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A look at some of the more lateral reasons to avoid certain companies

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SRIAS


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There are countless reasons not to buy shares in companies.

Chief among them are the wrong numbers. If you can find any good reason to say no, then say no.
Sometimes an investment just doesn't smell right.

There are many reasons for a company being a little malodorous. The involvement of any individuals from your blacklist of companies and people to avoid is reason enough. If you don't have such a checklist, I would suggest you start one.

Or you may simply not like what a company does. But I thought it might be interesting to take a look some of the less obvious reasons not to buy...

Bad grammar

Bad grammar on company websites and in official announcements to the market is nearly always a bad sign. One of my favourite examples occurred when a small cap I had the misfortune to have been invested in said: "(We..) note that their [sic]has been a large movement in the share price of the Company. The Board are not aware of any factors behind this movement."

The directors didn't go on to add "we is an high class outfit", but they may as well have done.

Three days later the company decided to de-list. Clearly, their was a good reason after all! And by the way, the Board is singular.

The misuse of apostrophes is also a bad sign (and a surprisingly common one, in both senses of the word!).

I try to avoid any company that gets any basic grammar wrong in its announcements. If it can't get that right, it's probably not all that it seems. Just be cause its bin threw the spell chequer don't make it write.

Silly naming

Silly nomenclature is another reason to avoid companies.

Anything obviously designed to curry popular favour should arouse a little healthy suspicion. This was well portrayed in a "pump and dump" scam operation.

But you'd have been scared out of your wits and maybe lost all your cash first. It's a better idea simply to avoid companies with trendy names in my opinion.Please note by the way, I'm not saying every company with these terms included in its name is one to avoid, so no libel actions please!

I also don't like companies with characters like @ or too many seemingly senseless numbers in the name, or just plain pretentious ones.

Name-changing

Any company changing its name for no apparent reason also makes me a little suspicious.

There can be very sound business reasons for a name change. And some name changes have proved to be highly successful.

But if there's no good reason beyond the marketing consultant's fees, then run a mile.

Dodgy directorspeak

What directors say and what they really mean can be two different things altogether. A dose of healthy cynicism can help you realise that "we remain very excited about the prospects for..." really means "we continued to lose money" -- particularly if it's your capital on the line, not theirs. If you read enough announcements, you quickly learn to read between the lines.

Edited Article from fool.co.uk

anubis


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Thanks SRIAS, I too agree with this view.

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Good Article.

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