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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Income investors were under the cosh right from the start of 2016. The outlook for dividend growth in many companies was close to zero and billions of pounds of cuts were forecast. As it turned out, the devaluation of the pound after the EU referendum helped jet-propel dividends late last year. But beneath the surface, that all-important growth was still lacking and uncertainty still abounds.…

Metals and Mining shares were some of the big winners in 2016. Various factors conspired to push their prices higher, which wrong-footed a lot of investors. But one of the interesting things about this surprising bull run was that it came just as a number of miners were actually cutting their dividends. Those two factors don’t normally go hand in hand. But with the worst…

What do spies and investors have in common? Whether it’s weighing up foreign intelligence or toying with investment ideas, the answer is we’re all naturally influenced by certain types of information more than others. The problem with this is that the most persuasive sources - those that really drive our decision-making - can be the most deceptive. So what’s needed are a few lessons from…

Investing in fast growing companies can produce stunning returns - and that’s exactly what we’ve seen in recent months. Growth strategies have been in a sweet spot since the EU referendum, but the popularity of many growth shares means that some now look pretty expensive. So if you were a buyer now, how could you tackle this challenge? Part of the answer is in understanding…

The Alternative Investment Market has been storming ahead over the past year. But there’s no hiding from the fact that 46 of its companies went bust or otherwise failed in 2016. That flow of disappointments is a reminder of just how risky AIM can be. AIM is London’s junior market for (mostly) small growth companies. Last year the All-Share index rose by more than 14.3%,…

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Hey Ram, That book is what's causing me all the trouble! But I think I've managed to pin him down now. Interview is scheduled for next week (add a little bit for clearance) - and it shouldn't be long. Cheers, Ben

Hi finchy, I asked TD Direct and they do Ozzy shares in a JISA, but the catch is that you may need an account with them yourself. My kids have got AJ Bell Youinvest JISAs. I asked the question, and you can get Australian shares with them but with a minimum order of £10,000 via telephone dealing (+£30) and plus 1% forex. Make of that…

Hi, thanks, it's a good question - really hoping to have the interview done soon (although there's always a chance of some unforeseen problem).

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!

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