My Unethical Investments (And Yours)

Unethical investments. I have loads, like you. For years I’ve recommended British companies based on their performance not on their activities. Companies in tobacco (BAT), gambling (Ladbrokes), alcohol (Diageo), armaments (BAe Systems) and now the latest and clearly the most unethical of all – tax avoiders – like Apple, Google, Amazon – and they’re not even British. How unpatriotic and unethical am I? Sure, it’s no excuse to say, we I just want you to make profit.

So is it unethical to own Apple, Google, Amazon stock. I really like all three stocks by the way. Actually I really like armament companies for their profitability – especially smart bomb companies – they are doing rather well. So unethical I know. Profiting from death and destruction. I guess I’ve always been immoral – before being in finance I was a barrister (urghhh, lawyer) and then went into being a hedge fund manager (evil or what?) and of course, worst of all, practice journalism (they had to shut down News of the World because of some of the immoral journalists there).

So I ask again, is it wrong to own these stocks? All I can tell you is that I leave it to your conscience, but I prefer them all to Facebook. Even Google who said their guiding principle is ‘do no Evil’ apparently are doing some evil according to some people.

I won’t go into morality, but I will tell you great performers at the moment coming up on my screen and all of them I am sure have done much wrong – that is no excuse – but beware if you invest in shares then the you will want to heed the advice from the Gita to be detached.

Names which continue doing well and growing revenues and earnings and paying good dividends include Aberdeen Asset Management, Babcock, Bunzl, Easyjet and ITV. Certainly the last two you’ve been furious with at some point.

So do immoral companies make the most money? Do the best, because they break or bend the rules? Maybe we should have a portfolio of unethical immoral investments of tobacco and bomb companies because humans are so weak?

Looking at stocks in that area – I have to tell you it would do well. You might even add Vedanta in mining (environmentally damaging perhaps?) – it is up 18% in the past 6 months.

Maybe this correlates to our understanding of human nature –that bad people get ahead. What about Karma? Well, luckily stocks move in cycles – just ask Apple shareholders – so when they fall we can say it is Karma.

Maybe I should add banks and even oil companies like BP as bad. Poor Pearson which just wants to educate people is one of the poorer FTSE performers of recent months. So I have made up my mind, I need to find the stock of a tax-dodging, alcohol making, tobacco producing, bomb creating, casino owning conglomerate. Or I could just buy the FTSE 100 index – that’s pretty evil ….and near all time highs too. Evil clearly pays.

Wins V Losses FTSE

Wins & Losses – FTSE

How many win/losses should you have? A professional hedge fund manager will tell you out of 100 trades, the outcomes will look like they do in diagram 1 below. Diagram 2 and 3 then shows my FTSE indicator in action in different time frame settings. Of course we would only like big winning trades – but that is not reality for any great trading system. What you aim for is no big losses and a technique for making big wins.

Points to note: You can have more losing than winning trades, but still be profitable. There may be ideal trades you would like to have signalled, but no system captures everything and better to miss some profits, than with profits, capture even bigger losses too.

Note also the number of signals and the time frame. Shorter the time frame, the more signals. Pick to suite your lifestyle.

Diagram 1: Wins and Losses

Diagram 2: FTSE 100 30 minute chart

Diagram 3: FTSE 100 1 hour chart

Tonight’s Webinar: Alpesh Patel FX Market Update and Live FX Training Event

Join us tonight at 7pm BST for a LIVE Webinar

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Webinar: Alpesh Patel FX Market Update and Live FX Training Event

Join us for a LIVE Webinar on Tuesday, May 28th 2013

I will be sharing my global FX updates, award-winning insights and accurate market forecasts from my own Financial Times competition. Winning views and those of major global banks. Given recent volatility, what is the smart money doing?

Over the 90 minutes I will be explaining which way the markets are heading and how you can ensure you profit from them. Sign up now, please note that capacity online is limited!

Title: Alpesh Patel Market Update and Live Training Event

Date: Tuesday, May 28th 2013

Time: 19:00 – 20:30 BST

Alpesh Patel is author of 16 books on investing. Former Bloomberg TV presenter. FT columnist. Asset Manager. FT competition winner. Oxford Don.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Reserve your Webinar seat by clicking here.

[REPLAY] Alpesh Patel’s FTSE100 Market Update Report

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Alpesh shared his thoughts on the current global economy, and then delved further by providing his insights on the FTSE100.

He then went on to share his share trading strategies, and everyone at the event was amazed by what he revealed.

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[INVITATION] Alpesh Patel FTSE Trading Event tonight at 7pm BST

Tonight’s Event with Alpesh Patel

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