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Real Name: Ben Hobson

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Strategies Editor at Stockopedia.  I make sure that Stockopedia is delivering the features that its members want to see.



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This week we took a look at how every sector in the market currently stacks up against Stockopedia StockRanks. StockRanks are the multi-factor calculations we use to establish where in the market every company ranks for financial and business quality, valuation, and price and earnings momentum. You can read much more about how StockRanks work here.Comparing sectors using StockRanks is fascinating because it can highlight…

It has been just over a year since we launched Stockopedia’s Europe Edition in which time share prices at home and across the Continent have enjoyed some impressive gains. With around 8,000 stocks available, the introduction of Europe was a real boost for our Guru Screens, the 66 investment approaches inspired by the legends of finance. The broader geographic region offered scope to find a…

Last year saw some pretty spectacular gains in the UK stock market, with confident investors driving up the prices of small and mid-cap shares in particular. But 2014 got off to a much more cautious start and a correction in the second quarter has blown some of the froth off those prices. That proved to be a drag on the performances of some of Stockopedia’s…

In the hunt for companies with a track record of improving financial health, Joseph Piotroski’s F-Score is a hugely useful tool. The US finance professor’s nine-point checklist can be used to find signs of financial quality in almost any screening situation. But it’s worth remembering that when he first devised his accounting rules, Piotroski intended them to be a means of finding shares at the…

The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is seen by many as a hunting ground for stocks that can generate vast returns. These are the types of fast-growth small-caps that ex-Fidelity fund manager Peter Lynch once called 10-baggers. Over the past five years they’ve included the likes of Judges Scientific, Walker Greenbank and ASOS. But despite these successes, many AIM companies are hugely speculative, pre-earnings ‘story’ stocks.…



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There are plenty out there who agree with you on this. Frankly, sound rules and intelligent diversification will protect a portfolio from any single stock that does have a disaster. There are the 'hunters' who would think your statements sacrilege, but the 'farmers' out there will always agree with you. Ben Graham for one, Joel Greenblatt another. It's a good team backing you !

Hi Andrew. That is some pretty impressive engineering! Amazing that they've managed to get that sorted out and fixed up ready to open in a few weeks. Dawlish definitely looks a great place to be on a sunny day...

Hi Steamy, No, Paul's views are his own. He's a hunter of shares and reaches opinions from his own research. With strategies like Kirkpatrick's it's really all about trusting the rules. Quindell ticked all the boxes for that screen last September and has since done fantastically well. That's precisely what an investing strategy like this is aiming to do. But Quindell doesn't qualify now so…

Alan, I think what you say has manifested itself in A) the yields in some of these 'high yield' strategies are now noticeably lighter than what they were earlier this year. And B) the number of shares qualifying for screens like the SocGen-inspired Quality Income has really reduced.

Hi Paul, I couldn't agree more. Most of the momentum strategies that Stockopedia models do actually combine price strength with one or more of value, growth, earnings surprises, broker upgrades, etc. Earlier this year, literally the start of 2013, some of these strategies were beating everything else. 11 months on the momentum waters have been seriously muddied. I guess it's just important to remember what…

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