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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 October 19th, 2022 | 13:52 CEST

Biotech funds looking over their shoulders: Bavarian Nordic, Cardiol Therapeutics, Valneva

  • Biotechnology

A recent study by Accenture shows that consumers are not willing to reduce their spending on health and wellness - even if things are not going well economically. Despite uncertainties, respondents see spending in the areas of "health" and "fitness" as "essential." Those who pay for these areas are also likely to want to exhaust all options when it comes to health insurance benefits, such as medications and vaccines. Informed patients and consumers put pressure on their doctors when new therapies are available. Health insurers, who are also in competition with each other, are taking this into account. We highlight three biotech stocks and do the investment check.


Commented by Nico Popp on October 17th, 2022 | 12:21 CEST

Defence Therapeutics, Commerzbank - Like BioNTech in March 2020?

  • Biotechnology
  • Turnaround

After price shocks and recession fears, the pandemic has also been back in the public eye since last week. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach presented the vaccination strategy for the fall - and warned of an autumn wave. On the markets, the pandemic should be over, with a few exceptions. But Corona and BioNTech are suitable blueprints for other companies. We explain where else a special boom could occur and where investors are better off being cautious.


Commented by Nico Popp on October 13th, 2022 | 11:27 CEST

Your crash, our chance: Vonovia, Aspermont, Deutsche Bank

  • Investments
  • Fintech
  • RealEstate

UBS warns that real estate prices in Frankfurt am Main and Munich are too high. Industry insiders also see hard traces of braking on the real estate market elsewhere. For a long time, real estate was considered a safe investment class for the wealthy. The trend was upward for many years. Nowhere else was it so easy to park capital and generate income. But now everything is changing. Shares, like those of the real estate company Vonovia, have already come back. We shed light on the sector and show alternatives.


Commented by Nico Popp on October 12th, 2022 | 12:34 CEST

Is electric refueling getting more and more expensive? There are solutions! Mercedes-Benz, Altech Advanced Materials, Varta

  • Electromobility
  • Technology

Diesel is unlikely to cost less than EUR 2 per litre anytime soon. But at least modern combustion engines are considered efficient and flexible. Current media reports about electricity costs at charging stations for e-cars show a different picture. Some providers are shamelessly exploiting the shortage of charging stations and rising energy prices. Prices of EUR 0.70 per kilowatt hour are not uncommon at public charging stations. Those who fill up a lot in public areas often pay more for electromobility than for driving a combustion engine. But what does this mean for the trend toward electric driving?


Commented by Nico Popp on October 11th, 2022 | 13:14 CEST

Demography and electricity - two birds with one stone: BASF, TubeSolar, JinkoSolar

  • Energy
  • photovoltaics
  • Agriculture

It will not be long before there are more than 10 billion people in the world. The United Nations, for example, estimates that this could be possible in just over 30 years. But how can we meet the demands of so many people and satisfy their hunger for food, energy and prosperity? We present three shares that aim to provide answers to some of these questions and carry out an investment check.


Commented by Nico Popp on October 10th, 2022 | 12:45 CEST

Opinion dictatorship of big tech like PayPal: The government must do its homework

  • CDBC
  • Digitization
  • Money
  • Banking

Anyone who operates at PayPal, Meta or other tech giants has to play by the rules - so far, it's normal. But what happens when market power and regulatory demands cross borders? Just recently, PayPal published a policy that would have fined users USD 2,500 if they spread misinformation. After an outcry, the payment service provider rowed back and now claims that the policy was published "by mistake." So it was all just a coincidence?


Commented by Nico Popp on October 10th, 2022 | 11:32 CEST

Where stable percentages beckon: Shell, Saturn Oil + Gas, Deutsche Bank

  • Mining
  • Oil
  • Gas
  • renewableenergies

Time in the market beats timing in the market. There is a lot of truth in this stock market adage. Anyone who started saving for an ETF ten years ago outshone self-proclaimed stock pickers for a long time - and without any stress or transaction costs. But right now, ETFs are no longer the way to go. Instead of relying on the "watering can" principle, investors should act in a targeted manner. We present three stocks that, at first glance, combine security and opportunity and do a reality check. What can Shell, Saturn Oil & Gas and Deutsche Bank do?


Commented by Nico Popp on October 6th, 2022 | 14:11 CEST

Where to bet on the comeback now? Amazon, Tocvan Ventures, BYD

  • Mining
  • Gold
  • Electromobility

The major stock indices are currently in comeback mode. Commodities are also picking up again. There are many reasons for this: First, the markets have already anticipated much of the negative. At the same time, there are signs of hope. In Europe, for example, gas prices are falling, and meteorologists are predicting good conditions for a mild winter. Even if the forecasting power of meteorologists beyond the weekly horizon should not be overestimated, there is justified comeback potential on the market. We take a look at three stocks.


Commented by Nico Popp on October 6th, 2022 | 12:30 CEST

Interview with battery pioneer Altech Advanced Materials: "We hit a nerve with potential partners and investors"

  • battery technology
  • Batteries
  • E-cars

Cheaper, safer, better: Altech Advanced Materials has so far convinced the market with the attributes of its anode technology. Since September 2022, it has been clear that the Company also has well-developed ideas around stationary energy storage and wants to lead the Fraunhofer Institute's solid-state battery technology to market maturity together with the researchers. In an interview, Altech CEO Uwe Ahrens talks about the three business areas, the path to production and the special features of his Company.


Commented by Nico Popp on October 5th, 2022 | 10:58 CEST

Do not miss this train! Volkswagen, Varta, Infinity Stone Ventures

  • Mining
  • Lithium
  • Electromobility

After the sell-off and crisis mood, the first investors are looking to the distant future. Now that the market has already priced in a recession and the energy crisis also seems to be largely represented in share prices, it is worth looking at the sectors that offer opportunities in any future. Car manufacturers and mobility providers remain attractive regardless of the current market situation. The reason: mobility is the key to prosperity and well-being. Just think of journeys to work or on vacation. The mobility of the future will be electric. Positioning oneself here makes sense. We take a look at three shares that are currently in focus.