I use some of the following sources on a regular basis and many of them are sneaky ways to get valuable information for FREE:
In April 2019 I signed up to be a Member of ShareSoc which is a non-profit organisation which undertakes to represent the interests of Private Investors and I know one of the main chaps, Mark Bentley (@marben100), very well and also many of the other people who give up their time to help. They do a lot of good things for Investors and it is something I am very keen to support and on top of that there are many benefits to Membership like invites to various Events they organise where you can meet Company Management and stuff and you get the opportunity to meet many highly talented Investors and Traders and ShareSoc also offer Discounts on all sorts of things. They also have an Archive of material relating to previous Events and Blogs etc. and that is worth getting access to, particularly because there is a focus on Smaller Companies. There are various levels of Membership and I know they are trying to do more Events 'up norf' but like most things the majority of these tend to be in London. You can find more details here:
I use the free ADVFN app on my Android Smartfone to monitor my stocks throughout the day. It is utterly brilliant and totally free !!! It has News, Charts (you can configure to show Candles) and click through to Fundamental Information on the ADVFN website. Oh, and easy access to the Free Bulletin Boards - but I only use these occasionally to check details; for example if a Stock does a strange move and I cannot find a reason for it. DO NOT GET SUCKED INTO ADVFN BOARDS - you will get nothing done with your life. I also have the app on my 7” tablet and my 10” tablet and you can get it from your App Store in Android or Apple format. The ADVFN website is here www.advfn.com
I wrote a Blog which includes images of the ADVFN App here:
ADVFN is a superb website in many ways but for my News Feed in the morning when the stock market is just opening I use www.investegate.co.uk which I find nice and clear and doesn’t have loads or irritating adverts or anything. If this one is down you can use the London Stock Exchange News Feed or sometimes I use the www.moneyAM.com News bit - it’s free and is just nicer to look at than the ADVFN one - which is just too whizzy and bizzy for an Old Chap like me.
Twitter is a superb too but you must be in control of it and not let it control you. Be careful and don’t waste time and if anyone is abusive or anything then just ignore them - the worst thing you can do is to rise to their childishness because this just makes them worse. It is very easy to get sucked into long discussions but this really can just burn your time - so take control and be aware of its negative effects. If you keep on top of it there are huge benefits and it really is excellent - but it is so easy to slip into bad habits and the ‘Noise’ of it all can be dangerous for your Investing. It is probably worth being selective about who you follow and keep your Timeline just to the ones that really aid your Investing. I believe you can set up many Accounts so you could create one just for Investing and have others for some other interests you might have.
I find lots of Macroeconomic stuff useless - be warned, macro is far less important than you may think. CNBC and Bloomberg are obsessed by this stuff but it does not help you - in fact, it scares you. Robbie Burns (Naked Trader) says he never bothers with CNBC or Bloomberg TV. Warren Buffett says “I spend an hour a year on Macroeconomics….and it’s an hour wasted”. Stick to analysing stocks - forget Macro by and large - you will not understand it ever anyway. More and more I am taking only a high-level interest in Macro and using the Index Charts to tell me what the Markets think and where they are likely headed. Every Weekend my Markets Blogs include Charts of the important Indexes and I give my interpretation of what I think the Charts are telling us.
Investors Chronicle is just superb and I particularly like the Paper Copy because I hate looking at Screens which I tend to do so much !! It is one of my main sources of useful stock information and particularly ideas. I spend much of my time around Lunch and just after reading through IC - especially the back pages on ‘Company Results’ - that is quality and I am usually many Weeks behind which has the advantage that any ‘Spike‘ up in the Share Price as a result of a Tip or something has usually subsided. However, do not blindly follow their tips. Think about the company - is it something you should invest in? Does it fit in with your Portfolio? Does it still represent good value? etc. Run your checks like you should on any stock you consider to buy. A good Investor mate of mine actually starts reading IC from the back - I think this is a great idea if you have limited time. All the fluff is at the front and in many ways that is more ‘entertainment‘ but the Sector Articles are usually very good. I also have the online version but I tend to only use it when there is a particular Stock I am thinking of buying and I want to look in the Archive to get IC‘s view in the past. On the whole I wait for things to be in the Paper version which I subscribe to and the Online Version is something like £20 more which is worth paying to get access to the Archive.
I have signed up for Free (are you seeing a theme here?) emails from Digital Look which give me things like Daily Tips, Week Ahead, Director Buys - there is a sort of checklist where you can choose what to be sent. But be careful - do not click everything and once you get them, consider if they are what you need. Too much Information is a killer and can add to the ‘Noise‘. Click here to get the email: www.digitallook.com
Paul Scott’s daily Small Cap report on Stockopedia is excellent and well worth reading - he also has Graham Neary writing on it and he is very good. It is free and you can find it at http://www.stockopedia.com/columns/paul-scotts-uk-small-cap-value-report-1/
I have signed up for Free daily emails from Compound Interest - the guy running it (Jamie) is a former Fund Manager and he writes very simply and briefly (I could learn a lot !!). He mainly covers FTSE350 but is very good - look at his 5 year results and they are extremely impressive. You can get it here www.compoundincome.org
John Rosier runs a 'Paid For' service on his website www.johnsinvestmentchronicle.com. His performance is very good and he talks a lot of sense. He usually does a FREE weekly update which you can get in his 'Some Recent Blogs' section. John has recently started doing a regular 2-pager in Investors Chronicle - he talks a lot of sense so it is worth watching out for this - I think it tends to appear monthly.
I monitor my Unit Trusts on a daily basis using Interactive Investor at www.ii.co.uk which has a Virtual Portfolio function although it doesn’t have all Funds on it (I think MorningStar has a Virtual Portfolio function as well) While I am there, I usually spot a few good articles which I look at. But it is pretty good so don’t get sucked in. Richard Beddard sometimes writes here and also Edmond Jackson - both very good.
Robbie Burns www.nakedtrader.co.uk is a must read but he doesn’t post as often these days which is a shame because he is without doubt one of the best Investors/Traders out there. His books are brilliant and they are essential reads - go to ‘Wheelie‘s Bookshop‘ and you should be able to find them and some comments from me.
The Daily Telegraph Questor column is excellent on stocks, however, it has recently gone behind a paywall so the amount of Free stuff you can see is limited. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/questor/
For simple information on Candlestick Charting, go to Wikipedia using this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candlestick_pattern
For a FREE Charting Website try www.stockcharts.com - it does UK and US shares (it might even do Europe).
There is a good list here of 35 Stockmarket Terms - the website is more aimed at 'Traders' really but it is worth a read http://www.timothysykes.com/2015/08/35-penny-stock-terms-must-know
For a list of upcoming IPOs (new Floatations) this is good http://www.sharesmagazine.co.uk/ipos
If you fancy trading Currency ETFs, then this link courtesy of @harry_southdown may be useful https://www.etfsecurities.com/Retail/UK/en-gb/products.aspx?filter=3&child=18
For an interesting Website concerned with Spreadbetting and CFDs and stuff, check out this link. There are loads of Educational bits with Videos and stuff http://www.financial-spread-betting.com
Someone brought this Website to my attention recently - a particularly good bit is under the Heading 'Sectors' where you can easily see what Companies are in each Sector http://shareprices.com/
If you are after FREE Broker Forecast information, my mate @blue2_u on Tweets pointed me to Digital Look - if you type the Epic Code of your Stock into the Search Box then you come up with an excellent Fundamentals Screen which includes Broker EPS and Divvy forecasts here http://www.digitallook.com/uk_shares
@Hughon on Twitter brought this website to my attention (thanks !!). I have put a link here to the 'Analysis' tab for Entertainment One ETO just so you can see a 'Spider Chart' which they do that Readers might find intriguing. Have a play around - it is a pretty decent looking site http://www.4-traders.com/ENTERTAINMENT-ONE-LTD-4006908/strategies/
@Hughon also pointed me to this '52 Week Highs' kind of listing - I know many Readers will find this useful (thanks again !!) http://old.barchart.com/stocks/lsehigh.php
If you are after a FREE STOCK SCREENER, then you should find a simple one at this Link: www.digitallook.com/dlmedia/investing/screening_tools
@nigelpm_uk on Twitter flagged the following Link to me for a 'Market Value' assessment (thanks !!) - have a look http://www.morningstar.com/market-valuation/market-fair-value-graph.aspx
If you are after a FREE PRACTICE ACCOUNT then try this one https://www.share.com/investment-accounts/free-practice-account
ProRealTime is some topnotch Trading Software with considerable Technical Analysis capability - there is a FREE End of Day version which you can access here https://www.prorealtime.com/en/register
Some mates recommended this Website to me for information about Dividends on individual Stocks - check it out, very good site http://www.dividenddata.co.uk/
I recently came across this Dividend Yield details site and it is worth having a look at - there is quite a bit on it such as payment dates and highest yields and stuff: https://www.dividendyieldlive.com/
piworld is a superb FREE Website run by my friends Tamzin and Tim - they do lots of Videos where they interview Company Directors and Presentations but also interview Investors like myself (there is are a couple of Link on my ’Podcasts/Videos’ page) and arrange small Seminar type Company Presentations which you can attend. You can see the Website here http://www.piworld.co.uk/
Private Investor Websites
In early 2019 I wrote a Blog which in essence included a List of Websites that are written by Private Investors and I consider are well worth a look - you can find the Blog here and my intention is to update it from time to time: