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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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Over the past fifty years, the average holding period for quoted shares has fallen from around eight years to barely eight months. There are various reasons for that, but one conclusion is that many investors have switched from thinking long-term to chasing growth wherever they can find it. While that strategy may work for some, it risks missing out on the powerful compounding effects of…

Two years ago, Leon Boros wrote an article for Stockopedia that recounted how he and his wife had built an investment portfolio worth more than £1 million. It was a compelling story that attracted tens of thousands of readers and generated a huge response. It was a very powerful reminder of how effective it can be to invest for the long-term using tax-efficient Stocks &…

News that Lorcán Ó Murchú has quit as chief executive of Snoozebox is the latest twist in a sorry saga. Snoozebox makes portable hotel rooms that can be used at festivals and events. By all accounts, the product is pretty impressive - but the business model has proven very suspect. It floated on AIM in 2012 at 40p a share but has struggled to get…

Gervais Williams agreed to meet me for lunch at a brasserie around the corner from his offices in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. From here it’s a stone’s throw to the London Stock Exchange on Paternoster Square. In his 30 year career in the City (he was an engineer before that) Gervais has been a huge advocate for investing in one of the exchange’s…

The recent introduction of more than 16,500 new stocks to Stockopedia’s international coverage is a hugely exciting development for the investing strategies that we track. The new data takes us into Developed Asia, India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In doing so, it completely transforms the breadth and depth of choice when it comes to screening for investment opportunities. After all, these are some of…

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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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