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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

The subject of Stop Losses provokes heated discussion here on Stockopedia. Opinions are divided on how, why, when, where and if you should set a pre-defined exit price on a trade. Some investors won’t use stop losses, but others can’t live without them. One of the biggest questions about stop losses is why they should even be used in the first place. Those in favour…

In medieval times, castles that were best protected from sieges were those with the widest, deepest moats. On the investment battlefields of the stock market, moats are a figurative pointer to some of the strongest, most durable companies. But how do you find them? The ‘economic moat’ is a metaphor first used by the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, to describe the type of business he…

Stock market valuations have been hitting new highs this year, continuing a trend that started after the EU referendum last summer. For many of the 60 guru-inspired investment strategies tracked by Stockopedia, these have been ideal conditions. In the first quarter we saw growth and momentum strategies put in the best performances. But there were some stellar gains right across the strategies spectrum. In the…

Today’s share price collapse at Imagination Technologies saw the stock fall as far as 66% during trading - and many private investors will be feeling the pain. It was triggered by news that Imagination’s biggest client Apple is set to pull out of a long standing licensing deal with the company.Before today, Imagination showed the worrying signs of being a Momentum Trap. In its favour,…

The value of the Alternative Investment Market has risen by 30% over the past 12 months. That sort of stellar performance is likely to appeal to investors looking for a home for ISA funds this year. But while AIM has numerous attractions, it’s still a potentially risky source of investments. One way of overcoming that is to focus on the market’s better quality dividend paying…

Ben Hobson's Latest Comments

Hi Herbie, The original research spanned a range of assets and geographies, including UK equities. This is where I hit a wall with it early on - because it can be kind of hard to take that and make practical use of it. On further investigation, he says the findings are just as relevant to individual shares (and that's what he does).

Hey Blissgull, Yeah, it's definitely a different way of thinking about stop losses. We're digging into this stuff at the moment to see how these sorts of approaches can be applied to UK shares (and how well they work or otherwise). So there will be more to come on this.

Done if you you Ken, no worries. Ben

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

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