The road less travelled and life in the new world

I wrote Monday night/Tuesday morning about buying distressed stocks. So yesterday morning I bought Anglo Irish at €2.94 and today they are sold for €4.55 meaning that the idea brought in a 55% in just over 24 hours, it was risky, yes, but it also brought a return that would take about 7 years in a deposit account. Taking into account capital gains tax it is still 45% clean and clear (although I won’t have any as this is the first stock I sold and it the profit didn’t exceed the €1,270).

However, the point being made by the post yesterday was that it is a time of volatility, it is a time of risk and there are problems in the world, but there is also still PROFIT! The type of trading I did is also not advisable for the average person due to the risk attached, as stated in the first post I was willing to lose, to realise a total loss, if you don’t have the stomach …

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It's Official, we are in a recession: Irish recession 2008

I had said back in January that we were on the cusp of a recession, that this would have started out in Q1 and only be realised further down the line. I was wrong, my estimates flawed by a few weeks. Having taken it in the neck from many colleagues I am now partially smug, but more so disappointed because to be honest it means that all the talk of ‘it might happen’ is no longer considered doom and gloom, instead it is fact.

This news is already being reported as far away as New Zealand! How did they get this story the day before we did? Something to do with the international date line I assume, the CSO (Central Statistics Office) released this information today and we had two quarters of negative GDP meaning that we are officially in a recession. How does it feel to ‘officially’ …

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It’s Official, we are in a recession: Irish recession 2008

I had said back in January that we were on the cusp of a recession, that this would have started out in Q1 and only be realised further down the line. I was wrong, my estimates flawed by a few weeks. Having taken it in the neck from many colleagues I am now partially smug, but more so disappointed because to be honest it means that all the talk of ‘it might happen’ is no longer considered doom and gloom, instead it is fact.

This news is already being reported as far away as New Zealand! How did they get this story the day before we did? Something to do with the international date line I assume, the CSO (Central Statistics Office) released this information today and we had two quarters of negative GDP meaning that we are officially in a recession. How does it feel to ‘officially’ …

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