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Nico Popp

  • Small-Caps

At home in Southern Germany, the passionate stock exchange expert has been accompanying the capital markets for about twenty years. With a soft spot for smaller companies, he is constantly on the lookout for exciting investment stories. That it depends thereby less on large names, but on the future potential and whether the market also recognizes these perspectives, was one of its first learnings at the stock exchange.

On these pages, Nico examines current events at listed companies and takes a closer look at companies that are traded under the radar of the market, in addition to well-known securities.

In order to be able to take advantage of speculative opportunities on the stock exchange, Nico not only focuses on a balanced asset allocation of defensive and opportunity-oriented securities, but also on an intact risk management. "In addition to position size and entry in several tranches, investors should also develop a sense of timing and get to know a stock better before investing," says the columnist.

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Commented by Nico Popp on July 4th, 2022 | 12:20 CEST

Cars have a future - Here is how investors can invest: Mercedes-Benz, Altech Advanced Materials, Varta

  • Electromobility
  • Technology

Mobility is a valuable commodity - despite high fuel prices. Studies show that Germans have continued to drive their cars since the end of February. For some, there is no other choice; for others, independence is too important. If demand for a product or service is so little dependent on price, this is known as low price elasticity of demand. For investors, this insight can be an important orientation that is worth hard cash.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 29th, 2022 | 06:00 CEST

Interview Erin Ventures: "Many megatrends involve boron, but the market is still in its infancy"

  • boron
  • Climate Change
  • Oligopoly
  • Turkey
  • Turkye
  • Batteries

Batteries for electric cars, fuel cells, wind turbines, solar panels, LCD screens and fertilizers: Boron is versatile and hardly replaceable. So far, two players share 75% of the market and are making a killing. Erin Ventures has a boron project in Serbia and recently published convincing key economic data. The only other major players in Boron are the government owned Eti Maden in Turkey, and Rio Tinto in California. Thanks to the figures, Erin even managed to attract a joint venture partner, at the project level, in these challenging times to take on financing risks and minimize future dilution for shareholders. CEO Tim Daniels talks about the market for boron and the opportunities for Erin Ventures, which is only in the single digits.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 28th, 2022 | 11:47 CEST

What comes after inflation: BYD, Desert Gold, Barrick Gold

  • Gold
  • Electromobility
  • Inflation

The course of time cannot be stopped. A resourceful investor should try to find something good in every development. That is particularly easy with green trends such as renewable energy and e-mobility. But even the current crisis holds long-term potential. Below, we outline what that potential is and how investors can position themselves right now.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 27th, 2022 | 06:00 CEST

Interview with campsite operator Pathfinder Ventures: "We create unforgettable family experiences and set new standards."

  • Camping
  • RV
  • Travel

Going out into nature in your own motorhome and switching off for a while has long since become a ritual for many families. Pathfinder Ventures currently operates three RV Resorts & campgrounds in British Columbia and has set itself the task of consolidating the predominantly family owned campground market, and also building new locations at the same time. In an interview, CEO, camping enthusiast Joe Bleackley explains how the Company plans to attract customers and investors alike and where Pathfinder Ventures plays to its strengths.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 23rd, 2022 | 12:59 CEST

SPD's Klingbeil: Germany as a "leading power" - Rheinmetall, Kleos Space, Airbus

  • Space
  • Defense
  • armaments

Armaments were long considered the "grubby child" of the capital market. The trend toward ESG-compliant investments ensured that the defense industry was excluded from many investment instruments from the outset. But then came February 24 with all its consequences. In the meantime, even SPD party leader Lars Klingbeil has come out in favour of Germany assuming the role of a "leading power" in military and diplomatic matters. Although the connection between "leadership ordered" and "leadership received" in Germany under Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz is not so clear so far, the political mills grind slowly, as is well known - especially in Germany. It is a good thing that rearmament is an international trend - at least for investors. We take a look at three stocks.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 22nd, 2022 | 13:01 CEST

Crisis investments? Pharmaceutical stocks in check: Bayer, XPhyto, Pfizer

  • Biotechnology
  • Pharma

Many investors want solid foundations for their portfolios when the market is in turmoil. Pharmaceutical stocks have always been considered largely detached from the overall market - after all, our health is not subject to market cycles. We explain whether this assumption is correct and how investors can now invest in stocks from the sector, using three shares as examples.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 22nd, 2022 | 12:32 CEST

Market-independent returns? This is how it's done! Valneva, NervGen, BioNTech

  • Biotechnology

When the stock market is in high gear, it is time for cool heads. Even if many managers are suspected of only having an eye on the next few quarters, there are still some decisions with far-reaching consequences, especially in the case of takeovers and mergers. Most recently, Pfizer acquired a stake in the vaccine manufacturer Valneva. The share price performance to date did not suggest such a step. Here is why the decision could still pay off for shareholders and what signal effect the deal will have.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 15th, 2022 | 12:46 CEST

Hydrogen. Hope and facts: Plug Power, dynaCERT, NEL

  • Hydrogen
  • greenhydrogen

Hydrogen has a future. The emission-free energy carrier shows its strengths, above all, when it is produced with green electricity. This so-called "green" hydrogen is currently in demand again on the stock market. Although there has been some irritation and price slides in the wake of the turnaround in interest rates, companies such as Plug Power and NEL are positioning themselves aggressively in the market. That might also offer prospects for former gambler darling dynaCERT. But first, let's look at the big players in the business.


Commented by Nico Popp on June 14th, 2022 | 12:26 CEST

Unheeded crisis signals! What is next: BioNTech, Lufthansa, Triumph Gold

  • Biotechnology
  • travel
  • Gold
  • Mining

There are always comeback stocks on the stock market. The airports are full of travellers who are being drawn to distant countries. So the tourism industry, and airlines too, could almost strap themselves in for a comeback. If only it weren't for the new BA.5 virus variant, which has infected large parts of the population in Portugal within a very short time. It seems investors have to choose between travel stocks and pandemic stocks when looking for comeback stocks - or is there a laughing third party?


Commented by Nico Popp on June 14th, 2022 | 11:06 CEST

These are the stocks where the action is: TUI, Globex Mining, Varta

  • travel
  • Commodities
  • Mining

Which stocks are hot right now? These days we are experiencing a real boost in many areas. People are rushing outside, flocking to festivals and flying off on vacation again. The normality of 2019 may just be good enough for the 2022 vacation season. But initial warnings of a pandemic comeback are unsettling investors. We present three stocks from different sectors and explain why they could be booming right now.