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Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Interests: Stocks

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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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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Earlier in this series of articles on Portfolio Management we looked at why equally weighting all the positions in a portfolio is a sensible approach for many investors. The trouble of course is that over time, even if you do nothing with that portfolio, those weights will get out of whack. As some shares soar and others stumble, position sizes change and that can leave…

At Stockopedia we recently expanded our coverage to include US markets. As part of our guide to Getting Started in US Shares, we investigated some of the international brokerage options that are on offer to UK investors. What we found was a range of services and fee structures that varies wildly. So before diving in to US markets, it pays to check that your broker…

Stock market investors have been dealt some heavy blows over the past three months. Even the FTSE 350 index of large and mid-cap shares fell by 10% during four stomach-churning weeks in September and October. But while there were certainly some hefty individual price corrections, a number of shares in the index were hardly affected at all.Part of the reason why some shares are able…

Back in 1976 John Bogle reinvented the fund management industry by setting up Vanguard and selling low-cost index tracker funds to individual investors. Those funds weight their individual stock holdings based on market capitalisation. That makes them cheap to run, easy to manage and guarantees that they won’t get left behind by the index. But the downside of course is that they offer zero prospect…

Investors in the stock market have a really raw time. Financial jargon often seems to use different interchangeable terms for exactly the same thing - income, profits, earnings - which is which, what do you use, and where? Penetrating this lexicon is even more confusing when it comes to trading American shares. At Stockopedia we recently expanded our coverage to include US markets and as…

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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.

That's a great story Bruce - evidence that superstar guru status isn't always required!

purpleski, I totally agree with what you're saying. There are definitely some real positives with DCA, especially when you're getting started. You've got me thinking about whether, if I had a windfall now, I'd put it straight into a share portfolio (I'm only thinking about it because I'm involved in writing a guide about these portfolio issues!!) There's a lot of talk about this in…

Hi grout,Ahead of launching the new US data service we investigated brokerage costs - and particularly forex fees. We contacted all the main brokers (and some of the smaller ones) and you're absolutely right, there are some shocking deals around. But it is possible to dodge some of those charges if you shop around. We've devoted a chapter to brokerage and forex fees in our…

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