A number of years ago I came into £15,000. It was ten years ago to be exact. At the time I was tempted to buy a new car and fuck off back to Oz for a while. Instead I bought two high yield equity bonds at £5.000 each for my kids, and then I bought a medal I had seen as an investment. I paid £500 for the medal, and why I was in the shop I also purchased another medal as I took a shine to the ribbon colour, it is as simple as that. I did not know a sausage about the medal as I was not at the time slightly interested. I have today reviewed the value of the bonds as they are about to mature, and I have the option to renew at the same terms. They are now worth approx double what I paid for them as part of the condition at purchase is no touch for term. Touch and loose all but purchase price, at any time during the term. So 100% return on the bond. The medal I purchased for £500 is now worth approx £750 so 50% profit there. Now the cheap medal I liked I bought for £5.00. When I purchased it, the bloke in the shop offered me 30 of them, and they would then have been £4.00 each so a total of £120. Nah I said I don't intend to become a dealer just a collector. Bad news for me really bad news. After I purchased the cheap medal I saw another in pristine condition so bought that but paid £15.00 for it. I do now deal in medals so today I sold the first cheap medal I bought. 100% profit on the bonds, 50% profit on the medal at £500. Cheap medal.......for a fiver sold today for £300. Had I have had the lot for £120 I could have turned that into £9000. Now that is profit and I feel pissed off. It's not the only bad call I've made over the duration, and I wondered if any out there had dropped big bollix as well? Or am I surrounded by super dealers?