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Tony Reading

Tony spent most of his career in strategy and corporate finance, and now runs his own corporate development consultancy. He applies his professional approach to personal investing, preferring to analyse a company in terms of its market and competitive position as much as its financials. He is a firm believer in emerging markets, having worked extensively in Eastern Europe before it emerged. This means he also has an intimate grasp of the concept of risk, and how things might turn out differently from what was expected. He is equally interested in the parallel but more elusive concept of luck, and believes that one day there will be a unified quantum theory of the stock market to explain everything.

Has The Government Put BP plc In Danger?

Moves to block Russian interests in the North Sea could backfire on BP plc (LON:BP). More »

Why My Double-Bagger ITV plc Beats BT Group plc & Vodafone Group plc

Pure content provider ITV plc (LON:ITV) is a better play on convergence than BT Group plc (LON:BT.A) or Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) More »

2 Labour-Proof Stocks: National Grid plc And United Utilities Group PLC

National Grid plc (LON:NG) and United Utilities Group PLC (LSE:UU) offer politician-proof dividends More »

Revealed: The Storm Clouds Looming Over Lloyds Banking Group PLC & Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Why profits will come under pressure at Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (LON:RBS). More »

Should You Buy Neil Woodford’s Patient Capital Trust?

This new fund could sit well beside a FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) tracker. More »

Why Lloyds Banking Group PLC & Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc Have Most To Lose From Peer-to-Peer Lending

Lessons from the supermarkets for Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (LON:RBS) More »

Why Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, Unilever plc And Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc Are Terry Smith’s Top Holdings In This Record-Breaking Fund

Only Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (LON:IMT), Unilever plc (LON:ULVR) and Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (LON:RB) make Fundsmith's top ten. More »

Will Crowdfunding Become The Next Mis-selling Scandal?

The returns look attractive but a FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) tracker could be better More »

My 20/20 Vision For The FTSE 100’s Next Five Years

Now is a good time to buy FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) stocks like Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON: RDSB), GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON:GSK) and Diageo plc... More »

National Grid plc: The One Stock I Would Buy For 2015

National Grid plc (LON:NG) is one of a handful of near-ideal stocks More »

Banks Bashed Again… Neil Woodford Was Right!

The new bank tax could hit Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (LON:RBS) hardest More »

One Crucial Question for Quindell PLC, IQE plc And IGAS Energy PLC

The nub of director dealing at Quindell PLC (LON:QPP), IQE plc (LON:IQE) and IGAS Energy PLC (LON:IGAS) More »

Why Tesco PLC Doesn’t Understand Its Customers

Is Tesco PLC's (LON:TSCO) Cheshunt HQ as remote as Westminster? More »

When Will It Be Safe To Invest In Quindell PLC?

Is Rob Terry still running Quindell plc (LON:QPP)? More »

Lloyds Banking Group PLC: Over-Priced, Over-Exposed And Over Here!

Shares in Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) could be vulnerable More »

3 Reasons Why Quindell PLC Cratered

A dispassionate appraisal of Quindell PLC (LON:QPP) More »

3 Reasons To Buy Rolls-Royce Holding plc And Meggitt plc

Weakness in Rolls-Royce Holding plc (LON: RR) and Meggitt plc (LON:MGGT) presents a buying opportunity More »

HSBC Holdings plc: Was Woodford Right About ‘Fine Inflation’?

Are regulatory fines a short-term headwind or long-term value destructor for HSBC Holdings plc (LON:HSBA)? More »

Barclays PLC: Wrong Business, Wrong Management, Right Price

Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) third-quarter results reveal both past mistakes and future potential More »

A Lesson From Tesco PLC For Glencore PLC & Rio Tinto plc Shareholders

Corporate governance failings at Tesco PLC (LON:TSCO) are a warning to Glencore PLC (LON:GLEN) and Rio Tinto plc (LON:RIO) More »