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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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Two years ago, the fashion retailer JD Sports showed all the signs of being a high quality business that was growing popular with investors. In a competitive market, it was carving out a niche for selling activewear at premium prices. The only catch was that its share price was starting to look as premium as its products. Since then, JD’s high quality and relentless momentum…

A takeover bid for the engineering consultancy Waterman saw the price of its shares leap today. At 140p-per-share, the agreed cash deal with Japan’s CTI Engineering represented an 85% premium on Waterman’s previous price. While the deal is yet to be sealed (and there is always a risk it may fail), this development ought to be of interest to onlooking investors. That’s because it comes…

FTSE 350 dividend growth hit double figures in the first three months of 2017. Most of the rise was driven by the weaker pound, which has boosted payouts declared in foreign currencies. But there are signs that this exchange rate sugar rush could soon wear off. Without a pickup in profits growth - which is usually the main driver of dividend increases - a slowdown…

The Alternative Investment Market has risen in value by around 40% since last June’s EU referendum. And while that performance is echoed right across the market, there’s evidence that AIM is starting to fight off some of the criticism often levelled against it. Specifically, there are signs of improving company quality, although it’s still the case that AIM is home to a lot of stocks…

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…

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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

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