479 days ago
We are now at almost 33% of the way to our Rogue Bloggers (well just me) for Woodlarks target. Today I do 11 laps of the fields here in a training walk, so please donate ahead of that ordeal HERE. In the podcast I discuss Gervais Williams, Avacta (AVCT), Novacyt (NCYT), Supply@ME Capital (SYME), Amur Minerals (AMC) and Fox Marble (FOX), with whom I am very cross indeed. I also look at British Land (BLND) which I inadvertently refer to as Land Securities (LAND) in the podcast and commercial property in general.
519 days ago
Given the abject performance of the Miton Smaller Companies Fund managed by Gervais Williams, driven by a combination of utterly dire stock picking and mass redemptions, I have more than once suggested that Mr Williams has the potential to be the new Neil Woodford. But today I can reveal that Williams is performing a trick used by Woodford and it is one that his ACD and the FCA should be investigating with some urgency.
521 days ago
Yesterday I wrote about Jupiter Fund Management (JUP) and its disclosure that it was going to crack on with its deal to buy / merge with sector peer Merian. Naturally there was one - mildly unsaid - assumption underpinning my musing that 'a fund manager in a market crisis should merge' and that is that inherently you are buying solid and reasonable assets...
532 days ago
Every dog has its day. Even the Miton Smaller Companies Fund run by the new Neil Woodford, Mr Gervais Williams. In March it managed to lose just under 12% in value whereas the small cap unit Trust sector saw an average loss of c25%. So Gervais, for almost the first time in five years, beat his peers. But the absolute losses were compounded by yet more redemptions and, thus, the precipice of an FCA driven gating, draws ever closer.
561 days ago
Here is a question for you and the answer is not Neil Woodford although it could be. Who said recently that: “easy, positive trends for markets have lulled our clients into a false sense of security”. Hmmm might it be a fund manager whose flagship Smaller Companies Fund is down by 16.2% over three years while his peer group shows average gains of 22%? Yes indeed, it is the clownish Gervais Williams and data just out on his fund is, again, shockingly bad.
565 days ago
Don’t get me wrong, I think that Nostra Terra Oil & Gas (NTOG) is a basket case but at least flip flip Ben Turney has engineered a boardroom revolution which gives it a slim chance of not going bust. Well done to Ben who, you may remember, discussed Nostra Terra in a recent ShareProphets Radio free podcast HERE.
579 days ago
Volex (VLX) has released a “Statement Regarding Current Situation in China” – it having four manufacturing plants in China…
581 days ago
In this podcast from the Welsh Hovel as it is battered by Storm Dennis I discuss Nostra Terra (NTOG) ahead of a podcast with former site editor Flip Flop Ben Turney on Monday, Gervais Williams and his rile in this sorry tale and his problems and the fate of Sirius Minerals (SXX) and why certain tedious establishment suits need to start being honest with folks who have lost millions.
583 days ago
Yesterday another dog cursed by the hex that is a Gervais Williams investment, that is to say Nostra Terra Oil & Gas (NTOG), published details of a sack the board EGM and the management’s case for staying on. What, in a cowardly fashion, it refused to do, as I believe it should have done is publish the letter that the requisitioner, Eridge Capital run by flip flop Ben Turney, wanted to send to shareholders. Fear not… the letter, outside of all paywalls, is below. Nostra Terra shareholders should read it and vote to sack chairman Ewan Ainsworth - in light of the scandalous pay revelations below - and hapless Lofgran after this bombshell. Sack the board!
586 days ago
In today's podcast I look at the terrible and mounting woes of "star fund manager" Gervais Williams, at Versarien's (VRS) cash woes disguised in today's RNS by breaking AIM Rule 10, at NMC Health (NMC), Finablr (FIN), Bidstack (BIDS), Uk Oil & Gas (UKOG), and Bahamas Petroleum (BPC)
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