14th Oct


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 it comes to pinpointing the reasons for investment success and failure, being objective is a surprisingly difficult thing to do. Recognising precisely what went right and wrong can help in making better decisions in the future. The trouble is that humans tend to credit their ups and downs to reasons that aren’t always the case. In short, we like to take the credit for…

Back in March 2014, shares in Monitise hit a high that valued the financial technology company at more than £1.3 billion. Yet, thirty months later it was worth just £57 million. Ninety-five percent of the valuation had evaporated. Monitise joined the Alternative Investment Market nine years ago, with high hopes of leading massive technological change in the banking sector. These days, some might argue that…

UK stock market indexes have broken out in recent months, but with a number of shares hitting new 52-week highs, investors face some difficult questions. On one hand, our innate aversion to losses makes it seem sensible to take profits on winners. But on the other, there’s evidence that these high flyers can go on to fly much higher. With that in mind, it’s worth…

When the portfolios of Stockopedia’s 60 guru-inspired investment strategies were refreshed in June, the timing looked dreadful. The routine quarterly rebalancing came just a week after the EU referendum, when the portfolios were in the throes of serious volatility. Back then, few would have predicted the surging market comeback that we saw over the summer. But with indices now hitting 12-month highs, many of the…

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,…

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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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