Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Fear of an imminent market crash can cause chaos in the minds of investors. Faced with the prospect of seeing hard-earned gains wiped out, it’s understandable why some reach for the sell button and seek safety in cash. Yet the temptation to trade out of shares can be costly. Unwinding positions means taking a hit on the costs of dealing spreads, crystallising capital gains liabilities…

European stock markets have raced ahead this year, helped in part by monetary stimulus and a view that Continental shares looked good value at the turn of 2015. To an extent it seems that investors were prepared to bet that the European economy was finally on the mend. As a result, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 climbed by more than 20% in the first four months…

In the search for dividend income there are strategies to suit all tastes - whether you’re after long-term payout growth or the very highest forecast yields. In terms of price returns, dividend strategies tracked by Stockopedia held up pretty well in last year’s flat market conditions. Most generated positive single-figure returns and the yields on offer generally improved. But this year things have changed dramatically.…

This week saw the quarterly rebalancing of the FTSE indices. A new recruit for the FTSE 100 is satellite operator, Inmarsat. Out goes temporary power supplier Aggreko, which has laboured this year in tough trading conditions. New names in the FTSE 250 include challenger banks Aldermore and Shawbrook, discount retailer B&M and Neil Woodford’s Woodford Patient Capital Trust, among others. Gone for the time being…

Four years ago some of Britain’s biggest housebuilders were marked down as bargain bucket stocks that only hardened value investors would buy. Since then, of course, the price of shares in companies like Persimmon, Barratt Developments and Bovis Homes have soared. These shares have been a textbook example of how Value and Momentum can complement each other to keep prices rising for long periods. It’s…

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Hi David, It's an interesting one... the Gartmore Growth Fund originally bought the Put in September 2005 and it cost 1.6% of assets under management at the time, and the expiry was later extended at least once. But it raised eyebrows because Gervais was benchmarked against the FTSE SmallCap. When that index started falling in mid-2007, the FTSE 100 Put didn't have much of an…

Thanks Chipspa - noted, we're on the case.

Yeah, I'm with you on that. Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly and now Scooby Doo - I've got young kids and the interest in these things can be counted in years. And these pieces of plastic don't come cheap !

Hi Damian, No worries. Yes, it is been interesting watching how momentum plays with other factors. And I totally agree there have been (are) some great QM stocks around. Top across the market on our rankings is Howden Joinery. It has been a long time since that share ever looked cheap, but it looks great and the momentum is awesome (although it is quite an…

Hi Mark, Yeah, I agree. Some of the early academic work showed that you could only really rely on momentum working for between 6 and 12 months and then it started going backwards. So in some respects it's a trader's strategy. But mixing it up with other factors does give you more comfort. It's noticeable how some of the VM shares step up to become…

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