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Friday Email: 15 August 2014

Every Friday morning our lead analyst Mark Riding sends out his weekly run-down and upcoming events in the investor calendar, like this one:

A nice quiet day on the corporate front is welcome today as I moved to Brockenhurst on Wednesday and have been struggling to get work done with the turmoil of moving. I have an autistic son who lives nearby and my youngest son got into Kings college, London yesterday to study philosophy. I showed him the great Monty Python sketch with the philosophers playing football the other week which he found very amusing.

The week past has been pretty quiet fortunately and there is not a lot to report on. Next week is more interesting as there are a number of companies that I am following that are reporting including BHP Billiton, NMC Health and one of my favourite companies; John Wood Group. In addition to that we have Amlin, Persimmon, Glencore and on Thursday we have Phoenix holdings which is close to the top of the optimiser, which always makes for interest. It is currently at 11.35% annualised which is pretty good by any standards.

it is very difficult to predict what the market will do over the next few weeks, but it is good to see that it has stabilised a little this past week. As always, good dividends give you a certain amount of protection if they are sustainable which makes the Phoenix results a good watch. 

I hope to resume a normal service very quickly once settled in the new home. Happy days! 

This email was originally sent on Friday 15 August 2014

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