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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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When Japanese telecom giant SoftBank wrapped up the takeover of ARM Holdings recently, it marked end of British ownership for one of the country’s most successful technology companies. For outgoing shareholders, the deal was bittersweet. ARM delivered fantastic gains over more than 10 years, but it was the type of buy-and-hold stock that promised much more to come. For those investors forced to cash out,…

The Alternative Investment Market has surged by 20% since the EU referendum. That’s the sort of 3-month performance we haven’t seen since mid-2013, when the ISA exemption was lifted on AIM shares. In this kind of environment it may well get harder to track down growth stocks at reasonable prices. But an investment metric used by some of the legends of growth investing could make…

Jim Slater, the late British investment legend, used to have an affection for firms that could ‘clone’ their own activities. He saw the likes of retailers, restaurants and healthclubs as potential cash cows that only had to refine and prove their formula once. After that, they could expand at will. And with expansion would come high rates of return on capital and sequentially lower group…

I’ve interviewed some well known investors and fund managers this year, and they’ve all divulged interesting investment approaches. Each has had strong personal views on investment styles, ranging from small-cap growth to large cap value. But one area where the waters are muddy is on the issue of diversification. Portfolio diversification is a subject that divides opinion, and it’s one that most investors approach by…

Buying bargain basement stocks that nobody else wants is a strategy that’s forged the reputations of some of the world’s greatest investors. Yet, while value investing has a rich heritage and stellar performance history, it comes with drawbacks. Performance can be volatile and deep value stocks can be unpredictable. Ultimately, it’s an approach that suffers periods of underperformance. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising…

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Thanks very much to everyone who contributed questions. I met with Gervais today, we covered lots of stuff and I'll get it all written up and cleared as soon as I can! Ben

Hi Mayn, No, the the transcriber was pretty rapid! Just waiting for the ok (there's a lot on it) - fingers crossed it won't be long.

Hi Chris, Thanks! I totally agree about the yields, that's definitely along my line of thinking. On a related point, my mother recently gave me some money to invest for my two young kids. Talk about sharpening the senses! But in a falling market, where you see the yields improving, it does give a bit of comfort, I'd definitely go along with that (plus, it's…

Hi mortimer, that's an interesting point about Pendragon. I think I'm with you, I can't really see this being a turning point for car retailers. I'm kind of in the market for a car at the moment (I procrastinate about these things a lot) and I took mine for a service recently - a place owned by Vertu Motors (LON:VTU) - and the service car…

Hey Grindertrader, thank you. Yeah, I think stop losses is a very big topic to get him talking about. Great question - cheers!

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