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Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Interests: Stocks

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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Greece was a focal point for investors once again this week. News of the election win by the far-left Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras caused the Athens stock market to tumble. It also reignited debate over whether the country will eventually leave the euro. But according to nobel prize winning economist Robert Shiller, it suggests that Greek stocks could be a “spectacular investment".Famed for…

When Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought Van Tuyl Group last October, it took control of the fifth-largest chain of auto dealerships in the United States. It was a move that reinforced Buffett's well publicised confidence in the spending power of US consumers. In his latest letter to shareholders, he insisted: “Though we invest abroad as well, the mother lode of opportunity resides in America." Recent…

The decision by European central bankers to start quantitative easing was always a question of 'when' and 'how big', rather 'if'. But while it was no secret that monetary stimulus was on the way, the QE news this week still created a pop for Continental shares - as this FTSE Eurofirst 300 chart shows.It's certainly a much better result for investors than last week's mayhem…

The Swiss National Bank's recent decision to abandon its policy of pegging the Swiss franc to the euro caused the country's SMI index of leading shares to nosedive by more than 14%. The unexpected move caused mayhem on the money markets and spooked equity investors, with stocks marked down across the board. The full impact of all this may well take some time to play…

2015 has got off to a volatile start for stock market investors, with the tumbling price of oil piling on the uncertainty. Stuart Rhodes, the manager of M&G's Global Dividend Fund offered up a candid assessment of his fund's underperformance last year, with the oil price being a major factor. This week at Stockopedia we had a look at some of the main dividend payers…

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Sure, I guess that given the sheer scale of Berkshire Hathaway, there is just a natural element of diversification. That said, there was some research into this (here) that found that between 1976 and 2006 his top five holdings averaged 73% of the portfolio value. So certainly during that time he was pretty concentrated.

That's a great story Bruce - evidence that superstar guru status isn't always required!

purpleski, I totally agree with what you're saying. There are definitely some real positives with DCA, especially when you're getting started. You've got me thinking about whether, if I had a windfall now, I'd put it straight into a share portfolio (I'm only thinking about it because I'm involved in writing a guide about these portfolio issues!!) There's a lot of talk about this in…

Hi grout,Ahead of launching the new US data service we investigated brokerage costs - and particularly forex fees. We contacted all the main brokers (and some of the smaller ones) and you're absolutely right, there are some shocking deals around. But it is possible to dodge some of those charges if you shop around. We've devoted a chapter to brokerage and forex fees in our…

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