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Real Name: Edward Croft

Occupation: Company Director, Entrepreneur, Other

Interests: Commodities, Stocks

Twitter: edcroft

Fantasy Fund: Quo Vadis Magister

About Me:

CEO at Stockopedia where I weave code, prose and investing strategies to help investors beat the stock markets. I've a background in the City and asset management but now am more interested in building great stock selection tools for the use of investors online.  

Traditionally investors online have had very poor access to the best statistics, analytics and strategies for the stock market and our aim is to set that straight.  High Quality fundamental information has been prohibitively expensive in the past and often annoyingly dull. People these days don't just want to know the PE Ratio and look at a balance sheet. They expect a layer of interpretation over data, signal from noise and the ability to know at a glance whether a stock is worth investigating or not.

All this is possible using great design and the insights gleaned from quantitative research.  Stockopedia is where we try to make it happen !



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It's been a cracking start to the year for stock markets, and an even stronger start to the year for high StockRank shares. While the benchmark FTSE All Share Index is now up 4.2% since the end of 2016, the top 10% of UK stocks as ranked by the Stockopedia StockRanks has more than doubled this performance, generating a 10.0% return. The participation in this…

After a year of treading sideways, and mostly lagging the market, since June 2016 shares ranked 90+ by StockRank on the LSE have rocketed in price.  Brexit was the trigger for a general surge in share prices on both sides of the Atlantic... but the top ranked set of stocks has significantly outperformed.   The 90+ ranked set has risen 36% in this timeframe versus 22%…

Nearly £7 billion of value was wiped out today in BT, formerly British Telecom, after the phone giant revealed that an accounting scandal at its Italian subsidiary was much bigger than first thought. For around 1 million individual shareholders, this sort of massive collapse at a FTSE 100 blue chip is very rare, and very bad news. We’ve taken a look at the Stockopedia StockReport,…

We’re working on some internal data research tools at Stockopedia which will contribute to a lot of editorial insights, and we hope, some really great product launches in future. Here’s a few insights from my own recent research into the performance of UK StockRanks strategies in the last few years. (Disclaimer: Past performance not an indicator of future results etc).1. Sector Diversification - does it…

2016 has been a remarkable year in the markets with Brexit and Trump creating so much market volatility. In this climate, it’s been proven to be a year for the stock pickers. The wonderful Paul Scott - who writes the Small Cap Value Report daily (now with Graham Neary) on Stockopedia - has absolutely smashed it in 2016. He runs his “Beam me up Scotty…



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Bestace -  Let me explain a bit further.  I have yet to see one of Fundsmith's investments that doesn't fit the "general" High Flyer style.  i.e. high QM and low V.  I've dug through quite a few Fundsmith archives and it seems that most of his investments have a similar ranking profile to this:We're actually working on some new 'style' categorisations that mark any stock…

This is a particularly good comment from Terry Smith: Another obsession I have been surprised about is that with “cheap” shares. I have been asked whether a share is cheap many more times than I have been asked whether the company is a good business. This obsession often manifests itself in the critique of our strategy which goes something like, “These companies may be high-quality,…

Re-reading my comment I can certainly see I spoke a bit rashly without properly presenting the argument.  That's normally the case in comments rather than articles.  I'm actually on a break right now and have had a couple of beers... so apologies if I stoke the fire rather than put it out !Before I read the above replies to my comment I was writing a…

I have noticed for a while that none of the kind of high quality companies Terry Smith would buyever have high Stockranks Of course they don't by definition.  Terry Smith owns expensive shares (though he tries to buy them when moderately valued).  He is a classic High Flyer owner.   The StockRank isn't designed to highlight High Flyers as it has a strong Value weighting.  The …

I couldn't agree more !   I'm sure many have seen my bubble charts of UK Exhibitor stocks.   I've often got in trouble from exhibition organisers for showing the Q, V and M ranks of all the exhibiting companies from the stage - they tend to be sucker stocks on low rankings.  The performance history of exhibitors also tells a sorry tale.  I'm not speaking at…

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