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Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Interests: Stocks

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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Sir John Templeton, the late investing legend, made his name by hunting down bargain shares - and he wasn’t afraid to scour the world to find them. Back in 1939, Templeton bought $100 of stock is every company trading below a dollar on American stock markets. With $10,400 invested in 104 companies there were bound to be some losers - and 34 of his stocks…

European stock markets have been on a tear since the turn of 2015. With central bank bond-buying under way and a strengthening dollar putting pressure on US companies, European shares have become la coqueluche du moment. But with apparently rich pickings for investors prepared to look beyond their home borders, where do you start looking for opportunities?One answer could lie in some of the patterns…

According to our weathered copy of the Stock Trader's Almanac, May is one of the worst months of the year for the stock market. No surprise then that the old adage “Sell in May and go away, come back on St Leger's Day" still persists in the headlines. More than half the years since 1970 have apparently seen negative returns. And the average performance has…

The late American investor Philip Fisher once said that regularity and dependability are the most important but least discussed aspects of dividends. He reckoned that high yield was actually less important than companies with consistent, progressive dividend policies. And he wasn't the only one. A long history of research shows that progressive dividend growth is not only a signal of confidence but it can also…

Among the losers in this week’s UK general election were the pollsters and forecasters whose job it is to predict the outcome of which way the country votes. For weeks, the consensus prediction was that we’d end up with a hung parliament, and that a Commons majority was out of the question. How wrong they were.Nate Silver, the American statistician who shot to fame by…

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Hi, yes you're absolutely right, my maths was wrong there. Sorry about that - corrected.

herbie, Oops - thanks for spotting (time flies...!) Absolutely. Funnily enough I bought Tesco as a wildcard for my in-house Stocko fantasy fund in early Jan. They laughed in the office... but they're not laughing now !

Hi Michael. It's a very interesting point - and we talk about it endlessly here! I think it's undeniable that, on paper, if someone spends time and effort to pick 10 stocks and they all rise to varying degrees, that the premise of rebalancing one or more of them seems nuts. That's a stock-pickers approach - you run your winners... etc. I guess the question…

Sure, I guess that given the sheer scale of Berkshire Hathaway, there is just a natural element of diversification. That said, there was some research into this (here) that found that between 1976 and 2006 his top five holdings averaged 73% of the portfolio value. So certainly during that time he was pretty concentrated.

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