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Real Name: Ben Hobson

Occupation: Journalist

Interests: Stocks

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

Fantasy Fund: Ben's Fund

About Me:

Strategies Editor at Stockopedia. My goal is to help private investors learn and invest with confidence through the articles, ebooks and other resources we publish on site. I also occasionally bunk off to interview famous investors at expensive restaurants. I studied History at Aberystwyth University, trained as a journalist and covered business news and corporate finance before settling in as one of the first staff members at Stockopedia.  Away from Stockopedia I'm a mountain bike junkie.

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Dramatic price falls can be painful for investors, and there has been no shortage of them in 2016. Whether it’s a market sell-off or a single stock disaster, unexpected events cause stress that can lead to bad decision-making. For that reason, pre-planning for a crisis can be a powerful way of making better choices. Pre-prepared checklists are nothing new in investing. It’s a subject where…

It’s been a bad year for professional forecasters, especially those who failed to call the results of both the EU referendum and US election. As for those who predicted that a vote for Brexit and a victory for Trump would cause a stock market collapse… so far they’ve been wrong, too. It’s a reminder just how cautious you have to be when it comes to…

We’ve done several interviews with popular investors and fund managers over the past 12 months, but so far we’ve resisted the urge to look beyond the UK… until now.Mark Minervini is one of the biggest names in trading in the United States. He built his reputation with a stunning track record, and his approach has caught the eye of investors everywhere. He was interviewed in…

There are few events in the stock market that cause as much concern and confusion as profit warnings. Reports of an earnings 'miss', a slump in trading or an unexpected setback, are naturally loathed by the market. These gut-wrenching events tend to be punished with instant and savage falls in stock prices. Shareholders caught in these situations face the emotional turmoil of sudden losses and…

Taking a stab at the uncertainty caused by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election is no easy task. News of his win feels very similar to the news on June 24 that the UK had voted to leave the EU. On both occasions, the people had spoken, but it still felt surprising. So what should we make of this? For the UK stock…

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Morning! We'll shortly be making it clear at the top of the report (I don't want to go editing Graham's work - he's got enough to worry about without me deleting his copy)... Paul's away this week, but with his help we've managed to get Graham to fill in. So, he's a guest editor this week. It's not an easy task, so I'm sure he'd…

Thanks guys! Great questions - I'm feeling the pressure with this one!

Thanks very much to everyone who contributed questions. I met with Gervais today, we covered lots of stuff and I'll get it all written up and cleared as soon as I can! Ben

Hi Mayn, No, the the transcriber was pretty rapid! Just waiting for the ok (there's a lot on it) - fingers crossed it won't be long.

Hi Chris, Thanks! I totally agree about the yields, that's definitely along my line of thinking. On a related point, my mother recently gave me some money to invest for my two young kids. Talk about sharpening the senses! But in a falling market, where you see the yields improving, it does give a bit of comfort, I'd definitely go along with that (plus, it's…

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