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Real Name: Edward Croft

Occupation: Company Director, Entrepreneur, Other

Interests: Commodities, Stocks

Twitter: edcroft

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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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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…

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…



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FTSE 250 is up about 33% in the same timeframe which these strategies have comfortably outperformed. I'm not sure it's an appropriate benchmark though - it's a market cap weighted mid cap index... most private investors on this site deal in small caps in equal weight. An equal weighted FTSE + AIM All Share would be a good benchmark I think... but sadly it doesn't…

Nick - thanks for the analysis. I'm planning on adding position size calculators in future, and include volatility weighting and mean variance weighting as options too. Just need time and/or more resources. In the meantime I'm planning on exploring how returns could have differed using different weighting approaches. Watch this space.

Yes it's definitely a much more efficient market. We've found strong factor spreads in almost all international markets except the USA - the spread is much more moderate in the USA. Why would this happen? The US has much more standardised reporting, instant data delivery from the SEC in XML format, and a much broader and more mature quantitative / algorithmic investing environment. I anticipate…

No I ignored the spread rule in all these charts... it's a point of further testing. The £50m Market Cap should ensure the spreads are fairly tight . I'll try and post some more detail later.

Currently you can't set it up on the portfolio as a whole - but you can set them on the individual stocks.Have a look at this: See Recording here

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