Prime ISA – unregulated investment in a data centre offering 7% per year

Prime ISA (a trading name of Northern Provident Investments Limited) is offering investment in bonds issued by Prime ISA Bond Co 1 Limited.

The website describes the offering as 7% per year after three years. The PDF brochure, however (available from the same website under "Download our free investor guide") describes the offering as 6% per year over five years.

Continue reading for a review of Prime's bonds.

EcoCrops International – investment in Estonian forestry plots projecting 17.19% returns

EcoCrops International offers investment plots for sale in Estonian forestry at €8,200 for a 1 acre plot. The investment case is that after 3-5 years the plots will be harvested and the timber converted into wood pellets for biofuel.

EcoCrops International projects that after the plots are sold, investors will receive €11,280 from the sale of the pellets and €5,000 for the land. A 5% fee will be deducted, leaving the investor with €15,466. This is described as a 17.19%pa return, which suggests a 4 year investment timeframe. Elsewhere the literature states that EcoCrops targets a 3-5 year period before harvesting takes place.

Continue reading for a review of the EcoCrops International investment opportunity.

RVS Trading Systems – trading software delivering 225% per year returns?

RVS offers two software packages - the RVS Closing Price System and the RVS Day Trading System - which claim to allow users to make money through share trading.

Forum posts suggest that RVS are asking for £4,925 for the Closing Price System, with a further £4,925 if the user successively generates £30,000 in profit within the first two years.

Continue reading for a review of RVS' trading software.

Christianson Property Capital group subject to yet another strike-off

Three weeks after Christianson Property Capital Limited belatedly filed its accounts, causing the strike-off action against it to be suspended, its subsidiary Victory House Group Limited has now also been given notice of compulsory strike-off, due to its continued failure to file accounts with Companies House. The accounts have been overdue since 28 February 2018. Continue reading...

Katar Investments / Chinese Business Hub – unregulated investment in Dubai workspace units paying 10-12% per annum

Katar Investments is offering unregulated investment in rented workspace units in the Chinese Business Hub complex in Dubai South.

Investors can invest multiples of $30,000 to buy workspace units from Chinese Business Hub, which then undertakes to pay investors up to 12% per annum "assured returns" for ten years.

Chinese Business Hub undertakes to buy the investor's unit back after 10 years for 120% of the purchase price. It also says that after three years, a "trading platform" will be established to enable investors to sell their workspace unit.

Continue reading for a review of Katar Investments / Chinese Business Hub's workspace unit investment opportunity.

Manchester Evening News promotes unregulated investments, virtually no mention of risks

On Sunday the Manchester Evening News published an article entitled "It's not just for houses - unusual things on Rightmove that you can buy or invest in".

Unusual isn't the word I'd use. All of the investments are extra-high-risk or ultra-high-risk, with the majority being individual - as opposed to collective - investment in land plots.

Continue reading to see how the Manchester Evening News is misleading its readers.