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My husband is an RAF engineer however when he is at home he fancies himself as a bit of a would be stock broker. I must admit he has done pretty well over the years dabbling in buying and selling share stock generally for the most part in obscure companies that most of us have never heard of. It is actually hilarious if you catch him unawares sometimes, sitting in his recliner chair laptop on his knee CNBC on sky and the obligatory copy of the financial times and not to mention his copy of shares magazine beside him. I have to admit I think that most of his success has been down to shares magazine in all honesty and not as he puts it in his natural talent and ability to be able to read the stock market. This review is about his precious shares magazine. My biggest love rival!!!!
Shares is a weekly magazine which was founded in 1999. It has won a number of awards and its mission statement is "champion of the private investor". It is released on a Thursday the magazine is mainly aimed at those who trade in UK stock. It costs a pretty hefty £3.75 per issue. I am glad he has made enough on his hobby to cover the cost of this over the years, and he has the cheek to moan about the cost of my weekly mag!!! My husband picks his copy up from WHsmith. It is quite specialised so is not available in general newsagents. It can be ordered for home delivery however or can even be accessed online. Anyway to get back to the point. The purpose of shares is to take a weekly look at all aspects of the stock market an area I have to say I am not too expert in although I do hold a few stocks and shares of my own. I do however read shares weekly as it is a fascinating insight into this high-flying world and I have to say I thoroughly enjoy it. Who knows I might find the next google to invest in and make my millions one day.
So what do you get with each issue? Well it is split up into several sections. 'Inside this week' gives you the general contents of that particular issue with page numbers. It also shows you details of the cover story and any featured supplements. There is a column which gives details of the magazine (Its writers etc.) and how to get in touch with them in addition they provide their website details. There is also a telephone number for phone subscriptions here too. The Opinion section gives you information about what has been happening in the stock-market around the world with analysis on how some of the big players are doing and if there has been any significant rises and falls in the market sector. It also highlights any potential areas to avoid trading in due to financial instability.
Agenda Tomorrows News Today and Key Trades feature a selection of companies both on the way up. Ones that have shown little growth and the ones that are probably on the way down. This gives you a little insight into various companies and gives a little of their history, what it is they actually do and whether or not you should invest in them or not. They have a handy traffic light system which tells you Green whether or not you should buy shares in the company or red if you have shares already that you should sell your stock. Or hold if they haven't decided whether you should buy or sell. Based on what the market in general thinks about them. Obviously don't just take their word on whether or not you should buy this is purely a guide expressing opinions only. I would suggest doing a lot of research before making a commitment. Its worth remembering that stocks go down as well as up!!!!!
I have to admit I bought shares in a company called Central African Mining (a company which I had never heard of before after reading about it in shares magazine). I purchased at six pence a share and have made more than doubled my money as they are at 13p each now. Long may it continue? This section also consists of a handy trader's timetable too which tells you when companies will publish their financial results; hold their annual general meetings and when dividend payments will be paid. The next section deals with the cover story and could be about absolutely anything relating to the high-flying world of the stock-market. They are usually extremely interesting reads again these stories tend to give a few hints regards whether certain companies have the potential for growth or not in the coming months and years. I have to admit I have gained a wealth of experience from reading this section. It also features useful insight from specialists in this field who throw in their tuppence worth. There are also interviews throughout with company directors and other successful people who pass on the secrets of their success. Amazing really when you think that most of them started with nothing. Well look at the likes of Sir Alan Sugar!!!!. Commodities looks at hidden market gems these are companies in the little known AIM markets which pretty much no one has ever heard of (like my Central African mining). These are the companies you take a risk investing in. Again it tells you if it would be a good idea or a bad one to put your cash into these companies. The trend setter looks at the highs and lows of various sectors, whether it is coal, gold, gas, retail etc and gives you analysis on the risers and fallers. There is also advice for those who wish to spread bet and the hold, target and stop loss amounts they should set. I must admit this is way above my level of understanding I definitely stay away from this type of trading.
Now this is the bit my hubby scours as soon as the magazine is in his possession, it is the 'Top 50 Calls' This is basically a list of the top 50 best performing broker buy or sell recommendations of the last three months. These tell you if a companies stock should be bought, will outperform the market, or if it is overweight i.e. Stock price is too high and may collapse. It gives the company name. When it was released into the market the start and finish date and finally the crucial part its performance percentage.
The final pages are filled with adverts for stock-brokers, share dealing accounts, spread-betting websites etc. Throughout there are very few adverts which is great as sometimes magazines can be taken up with them and it becomes a bit irritating? Overall a great read which holds the attention and who knows might make you a fortune one day with its handy hints. Recommended.
Name: Shares magazine Price: £2.30 weekly (or £99 per year subscription) Publication: Every Thursday Shares magazine has become one of the first things I look at when waking up on a Thursday morning and I can't wait until I hear the letterbox rattling and the thud as it falls onto the floor. It won the award of 'magazine launch of the year' in 2000 and looks set to continue its success in 2001. It has six main sections to it: (1) The edge (2) The news (3) News features (4) The regulars (5) The tables (6) The features. (1) The edge - This gives you the shares that are on the move, either up or down. It does this in the form of looking for breakout patterns, looking at unusually high volumes, overbought/oversold indicators, new all time lows, new all time highs and a whole host of other indicators which might suggest if a share is on the move. It also gives you the plays of the week, recommendations to buy or sell and gives a reasoning behind the decision. There is also a readers letter, director dealings and 2 or three brokers tips section. Very comprehensive. (2) The news This gives you general news pertaining to industry, individual companies, and the market. (3) Feature news This will give you an in depth look at particular news stories that are of interest to shareholders. For example one of this weeks articles was headed 'A slow start for European exchange' and looks at high cost of cross border trading and how Jiway (new online pan European exchange) might change the way we trade European shares. (4)The regulars This includes the regular features in the magazine. They include Trading post: the best small plays of the week; Small company prospects; the shares to watch on AIM, OFEX and Easdaq; Global view: A look at a global company; Fundwatch: The hottest tips from fund managers, investment trusts recommendations a
nd the best UK funds; The chartist: trends in the key markets and shares; Top down: Looks at a particular story in the finance world; Options: Opportunities for speculators and hedgers; and Observation: a look at a particular financial theme in the world. (5) The tables Looks at all the info on the top 350 companies as well as any publicly listed company that has reported a profit in the week previous to publication. This table is extremely comprehensive and will give you info such as Market capitalisation, dividend yield, P/E ratio, Price (obviously), earnings per share etc. (6) The features This will cover stories that are of interest to shareholders e.g. why invest in IPOs this year. The articles are very well written, very informative and objective. As well as all of this Shares magazine often give you a separate booklet on a topic which everybody is talking about e.g. this week they gave a booklet about Contract for differences (CFDs) and it delves deep into the ins and outs of this type of trading and where it can be done. Excellent. I love the fact that all the companies that will be spoken about that week are listed on the front page, which means I can see straight away if the company I own shares is getting a mention or not. All in all this magazine is comprehensive, pertains to all different types of traders, easy to read, very well formatted and I cannot think of one bad word to say about it.
For anyone interested in the Stock Market and investing in general stocks (not just specifically Penny Shares or Tech Stocks) , I whole heartedly recommend Investors Chronicle to you. It is published weekly by the Financial Times so you know it has an excellent pedigree. Admittedly it is quite expensive £2.95 per week but an Annual Subscription of £125 , 2 Years Subscription of £225 or 3 Years Subscription of £318 will save you a substantial sum of money. It follows a very similar pattern each week which for a regular investor like me means I know where to look for the info I need. It starts with a short Market View on what has happened over the last week , followed by several pages of major news analysis. The first key section as far as I am concerned is Tips. Each week they pick three large Company's and three smaller Company's to Tip. Please note , the Tip might be Buy or Sell dependant upon fundamentals. They also give you an update each week on previous Tips i.e. where something may have happened to change their previous recommendation or it may simply be to reinforce what was previously said. They will then usually cover an issue in detail such as Pharmaceuticals , Biotechs , Retailers , Construction , Bank's , Tech Stocks etc. I find that this can be very useful to enable you to overview your Portfolio as a whole. Sometimes you can get too interested in a specific business but overlook what is happening to that sector of the market. They will then always do a write up on US Stocks (I am boring and tend to invest entirely UK apart from an Investment Trust holding for Europe) but some of you might find this useful. They cover Investment Trusts each week. These are effectively funds of funds. They are company's which use their money to go out and buy shareholdings in other Company's. I find this useful to spread risk , especially in Markets you are a little unsure of e.g. Sma
ller Company's , Technology , Biotechs , Far East Markets & South American Markets. Next Section of note is the Company & Smaller Company News & Results. This brings you up to date with any new information. This is especially helpful for any smaller Company holdings you may have since this Info very rarely gets published anywhere else. A brief up date on any Takeover Bids / Rights Issues etc. is next which gives you some impartial advice on what you should do if either happens to a Company in which you hold shares. City Views & Brokers Tips - earlier , I mentioned that each week Investors Chronicle Tips 6 Companys , this is a Section where views are sought of other Major City Brokers such as Schroders , ABN Amro , UBS Warburg and Charterhouse Securites on a fairly broad spectrum of Stocks. Finally , they have a Statistics Section which gives info on the likes of Directors Share Dealings , Market Movements both UK and Worldwide & Economic Indicators. You will gather from the above that I find Investors Chronicle very useful , if you are seriously interested in Stocks & Shares , so will you. Being a subscriber also gets you free access to their web-site.
I have been buying the 'Shares' Magazine ever since it came out early this year! I am a one of them people that buy shares everytime they get a good tip and with the Shares Magazine you can bet your life you will! I bought one stock 3 months ago and already it has gain nearly 100% GREAT Apart from Tips The 'Shares' Magazine also has great News, Information and facts on shares throughout the WORLD! I would Recommend you having at least one look at this magazine and see if you like it because you either Will or Not!
Shares magazine is published weekly on a Thursday. It costs £1.95 each week so can work out expensive over a year. The magazine is very well written and laid out. It includes a glossary and a very helpful question page. It is written in English so no-one needs to feel scared by all the terminology. Each week they tip some shares and the reasons behind the tip. They have a section on tips from the Stockbrokers, which includes a useful section of the price the brokers expect the shares to reach. The magazine always advocates that you don?t invest with money you can afford to loose as companies have and will go into liquidation. You can make money playing the stockmarkets but you should always now what you are doing ? this magazine helps to do this.
On approaching the millennium there was a small frenzy of share buying with private investors diving into the tech shares. I was one of them and introduced into the share buying game for the first time I got hold of a copy of the shares magazine. The articles are relevant and easy to read. They do contain some more advanced technical information but at the same time they also have simple guides and articles aimed at the beginner trader. The magazine comes out every week and normally contains some tips, many of which have proved to be quite successful. I’d recommend this magazine to anyone interested in the stock market.