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 !


I post my day to day thoughts and ramblings on twitter - do join me....

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Edward Croft's Latest Blogs

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…

Stockopedia subscribers will be aware that last week we published a study of 245 profit warnings as "The Profit Warning Survival Guide" ... you can catch up on all the content in our quick read eBook, 30 minute Webinar and accompanying set of slides.   In the next few weeks we'll be serialising some of the content as blogs on the site.  For a background to…

After a couple of minor roles in the City, I wound up at Goldman Sachs in their ultra high net wealth private client division. As is usually the case as a junior you are keen to make a good impression and find promising investments to pitch. The problem was I was rather independent minded and preferred to come up with my own ideas…. which were…

If you are anything like me, when you started investing in the stock market you read furiously to generate ideas. I subscribed to every newsletter I could get hold of. I hunted high and low for stocks that had the capacity to change the world. I searched the web for proof that other investors were buying them. This led me to the big bulletin board…

Well, what a few weeks we’ve had with Britain choosing to exit from just about everything European. Maybe the one major positive we can take is that England were kicked out of the European Championships by Iceland - a non-EU European country. It’s a spurious relationship but if our team spirit improves Icelandically outside of the EU then perhaps we can look forwards to our…

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Brian - you can actually hack it by editing the url. After you've clicked the submit button you will see a URL in the browser. One of the query string parameters is 'cap' - which has a lower bound of capitalisation in millions. You can change this to a hyphen delimited range. e.g. ?cap=10-100 would select all stocks between £10m and £100m. Look at the…

Actually it wasn't me that suggested a £250m cutoff.Haha - good point !!!

pka - you are very right to bring in the trading costs... let's break it down a bit further with your £250m cutoff...  we'll stick to quarterly rebalancing in the analysis (even though I'd never recommend it for most private investor portfolios - but the maths works out pretty similarly on the annually rebalanced performance).Small Cap Stocks (£1-£250m) - quarterly rebalanced performance = 140.06%Larger Cap…

If you track back to the 2015 cohort, the answer was a definitive yes - the small/micro-caps had a very strong impact. In 2016 they haven't so much, but in the SNAPs portfolio (rebalanced in July) they contributed very strongly again... in fact much more strongly than mid-caps.One of the most well known anomalies in finance is the small-cap effect.  Small caps tend to outperform…

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