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.

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


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.