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Gold drops 30% in 2013

Dec 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm in General Trading by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Gold dropped another $15 today to $1188 a troy ounce, making it a 30% drop in 2013 and the worst performance for 32 years. In 2001, it was $271, in 2012 it ended the year at $1670.

With the benefit of hindsight this is what you should have put your money into in 2013

at 8:24 am in General Trading by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Looking at the top performing UK funds and investment trusts for 2013 for those who like their money managed throws up some fascinating facts with the benefit of hindsight. The top three top performing sectors in 2013 have been the North American Smaller Companies sector, UK Smaller Companies sector and the Japanese Smaller Companies.

Plenty of news due in 2014 from AIM oil and gas companies

Dec 29, 2013 at 8:36 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

After the beating that many AIM oil and gas companies got in 2013, there’s plenty of news flow to look forward to from several companies notably Bowleven, Xcite and Gulf Keystone. Lets hope its good news!

It’s the dot com madness again….this time just look at Twitter!

Dec 28, 2013 at 8:36 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · 1 Comment »

On Thursday Twitter shares were up about 100% since late November, having closed at $73.31. This compares with the $26 IPO price and the opening price at its listing on the NYSE of $45 on November 7th 2013. Finally Twitter shares did drop yesterday but…

Some dangers to equity investors in 2014

Dec 27, 2013 at 9:10 am in Fundamental Analysis by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

After this year’s large equity market gains driven to a large part by highly accommodative central banks around the world using ultra low interest rates and Quantitative easing, some dangers lurk in the system for investors in 2014.

U.S. Federal Reserve’s balance sheet jumps to over four trillion dollars

at 8:01 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

The Fed released their latest financial snapshot on Boxing Day and it contained fascinating facts. No wonder they decided to start tapering at their last FOMC meeting from $85 to $75 billion a month in terms of their asset purchase programme.

Resource shares prove the dogs of 2013

Dec 26, 2013 at 8:42 am in Market Commentary by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

U.S. stocks ended at all time highs pre-Christmas after a strong durable-goods orders report with the Dow at 16,358 and the S&P 500 at 1,833. Yet the market bull run shows no obvious signs of slowing down right now. All the worries about Euro Zone debt, Federal Bank money printing, low growth have all disappeared.

Gold price looking weak and small cap miners suffering

Dec 21, 2013 at 10:42 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

2013 will be the first year since 2000 that that the price of gold will be down, and down pretty significantly with a 30% drop year to date, the biggest fall since 1984. Take Avocet Mining, a company I’ve been following for a few years – a hero to zero stock if ever I saw one!

Iofina proves an expensive investment as shares plummet

Dec 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

I noticed the drop in the Iofina share price this week as this was highlighted in Investors Chronicle a few weeks ago as a potential big growth story for 2014.

Rockhopper Exploration sets sights on Sea Lion development approval and further Falklands drilling in 2014/15

Dec 19, 2013 at 11:30 am in AIM by contrarianuk · Leave a Comment »

Couple of interesting announcements from Falklands oil explorer Rockhopper Exploration over the last 2 days. Unfortunately it’s going to be pretty long wait for major news from the Falklands given the sticky rig situation and the need to transport a suitable rig down to the area.