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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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Ben Hobson's Latest Blogs

When share prices fell sharply after the EU referendum, it was a reminder of how fear and panic can spread like wildfire through the stock market. In hindsight, that sudden price rout already looks like an trivial blip. Yet for many, it was a gut-wrenching moment of confusion when the outlook turned deeply uncertain. For others, though, it was a chance to pounce. It was…

UK stock market indices have broken out to new highs this month, which is an impressive change of fortune from the Brexit-induced price collapse we saw in June. Despite worries about the economic outlook, it seems the market is taking an optimistic view (helped by some new economic stimulus from the Bank of England). Naturally there’s been a lot of speculation about which stocks may…

The great US investor Warren Buffett once remarked: “The highest rates of return I've ever achieved were in the 1950s. I killed the Dow. You ought to see the numbers. But I was investing peanuts then. It's a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money.” What he was saying is that the more money you have to invest (in his case tens…

Earlier this year I explored the risks of taking too much confidence from too much information and not always making better investment decisions as a result. It’s not that a wealth of information and research is a bad thing (and neither is confidence) - far from it. Rather, there’s a risk that being overconfident can end in all sorts of damaging investing behaviour like overtrading,…

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has unsettled the UK economy and efforts to boost growth could be more bad news for the country’s weary savers. With interest rates at a record low of 0.5%, further cuts seemed out of the question just a few months ago. But a wave of uncertainty means that cuts could indeed be coming if the economy takes a…

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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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