Real Name: Ben Hobson

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The study of how human instinct impacts on investment decisions is hotly debated and sometimes controversial. But even Ben Graham, the father of value investing, was aware of the potential for investors to err. He famously warned that “the investor's chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself.”One of the best known behavioural trap-doors is to hang onto losing…

In the aftermath of England’s early exit from this year’s Rugby World Cup came an intriguing but sadly familiar tale of misadventure in the stock market. During the tournament preparations it’s alleged that the team’s kit manager shared a tip about the ‘exciting prospects’ of a micro-cap oil exploration company. This apparently lulled some players into parting with tens of thousands of pounds for the…

Next week I’ll be travelling to the House of Lords to interview Lord Lee of Trafford, the Lib Dem peer, investing legend and author of How to Make a Million - Slowly.Lord Lee is famous for becoming Britain’s first ISA millionaire back in 2003. Since then his investment portfolio has grown a great deal further as outlined in his long running column at the Financial…

In the ten years to 2014, shares in online fashion retailer Asos soared from around 7p to £70 each. The stock became the stuff of folklore among those that had either made a fortune or missed the chance of making millions by selling out too early. Its relentless growth seduced investors and created blistering momentum that pushed it to a nosebleed valuation. Despite concerns that…

When market valuations fell sharply this summer, Neil Woodford, the highly respected fund manager, described how sliding share prices can be overwhelming and distort rational perspectives. He said that while it can be difficult to remain focused on fundamentals when markets fall dramatically, it’s a chance to look for opportunities where the falls have been heaviest. In essence, Woodford was saying that good quality companies…

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Ben, at this rate I'll be taking you with me. Thanks so much - this is really useful stuff.

Hi snorkel, Thanks so much for detailing your thought process, it's really interesting to hear. I'm not an expert on Dart, and as you say there has been a lot of commentary about it. But one of the things that strikes me from an investment perspective is that I think I'd prefer to be aligned with where Dart has positioned itself in the market, as…

Hey Ram,Thank you.Yep, I'm with you on that. If you can find a good management team then that is a real plus. Although that reminds me of a Buffett quote: "I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will." We need to introduce some sort of management rank !!Ben

Hi Ian, Absolutely. I think the really interesting thing about momentum is the deep roots it has in investor behaviour. On the subject of feeling uneasy, our tracking of strong momentum / attractive value stocks (VM Rank) has been really strong over the past couple of years or so. There are hedge funds that essentially apply the same rules and do well out of it.…

Hey Tom, Sorry for the delayed reply. One of the interesting things from the original 52-week highs research was that they found that these stocks didn't have typical 'price momentum' traits. In other words, they didn't suffer the same medium/longer term reversals that had been found in other momentum strategies. They reckoned this was because 52-week highs prompt a very specific behavioural reaction (anchor and…

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