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Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Strategies Editor at Stockopedia. Writer, Editor & Investment Strategies Analysis. Test driving and telling the world about the awesome stock market investing tools and resources at Stockopedia. Helping Stockopedia subscribers take control, invest with confidence, beat the market and sleep soundly at night.

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One of the long-term endeavours at Stockopedia is to model the strategies devised by some of the world’s greatest investors. Among the fascinating aspects of the quarterly rebalancing and tracking of those strategy portfolios is to see how they fare when markets take a tumble. Needless to say, given the pull-back in August, the 60-plus strategies inspired by the legends of finance had a rocky…

With the value of the S&P 500 down by around 7.8% since early August, this year is proving to be slow going for some of America’s largest stocks. But while equity prices have been under pressure in some parts of the market, one silver lining is that dividend yields on those shares have edged higher as a result. For income investors looking to diversify internationally,…

Stockopedia’s 60 guru-inspired investing strategies will be rebalanced later this month. Given the sharp market pull back one month ago, it will be interesting to see which of the screens and styles have suffered and which of them have managed to ride out the correction. What’s already clear is that in Europe, a number of Growth strategies are quickly bouncing back. After a strong start…

One of the trends in the aftermath of August’s short, sharp market dip is how quickly the UK’s small-cap indices bounced back. The late summer chaos left the FTSE 100 well down on where it started the year. By contrast, the FTSE SmallCap XIT is up by 10.5% in 2015 - and has clawed back much of the ground lost during the mayhem. A lesson…

In recent weeks I’ve been experimenting with a year’s worth of market data to figure out which factors combined have produced the best total returns in dividend investing strategies. It’s fair to say that 12 months is a very limited test period, but what I have wanted to do is validate some ideas. With evidence of recent success, I’ll at least have a more confident…

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Hi Julian, It wasn't the same issue. We did send you a reply - perhaps have a hunt around in your email (I can always send it again). Sorry for being off-topic, but basically the list of stocks that you see on the Peter Lynch screen (and all the other screens) are the ones that qualify for the rules now. The tracked performance that you…

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…

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