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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Being a Purplebricks bull must be enough, I'd imagine, to turn a man to drink
Published 5 days ago
I was looking at our web stats and noticed that not a lot of people use ShareProphets' archive, at least compared to the new articles. So I'd like to highlight it.
Published 12 days ago
I just realised that we are coming up on our sixth year of publishing ShareProphets. (The actual date is in April).
Published 19 days ago
ShareProphet's least favourite newspaper points out that digital-only news disrupters, which have raised billions of dollars in venture capital, have made around 2,000 staffers redundant this week. Those publication are names liek Buzzfeed, VICE, and Huffington Post.
Published 26 days ago
A reader this week suggested that we look at a specific bulletin board conversation this week as background to a story. ShareProphets writers rarely look at the boards, and I'd be shocked if any have ever participated, but I took a gander.
Published 33 days ago
Since I broke up the leaderboard into stories and Bearcasts—as a way of shoehorning in more stories—readers don't really get to see the domination of Bearcasts on the leaderboard, much to Tom's irritation.
Published 39 days ago
When I look at the high streets today, I don't see a significant difference from high streets in Canada or the United States, aside from shop names and even those are tending to be global now.
Published 47 days ago
I was reading the Most Read ShareProphets Articles of The Year piece posted on New Year's Day and a throught stuck me: not one of the top 20 stories was a tip.
Published 54 days ago
It's been well over a year since ShareProphets went members-only, and there is no looking back for us. We're thriving and we don't have to prostrate ourselves to Google ads or anyone else.
Published 61 days ago
By the time you read this, I may be whizzing through the air to Vancouver, assuming the authorities are able to keep the airports clear of toy helicopters.
Published 68 days ago
Get ready for the event most anticipated every year by ShareProphets readers. Of course, I mean the Fifth Annual View from Readers' Windows.
Published 75 days ago
Last week, ShareProphets member Phil suggested that in the comments that we'd sell more subscriptions if we covered more main market companies.
Published 82 days ago
Something that we have been thinking about here in the underground Shareprophets bunker is gift subscriptions. We can't process these yet but we could. The question to you is: should we?
Published 89 days ago
I was amused to see some ShareProphets detractors on Twitter comment on Lucian Miers' correction to a detail on his Versarian (VRS) short. (Myself, I'm long with Versarian with around ten entire shares in my portfolio.)
Published 96 days ago
Some meta thoughts here. This week, the Guardian reached one million paid readers and claims it is months away from break even. Crowdfunded Dutch media outfit De Correspondent has moved into the US market and is on target to raise $2.5 million. Meanwhile, dead tree news provided Johnston Press has been given over to its debtors.
Published 103 days ago
Once again, I stand awed that great work by ShareProphets on identifying bad eggs is largely ignored by the mainstream media, in this case MySquar. It's no wonder that Rob Terry has the new to saddle up with Quindell 2.0.
Published 109 days ago
What are your Sunday rituals? The most reliable one of mine is a phone call from Tom demanding to know where this column is.
Published 116 days ago
Looking at the leaderboard this week, I find it interesting - after a few days of plummeting share prices - that the most read articles are on prosaic things: clothing, hotels, real estate, and minerals.
Published 124 days ago
Clearly, the topic that brought loads of people into ShareProphets this week was Patisserie Holdings (CAKE). It makes you wonder why this alleged fraud captures the interest of the mainstream media but the Globos and Folly Follies and Quindells do not. Is a high street presence what stops a scandal from being reported or not?
Published 130 days ago
When I was a child in the 70s, my family had a Vauxhall Envoy (You could buy British cars in Canada, then.) The distinguishing feature was that the back doors had a tendency to fling open when it rounded a corner. My dad told my brother and I to make sure we sat in the middle of the back seat.
Published 137 days ago
Long time readers of this feature know that around this time of year I celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with other ex-pat Canadians. But, you may ask, what does it actually involve? We've all seen films showing Americans celebrating their lesser Thanksgiving held in November, is it the same?
Published 144 days ago
Part of the problem with the mainstream press these days is the lack of follow-up. Sure, they love to blow the latest scandal out of all proportion but weeks or months later when the authorities have delivered their reports, they have moved on to the next thing.
Published 151 days ago
Tom and I do not agree on Brexit on any level, but I do like this assessement from him:
Published 158 days ago
It was a few days in the old country this week. Bundled up in layers, running the heater at night even thought it is still Summer, code switching from London English to a completely different way of speaking. No, I wasn't back in Canada, I was in Scotland.
Published 165 days ago
I first heard about Bitcoin in 2010, when it was it was about 5 cents per coin. At the time, I thought that maybe I should buy £100 of it to see what it's about. Things being what they were at the time, I never bothered. My back of the envelope calculation says that £100 in 2010 would have been worth around £7,000,000 today, and that's after a recent crash.
Published 172 days ago
When I arrived in the UK over a decade ago, I was asked what football club I supported, over and over.
The answer to that question was far more important than I understood at the time: it would determine, in the questioners' eyes, if I could be trusted, who my friends would be, how hard I was, and a zillion other things. I thought I was being asked what football club I supported.
Published 180 days ago
The question that I am wondering about this week is what companies or sectors are we not covering? ShareProphets writers are free to follow their passions and write about the companies that interest them. But what about you? Who would you like us to cover? Either companies or sectors. Of course, I promise nothing(TW Note becuase the writers will write about what interests them not under diktat!) Answers in the comments, please.
Published 186 days ago
What I am looking from you this week, dear reader, are blurbs that I can use to promote subscriptions to ShareProphets. If you have found ShareProphets valuable, would you be so kind as to write a one-liner in the comments that I can put on the subscription page to knock over those on the fence?
Published 193 days ago
Some house business: bulletin board moron of the week has returned. We ceased this long-running column earlier in the year when we had successfully cleared all bulletiin boards of all morons. But they have oozed back and it is time for you to take out the trash.
Published 200 days ago
I'm a fan and user of Uber. I call up an app on my iPhone, tell it where I want to go, and five minutes later someone will come by and take me there at a price less than the cost of a Black Cab. This can happen because Uber has billlions from investors and loses money on every ride that it provides. I didn't say I was an investor of the service.
Published 207 days ago
Some of you are reading this in fantastic parts of the world. Places on the edge of blue waters or beneath the caopies of rainforests. Cosied up in rooms with constant ambient temperatures.
Published 215 days ago
Two investor favourites, Optibiotix (OPTI) and Versarien (VRS) comprised four of the top ten stories.
Published 221 days ago
There was a lot of huffing and puffing this week as Forbes magazine published this piece on the business fortunes of 20 year-old American reality TV personality Kylie Jenner. Forbes declares Jenner the worlds youngest self-made billionaire based on the success of her cosmetics company, Kylie Cosmetics.
Published 228 days ago
This week, I just wanted to run a little poll of which news outlets that you find most trustworthy. Not for City news: that'd be Shareprophets vs everyone else. But from which news websites do you trust their news stories?
Published 236 days ago
I'm certain that all of you have today risen your morning tea in a toast to my homeland, Canada, on its 151st anniversary of existance.
Published 243 days ago
Here's my question for you this week: what non-shares-investiing site do you look at every day that your fellow ShareProphets members may be interested in.
Published 257 days ago
I'd appreciate it readers would tell me whether you read ShareProphets on a phone or on their computer.
Published 264 days ago
Tom yesterday spoke on his Bearcast about his life six years after Rivington Street Holdings, the listed company that he had founded in his Shoreditch flat.
Published 271 days ago
I don't know what this means. I'm just thowing it out there as something for you to ponder in your investment strategy. This lightning bolt of thought? People are using significantly less cash now, and the tipping point has been the past three months.
Published 278 days ago
As the winner of the 2017 Dragon's Den – grand prize, a free trip to anywhere the #73 bus goes, bus fare not included - I have a a reputation to protect. So there would be absolutely no reason to do a check in on how the 2018 leaderboard is doing.
Published 285 days ago
I have the same conversations with people all of the time: why should I read ShareProphets, a muckraking, little-known website, when I already subscribe to the FT?
Published 292 days ago
The most memorable First Tuesday to me was the Boo.com one, where the Swedish founders of the site attempted to explain to the room why their website selling clothes needed £135 million to burn through. It was a massacre.
Published 299 days ago
Unless you need high speed Internet, wherein we revert to the Victorian times. I swear, I don't know how Charles Dickens and Jules Verne got anything done with the poor Internet we suffer in the Capital.
Published 306 days ago
Thank you to the many ShareProphets readers who came by the stand at yesterday's UK Investor Show. It was terrific to meet real, live, readers and to hear how they enjoy and profit from the site. I tried to thank each one personally for subscribing, as those subscriptions keep ShareProphets thriving.
Published 313 days ago
Five of the top ten articles this week are Bearcasts. I have mentioned innumerable times my belief that we should just dump the text and have all writers record their stories instead. But the powers that be never see my vision, man.
Published 340 days ago
It's been an ongoing trope on this site to note when mainstream media ties itself into knots trying to avoid mentioning the word ShareProphets. Instead, they tend to refer to our dozen writers as a 'blogger' or, in more convoluted cases, as 'an Italian newspaper.' But finally! We have a brave newspaper, the Western Telegraph, in Haverfordwest has referred to our name in full. No wonder that they were named the best weekly newspaper in Wales.
Published 348 days ago
Dear readers of Notes from Underground, prepare to invest in my new venture, Blockchain Cannabis Bioceuticals Plc,
Published 354 days ago
Published 362 days ago
It's harder to wake up this morning as I was up late watching the Gold Medal Olympic Women's Curling last night between Sweden and South Korea. Sweden won, but there is no shame in South Korea's performance. For the unitiated, curling is life-sized shuffleboard (or bocce), but played on ice, and there is a pub at the end of the building. Also, brooms are involved somehow. My curling experience has mostly taken place at the aformentioned pub. TW Note. You are a truly sad man.
Published 369 days ago
Bearcasts again dominate our top 10. Podcasts are dominating the iTunes chart. The daily NY Times podcast is now being syndicated to radio. There is something happenening in this space. And really, when you consider it, is there much conceptually different between a broadcast station and a webpage. Webpages have heretofore been static, but they are not regulated and much more freedom of subject matter.
Published 376 days ago
I was reading the home town newspaper online ahd have found the securities commission that is far more effective than the living statues at the FCA. After a mere ten years, the British Columbia Securities Commission has decided to act and seize the assets of fraudsters that they identified a decade ago. You can just imagine that discussions at the FCA: Are they on drugs? How is such speed even possible?
Published 383 days ago
Published 390 days ago
Tom brings up crytocurrency fraud here - The Anatomy of CryptoCurrency Scams (tweaked) - but I get the sinking feeling that cryptocurrencies is going to be the next step in ShareProphets' fraud busting path.
Published 397 days ago
It's been 18 months now since I cut the (virtual) cord with Sky TV (SKY) and I can't say that I have missed anything, except a £50 per month-ish bill. It's been replaced by Freeview, at the impressive price of free, and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) at £6.99 per month.
Published 404 days ago
I've picked up this week's Private Eye and noted that they have chosen the Telit/Oozi Cats/Uzi Katz scandal for first place in their 2017 awards. And who do they credit for breaking the story? Quote: an Italian newspaper.
Published 411 days ago
In the UK, cannabis stocks are fever dreams of bulletin board morons. Here in Canada, it's respectable news in the quality newspaper financial pages.
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One of the many arguments that I have lost with Tom is over the number of readers who reader ShareProphets on bank holidays and weekends. I always argued that the market is closed, so we should be too. Tom has argued that you guys are so obsessed that you'll sneak away from the Sunday dinner to listen to a Bearcast.
Published 439 days ago
Another week where 7 out of 10 of the top articles are videos or Bearcasts. That's fine by me, it's a USP of ShareProphets membership and I'm glad that people are using one of the defining things of our site in such numbers.
Published 446 days ago
This week, ShareProphets writers presented seven tips to buy for Christmas, including one from me. My original suggestion was vetoed by Tom as being 'not on AIM' and 'too weird.' But I'll share it with you now.
Published 453 days ago
Whelp, my letter to Father Christmas is in the bin - I have everything I want now. Chris Oil is back. If the UK's most successful B&B Operator's son/Oil Baron is truly back, we'll have clicks and pageviews for months to come. If someone is looking for Hanukkah gifts, then please please please, a Rob Terry IPO for me. I've been good.
Published 460 days ago
A fortnight ago, I had some fun suggesting that quoted companies could goose lackluster share prices by adding buzzworthy words to their corporate name, just like ADVFN parent On-line Plc did by becoming On-line Blockchain Plc.
Published 467 days ago
Published 474 days ago
I stiill read the occassional comment and email that wonders why the economics of advertising on a website doesn't work - advertising pays for ITV and the Evening Standard, both of which are paying real salaries to real staff.
Published 481 days ago
Clem Chambers was no idiot when he renamed ADVFN's holding company from On-Line Plc to On-line Blockchain Plc. The only way better drive it home would be to have renamed it On-line Tulip Plc.
Published 488 days ago
Finally, after all these years, I have hit upon a 50% profit system, and it was discovered when I was buying almond milk. (I DO live in Islington.) So I am at Sainbury's, and they have posted signs all over the tills: "We do not accept the old £1 coin." Yet some poor sod was trying to buy his kale smoothie (Islington, right?) but the cashier was denying his coins.
Published 495 days ago
For those of you that lived through the 60s, I met a living embodiment of that era the other day: Barry Miles, co-founder of the International Times and friend to Paul, Yoko, and Floyd (Pink). He has fascinating stories.
Published 502 days ago
That fact that Bearcast is popular is not surprising, but consider that it underreported: hundreds of ShareProphets members that use their private feed to download Bearcasts to their smartphones and computers, which don't show up in the page views.
Published 509 days ago
When we changed to reader-supported journalism three weeks ago, I stopped reporting the weekly page views because common sense says that page views would drop precipitously. Of course, since we no longer rely on advertising, the page views are no longer of importance.
Published 537 days ago
The summer silly season is now over, and over 77,000 individual readers read ShareProphets during the past week. That's 77k readers who came to read real analysis and honest opinion. ShareProphets doesn't aggragate stories, we don't do clickbait, and we don't coddle our readers. You should be proud that you're one of them.
Published 543 days ago
Usually I comment on the most popular stories of the week, and the ones that were not read as much as they should have. But today I was going to tell more lies about President Trump and then smear Robert Lee like every other brain dead liberal Metropolitan elitist and finally the patience of Tom Winnifrith has snapped. If Darren wants to write fake news he can fucking well quit and go work for the fucking Guardian.
Published 565 days ago
The story of our week has been our turmoil with generic file hosting PLC, Audioboom. It's a sad fall for them. Created in 2013 as Audioboo, the service was intended as a resource for journalists (and musicians) to create audio clips as easiily as taking a picture. Founder Mark Rock talks about how instrumental Audioboo was during the Arab Spring uprisings here.
Published 572 days ago
A business story that I have found facinating is the attempted takeover of NISA (the food shop people) by Sainsburys. We don't cover it because there is no investor angle. But the human angle is, always, unpredicable.
Published 579 days ago
The top story this week (and several others in the top ten) is regarding former ShareSoc chairman Roger Lawson's threat to sue Tom Winnifrith over Tom's writings.
Published 593 days ago
The number one story this week is EXPLOSIVE: Conman Darren Winters and his evil wife Tatjana slammed by Judge in another Courtroom thrashing - full transcript. Yet, I don't think it is the number one story merely because the subject matter is a popular one. Last week, the number one story was Exclusive: The full Slater & Gordon High Court Claim against Watchstone for £537m - damning on Rob Fielding, David Curry & the lies Quindell told.
Published 600 days ago
By far, the most read article of the week was Exclusive: The full Slater & Gordon High Court Claim against Watchstone for £537m - damning on Rob Fielding, David Curry & the lies Quindell told, an excellent example of the journalism that that ShareProphets conducts and that you cannot find anywhere else at any price.
Published 607 days ago
The standout story of the week is Tom Winnifrith - the shares that are my 18 holdings: the non dirty dozen and a half which not only takes the top spot, it only went up yesterday and easily blew past every other story as it was Tweeted and passed around the bulletin boards. It can be crazy when a story catches fire like that.
Published 614 days ago
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.
Published 628 days ago
The first non-Tom article is #1, The explicit signs that a stockmarket crash is on its way... soon, by David Scott. This bodes well - the snakes and frigana may actually be drawing Tom's attention away from the market and back to his sabbatical.TW note you missed out this article which was actually the most read, modesty prevents me from saying who penned it. More Labour vote rigging!
Published 635 days ago
Well all right, this is more like it. The first non-Tom article is #1, Infrastrata – cash crunch & sack-the-board General Meeting ahoy… so it’s strategic review time!, by Steve Moore.
Published 642 days ago
So, considering that Tom Winnifrith is away with his wife and his in-laws, away from the Greek hovel, and spending time at some Greek luxury resort, the first non-Tom story is CloudTag – Some great news, Amit Ben-Haim is all yours now by Cynical Bear at number 9.
Published 649 days ago
Well, the first non-Tom article is by me, at a lofty #4: Leavers are either nuts or hiding what they're really on about. There, I said it. To be honest, I still haven't received a satisfying answer in the comments.
Published 656 days ago
The first non-Tom Winnifrith (and non-house) article is #1, Sepura – The rollercoaster deal continues: could this be the first Brexit-related deal implosion? by Cynical Bear. We may have turned a corner, folks.
Published 670 days ago
After all the fussing and moaning about Tom leaving the site to pick olives or raise snakes or whatever it is he's doing, and following a spectacular week where the most popular story was written by yours truly, we have come to what we all expected in the first place. The number one story this week is General Election June 8th - Surely there is no doubt as to the outcome, there is no uncertainty now, written by one Tom Winnifrith.
Published 684 days ago
In the past seven days, 49,498 unique readers read 82,876 pages on ShareProphets. The circulation of the Investors Chronicle is c30,000. Shares is less than half of that. To our critics who think we do not count, we say think again.