world- I always prefer that to the 'usual application' process!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Guest Post


Going to do a 'guest article' for the first time ever on this blog. This is from a top poker player... def read the end bit.

2016 Annual Poker Goals Blog
28 Dec 2015

Before we move on to the goals we've set for 2016, let's take a look back at how we did with our 2015 goals:


1. Cash for $2 million- This one came down to the wire as I closed the year with 4 straight cashes from my 11th place finish in the main event to my 3rd place finish for $640k to finish off the year and put me at $2,482,479

2. 55 tournament max- In 2013 I played 66 events, in 2014 I played 56 events and set the goal to play even less in 2015. I skipped WSOPE late in 2015 which allowed me to stay under my goal and I came in at 49 for the year.

3. 12 cashes- If I actually played 55 events rather than 49 I think I would have hit this goal, coming just shy with 11. The WSOP during the summer only produced 4 cashes and that's definitely below what I expect to do each summer considering the high volume I put in during the WSOP.

4. 5 Final Tables- Just missed this one too, finishing with 4 final tables.

5. 3 WSOP Bracelets- I have been setting this lofty goal each year and while it's obviously a major stretch, I know it is a goal I am capable of accomplishing. I ended the year missing out on a bracelet with my closest finish coming in the $10k Stud 8 event where I came a disappointing 3rd.

6. Move up on the WSOP All-Time Cash list from 5th to 3rd-Didn't quite get enough cashes to pass Men Nguyen for 3rd place finishing with 83. Men has a total of 84 and I'm very confident that I will pass him this year and then set my sights on #2 on the list Erik Seidel who has 95. Phil Hellmuth is going to be out of reach for probably a decade or so since he is way ahead with 115. I do believe that I will catch my buddy Phil by the time they bury me in the ground.

7. Maintain 3rd on the WSOP all-time money list- I was able to do this, but Jonathan Duhamel put in a big effort to get within a million. To move up an additional spot I'll need about $1.6 million to surpass Daniel Colman who trumped me in the One drop in 2014.

8. End 2015 in the Top 10 of the Global Poker Index- I didn't put in enough volume especially in the second half of the year to contend for a top 10 spot, finishing a respectable #39 in a very competitive field. My goals of playing less events certainly were at odds with accomplishing this goal as there is no question that playing more volume equals a higher ranking in the GPI

9. Top 10 CP or BLUFF- The Story is the same year. A lack of volume and just 4 final tables isn't going to get you in the top 10 of either of these lists.

10. Two Non Poker Vacations- You would think it would be easy to accomplish this goal, right? Well, I planned on attending Burning Man but backed out at the very last minute. I am not a drug user, and while I understand you could enjoy the experience without doing any hallucinogenic drugs, the more I heard about it, the more I realized I didn't want to go. I love my life. I'm extremely happy and I felt a massive relief when I finally backed out of going. I get that lots of people absolutely love the experience, but I also know me, and I just don't think it's for me. Other than that, I'd hoped to make a trip to Romania and didn't do that either.

So with that, I accomplished 3 of the 10 goals I set for the year, narrowly missing out on a couple that would have gotten me to 5. As you can see, I set lofty goals, and I do so for a reason. I am NOT ATTACHED to the result! This is really important to wrap your head around so that you don't get into trouble when goal setting. I throw things out in the universe that I'd like to see happen. Whether I do or not has NO EFFECT on my psyche. If I accomplished just 1 of the 10, I don't see failure, I celebrate the result I accomplished as well as the journey towards all of them.

2016 Goals


Blasting this out a bit early for you...

Financial Goal

I am going to set myself a slightly lower financial goal this year. I also am going to set myself a goal of money I can spend on enjoying myself. It really depends how the year turns out... I might be in a situation where I'm really going for more money in an interesting job... or I might just travel more and meet more interesting people. Of course my financial goal depends to a large extent on how my shares do. I am confident about my portfolio going forward and will continue to reap the dividends and have decent plans for future shares to buy. Part of being a share investor of course is to get more money to buy more shares- so I probably will spend time in 2016 LOOKING at shares less and more time getting money to buy more.

Mutual Fulfillment With High Value People

Yep this one is up again. I have a great group of people around me helping me and giving advice. And the number one priority will be to continue those relationships. However the door is still open for other HIGH QUALITY PEOPLE to come into my life. This site has over 50,000 views now... and quite regularly I have elite winners connecting with me on LinkedIn because of it. There has to be more IN PERSON fulfillment though. Stevie PUA and other friends have recommended I travel more and I may well do this. Thoughts going through my mind lately have been "You don't want to be the richest man in the graveyard." I still will aim to WASTE very little money but meeting new people and going to interesting new places can be seen as an investment in yourself. Overall I want this goal to link in with the aim of having MORE FUN in 2016.

Exercise Well and Have a Healthy Diet

Up again. Just come back from a walk now and I want to do this every day. I know all the exercises I need to do and will do them. I can do this every day in all situations.

Research and Aim to Buy a Buy to Let Property

I have now taken the decision to buy my own buy to let property. I know I have a lot of work to do but aim to do this.

RIGHT... so yeah three goals ARE THE SAME AS LAST YEAR.

Adding onto that I'd like to create more high quality written content again. Pleased with this in 2015- but ideally I will also get PAID for doing this. There are well over 1,000 people every month reading this site and in 2015 I have often aimed to provide FREE VALUE EVERY DAY. Please support me in doing this by making a donation or helping me with my goals in some other way. The more donations the more articles there will be. If I'm going to write without being paid or paid well enough it has to be something I TOTALLY WANT TO DO. Don't be Mother Teresa with writing.

Yeah there have been some good pics done in 2015 but ideally I want EVEN MORE in 2016. And quite possibly new video content too. I would quite like to do 'speeches to camera' so let's see if we can get that up.

The world can be a ruthless place and I've had to deal with adversity in 2015. Violet Rowan blatantly lied to me and Craig Joyce assaulted me. Well doing those kinds of things to Mark Howitt is not a good idea and I will be taking action. However at the same time I want to be as positive as possible and enjoy myself as much as possible. I know I have a lot of potential and enjoy being a world famous writer. I wish you the best of luck in your own 2016 goals!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Experience


Energy levels are important... but so is experience.

How many books have you read?

It's about 3000 for me including ebooks.

All the areas in my life that I value I've spent HUNDREDS OF HOURS studying and playing.

So... I mean my life could still be a success or a failure. But all that experience is with me.

Friday, 25 December 2015

2015 Goal Review


This is the first year since writing financial goals down from 2011 that I have not met my financial goal. Largely down to share performance to be honest with you. I should have spent more time analysing shares and in retrospect kept more in cash. Still I’m giving myself 8 out of 10. I still have a six figure share portfolio and I still believe in the long term my shares will continue to make good gains.


I spent a lot of the year advising the family over a £124,000 house purchase. I believe they paid too much for it- told them so about 100 times. My father can’t really negotiate with people sadly. I can and made several visits to the vendors’ house. He still did not leave the house in a good enough condition though.



So after the family bought the house they tried to put me in it. I didn’t want to and organized a buy to let. I was put in a difficult position because the house was empty for one month and we were losing money every day. So I was basically forced into letting Violet Rowan and her family stay there- and so far she has lied to me by not giving me the £25 a month she said she would. Ever £525 is a poor yield on a £124,000 house. So as things stand I will be looking for another tenant when the year’s contract is up. The Rowan family have also violated the tenancy agreement by having a dog in the property- not a good first impression to make. I’m glad that I have many property connections on LinkedIn who are fully aware of this so they will not repeat my mistakes.


Still I believe the house will at least be an OK investment in the long run, and my father did get his timing right by selling some Sainsbury’s shares partly to finance it.


I would like to say thank you to Stevie PUA at www.steviepua.com I’ve known Stevie for over twelve years now and I’ve never met anyone with a higher verbal or social intelligence than he has. Even if you’re not into seduction give his website a look because it’s full of great writing.


Also a massive thanks to Darren- he’s too cool for social media and doesn’t have a website so I can’t link him in here. What an amazing guy though, I think it’s surreal he even talks to me.


Big thanks to Chris Bailey of www.financialorbit.com When I first spoke to Chris this year after we’d both written on ShareProphets I hoped that I might get a couple of minutes of his time. What followed was an avalanche of advice- all good. Very surreal that someone who’s managed TWO BILLION POUNDS of money will actually take that time to give me financial advice. If I was in his position I probably wouldn’t! For sure check out his website if you’re into shares- he is like the model of what a pro share investor should be. Hopefully he will keep giving me advice in the future- I think every time I buy a share I will ask him if it’s a good idea first.


Thanks to Rupert Hargreaves www.apauperinthemidstofwealth.com Rupert is one of the best young share writers in the UK I’ve read. Sure you might have read him on Fool but he actually writes in lots of other places too. We don’t always agree but he’s worth a read for sure. I am going to give Rupert some free advice as he has been kind enough to give me good advice this year. Sometimes on Fool there are a few grammatical mistakes in the articles- not many but a couple. This is the kind of advice I was given when trying to get my first novel out. I sent it to a ‘chess writer’ and he was like... well there should have been a comma on page 13.


I said thanks.


Anyway keep an eye on young Rupert. I think he could go onto big things. We are not chatting atm but hopefully will in future!


I would like to say thanks to Tom Winnifirth at www.shareprophets.com. Tom is not always right but he was right about the valuation of a lot of High Yield shares in 2014 and into 2015 too. I was just of the mentality... well it’s a good yield and good PE... let’s buy to an extent. All that matters in shares is how much money you make- might be a good yield but if the price drops like a stone you’d be better in cash. Tom is actually my kind of writer- he says what he thinks and doesn’t really give a fuck what most other people think. I would like to write for him on ShareProphets again but hopefully while doing a full time job as well.


It was a waste of time writing for ADVFN this year- I think maybe I was like emotionally effected by being dumped by SP and so just wanted to write more. Now I only write if I really want to write something... or if I’m being fairly paid. Both is ideal combo. Articles all saved and will be republished.


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This was only going to be a sentence in my original write up. Then I talked to the person and they said they didn’t want to be mentioned by name, so I’m not going to.

I am going to write more about it though.


I’m careful about the people who are my friends now. I’m lucky that I’ve got some elite winners as friends- and part of me being a friend to them is helping them with their goals. There’s only so much time I have, and I want to use it wisely for mutual fulfilment with people.


Anyway there’s a person I’ve known for four and a half years now who I met again this year. I never thought I’d see them again. Some other close friends have advised me not to spend any more time with this person- and I listen to their advice on these kinds of subjects a lot. I did speak to them again though- I was quite ‘hardcore’ with the words I used when speaking to them the first time but I always try and keep quality people in my life if I can.


Overall I would say the energy between us is better than before but I’d like to give this person some free advice. There’s been one time this year when I was a few minutes late for meeting a girl when I said I would- I phrased it like “I’ll be there around 11”... and turned up at 11.10. The girl was very annoyed with me! I mean actually I wasn’t even lying but she still gave me quite a hard time about it. I said sorry because I know the feeling’s not nice when you’ve agreed to meet someone and they’re not on time- the vibe actually was quite difficult for the night with that girl, but it got better.


Anyway this person who I spoke to again agreed to meetup with me twice- and didn’t.

Notice how I am not even referring to the gender here.

I’m old enough now to realize that people can act this way sometimes. I’m not stupid- I realize that everyone is doing what they think is best for themselves and that if someone wants to do something else sometimes they will, well, lie. That’s one word you could use, or change their minds.


I’m still chatting to this person but I feel I have to be very ‘detached from an outcome’ in the interaction. It’s a useful learning experience.

I would like to say thanks to all the girls who have been nice and friendly to me this year- quite a few have been. Here are some pics:








Saw her again later when she wasn’t in her work clothes and a vid was made about that- don’t have it to hand though.


Anyway at the moment I’d like to say I’m single and open for offers ;)

8.8 out of 10

Health and fitness... that’s been quite good this year. Still no alcohol drunk despite many people around my age in the UK being partly addicted to it. No drugs, cigs etc. More exercise has been done. 8 out of 10, needs to be even more next year, a walk every day.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Comments on ShareProphets Tips!


Quick paste from chat currently having with Chris Bailey...

"thing is that percentage figure doesn't take into account dividends
in terms of those two shares i think i have done ok this year
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bought glaxo at right time last time
bought more hsbc this year at 550
Mark Howitt
so when u take divis into account it's ok- i believe they'll go up in future"

On a more official note I would like to say A BIG THANK YOU to around 100,000 people who've read my writing on this site. I will write a bit more about this on my blog. Quite a few people have been asking me if I'll write for ShareProphets again... well that's up to Tom really. I would like to in future but know that I have a lot to learn- including 'listening to my elders and betters'. I remain a long term buy and hold share investor with a six figure share portfolio and every day is a learning and goal day.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Daily Goals


Time to write down some daily goals... do some expense forms more, win more in poker... go for walk, have fun :) Doing well so far!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Glaxo and HSBC


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 7s7 seconds ago
I never forget that about 100,000 people read my writing on @ShareProphets and hopefully there will be more share content to come!
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 40s40 seconds ago
and @HSBC and @GSK will rise further in future I believe, including dividends.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
My @ShareProphets are coming back strongly today... understand that I am a long term buy and hold investor...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

One Highfield Lane


Article from One Highfield Lane

1 Highfield Lane of HD5 0BA Huddersfield is up for sale. This is a blog telling you more about the owner of that house. 1 Highfield Lane constructed 3 Highfield Lane. This construction included an illegal wall and over one year of noise pollution. A skip was left on Highfield Lane, blowing rubbish into other properties. After the construction of 3 Highfield Lane, the owner of 1 Highfield Lane parked in another resident's driveway. So don't expect the owner of 1 Highfield Lane to have friendly relations with the rest of the Lane.

Friday, 11 December 2015

New Job


Looking for an interesting new job, hit me up with offers world.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

One of My Best Share Days


Shares finished up £2300 today :) ££££

If You Love it Buy it


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3s3 seconds ago
DON'T OWN THE SHARES THEY LOVE LOLS :) When you read my share writing you know I'm an owner.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 33s33 seconds ago
Reading a few share articles... and it's still funny to see that despite recommending HIGHLY some shares a lot of share writers

Early Share News


Early share news... I'm up over £1000 already today :) ££££££££££

Friday, 13 November 2015

Violet Rowan Newbury Walk Chat


I've thought for quite a while about posting this but decided to now...

My parents decided to pay £124,000 for 12 Newbury Walk. With all other costs they spent at least £125,000 on it.

When you're talking about rental yield, even £525 is a poor rental yield for a house of that price in Huddersfield. What proper buy to let people do it buy a house for about £70,000 and get £475 a month rent for it. That's a fair rental yield.

Anyway I decided to do basically all the promotion and getting the tenant for Newbury Walk myself. That way we saved on estate agent fees. I did all the referencing for Violet Rowan for free- most of the time you get charged for that.

My father is a passionate Christian. He thought a 'fair' rent would only be £500 a month. But Violet had indicated she was happy to pay £525... so she agreed to pay £25 a month rent to me.

Only she didn't. She lied and hasn't paid me anything so far. And when I went round to Newbury Walk to check out the property, there was a dog in the house, breaking the tenancy agreement.

Violet Rowan contacted me in April to express her interest in Newbury Walk. Here are some messages- can't show you them all because too long and can't get facebook on this comp. Interested to know your thoughts.


Hi Mark I seen your add on huddersfield properties and would be more than interested to look at the house as and when available, bond and references can and will be provided, just let me know in advance thankyou. Violet Rowan


Hi Mark, I've received your email thankyou, I've had to message you this way I keep getting an error message on my emails to reply. Well all is looking good so far Mark. We definitely are more than keen to move into Newbury Walk, all being well hopefully by the end of the month. I'll leave it with you Mark, kind regards violet x

It was a great visit Mark, Paul and Natalie both love the house, hopefully it won't be too long and we're more than happy to help with the home
It's really important to stress you DON'T want them to do any more jobs
Violet

All we need is bank account details to transfer money ok
12 September 14:52
my sort code is xxx account number xxx bank xxx
tbh that would be better for me if u paid 500 to them and 25 to me smile emoticon



Less focus on accumulation of money... more focus on enjoying myself :)


Less focus on accumulation of money... more focus on enjoying myself :)

Fitness


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 8s8 seconds ago
From a long walk in the Yorkshire cold and hail :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 23s23 seconds ago
Just so you can all have some more updates on my fitness... spent about 10 minutes throwing punches at the mirror today and just back

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Right Kind of Investment


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 5m5 minutes ago
Still if my parents had bought a good value buy to let house instead of paying quite a high price for one I might have bought a share in it.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 5m5 minutes ago
Less likely to go up quickly too though and it takes ages to buy and sell a house.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 5m5 minutes ago
Property in general is a more 'secure' investment than shares- less likely to go down drastically.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6m6 minutes ago
Because the real deal is... THERE ARE MANY THINGS YOU CAN INVEST AND SPEND MONEY ON.

Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3s4 seconds ago
I'm not going to sell any of my shares atm and I still have other money but still... I'll learn from this.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 32s33 seconds ago
I wish instead of 'investing' money on shares that have gone down atm I had spent at least some of that money 'investing in myself'.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Shares Up


Shares up about £600 today so far :) ££££££

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Walking


Just back from a LONG walk in the rain... did me good- walk every day and press ups every day!

Friday, 6 November 2015

I Web Chat


Chat Transcript
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Had to do some 'hardball negotiation' with Halfiax to get divi...

HSBC


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 10s10 seconds ago
THAT'S WHY I'VE GOT SHARES IN THEM :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 18s18 seconds ago
BUT @HSBC_Group REALLY CAN BE QUITE NASTY
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 31s31 seconds ago
LIKE HSBC IS TRYING TO ACT NICE
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 42s42 seconds ago
OFTEN when some people or companies ACT NICE they really often will be NASTY
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 57s57 seconds ago
Some more v interesting thoughts

Annabel Scholey


It's only fair to put a good pic of Annabel up too...

Monday, 2 November 2015

Global Reach


Views looking good... may well be a very interesting post soon for all those interested in buy to let property!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Newbury Walk


Tenants visited at Newbury Walk. More updates to come.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

All On Point


I want to get ALL areas of my life on point. In a nutshell that's health, wealth and relationships. Already doing this but will be much more in the future...

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Spending Money


Just going to spend more of my money... don't want to leave it behind when I'm dead :) It's actually surreal how much money I've got...just have to learn how to 'spend it on myself'!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Paid Writing


I'm open to any paid writing offers :) Please contact me if you know anything suitable :)

Friday, 16 October 2015

Morrisons


Shares doing very nicely today... going to @Morrisons soon :) More research, and also checking out Violet Rowan's workplace more :) Violet Rowan is the tenant for Newbury Walk at the moment.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Surreal Money World


every few minutes... surreal.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 16s17 seconds ago
I'm just relaxing but on just 2 screens (not even all of my portfolio) my six figure share portfolio goes up or down TWO HUNDRED POUNDS
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
The world really is so surreal... I can't even describe it really.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Views


Views are looking alright for http://www.markhowitt.blogspot.com ... more to come, hopefully some 'paid writing' :).

Too Much...


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 50s51 seconds ago
Time to get more money to buy shares... and have fun :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
Or maybe like for half an hour each day... if I feel like it.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
I only really NEED to look at them when I'm buying and selling.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
What I need to do with shares is STOP LOOKING AT THEM SO MUCH!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Fitness


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 7s8 seconds ago
It's something I can totally control- I have been fitter than I am now.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 26s27 seconds ago
But there's going to be more effort going in, on things like upper body strength and diet.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
Going to be treating my fitness more seriously. Been going for a walk every day for a while now... and doing a few other things.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Global Reach


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Twitter Thoughts On Oil


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 34s35 seconds ago
So instinctively I would say... in around 5 years oil will be around 100 dollars again... let's see if I'm right :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 59s60 seconds ago
There's only a finite supply and a growing demand.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
The world needs oil ALL THE TIME for lots of things.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
Just over 1 year ago oil was trading at over 100 dollars.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
I'm no EXPERT in oil but just consider the facts.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
Just look at this chart http://markets.ft.com/research/markets/Tearsheets/Summary?s=IB.1:IEU …
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3m3 minutes ago
The thing about oil is... it eventually will reach the 100 dollars level again.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3m3 minutes ago
Oil shares continuing to rise... BP and Shell doing nicely.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Twitter Thoughts


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 36s37 seconds ago
I feel so focused on my goals right now... like I'm totally in the zone and ready to win :) ££££££££
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 55s56 seconds ago
That shit ain't happening with me.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
My father could be a share investor until he dies too... he'd rather spend time looking at LIBERIAN CHARITY TOILETS sometimes though.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
Warren Buffet is still being a great share investor INTO HIS EIGHTIES.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
It's like... I watched a vid with Warren Buffet and Jay Z today about life and shares... very inspiring.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
Because you will all see what goal time means in the coming years.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
People who know me know I put in LOTS of work for shares... and I'm also putting in a lot of effort to get more money to buy more shares.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3m3 minutes ago
I really am a share investor- how my shares do matters a lot to me.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3m3 minutes ago
Let's keep it like... a bit more serious but real too.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 5m5 minutes ago
Very fun day for me overall :) Love my shares going up and ready to do new things!!

Shares MEGA UP!


Shares actually finished up about £2300... one of my best days :) £££££££

Shares Up


Great days for shares... up about £2000 :)

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Twitter Thoughts


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 11s11 seconds ago
There are many ways to make investments... and investing in yourself can pay off big time.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 36s36 seconds ago
It's like... I have to trust myself to let it flow out like it does when buying shares... to new things.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
Feeling good and relaxing again... I just know that I have to let my money flow out in the right way to get more...

Twitter...


Guess things are getting pretty busy on twitter...

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Like Father Like Son...


I think the fact I've got a father who's had like... 44 years experience as a share investor definitely helps me... I'm not as good as him at analyzing balance sheets etc... but at the moment I definitely have more interest and determination than him with regard to shares. It's like the continuation of the Howitt dynasty ;)

Shares Up!


Shares have done very well today... happy! They will rise further from here in future. Up about £1800.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Global Reach


Tenants Contracted to Newbury Walk


My efforts have finally paid off and the tenants have accepted the contract for Newbury Walk. I have much more to update you on this and will do in due course, probably including pictures.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Newbury Walk


Tenants moving into Newbury Walk today :) I shall be present if possible but may be working... pleased my hard work has paid off.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Twitter Thoughts on Shares


Like I say... long term I believe they will go up... they kinda have to for my financial situation though :)
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I waste hardly any money on consumerist shit but I can deal with my shares being worth over £1000 less at the end of the day.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
And it's like surreal... I'm quite relaxed about it.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
I still believe in the long term my shares will rise from here.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
shit recently... I would have been better off KEEPING MONEY IN THE BANK LOLS.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
In terms of my financial goal... I'm thinking more about 'investing in myself' now too... I mean let's be real share performance has been

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Houses Are A Long Term Investment


When you think about a house you think of it as a long term investment... I guess that's why my parents are spending ages painting it today. They should have got the tenants to do it though- that's time efficient.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

45,000


You know... we will actually get to 45,000 views on www.markhowitt.blogspot.com in like a day or two... I think the 21st Century will be a lot about 'free writing'... like free to access. You maybe pay the writers with ads. It's like... writers in the past had to work for years just to get a book out... now you can blast out stuff for the world to see for free right away. And that's why I write in a minimalist style... just quick and attention grabbing... I love it.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

All The Way


All The Way

Happy About Getting Money...


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
I need a bit more of that... I still appreciate the money I get with shares just have to provide more value to get more money in other ways.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
It's like they hear that other people are getting money and they're like THAT'S GREAT!!!
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 2m2 minutes ago
They're like PLEASED that other people are getting money... even if they aren't getting much money themselves atm.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3m3 minutes ago
You know the really interesting thing about happy people... who will probably get more money in the future...

Newbury Walk


Newbury Walk has been improved, adding value to the property.

Twitter Thoughts


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6s6 seconds ago
If you ever get the chance to buy Shell at around 1600 go for it!
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 24s24 seconds ago
It's like I wish I got the timing just a bit better with Shell... I was partly disturbed by noise and my sister's wedding though.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
there :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
Nice rise for oil today... in the long run the only way is up back to the 100 dollars level... not sure how long it will take but it'll get

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Newbury Walk


Newbury Walk tour given to prospective candidates... work still to be done but hopefully they will move in soon provided the checks are correct.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Global Reach


Global Reach.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Tweet Activity


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Twitter Thoughts


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 11s11 seconds ago
As long as you don't leave like ALL your money in cash like some people do it's fine to leave a bit of a percentage in cash for a while.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 44s44 seconds ago
Then POUNCE when you see the right opportunities and get it into shares.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 58s58 seconds ago
Like sometimes for example you should be quite a bit in cash even though it's earning rubbish interest rates.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
With cash and shares... I think the key thing is just pouring your money into shares at the right time to make the most profit.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Global Reach


Thursday, 3 September 2015

World Famous :)


It's very cool being a world famous writer :) It's like all my dreams coming true :)

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Suzie Howitt/Jones



Congrats to my sis Suzie Howitt/Jones on getting married! Here're some pics of the happy couple.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Pictures From My Walk


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Global Reach


Shares Picking Up


Glad to see shares rise again. Have to say though that a lot of shares are still under valued... if I had more money I would be buying and I still might do if there are some real bargains. You can still buy Shell, BP, HSBC or Glaxo at these levels.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Twitter Thoughts


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
And hopefully the S and P smashing it today means FTSE goes up... loads of shares are undervalued, wish I had more money to buy tbh.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
Ready to invest money in myself... LOTS MORE TO COME :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
But I definitely am.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
Some people might look at my life and think that I'm not going to achieve much.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
And when I say Goaltime I really mean it.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
It really is goaltime now and I'm ready to push through my comfort zone for new experiences :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
the shares I recommended then... still should be fine in the long term though.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
I reread some of my @ShareProphets articles too... and let's be honest, the past few days would have been the ideal time to buy
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 6h6 hours ago
Right... I've basically spent loads of today relaxing... but it's been good.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Global Reach


Saturday, 15 August 2015

43,000


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 52s52 seconds ago
to come.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
Puerto Rico, Egypt, Australia, Latvia, Portugal... I could go on. Thank you for reading and supporting me and I promise you there is more
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3m3 minutes ago
Thank you for your support... I think it's amazing that people from all over the world read and care what I have to say.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 3m3 minutes ago
43,000 views today for http://www.markhowitt.blogspot.com ... I never forget that the numbers are people.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Newbury Walk


Interesting showing Newbury Walk to a prospective tenant today. There is more I have to learn about buy to let though!

Newbury Walk


Giving my first tour of Newbury Walk today, should be interesting :)

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Newbury Walk


Just visited Newbury Walk to make some improvements to the property. Personally I hope to arrange viewing(s) on Friday.

Newbury Walk


There were 210 views on www.markhowitt.blogspot.com at 7am (mostly from UK). Guess Newbury Walk is proving popular...

Monday, 3 August 2015

Newbury Walk


Newbury Walk is now in our possession. My parents and myself have inspected it today and we will let tenants look round as soon as possible.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Pictures


Newbury Walk


I've just been to see the vendors at Newbury Walk and can confirm the property will be ours tomorrow.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Twitter money spending thoughts


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 4s5 seconds ago
So I can definitely afford to spend money on myself and people I like :)
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 18s19 seconds ago
I wouldn't even HAVE TO DO ANYTHING with the current shares I've got now for them to go up in value over time.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 36s37 seconds ago
Plus money I earn from other sources.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 46s47 seconds ago
Obviously I'm not going to go rashly out and spend but... I'm already at the stage where on a good day my shares will earn £1000
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
So potentially I could spend ALL MY MONEY BY DEATH and it wouldn't matter.
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Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 1m1 minute ago
I've just had some really interesting thoughts... it doesn't actually MATTER if I had NO MONEY when I'm dead....

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Newbury Walk


I have visited the area today and knocked on the doors of all the nearby houses. All the people seem nice and I mentioned to them all that we are aiming to get good tenants who will be get on well with people.

Global Reach


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Your Instincts Are Right Practically All The Time


I've written about this before, but am going to again.

You HAVE to trust your gut instinct and act on it. You DON'T have to understand WHY the gut instinct is as it is... you just have to ACT ON IT.

Your gut instinct will tell you quickly whether something is right or wrong for you.

I am always going to go with my gut instinct from now on.

Newbury Walk Update


Newbury Walk is now scheduled to be potentially available for viewings from Monday 3rd August and I will attempt to arrange viewings as soon as possible. Contact me for details.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

New Tactics...


Mark Howitt ‏@MarkHowitt 49s49 seconds ago
My whole new way of getting more money and happiness...I have to channel the money I have now into creating massive value... while having FUN :) Ready to do this! :)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Global Reach


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Detachment From Money


I was a bit stressed today. Basically the companies I am 'negotiating' with have either lied or made mistakes.

Then at one point I just decided to have a bath. And at that moment I just thought... the only thing I 'NEED' from these people is money... and I have quite a bit of money anyway.

That made me feel better and just come back from walk.

So yeah... just an example where detaching yourself from money can help you :).

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Newbury Walk


Newbury Walk should be purchased within a few days, and I will aim to arrange viewings as soon as possible.

Surreal


Life is so surreal.... back from my walk which was really good and will do pictures next time... and now I'm just worth more money from doing nothing.... feel a bit lazy but it's nice just to relax and do what you want :)

Free ShareProphets Advice


I've read ShareProphets practically every day since I stopped writing in January. Interesting... quite hard hitting. I think though personally some more 'populist' (and maybe positive) articles would help... when I read some of the articles it's often on companies I've never heard of despite being a share investor for over ten years now. But for companies like Tesco... everyone has heard of them, and even if they're not an investor probably have interacted with them.

Anyway... I'll probably keep reading!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Spending Money on Myself


I think I gradually am pushing through to spending more money on myself and doing new things... lot more to do though!

Because it just dawned on me tonight... your time is an investment in a way, you have to get the best results from it.

So probably will get new phone, clothes, travel bit more... can easily afford this :)

I know I can spend money on myself without being a consumerist sheep.

Money only has the meaning you ascribe to it, it's no use when you're dead.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Newbury Walk


I have spoken about the legal situation regarding Newbury Walk today. It's a case of finalizing the details, items such as FENSA certificates. So 20th July is looking like a realistic date where the vendor will be out of the property and I will aim to arrange viewings as soon as possible after this.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Poker


Another very good poker day... and it's made me think. It's rare I lose at poker, and if I do it's relatively little. I have a consistent winning record over 500,000 hands. So time to put more money into poker... I have MUCH more in shares than I do in poker. I know I have the ability to make more money in poker!

Global Reach



Monday, 6 July 2015

Poker


Interesting... my no look at shares day has also turned into my best poker day for months already :)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Newbury Walk


Lawyers visited for Newbury Walk house yesterday and the research continues.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Newbury Walk


My parents (and possibly myself) will be visiting the lawyers tomorrow about Newbury Walk. I continue my research and thank you for your interest.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Hardball Negotiation


Hardball Negotiation:

You are being connected to an agent. Please wait until you have been connected before you type in your query.
You have been connected to Adnan.
Adnan: Good morning, how may I help you?
Mark: Where is the Shell dividend?
Mark: I want it now
Adnan: You are still connected to the chat please bear with me while I check some details. Thank you for your patience..
Mark: I have no patience
Mark: I have told you
Mark: on twitter
Mark: that I am going to the financial ombudsman
Mark: Understand who you are dealing with here.
Mark: I am a LLoyds shareholder
Mark: I am a TSB shareholder
Mark: I am a world famous share writer
Mark: And to be frank
Mark: You are pissing me off.
Mark: Google Mark Howitt
Adnan: Please be patient and please do not use foul language.
Mark: That's the first time I have.
Mark: You've driven it to be.
Mark: But young man
Mark: Young man
Mark: I have a much better command of language than you have.
Mark: NOW IT BETTER BE THERE TODAY
Mark: IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE ONE WEEK AGO
Mark: I'M NOT WASTING MY TIME
Mark: TIME FOR THE FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN
Mark: ENJOY BEING IN THE REPORT

I won.

(Quite a direct and aggressive approach here. Here's why I had to do it.

The organisation had lied to me several times about when the dividend would be paid. It should have been paid on Monday 29 June. There is a very good chance they would have got it at that date. I am a shareholder and part of being a shareholder should be to make sure the business performs well. It's important to get money that is owed to you.

There are many different types of negotiation. I think I am reasonably good at them all, and this is an example of one style you have to sometimes adopt.)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Buy to Let House Pictures



We are in the process of finalizing the house purchase with the vendor and the lawyers. There is now a clear completion date of mid July. Here are some more pictures.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Forty Thousand



So we made it. Over forty thousand views. Just over two years ago, we were at 15,000 http://markhowitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/fifteen-thousand.html

Quite a bit has happened since then. I’ve invested much more of my money into shares. I now have a six figure share portfolio.

In terms of writing, tens of thousands more people have seen my writing at www.fool.co.uk www.shareprophets.com and another site which I won’t mention. That site still may be subject to legal action over my writing.

Good news for you though, because practically ALL of my 2015 share articles are available and will be released at some point. I feel that with more experience now I can deliver even better share writing, and have plenty of ideas. I am in negotiation with other sites about writing but won’t write for them about shares unless I am paid fairly.

I still am in contact with the www.fool.co.uk editor and other writers on that site. Ideally I will be able to write for them in the future as it’s the best UK site about shares. All I can do to reach that goal is keep reading Fool articles every day, keep learning about shares and of course, keep on being a share investor. I never really thought I would get on Fool in the first place... it was like a dream. It’s like with my novel... I knew I would finish it in the end. Feeling there was like exhaustion after having run an eighteen month long writing marathon. With Fool it was just like pure elation and... disbelief I guess.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who read my Fool articles... and even more so to those who signed up for the free email. That’s how I and other Fool writers are judged. I was quite pleased with the amount of email addresses who signed up quickly after my articles came out. Of course there is room for improvement but I think I can get there. I am certainly a more experienced and better share writer than I was then. Plus I have invested even more in shares, have better contacts and feel my share knowledge is better too.

If there are enough donations I can release share articles here too. Please donate if you'd like to see more!

This site and my life is more than just shares though. There is much more I can write about, and I will do so in the future. I am still available for none share writing as long as it is fairly paid- feel free to contact me about this.

So 25,000 views in just over 2 years... pleased with that. My goal is still to release more pictures and video content eventually. That partly depends on donations and if I can get an effective advertising system going. I will put time into that. At some point this site will become www.markhowitt.com too.

So yeah... you could say all that sounds pretty positive, upbeat... maybe even boastful. There are still plenty of challenges in my life for sure. I know I am far from perfect. But I promise you this... there is much more to come.

Thank you for your support and I hope everyone reading this continues to reach their goals!

Mark Howitt

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Buy To Let


Due to the vendor being slow, apparently the expected date of completion is now mid July. I will aim to get it done faster, if it is done at all.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Shell


Just found out that my father, with over 40 years shares experience, bought Shell right at the low yesterday... by setting a limit order. Bit lucky but he got a good price. Shell are good value at these levels.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Shares Can Make You Rich


Most people don’t have a clue about money. There are millions of people in the UK and all around the world whose cash sits in bank accounts earning no interest at all. That’s right, no interest at all. Banks like HSBC will charge you around 18% for going overdrawn. So if you want to borrow money from them that’s the rate they want... but they will give you nothing.

There is another way. You can invest in shares.

Investing in shares means owning a small amount of a company. Instead of just letting HSBC borrow your money you can own part of HSBC. If you research this, you will find that that top bosses will have LARGE numbers of shares in the companies that they work for. And at times they will use more of their MASSIVE salaries to buy EVEN MORE SHARES.

So you can see here that owning shares is something that really rich people do, millionaires. But you can do this too! You probably need at least a thousand pounds that you can invest for at least one year. That’s the bare minimum, ideally you should invest for longer and with more. But if you have that amount I recommend you go for it.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

"What do I think of the Chris Oil/ShareProphets DRAMA!?"


Blasting this one out just as the market opens...

Been v busy over the past month but I'm spending some time writing this one for fun.

There's been a lot of drama over at ShareProphets about Chris Oil 'abusing the market' by reportedly tweeting that a stock is a BUY... while SELLING!

Haven't spent a massive amount of time researching this, but let's assume that's true.

Now... is this... right or wrong? Good or bad?

I have to say that you SHOULDN'T make investment decisions on the basis of a tweet. You should do fundamental analysis of the share and in my view aim to make a good long term investment. A tweet is almost meaningless really. Remember that everyone is doing what they think is best for themselves. You have to take responsibility for the investment decisions you make.

I also have to say though TWEETING THAT A STOCK IS A BUY AND SELLING IS PRETTY BAD.

I've never done that and never will. Personally I avoid AIM stocks anyway as they're mostly too risky.

But what else can I say... looking at the whole share investing and share writing picture?

Chris Oil rang me up a few months ago and we had an interesting conversation about oil. I think he knows his stuff there. One of my most recent share purchase has been Royal Dutch Shell. I do believe that over time oil prices will rise, and Shell should be in good position to exploit that. Decent yield and good PE ratio too. The shares are still worth a buy at this price- my father thinks so too and I'm trying to convince him to buy more despite the fact that he "has a lot of Shell already."

How much did Chris Oil get paid for writing at ShareProphets?

Nothing.

I don't think he really needed/needs the money that much. I have the feeling he likes writing anyway. I encouraged him to set up his own blogspot.

I also have to say though... when I was writing for another website I'm not even going to name he asked me to not write articles so that his articles would appear at the top of the webpage. I didn't do that and found it quite... shocking.

I don't know man... I guess the drama will be good for ShareProphets viewing figures. Anyway, back to more money making for me!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Buy to Let


My family and I are in the process of buying a good 2 bed new build terrace house in Kirkheaton on Newbury Walk with its own parking space and garden which should be available in May. The rent would be around £500 per month. If you or anyone you know is interested in this please feel free to get in contact.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Looking to Buy! Your Candidates Please! (My Full Comments)



Thread is here http://boards.fool.co.uk/looking-to-buy-your-candidates-please-13197188.aspx?sort=whole#13200205

Good morning all,

I've got the money to buy some more HYP shares now. Looking around for candidates, the only one I've seen that is potentially close that I like now is BLT. I was thinking of buying that at 1416p recently but couldn't because investing money when you know VERY little about the company is not something I do! I know more about it now and would probably buy if it came down to around that level.

Anyway I'm interested in your potential candidates for buying now! The main consideration for me is... that the share price goes UP and I'm paid a nice dividend. In terms of 'diversification' people would def say that I am over exposed to financial shares... and I also have quite a lot in GSK and BP. More than HYP purists would like. But being a share investor for over 10 years now, and having written share articles for the past year... it hits home to me that all matters is how much you make (overall, taking both yield and capital rise into account.) I don't think any of the shares I currently own are at 'buy' prices now, so candidates will probably not be 'main' shares...

Another thing that's hit home to me lately is just how much better shares are than cash as long as you can keep the money in shares for at least a year! Over the past 18 months I've been putting much more of my cash into shares.

I'm still long term buy and hold and haven't sold any shares in over 8 years.

So I'm ready to hear your suggestions... details of what you think of the companies and their 'strategic plan' will be good too! Thanks!

Thanks again for reply.

Please bear in mind that I am a long term buy and hold investor. I have not sold for over 8 years and that strategy is set to continue.

Instinctively at the moment of all the shares (and one investment trust) that I have looked at none look to be great value. However I think it is fine to put shares on a watchlist and then buy them if/when the time is right. At the moment I have BLT and Royal Dutch Shell on my watchlist. I am also currently looking at BlackRockWorld Mining Trust on my father's advice. Don't know whether this will be on my watchlist properly but looks quite interesting. Long term I think mining shares will do quite well.

With long term high yield shares it's all about buying the right company at the right price... then holding. Often silly fears that the market throws up can lead to a buying opportunity.

Thanks all for replies.

If you check out my blog and articles etc you will have seen what shares I have... but have copied and pasted here for your benefit.

BP. LSE
BATS LSE
GSK LSE
SBRY LSE
SSE

HSBA LSE
TSB LSE

BNC LSE
9813 LSE
BP. LSE
BT.A LSE
LGEN
LLOY LSE
NG. LSE
RMG LSE
SBRY LSE
SSE LSE
UU. LSE

This is the vast majority of my shares but I also have Centrica and a LGEN all share ftse tracker...

I do like these boards because they get my mind thinking.

In some ways my approach IS HYP. Fool got me onto it really. I do long term buy and hold (haven't sold in over 8 years) and judge share selection mainly on FTSE 100 shares with a good yield and low PE.

At the end of the day though I don't TOTALLY believe in 'strategic ignorance' and over the past say 2 years I have been watching the prices and charts more aiming to get in at a good price when buying a share.

Because with shares all that matters to ME is how much money I make. I think of money as kind of like a score in a computer game really. I'm not a consumerist person but I do like getting more in a kind of high score way. There's no point getting a share which looks like it has a low PE and a high yield... if that yield is cut the profits drop and the prices go down. I have made that mistake in the past to an extent with LLOY and SBRY.

But overall I think getting a share with a low PE and a high yield is USUALLY a good way of making money in the long run!

OK time to blast out a quick reply...

The 'for your benefit' bit was meant as a jovial remark :)

I've thought about this more...

It's interesting to see how a lot of people said... "But what shares do you have now??"

Here's reply I sent to someone who LIKED MY POST.

"I actually have more to add aka... it doesn't MATTER MUCH what shares you currently have... what matters is the TOTAL RETURN of the shares you buy now make in the future."

That's all that actually matters now in terms of my decision.

I know a lot of people like to have 'diversification'. AKA SPREADING THE RISK. And that's fine if that's what they need/want.

But what matters to me is HOW MUCH MONEY I MAKE.

If I already have a lot of a share... but I believe it will go up and it does go up it would be the right decision to buy more of that share at the right price before it goes up... for me anyway. And I would suggest it would be to anyone who... LIKES MAKING MORE MONEY :).

Anyway may publish my other replies to this thread along with selected quotes on my blog because it's interesting thanks all for reading and replying!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Buy to Let Property


Good morning all,

My family and I are in the process of buying a buy to let house. It will probably be bought by the end of May 2015.

The process is interesting to me, but also annoying. My parents are (potentially) paying £124,000 for a new build terrace house in Huddersfield. It has its own car parking space and decent garden, and is good condition but it is still too much for a buy to let I think. There are many places in Huddersfield we could have got cheaper, and a LOT more in South Yorkshire we could have got cheaper.


They will be doing buy to let for at least a few years. Personally if we (the family) got a good income from it I would like to keep it a buy to let for a long time. The thing that frustrates me is that my dad is a decent share investor and probably could have made money by at least keeping the money in shares but he's buying this house. Buying a house is a lot more hassle than buying shares!

The only reason I would sell the house is if I felt I could make more money with the money in shares... but again selling a house is a hassle!

Anyway I'm here for your advice please :)

Like I say the property will probably be bought near the end of May. Survey is done offer has been agreed etc. My father is getting the money together and the vendor is moving into a bungalow that is going through probate.

What kind of things should I subtly say to my father to make sure the vendor leaves the house in as good a condition as possible?

In my mind, the key thing is getting a tenant who will pay the rent and not cause trouble/damage the property. Personally I would want the tenant there long term- my father is coming round to that way of thinking having talked to another local buy to let friend investor. He is worried about Labour getting in and creating new tenancy laws- another reason not to vote for them. What do you think?

Any other advice on starting with buy to let would be great. We've done quite a bit of research, just a case of doing the best thing in practice now. Thanks for your help!

Shares to Buy!


Good morning all,

I've got the money to buy some more HYP shares now. Looking around for candidates, the only one I've seen that is potentially close that I like now is BLT. I was thinking of buying that at 1416p recently but couldn't because investing money when you know VERY little about the company is not something I do! I know more about it now and would probably buy if it came down to around that level.

Anyway I'm interested in your potential candidates for buying now! The main consideration for me is... that the share price goes UP and I'm paid a nice dividend. In terms of 'diversification' people would def say that I am over exposed to financial shares... and I also have quite a lot in GSK and BP. More than HYP purists would like. But being a share investor for over 10 years now, and having written share articles for the past year... it hits home to me that all matters is how much you make (overall, taking both yield and capital rise into account.) I don't think any of the shares I currently own are at 'buy' prices now, so candidates will probably not be 'main' shares...

Another thing that's hit home to me lately is just how much better shares are than cash as long as you can keep the money in shares for at least a year! Over the past 18 months I've been putting much more of my cash into shares.

I'm still long term buy and hold and haven't sold any shares in over 8 years.

So I'm ready to hear your suggestions... details of what you think of the companies and their 'strategic plan' will be good too! Thanks!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

BHP Billiton


Good morning all,

Have the cash to buy some more shares now... BLT (BHP Billiton) is on my potential buy list!

As of yesterday I knew very little about the company... did some research and it looks like quite a good HYP (High Yield Portfolio) share. Will be doing more research today. Would welcome some input on where you think the company will be going in the next five years, its strengths and weaknesses etc and any other research you think I should do- done most of the obvious things already!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Follow Warren Buffet's and Ben Graham's Advice on Shares


You’ll have noticed for the past two weeks I haven’t been writing as many share articles.
That’s because I’m now putting into practice Ben Graham’s advice on shares more.

Particularly in ‘young’ investors, people can spend too much time watching the market- or in my case writing about it! Graham states that young investors should put more time into maximizing their income, which is what I’m doing now.

In fact I’m playing poker while typing this out!

I don’t think 31 is that young, but it’s good advice from Warren Buffet’s teacher. In fact you could go as far to say as that when you’ve got a good portfolio of high yield shares you could even just ‘work’ really hard and have a quick check of your shares once a week. Personally there’s been very rarely a day in the past ten years I haven’t checked my share valuation… but unless I’m buying or selling (and I haven’t sold in over seven years)… I DON’T NEED TO.

Relates to my ‘How Much is Your Time Worth’ article. From the time you allocate to getting money you should be really aiming to MAXIMIZE that… something I need to push my comfort zone on and do more!

Anyway hope you can apply this to your life!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Even Warren Buffet and Ben Graham Say Shares Should Just be PART of your Life!


Even Warren Buffet and Ben Graham Say Shares Should Just be PART of your Life!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Follow Warren Buffet's and Ben Graham's Advice on Shares


Follow Warren Buffet's and Ben Graham's Advice on Shares

New Comment On ShareProphets... Does it matter what the FTSE does?


Blasting out a quick (free) reply here ;)

It's nice to see the FTSE rise... but that should only matter to you really if all your shares are in a FTSE 100 share tracker for example. With my strategy, I buy shares in FTSE 100 companies with low PEs and decent yields in a nutshell. Sure their value will fluctuate but over time I believe they will rise- my two best example are buying BT and LGEN at rock bottom prices... I think I'm up over 800% based on my best LGEN buy price :) £££

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Be Like Warren Buffet- Buying Is Believing!


Be Like Warren Buffet- Buying Is Believing!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sign up here to get paid for music reviews!


http://www.slicethepie.com/?wyd=972282 Sign up here to get paid for music reviews!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Buy To Let


I'm gradually learning more about Buy to Let and the process of buying a house. I will keep you informed throughout the process. There's a lot to learn but it's interesting! I'll be reviewing the Estate Agents Express Estate Agency (they are one we are potentially using at the moment) at the end so you can all know how they perform.

Monday, 9 February 2015

House Research


Getting very into property now... interesting to see the valuations of all the houses on the Land Registry. I believe property can be a good investment if you buy at a good price, achieve decent rents and hold for the long term.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Buy to Let


Well been very busy the past few days... SHARES KILLING IT and looking at buy to let houses with my family. Quite possible will be doing a buy to let house soon so have to learn and research this more. Happy to connect with people who know more about this!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

My Life Is Surreal


My life is surreal.

I'm thinking about applying for jobs. Companies have already tried to ring me up today.

The reality is any job I could realistically get... my shares will be worth more or less than I could earn in that job per day in about 15 seconds.

Hmm.

I still would do an interesting job... but makes me realise more that I need to find even more ways to 'make my money work' for me... that could get me even more money!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Should Fool Promote Quindell?


Time to blast this one out...

Should Fool promote Quindell?

Fool have a writer called Prabhat Sakya. From his LinkedIn, he looks like he should be quite intelligent. This is however what he says about Quindell:

"Let's take the example of Quindell (LSE: QPP). This was a share that just kept on falling, even though the fundamentals said that the value of the company should be rising.

Early last year the share price peaked at 660p. I was thinking about taking profits, when the share price started falling. And falling. And falling. It eventually reached a low of 24p around December 2014.

Yet, and this is the bizarre thing: at no point was I ever considering selling. After all, this was a cheap company which had just got cheaper. Instead, when Quindell's share price reached its low, I sort of knew that this was the time to buy.

Investing is much more difficult than it seems

I suspect many of the company's shareholders were more likely to be panic selling than buying. But then this is why, in essence, investing is much more difficult than it seems.

As it happened, I hesitated about buying Quindell. During that moment's hesitation, the share price rose to 80p. But I knew this was still dirt cheap. Although I still believe in the recovery story of the banks, I figured it might be time to take profits on some of my holding in Barclays (LSE: BARC). With this cash, I bought some Quindell shares."

Now I am not an expert on Quindell... but I’ve read all of Tom Winnifirth’s articles on the company. Let’s just say that... there is a chance it could be a fraud.

Now is that the kind of company you should be promoting to possibly impressionable readers... who might actually follow that advice?

Let’s look at the advice. Sell Barclays and buy Quindell. So already going against the time honoured Fool advice of buy a good company... and hold. But here you’re selling a company which can deliver solid dividends and grow in the future... and buying Quindell.

There is a realistic chance you could lose all your money here.

Now I’ve been a Fool for ten years now. I can JUST TELL this article will probably LESSEN MY CHANCES of actually writing for them and getting paid again. But seriously... this article is not good. I think it’s quite surreal that this article will get published, when other articles by successful long term buy and hold investors don’t.

Interested to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Energy BILLS


Even on my best tariff that I got last year I'm still going to be able to save myself HUNDREDS of pounds on gas and electricity when it comes up renewal. Savings for AVERAGE person would be EVEN BIGGER... could be close to a THOUSAND POUNDS EVERY YEAR for some people...

If you want to take advantage of my YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY and be one of OVER ONE THOUSAND people I've saved money on energy FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Shares are UP AGAIN


Shares are UP AGAIN :) So much easier being a share investor than this WRITING DRAMA :) ££££

That's my latest status. And it's true. Over time even JUST WITH THE SHARES I HAVE RIGHT NOW I will at least gradually make money. It's VERY HARD to make money writing... but easy to make it with shares :).

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Annabel Scholey


This is a different article than usual.

You don’t know this, but I knew Annabel Scholey before she got famous. Greenhead College, I sat next to her for two years in English Lit.

At the start of the first two years, I thought there were more attractive girls in class. She had braces.

My usual seat got changed though, and I ended up sat next to her. The more I looked at her, the more attractive she became. She was different to other girls. Deep brown eyes and chestnut hair, she was actually gorgeous.

The time I really got besotted though was when I heard her sing. She was the lead role in Cabaret. I was coming out of another drama group and saw her standing on a table, singing. I just stood with my mouth wide open. I had never heard anyone sing like that before. I haven’t since.

We actually flirted a bit in English Lit. After I heard her singing I said “You’re a really good singer”. “Anyone can sing like that”. “Yeah right... anyone can sing like that!” “Just... let it drop boy.”

I asked her if she wanted to be a singer. She said she wanted to be an actress.

I’d done some acting, and knew how tough it was to make it. I never thought about being an actor, but knew that just a tiny fraction of people made it.

I wasn’t sure Annabel had it in her to be a successful actress. She didn’t say that much in English. You could describe her as quietly determined, but she also had very good social intelligence.

Anyway, I ‘asked her out’. She said she was “Too busy for boyfriends. No offence.”

I cried and never really got over it for years.

I didn’t realise it until after, but when I finished Playing to Win I saw that the novel was partly about me trying to make things better in my mind. In Playing to Win Natalie and Tom live happily ever after. That never happened with me and Annabel.

Annabel Scholey made it as an actress. She’s been on the BBC and has acted with some of the most famous actors in the world. Google her if you’re interested.

I talk a lot about ‘pushing your comfort zone’. Well Annabel Scholey is a real life example of how much you can achieve when you push your comfort zone and believe in yourself. Just a girl from Ossett, she made it when thousands didn’t.

I’m finding this quite hard to write but sometimes the hardest things to write are the most meaningful.

I actually cried again but I haven’t finished.

For female readers, this is a good example of success because I know I talk quite a lot about ‘male success’ here. The last time I saw Annabel I wrote her a letter saying I hope that she made it.

I don’t know if she even read it.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Taking it Seriously...


Quick post here before I BLAST OUT TO HUDDERSFIELD.

If you're going to do anything for a 'living' or you have a goal you want to achieve, you should take it seriously. Last weekend I actually told someone how much I made on my best share day the following week...

But I wasn't the one buying alcoholic drinks. I ignored the beggars.

That's because I see myself at least partly as a SHARE INVESTOR. That means my role is to get more money to invest in shares, and then make the best decisions that I can with that money. I'm already making quite a lot of money from being a share investor, and the more I think about it PURELY FROM A MONEY POINT OF VIEW I should spend even more time researching and understanding shares more... AND LESS TIME WRITING.

LATER EDIT... I still need to do better getting more money for my time apart from shares... working on this. I'm naturally good at things like poker or using money to get more money, so may look at 'trading' more in things like commodities.

Still if I've got something on my mind that's interesting... I will write quickly. There's still more to come in terms of HIGH QUALITY WRITING...

After I finished writing my novel in 2004 I published it as an ebook in 2005.

Since then there have only been two 'paper books' that I have bought (one was with a book token I got from doing sales). If some people aren't going to buy my novel, there's no reason why I should buy other books. It's given me an 'ice cold' mentality when it comes to buying consumerist things in general. I could if I wanted to... just don't feel the need.

Focus on what you want and do what it takes to get there.