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Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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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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There aren’t many people who know more about successfully investing in small companies than Giles Hargreave. Along with Eustace Santa Barbara, the affable co-manager of his flagship Marlborough Special Situations Fund, we agreed to meet to chat about strategy, management and the intricacies of running a £1bn+ fund. The venue was a dazzling Michelin-starred Italian restaurant called Locanda Locatelli in Marylebone. Apart from contending with…

There hasn’t exactly been much good news for income investors lately. A flick through the financial press suggests that corporate revenues and profits have slumped, dividend growth is faltering, dividend cover is stretched and payout cuts are the order of the day. For investors hunting for yield, this is hardly ideal in a low rate environment. In the past we’ve written a lot about strategies…

There’s a maxim in investing that you should cut your losers and run your winners. But the problem is that individual investors tend to do the opposite. Research shows that profitable stocks are often sold too soon, while losing stocks are held too long (in the hope they’ll recover) - and that damages returns. It’s a behavioural bias so well known that it has its…

It’s been a privilege to talk to some of the UK’s best known investors over the past few months, and that’s set to continue this week because I’ve managed to talk Giles Hargreave into meeting me for lunch. So once again, if you have any questions you’d like me to ask him, let me know...Giles is one of the most experienced and successful small-cap fund…

As one of the UK’s most widely followed fund managers, Mark Slater’s regular speaking slot at the UK Investor Show is usually a packed out affair, and this year was no different. Apart from his opinions on the current state of the market, the chief investment officer of Slater Investments also spent time discussing IPOs and corporate governance. In particular, he covered the recent boardroom…



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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…

Hi mortimer, that's an interesting point about Pendragon. I think I'm with you, I can't really see this being a turning point for car retailers. I'm kind of in the market for a car at the moment (I procrastinate about these things a lot) and I took mine for a service recently - a place owned by Vertu Motors (LON:VTU) - and the service car…

Hey Grindertrader, thank you. Yeah, I think stop losses is a very big topic to get him talking about. Great question - cheers!

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