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Small Companies, Big Profits

How to make money investing in small companies

By Rodney Hobson

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Small Companies, Big Profits

How to make money investing in small companies

By Rodney Hobson

Jacket text

Small is beautiful – if you have an eye for an opportunity.

While most big fund managers and private investors seek the apparent safety of the largest stocks, the best investment ideas can be found among nearly 2,000 smaller companies whose shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange.

This guide opens up a whole new world to investors, a world of solid companies that have found a profitable niche, ambitious start-ups with enormous growth potential and attractive takeover targets.

However, the risks match the rewards and the unwary investors need to learn how to spot the pitfalls and which companies are small because they do not deserve to grow.

The book is packed full of case studies demonstrating the successes, failures and potential of small companies. Each succinctly presents the lessons to be learnt from their experience.

All investors looking to widen their portfolios will welcome this highly informative book covering an area of the stock market that is too often neglected by pundits, investors and the press.

About the author

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia and is currently Editor of Ipreo, an international financial services group.

Among posts he has held are News Editor for the Business section of The Times, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor, Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Head of News at Citywire and Editor of Shares magazine. He has also contributed to the Daily Mail, the Independent and Business Franchise Magazine.

Rodney is the author of financial titles Shares Made Simple, now in its second edition (9780857192356), Small Companies, Big Profits (9781905641789), Understanding Company News (9781906659226), How to Build a Share Portfolio (9780857190215) and The Dividend Investor (9780857190963). He also writes the Detective Inspector Paul Amos Lincolnshire Mystery series of book (Dead Money, and Unlikely Graves).

He is registered as a Representative with the Financial Services Authority.

Rodney is married with one daughter.

Media coverage

From HB Markets:

Arctic weather has shown a remarkable reluctance to leave Britain and the chill wind blowing through the UK economy has been equally persistent. The outlook on both fronts is mixed. Inflation that has been looming for some time is set to return with a vengeance. December’s dramatic leap in the consumer and retail price indices… Read more »

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From hbmarkets.com:

Investing in a cold climate- Rodney Hobson, HB Markets26th February 2010

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From moneyshow.com:

What You Should Know About Small-Cap StocksJournalist and author Rodney Hobson discusses what investors should know about small cap stocks and how they perform in different stages of the market cycle.MoneyShow, 31st October 2009

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From telegraph.co.uk:

A green shoot to nibble on for those starved of good news.- Telegraph City diary10th April 2009

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From selftrade.co.uk:

Small Is Beautiful – How to Invest in the AIM and the FTSE 350- Rodney Hobson for Stocktake magazine, SelftradeMarch 2009 edition

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From Media Review:

Cash flood- City AM19th March 2009

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From Media Review:

An ideal read for investors struggling to find the best havens for their hard-earned cash- MeridianFebruary 2009 issue

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From Media Review:

For those wishing to take a more hands-on role certainly and going down market under their own steam- Bill Johnston, The Private InvestorJanuary 2009 issue

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From cnbc.com:

Rodney Hobson is interviewed on CNBC about investing in small caps- CNBC14th January 2009

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From Telegraph.co.uk:

A green shoot to nibble on for those starved of good news. Financial hack Rodney Hobson published his bravely titled book Small Companies, Big Profits at the end of last year. The guide to investing in small caps is currently riding high at 450,000 in the Amazon sales rank. Bad timing you might think ?… Read more »

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From City A.M.:

“It seems one Egyptian publisher, Dar-Al-Farouk for cultural investments, is unperturbed by the short-term predicament of SMEs – the firm has already started a translation of Rodney Hobson’s Small Companies, Big Profits, after recently signing a contract to publish it in Arabic. Hobson tells me he is confidently predicting a flood of Arab money into… Read more »

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From Meridian Magazine:

Blackheath author Rodney Hobson has written a second book on stock market investing, Small Companies, Big Profits. The easy-to-follow guide to buying shares in smaller companies on the London Stock Exchange highlights the greater rewards that can be achieved but also warns against the risks involved. It’s an ideal read for investors struggling to find… Read more »

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From The Private Investor:

One is not infrequently approached on the subject of a suitable beginner?s guide to investment, mainly in the case of UKSA we hasten to add in respect of the introduction of children or grandchildren to the black art; and although for all that I know Mr. Hobson may bridle when I recommend his recent publication… Read more »

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Contents

PART I: What is a Small Company?

1) What Is Small?
2) Stock Markets - Where Are Small Companies Traded?
3) Trading Platforms
4) Stock Market Indices

PART II: Investing in Small Companies

5) Acorns to Oaks
6) Getting Information
7) Assessing Companies
8) Income Statement
9) Balance Sheet
10) Fundamentals
11) Liquidity
12) What Drives Share Prices
13) 10-Point Checklist

PART III: Case Studies
14) Upwardly Mobile
15) Niche players
16) Competing With The Big Boys
17) The Importance Of Management
18) Takeover Situations
19) Doing The Splits
20) Slippery slope



Published: 10/11/2008
Edition: 1st
Pages: 232
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781905641789
ebook - ISBN 9780857191342
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