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Notes from Underground: Putting your portfolio up in smoke, willingly

By Dope smoking Hackney ageing hipster Darren Atwater | Sunday 3 December 2017


This week, ShareProphets writers presented seven tips to buy for Christmas, including one from me.

Now my original suggestion was vetoed by Tom as being 'not on AIM' and 'too weird.' But I'll share it with you now: 

Canada has legalised the possession and sale of marijuana, with the first retail sales to begin in July 2018, with result that it's a bit of a the Klondike Gold Rush. Who's going to be panning for gold and who will be selling shovels? Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) is the sharpest shovel seller. And with a market cap of CDN $3.44 billion (£2.55 billion), it's far ahead of scheming potrepreaneurs. Last month, US drinks company Constellation Brands, owner of Corona, took a ten per cent stake in Canopy. Nine US states already have legal pot, all of Canada soon will. Invest in shovels.

My acceptable tip was Falanx, which does fall into my balliwick of cyber security. You can read my, Steve, and Tom's tips here. You can read Cynical Bear and Gary Newman's tips here. And you can read Malcolm Stacey and Nigel Somerville's tips here. 

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On again, thank you to ShareProphets members for steppiing up to help fund the Woodlarks Santa's grotto for people with severe disabilities. (Here's Tom on why Woodlarks' Santa's Grotto is so important.) But Woodlarks doesn't just do their work at Christmas - if you have anything to spare, Woodlarks will spend it wisely on making lives better.

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The first non-Tom story is RM2 International: Another bad week ahead for Woodford? by Cynical Bear at a spectacular #3.

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Our top 10 most-read stories this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Milestone, On Line, Tizania - the lunatics have taken over the AIM casino asylum
  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: African Potash is now Block Commodities Limited... whatever
  3. RM2 International: Another bad week ahead for Woodford?
  4. Luke Johnson's apocalyptic - but sensible - warning about stockmarket madness
  5. Ominous silence from Quindell fraudster Rob Terry - might the SFO have news soon?
  6. Optibiotix - proposes capital reorganisation to allow dividend payments; clear statement of intent: STRONG BUY
  7. Bearcast plus the Christmas share tips from Steve Moore, Darren Atwater & Tom Winnifrith
  8. UK Oil & Gas - the Death Spiral Provider isn't daft, another tranche converted late Friday
  9. Minoan – waiting and waiting for payday
  10. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: having a rant at Andrew Monk, City brokers, Bushveld & Conroy

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