12th Sep


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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The long spell of strong momentum that swept a number of fast growing stocks to racy (and possibly stretched) valuations has eased off recently. Popular names that set the pace in the market have seen their prices slip back. Among them are companies like Hotel Chocolat, Purplebricks, Fevertree Drinks, Frontier Developments and Joules and even IQE to name a few. All this prompted our own…

One of the challenges of investing in the stock market’s smallest companies is that many lack good quality research coverage. For some investors, this sort of information vacuum is enough to send them running for the hills. But for those prepared to do their homework, it can offer a chance to profit where others fear to tread. To illustrate the potential power of smaller companies,…

A good chunk of the dividend payouts from UK-quoted companies were supercharged over the past year. The extra boost came from the exchange rate impact of weaker sterling, which fell sharply against the dollar and the euro after the EU referendum. It meant that overseas corporate earnings that were paid out as dividends in the UK got the benefit of of an exchange rate tailwind.…

Disastrous profit warnings are rare in FTSE 100 companies. Yet the recent price collapse at consumer finance group Provident Financial showed that they’re not immune. Announcing a barrage of bad news, Provident cancelled its interim dividend and said its full year payout was unlikely. For a £2.6 billion stock with a yield of 7.7 percent, this was bad news for income investors and a reminder…

Analyst research plays an important role in helping investors decide which stocks to own - but it has flaws. One problem is that popular companies often get a lot more research coverage than lesser-known firms. This distortion can put too much focus on well-known names - but it may also create opportunities to profit from stocks that analysts have missed. In his book One Up…

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Hey - it looks like a technical issue to do with how the original AIM admission was done. CLSU shares trade inside Crest and the old CLST trade outside of Crest. This kind of explains it -

Hi - the guidance on this is notoriously muddy ! It's tricky for Stockopedia (or anyone for that matter) to offer a definitive list of AIM stocks that would qualify under the BPR rule. That's because HMRC only make a judgment on exemptions when the tax falls due. You do hear people talk in broad terms about AIM stocks qualifying for BPR, but there are…

Hey Richard - yes, absolutely. Leave it with me and I'll get to work on it. Cheers, Ben

Hi, welcome and thanks for posting. I think a really good place to start in answering your question is Ed's article here: His Naps portfolio is built using QVM rules too, and he talks a lot in there about rebalancing So that might help you decide on how to deal with it. Decisions around diversification and rebalancing can only be made by you. It…

Hey - I really hope this isn't your last post ! Yeah, the Bill O'Neil strategy is tricky to model - but we're big fans. Apart from anything else, (as you'll know) it has a rule to sell any stock that falls 7-8% below the buy price - with no exceptions. So it's never really been the sort of approach that suits rebalancing in the…

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