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Sunday 25 June 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


17 March 2017, 09:54 | By Nigel Somerville |

Igas – hats off to the board

I never thought I’d be saying this, but it is hats off the to the board which looks to have saved the company. This morning AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) updated on its rescue refinancing and it looks to be a done deal. Shareholders will be feeling the pain, but as we have continually warned as the share price declined this was an inevitable consequence of the financial predicament in which the company found itself, the legacy of the Andrew “Piggy” Austin era. 

17 March 2017, 09:41 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

LSE Asylum – the financial crisis is actually far worse than we previously indicated: where's the Fat Lady?

A couple of days ago I noted how the London South East Bulletin Board ( aka the LSE Asylum) appeared to be heading towards insolvency - HERE. It is the fate which, almost, invariably happens to companies that hire Zak, the Sith Lord, Mir. For Judas is also Jonah. And now a closer examination of its historic numbers shows that the crisis may be far worse than even we thought. Timber!!!!!

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17 March 2017, 09:11 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Crown Ocean calls second GM at Bowleven to change the board - again: chairman Allan MUST GO NOW!

This is not the fault of Crown Ocean but of the bastards who have been grossly overpaid for destroying value at Bowleven (BLVN) - the team let by piggy in chief Kevin Hart. As I reported yesterday, disgraced CEO Hart may have been booted off the board by shareholders but he remains as CEO and is still running the company on full ( unjustifiable) pay. This is because Crown has 2 directors but the old regime still has two men on the board and the casting vote with chairman Mr Allan. Thus there is no change of personnel at Bowleven or of strategy. This really is a disgraceful way for directors to treat the folks who own the company - shareholders.

17 March 2017, 08:21 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

A Cloudtag owning moron writes to Tom Winnifrith

Having been cc'd in on a list of shareholders in the AIM listed ( pro tem) fraud Cloudtag (CTAG) leaked in breach of Data Protection laws by the company itself, I could not resist sending them an email pointing them to some high quality covrerage of the stock. I received a few replies. Here is the best of the bunch. I wonder if this clown, a Mr John Simpson,  thinks this will help him get his cash back and if his wife and employer knows that he spends his days sending such emails. I have to feel sorry for the chap who obviously deeply troubled.

17 March 2017, 08:12 | By Steve Moore |

Hayward Tyler – new order win as loan repayment can kicked further down the road (though not very far)...

Having recently noted a £2.4 million repayment due to Royal Bank of Scotland on 31st March (Hayward Tyler – announces “new order wins”, but attempted bailout financing dump ahoy?), I now note a further announcement from Hayward Tyler Group (HAYT); “Bank facility update and new order win”...

17 March 2017, 08:11 | By Malcolm Stacey |

Four Whiz Bang Shares I'm Topping Up to Benefit from my ISA Allowance

Hello Share Thumpers. I’ve been spending a lot on shares in recent days. The reason is that I’ve not topped up my ISA and, as the financial year is fast disappearing towards a new horizon, I have been selling a few turkeys in my ordinary trading accounts to fund my tax-protected ISA.

16 March 2017, 14:15 | By Steve Moore |

Seeing Machines – interims include “multi-sector strategy continues to gain momentum”, but also “reduced expectations”. Er…

“Seeing Machines (SEE), the AIM listed technology company with a focus on operator monitoring and intervention sensing technologies and services is pleased to announce its unaudited financial results for the six months to 31 December 2016” and CEO Ken Kroeger is “pleased with the progress towards the achievement of our long-term goals as our multi-sector strategy continues to gain momentum”. Good, good… er, what? The shares currently more than 15% lower in response?!?...

16 March 2017, 14:06 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Cloudtag IR stunning own goal - anyone want an email list of morons - I now have it

This morning AIM , for now listed, fraud Cloudtag (CTAG) had an announcement which was comical and is torn to shreds by me HERE. But it gets better, it sent an alert to all those folks who had registered with it to receive alerts. Then panic stations....

16 March 2017, 11:07 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Coal of Africa COO suspended for insider dealing - FFS just fire the bastard

Coal of Africa (CZA) has suspended its COO Mr Michael Jakobus Bronn after noting the judgement and fine against him for " the contravention of the Section 78 (1) (a) of the Financial Markets Act, 19 of 2012." Coal says that it is " in the process of reviewing the FSB findings, the details of which have been made public on 15 March 2017. The Company has placed Mr Brönn on suspension whilst the Company completes its internal review process." So what is Section 78? Let me enlighten you.

16 March 2017, 11:06 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - back at Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater's Emporium, Wedge Issue

I find myself back in London ahead of a big event tonight as I explain HERE. So I am working at the pizza place now known as Wedge Issue and run by hipster Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater. It is most excellent and I commend it to you all if you are in Clerkenwell, although I am not sure I get this hipster business at all. I'm getting old. In the main podcast I look at why the LSE Asylum just does not work. In terms of stocks I cover Independent Resources (IRG), Nyota (NYO), FastForward (FFWD),Challenger (CHAL), the joke regulation one sees on the Standard List, Regency Mines (RGM) and some coal assets some folks think will go into the joke that is "New Worthington". 

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16 March 2017, 11:05 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Cloudtag - 11 days from AIM death the zombie has news..well not really

In 11 days time if no Nomad is prepared to act for the fraud Cloudtag (CTAG), that is to say to sign off on the lies it likes to tell investors, its shares - now suspended - will be booted off AIM. Unable to raise cash it will go bust. Just to placate the fools who ignored countless warnings and are trapped in this stock and to amuse the rest of us it has today made an announcement. It is horeshite natch and I offer a translation service in bold.

16 March 2017, 10:20 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Filthy Forty China New Energy – fundraising, contracts, trading update.....BARGEPOLE!

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) updated the market on trading for FY2016. The company reported a profit at the interim stage and continued to perform well in the second half of 2016 with revenue (subject to audit) expected to be up to about RMB 72 million. There are also contracts announced totalling about RMB 80 million expected to see project completion in Q3 of this year. So all is going swimmingly – except that the company has raised more money. Clearly the profits are not turning into cash. Why?

16 March 2017, 10:05 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Kevin Hart - you thought he had gone from Bowleven: think again

You and I had thought that Kevin Hart the grossly overpaid and underperforming CEO of Bowleven (BLVN) had cleaned his desk and gone after Tuesday's GM vote to sack the useless pig. Think again. He is still CEO and still on full pay and still running the company. This is like debating the Brexit referendum with that silly cow Gina Miller. A company is owned by its shareholders. The shareholders have voted to get rid, like we voted to quit the EU...but the bastard hangs on and Gina tries to subvert democracy.

16 March 2017, 10:03 | By Cynical Bear |

Red Leopard Holdings and EVR Holdings – how to make money at different stages of the Akers investment lifecycle

Following my recommendation on Red Leopard earlier this month, I thought I’d follow up with a compare and contrast of Akers related stocks looking at the different phases of the investment lifecycle and how to make money at those different stages.

16 March 2017, 10:02 | By Ross Norman of Sharps Pixley |

Rates Up - Gold Up - Why ??

To observers of financial markets it must seem odd that they often behave exactly the opposite to what is expected. Explaining it is also a strange thing too.

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16 March 2017, 08:19 | By HotStockRockets |

Saffron Energy - Shell News: good but largely expected, shares will re-rate

Saffron Energy (SRON) has announced the extension of the natural gas offtake contract between its Italian subsidiary Northsun and Shell. The contract has been extended to 1 October 2018, with an option to extend for a further year to 1 October 2019, and provides for offtake of gas supply for all of the Group's Italian gas fields.

16 March 2017, 08:17 | By Tom Winnifrith |

UK Investor Show on April 1, now officially our biggest event in 15 years

I have been putting on annual Investor Shows for 15 years now and working with my friend Nigel Wray on all of them. The names may change but the stars are always there - Nigel himself, Evil, my friend Mark Slater and there are always surprises too. Perhaps I will have more on that front shortly - talks are ongoing. But yesterday we hit a milestone. A massive one.

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16 March 2017, 08:17 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Interquest Results - still a recovery buy

Technology sectors-focused recruitment group, InterQuest (ITQ) has announced results from a “challenging” 2016 year of“transformation” following a change in executive management, though is “cautiously optimistic about 2017”.

16 March 2017, 08:16 | By Steve Moore |

Zinc Media – emphasises EBITDA profit for "first time in recent years", so why are the shares materially lower?...

The results announcement for its half year ended 31st December 2016 from the former Ten Alps plc, now Zinc Media Group (ZIN), emphasises “decisive action taken” and “for the first time in recent years, the company reported a profit at the adjusted EBITDA level”. So why are the shares more than 9% lower, heading towards 1.20p, on the back of the release?...

16 March 2017, 08:14 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Corporate Governance Parasites PIRC - do as we say not as we do

Okay so PIRC makes up fake news about pay at Sports Direct (SPD) and backs discredited management at Bowleven so as to stay "in" with its City fund manager pals but at least as corporate governance wonks its own annual report would be a model of transparency and all round rectitude. Er...no. As you would expect from folks like this rank hypocrisy is at play.

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16 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

The June edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - 5 share Tips, voting guide, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins

The June edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three resource shares to buy,  two more share tips, a voting guide for investors, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins a special offer expiring on June 14 and much more.

 
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7 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot Company

We're looking for exemplary examples of sheer stupidity from those founts of brilliance; LSE.co.uk, III.co.uk and ADVFN.co.uk. Perhaps if they need a guiding light they might care to look at life inside the basket case that is Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot Company, as sponsored by most of the other AIM companies Jim runs as Cynical Bear pointed out HERE.  The deadline to post your entries in the comments section below is midnight, Sunday 18 June.

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7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Magnolia Petroleum Part 1:-Back Zac "The Knife" Phillips and Sack Rita Whittingham

And so the battle lines are drawn at Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP), the dash guzzling worthless AIM POS founded by Gavin Burnell of Globo infamy. On the one hand there is an overpaid incumbent board led by less than lovely Rita Whittingham and backed by an overpaid army of crony capitalist advisers. On the other side are Even Ainsworth from Nostra Terra (NTOG) and Zac "The Knife" Philips, the City's top oil analyst. Magnolia has accepted that a GM request to outs less than lovely Rita and appoint Ainsorth and The Knife is valid. So what is the voting maths?

7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

7 days ago | By Cynical Bear |

Tesla Motors – Is it a FANTA stock or is Elon Musk just David Lenigas on steroids?

I was going to have my usual weekend dig at one of the many over-promoted pieces of crap on the lower reaches of AIM but thought instead I should lift up my head and look further afield and take a pop at most over-promoted stock in the global markets with a proper superhero at the helm, namely Tesla Motors (NSDQ: TSLA) and the irrepressible Elon Musk.

7 days ago | By Steve Moore & Tom Winnifrith |

Norcros – results good and remains confident: BUY

Bathroom and household equipment and accessories group Norcros (NXR) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2017 and that “the board remains confident that the group should continue to make further progress for the year ending 31 March 2018”.

7 days ago | By Bearded Marxist Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground: Um, go Quindell?

Ha ha. We've been waiting for this for weeks, but now Slater & Gordon (who were given all the relevent ShareProphets articles when there was still time to back out) has actually filed suit against Watchstone, nee Quindell, claiming breach of warranty and/or fraudulent misrepresentation for a total amount of up to £637 million plus interest. It almost makes one want to root for Quindell this time.

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7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Magnolia Petroleum - why Rita Whittingham must be fired Part 3 - duping mug punters

Earlier today i showed how Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP) has become a gravy train not just for CEO, not so lovely Rita Whittingham, but for her extended family as well. But when the operations are not generating cash how to fund the gravy train? Shimples: pump the stock with misleading RNS statements and do a discounted placing. Rinse and repeat. Want an example (for there are many)? Here goes.

7 days ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Stuttard’s Septic Seven – June Update: and then there were just three

It is five weeks since our last update on the portfolio of seven AIM stocks selected for Marcus Stuttard, the sham sheriff of AIM, to put his money into to show his faith in the system of regulation last September. As you will recall, these were all companies which we had Red Flagged but about which AIM Regulation had done nothing. Last month the losses were 61.7% in about 8 months.

7 days ago | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - 3 year supply agreement a first part of being the new ARM: BUY

On 25 April this year Optibiotix (OPTI) announced it had delivered a small sale of 100,000 units of its LPDL capsule to Germany's HLH BioPharma Vertriebs GmbH. That must have gone well as we are today told that Optibiotix has signed a three year deal that grants HLH a non-exclusive license to produce, package and commercialise products containing OptiBiotix's cholesterol reducing LPLDL® strain.

6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

New Insurer on the Block Conquers Growing Market for Brits Abroad

Hello Share Bottlers. You may, or may not, have noticed that I currently favour insurance companies. And following my own advice for once, I am now sitting on cracking profits on two of the biggest, Legal & General (LGEN) and RSA (RSA). I would still commend both these entities to your further inspection. However, I now turn the spotlight on a smaller, newer and more specialised insurance player.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Rockpool Acquisitions IPO - a new member of the Sub Standard XI? I fear I can't SUFTUM

The demise of so many Standard Listed companies means that poor Cynical Bear has some big holes in his Sub Standard List X1 squad. But fear not, from God's chosen lands of Northern Ireland here comes Rockpool Acqusitions which will list in early July having raised £1.5 million at 10p.

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6 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Winner of the Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by Jim Mellon's Diabetic Boot Company

Our nominations usually come from LSE.co.uk, ADVFN.co.uk, III.co.uk, and sometimes the FT. But this is the first time that our winner comes from the world of academia. And no, the author is not Tom's sociology lecturing Mrs

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16 hours ago | By Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by David Lenigas on steroids

The prize is a cheap one way flight to Mars organised by Elon Musk a promoter who makes David Lenigas seem bashful and understated. The challenge: We're looking for exemplary examples of sheer stupidity from those founts of brilliance; LSE.co.uk, III.co.uk and ADVFN.co.uk. The deadline to post your entries in the comments section below is midnight, Sunday 25 June.

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6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Microsaic Systems – from in December sales to be “substantially ahead” of 2016’s, to now “significantly lower than for 2016”

“Trading Statement” announcement from Microsaic Systems (MSYS) includes Chairman Eric Yeatman commenting “we are very encouraged with the progress since our 21 March 2017 update, when we introduced our biopharma strategy, specifically around bioprocessing. We are engaging with several of the leading players in the global market for bioprocessing equipment”. However, the statement also includes that “the company now expects its H1 and full year 2017 revenue to be significantly lower than for 2016”. Hmmm…

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Servision and that breach of AIM rules with the delayed (lack of) profits warning - is it even worse that we thought?

I have been deeply troubled by the most recent lack of profits warning from AIM listed worthless POS Servision (SEV). My initial view, expressed HERE, is that in not admitting to order slippage from December for almost six months it had committed a massive breach of AIM Rules regarding timely disclosure of price sensitive news. But I fear it may be far worse than that.

6 days ago | By David Scott |

The question of a soft or hard Brexit does not lie within UK politics

The question of a soft or hard Brexit does not lie within UK politics but with the priorities of the EU. The EU’s number one priority is to avoid setting a precedent of successful exits – the UK election result does not change this. What is clear, however, is that Mrs May is no longer in control of the outcome; parliament will decide on whatever deal emerges.

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16 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

The June edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - 5 share Tips, voting guide, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins

The June edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three resource shares to buy,  two more share tips, a voting guide for investors, and where to emigrate if the wrong party wins a special offer expiring on June 14 and much more.

 
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15 hours ago | By Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by David Lenigas on steroids

The prize is a cheap one way flight to Mars organised by Elon Musk a promoter who makes David Lenigas seem bashful and understated. The challenge: We're looking for exemplary examples of sheer stupidity from those founts of brilliance; LSE.co.uk, III.co.uk and ADVFN.co.uk. The deadline to post your entries in the comments section below is midnight, Sunday 25 June.

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16 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith - the shares that are my 18 holdings: the non dirty dozen and a half

Okay I do not own these shares personally. I case anyone is thinking of going for me in a libel case I own nothing but FIML, owned by my family trusts, has built from scratch a fairly sizeable portfolio of 18 stocks. For what it is worth here they are in descendeing order of current value.

16 hours ago | By Cynical Bear |

Echo Energy: The “Cornerstone Investor” leaving so soon – surely not?

My second piece on insiders cashing in and odd TR-1’s is, very predictably, looking at Echo Energy and, in particular, the two late RNS’s on Friday afternoon which show that the “Cornerstone Investor”, Greenberry plc, is offloading shares and warrants all over the shop and appears to be almost giving them away too – what a charitable sort! Let’s take a look.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Another crony capitalist awards dinner and the ShareProphets team AGAIN trounced by clowns like Lagos Securities

In case you missed it, last night was the The fifth annual Small Cap Awards' black tie gala in London. The crony capitalists from across the Square Mile gathered to say how well they had done being paid vast amounts to stuff dumb fuck investors into shite stocks, before the spivs departed for some late night celebratory coke and hookers. And boy were the crony capitalists doing well. Let's start with the winners:

16 hours ago | By HotStockRockets |

Minoan share price weakness - panicking? No - Time to BUY

Shares in Minoan (MIN) were up a smidgeon Friday but have been heading the wrong way all week. At the time of writing they are 7.5p-8.5p - a spread wide enough to drive a bus through. Market makers really do take the piss on occasion if not most of the time. Anyhow is anything wrong? Let's deal with the various rumours sent to us by email.

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

For the Record No 2: Nomad Cenkos again put on record about RNS lies by client Mercantile Ports & Logistics

When AIM listed Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL) disappears up in smoke having sent tens of millions of UK Investor cash to money heaven, the stink will force Nomad Cenkos to show that it acted in a way that did not bring the Casino into disrepute, as it did when it allowed Quindell to commit wholesale fraud. Thus one shareholder, a veteran of the ports and logistics industry, is putting Cenkos on record now so that it can have no excuse at the death. letter one HERE raised clear questions of fraud. Now the shareholder has followed up with a second letter to the head of corporate governance at Lagos Securities, Amber Wood, cc'ing in Redleaf, the PR to Mercantile as well as Quindell at the height of that fraud.

16 hours ago | By Cynical Bear |

Red Leopard Holdings: Congrats to Mr Akers – he could be an AIM millionaire (again)!

A couple of pieces this weekend on similar themes, namely insiders cashing in and unusual, or complete lack of, TR-1s. This first article looks at the astonishing amount of money seemingly made in no time at all by Chris Akers at Red Leopard Holdings (RLH).

2 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Winner of the Little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas in action on the Weald Basin caption contest

There were some good entries for this edition of the caption contest, and it was a photo finish for the winner of captioning this photo of  little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), playing host to anyone who was interested at the company's site at Broadford Bridge on the Weald Basin. 

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Blur - no improvement in trade, admits could be bust in 3 weeks, A Grade corporate horse spouting

It walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to spouting A grade corporate horse. And so another day comes with another trading statement from the shamed and hapless Phil Letts and his worthless Blur Group (BLUR). There are KPIs aplenty and stacks of words about new business initiatives. Yadda, yadda, yadda. The main point is the admission that could be bust within three weeks. TOLD Y'ALL!

16 hours ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Crazy Times Call for Sensible Precautions - Keep Your Selling Finger Poised.

Hello Share Pokers. If any more evidence was needed that we live in strange times it is this weekend’s news that the Bank of England was investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. I ask you!

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16 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 23/06/2017

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2016 and thus far in 2017 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

1 day ago | By Lucian Miers |

Sell the Ocado Rally at 300p

Until recently the stock market has been very kind to Ocado (OCDO), with the shares in May rising from 250p to nearly 320p valuing the enterprise at north of £2 billion. The company has though never remotely justified its market cap on fundamentals and has therefore needed to tease investors with hints of a huge, game-changing, deal.

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Imagination Technologies – shares jump on commencement of formal sale process, though “remains in dispute with Apple”

Shares in Imagination Technologies (IMG) have currently recovered more than 17%, to 145p, on the back of a “Commencement of formal sale process” announcement…

2 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Mitie Is No Mouse at Cost Cutting and Finding New Customers

Hello Share Seekers. Times have not been pucker for firms which claw a lot of business from local councils and other organisations. Government cuts have caused so many local authorities to cut back on their awards of business to outside contractors. Mitie (MTO) is one such firm.

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

The People's Operator – “Make a call, make a change”… shareholders make a loss…

“The People's Operator (TPOP), the cause-based commercial mobile virtual network operator, is pleased to announce its full year results for the period ended 31 December 2016”. Hmmm, these being announced approaching six months after the year-end – rarely a good sign…

16 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Video: Bearish on markets, short term mega bearish on uranium - Rick Rule

In the latest video podcast from Palisade Capital, perhaps the world's best known resource fund manager, Rick Rule of Sprott, discusses the surprising lack of volatility in the markets and with the various worldwide challenges one would expect it to be much higher. He is not optimistic when one looks at the collective balance sheets of governments with their underfunded pension plans and is acting on the assumption that the markets will get more volatile.

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