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Old 04 February 2009, 12:13   #21
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IMO Forced property or land sales are a decent area for investment, but a risk is present in todays falling housing market.

Online shares dealing was an area I looked at some time ago, but the selling and buying fees meant you had to be dealing in thousands of pounds worth to make a profit on a rising or falling market. Guess its just a more convenient way of buying and selling for a long term investment, not very exciting though.(until the last year)
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Check out the Bank Shares. they are low at the moment once confidence is back they should improve . ( unless they get nationalised )

I have just started playing with these never got my account opened in time to benefit last week but still managed to make 6% in 5 days.

The share price fluctuates all day so buying and selling within hours can make money.

You can't fail IF YOU BELIEVE bank shares will eventually recover.


Having said that only use money that you can afford to loose.
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Old 04 February 2009, 12:24   #23
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Forgot to add remember the fees.
If you go on line then about 10 quid plus vat to buy and again to sell plus 0.5% stamp duty.
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What are this lot like on a basic account?

http://www.hoodlessbrennan.com
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What are this lot like on a basic account?

http://www.hoodlessbrennan.com
Their research tools and analysis look meagre compared to Barclays, and not nearly as comprehensive. But that might be because they wont allow full access till you sign up. Their dealing fees are variable like other sites depending on what you trade, how often etc, but basic trades are 8.00/ vs Barclays 7.50 so about the same, they dont charge an annual fee as far as I can see, which is good if you dont deal for ages at a time, which quite often happens particularly when you loose inteterest after taking a hit . I think a lot comes down to how you like the layout of the site, since you will be flitting from one bit of it to the next whilst doing your research, often having many windows open at a time.

Another trading site I use off and on, is Hargreaves Lansdown https://www.h-l.co.uk/ although I've never dealt shares with them, only in their funds markets, as their funds tools are very good and quite informative
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Barclays is good also try TD Waterhouse
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We (e.g UK taxpayers) own 70% of RBS. As an account holder for more than 25 years I'm absolutely dismayed that RBS bosses plan to hand-out up to a 1billion in bonuses to their staff (our staff), after their worst trading year ever, and the biggest loss in UK corporate history.

Personally I'd like to see the entire board of directors and senior managers sacked for gross incompetence. However if someone has a financial angle on how to make some money from this debacle - I'd be interested!
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It's worth having a read of Peston's blog:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/robertpeston/
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We (e.g UK taxpayers) own 70% of RBS. As an account holder for more than 25 years I'm absolutely dismayed that RBS bosses plan to hand-out up to a 1billion in bonuses to their staff (our staff), after their worst trading year ever, and the biggest loss in UK corporate history.

Personally I'd like to see the entire board of directors and senior managers sacked for gross incompetence. However if someone has a financial angle on how to make some money from this debacle - I'd be interested!
RBS shares dropped from 6 down to 10.5p in two years.

They have risen now to 25p in two weeks. Even my accountant thought it worth investing say a 1000 so had you bought at the bottom your money would now be worth 2400.

Had they been nationalised you would of lost the lot.

Staff have been told that its very unlikley to happen.

If they recover to say 1.50 in the next couple of years your Grand would then be worth 15,000.

If If and more if's i know
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RBS shares dropped from 6 down to 10.5p in two years.

They have risen now to 25p in two weeks. Even my accountant thought it worth investing say a 1000 so had you bought at the bottom your money would now be worth 2400.

Had they been nationalised you would of lost the lot.

Staff have been told that its very unlikley to happen.

If they recover to say 1.50 in the next couple of years your Grand would then be worth 15,000.

If If and more if's i know
Good points Bandit .. but try telling that to the Hedge boys who bought into Northern Rock though, when they thought it was near the bottom of the cycle oh dear .. look what they ended up with. Personally I'm good with a small divvy on RBS though, but just a small one, Government accountancy has exposed the true state of the debt which homegrown inhouse staff would never do,.. and it is a very large company, but IMO it would have been so much better without the ABN Amro deal .. bet Mr Varley & Barclays are laughing up their sleeves at that one

Brokers dont rate it as a buy, but a hold I wonder why that Mr Goodwin has done right by beefing up the security round his house anyway
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