21st Jul


Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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At Stockopedia part of our investing doctrine is grounded in the statistical evidence of long-term investment trends. One of those trends is that ‘value’ shares tend to outperform ‘glamour’ shares over time. It’s a phenomenon that’s routinely tested by researchers and almost always shows itself to be undeniable. The most recent of these studies has just been released by the Brandes Institute, an investment research…

The Greek debt crisis has sucked the wind from the sails of European indices in recent months. Yet among the EU investment strategies tracked by Stockopedia there have still be some strong performances. One of the highlights has been a surge in returns from Quality focused models, including a great run by the Screen of Screens. For investors in European opportunities, the SOS has proven…

This week’s Budget from George Osborne offered a few surprises. With policies that picked off Labour’s better ideas, the chancellor was clearly aiming to strengthen the Conservative’s hold on power in the face of weakened opposition. From an investment perspective, the introduction of a ‘living wage’ will be more costly for some businesses but the aim seems to be to move towards a higher productivity,…

In our recent review of the strategy styles that paid off in the first half of 2015, it was Growth investing that led the pack. In particular, it was those strategies that appeal to both growth hunters and value investors that proved to be some of the strongest performers. ‘Growth at a reasonable price’, or GARP investing, is a hallmark of some of the world’s…

The FTSE 100 spent most of June hemorrhaging the gains that it had racked up through 2015. And it would be fair to say that that uncertainty over the Greek debt crisis was the primary cause. But for other UK indices like the FTSE 250 and FTSE SmallCap, the muddle in Europe has been noticeable but not disastrous. For mid- and smaller-cap stocks, the prospect…

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Hi David, It's an interesting one... the Gartmore Growth Fund originally bought the Put in September 2005 and it cost 1.6% of assets under management at the time, and the expiry was later extended at least once. But it raised eyebrows because Gervais was benchmarked against the FTSE SmallCap. When that index started falling in mid-2007, the FTSE 100 Put didn't have much of an…

Thanks Chipspa - noted, we're on the case.

Yeah, I'm with you on that. Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly and now Scooby Doo - I've got young kids and the interest in these things can be counted in years. And these pieces of plastic don't come cheap !

Hi Damian, No worries. Yes, it is been interesting watching how momentum plays with other factors. And I totally agree there have been (are) some great QM stocks around. Top across the market on our rankings is Howden Joinery. It has been a long time since that share ever looked cheap, but it looks great and the momentum is awesome (although it is quite an…

Hi Mark, Yeah, I agree. Some of the early academic work showed that you could only really rely on momentum working for between 6 and 12 months and then it started going backwards. So in some respects it's a trader's strategy. But mixing it up with other factors does give you more comfort. It's noticeable how some of the VM shares step up to become…

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