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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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Earlier this year I explored the risks of taking too much confidence from too much information and not always making better investment decisions as a result. It’s not that a wealth of information and research is a bad thing (and neither is confidence) - far from it. Rather, there’s a risk that being overconfident can end in all sorts of damaging investing behaviour like overtrading,…

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has unsettled the UK economy and efforts to boost growth could be more bad news for the country’s weary savers. With interest rates at a record low of 0.5%, further cuts seemed out of the question just a few months ago. But a wave of uncertainty means that cuts could indeed be coming if the economy takes a…

In the final stages of campaigning for the EU referendum, the outcome was clearly going to be close. One group with a particularly keen interest in the result were the pollsters and bookies who played a role in forecasting it. On past form, the pollsters had a lot to prove after failing to predict the 2015 general election. But they ended up getting it wrong…

The vote to leave the European Union has left investors facing huge uncertainty. But one clear trend in all this confusion has been the strength of large-cap stocks with broad international exposure. Big, well financed companies that are cushioned from domestic economic gloom are precisely the types of equities that you might expect to do well in this environment. But not all large-caps are bulletproof,…

Stockopedia’s 60 Guru Strategies inspired by legends of finance endured a rollercoaster end to the second quarter of 2016. There have been reasonable results from some of the methodologies, but on average it has been a disappointing quarter for them. And things got a whole lot worse in the final week of the first-half as the EU referendum result threw equities into chaos. The UK’s…

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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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