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Old 03 February 2009, 13:38   #11
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Ahh summer hols in Baghdad.
I'm already trying with the land, the council are leasing me a decent size bit for my car and boat and will hopefully in few years sell it to me.
..when the infrastructure is rebuilt to extract the oil land price will go through the roof.... forget putting your money into stock.
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Old 03 February 2009, 18:17   #12
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Baghdad it is, all I need now is a job out there.
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Another one to consider for share purchases is fool.co.uk.
As to balls of steel, you needed them to hold on to your shares over the last 18 months. I would say now is a good time to be looking at buying, for the long term anyway.

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Never used any of the fools products, but in the old days they used to have some really great articles. Is a little bit more "moderated" these days - I guess can't afford to bit the hand that feeds it so much - but still interesting articles.
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Old 04 February 2009, 08:32   #15
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If you had invested money on the FTSE 10 years ago you wouldn't have done very well under Labour. In fact you would have lost money!!!

In 1997 the ftse was at 4455 - now it's 4184

In 1997 dow jones was at 7169 - now it's 8078

The Yank market has had some nice big peaks which means you would have made a lot more than this but the FTSE hasn't really. The effect is even more pronounced when you look at some of the European markets.

Well done Blair and Brown!!!
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That's this thread screwed then.
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I would say now is a good time to be looking at buying, for the long term anyway.
I'm sure there are some good tips out there, but IMO There is plenty of misery to come yet, some big housebuilders, and all their commodity suppliers for a start, then all the manufacturers that supply them, and the commodity suppliers that supply those manufacturers etc etc so there will be plenty to catch out the unwary.

The knock on effects are massive, and looking for trends is the key to avoiding bad speculative choice, which is where it comes back to doing all the research.

This is why those that understand the mechanisms of short selling have been doing so well lately as the value of many stocks have fallen so much, dealers can still make money speculating on the drop in share price, but its high risk stuff.
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If you had invested money on the FTSE 10 years ago you wouldn't have done very well under Labour. In fact you would have lost money!!!
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In 1997 the ftse was at 4455 - now it's 4184
My last paragraph in my last post explains why the FT index doesnt always mean you lose money just because the index is lower one particular year than another it was nearly 7000 a few years ago, so we'd all be broke then ? Well RBS are
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If you had invested money on the FTSE 10 years ago you wouldn't have done very well under Labour. In fact you would have lost money!!!

In 1997 the ftse was at 4455 - now it's 4184

In 1997 dow jones was at 7169 - now it's 8078


Well done Blair and Brown!!!
I think you may be ignoring dividends, some companies are yielding well over 5%.
Also, it is for the long term and dividends should be reinvested.

Yes, I liked the fool years ago, now I find the moderation really anal.
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