Political surprises at home and abroad caused moments of fear and elation in the stock market in 2016. But while commentators and forecasters were confounded by events, markets took them in their stride. All the main indices saw positive gains, with the best performances by the FTSE 100 and FTSE SmallCap.

In between the volatility caused by the EU referendum and US presidential election, we had disastrous profit warnings, surprise takeovers and explosive small caps. All of this and more was covered in articles from the Stockopedia team. Here are some of the most popular from the year...

1. Paul Scott’s Small Cap Value Report

Our prolific small-cap expert Paul Scott produced another year of blistering analysis. He was on hand through the highs and lows to make sense of what we were seeing. It was Paul’s commentary on June 28th - as markets tumbled after the EU vote - that was one of the most popular reports this year. With more than 25,000 reads and 126 comments, it was a classic example of how to make sense of a crisis. You can catch up with the reports by Paul Graham Neary here.

2. New Year NAPS

Ed’s annual NAPS (and semi-year SNAPS) portfolios have taken on a life of their own. These rules-based folios are constructed from the very highest ranking StockRank shares in the market. With some strict diversification rules applied, they’ve become a closely-watched barometer of the performance of Quality, Value and Momentum in the market. The 2016 NAPS article got more than 60,000 reads and 161 comments. You can find the semi-year SNAPS article here. The new NAPS for 2017 will be published in the coming days.

3. Interviews with famous investors

The UK is home to some highly respected investors and this year I got the chance to interview some of them. The interview series (which will continue in 2017) aimed to find out what really makes these individuals tick. By a distance, it was the interview with Robbie Burns, the Naked Trader, that proved to be the most popular. He beat me at table football and made me buy him lunch at an eye-wateringly expensive restaurant, but he was worth it. You can read that interview here, as well as others including Mark Slater, Giles Hargreave, Gervais Williams and Keith Ashworth-Lord.

4. Super Stocks

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