In praise of Paul Scott - journalist of the year twice - at Mello AND the Small Cap Awards

Friday, Jun 15 2018 by
In praise of Paul Scott  journalist of the year twice  at Mello AND the Small Cap Awards

I  just wanted to congratulate Paul Scott on being awarded Most Insightful Blogger at the  Mello 2018 Awards last month and Journalist of the Year at the Small Cap Awards last night in London.  For years Paul's prolific online efforts in support of the UK private investor have been ignored by awards ceremonies in favour of print magazine writers. I'm absolutely thrilled he's now getting the recognition he deserves.  

It's been a hell of a journey for Paul.  Having been a successful Finance Director of a retail clothing chain in the late 90s/ early 00s, he became a full time investor.  He made an absolute fortune with a leveraged, concentrated approach to his stock selections... until the global financial crisis hit.  The forced deleveraging almost ruined him.  

But Paul is an extraordinary man.  He fought back from the brink.  Over the last 8 years he's settled all his debts, and made a fortune again.  If you've been lucky enough to be present at any of Paul's talks about his journey you'll know he's the most honest man around.  He needs to write a book about his story.

I've known about Paul since he ran Paulypilot's Pub back on the Motley Fool in the early 2000s.   After the financial crisis  Paul started writing prolifically on small caps as a way to become a 'walking encyclopedia' and aid his investing fightback.  When he started blogging relentlessly about UK small caps after the financial crisis we thought why not work together and help build an audience - so began the Small Cap Value ReportHe's written one thousand, two hundred and seventeen articles in this report. His mission to know, journal and share everything he could has been nothing short of immense.  I can't believe it's taken this long for him to win some awards. Nobody deserves it more.

From highlighting frauds like Globo to massive winners like Boohoo, Paul has helped thousands of investors to generate wealth and avoid ruin in the stock market. I've know of some investors that have made a million from Boohoo alone after Paul highlighted it in his writing.

Of course writing 5000 words per day is not exactly the most sustainable endeavour.  Paul has sometimes cracked under his own self-imposed pressure.  Thankfully the immensely intelligent, astute and erudite Graham Neary is now sharing the leadership on the Small…

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Trident 18th Jun '18 45 of 64

I laughed my socks off when I heard that Paul has missed presenting to the Shareprophets Investors Conference this year, having in the previous year incurred the ire of the tetchy and sweary Tom Winnifrith.

For that alone I could forgive most things.

Paul contribution is always eagerly sought by private investors, because despite his success he comes across as a fellow spirit, prone to making the occasional daft stock decisions, despite setting out a theoretical criteria. However, unlike us, he has courage and insight which carries him through. Hopefully we will continue to learn with him.

I don't think editorial deadlines or working weeks are quite Paul's thing, but we are never short changed when he contributes.

Enjoy the sab!

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back2value 19th Jun '18 46 of 64

I want to agree with much of what's been said here. Paul's insight and honesty has been invaluable in some of the decisions that I've made, and he never ceases to amuse and inform with his asides into various topical matters.

First of all, I hope you have a good rest, Paul. But I hope that your book does eventually get written. The film rights may be hotly contested!


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dkay2015 19th Jun '18 47 of 64

I recently started to follow the small cap reports and checking out Paul & Graham videos on youtube.
It very impressive , I was a fan of Ed and now I have become fan of Paul and Graham as well.

The simplicity & honest way of presenting things what I really like.

Please keep up the good work .

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Maddox 19th Jun '18 48 of 64

Thoroughly deserved - Paul has made a unique contribution to financial journalism. His real-time analysis of RNSs is a daily educational seminar. However, what marks him out for me is the honesty of his journalism - as well as his many spectacular successes - he happily declares his mistakes and biases. These are real issues that we all have to struggle with as we seek to improve our own investment style. Paul has and is making a contribution that is unmatched and high time he received full recognition.

Great news!


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OsullivanB 19th Jun '18 49 of 64

Highly intelligent, sincere, articulate, a blessing and a gift to the investing world.

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paulgbrown 20th Jun '18 50 of 64

Yes a richly deserved award. Since Motley Fool days I have read Paul’s analysis of stocks and I have been greatly rewarded. Well done and congratulations.

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richardhutchinson 20th Jun '18 51 of 64

Paul, accolades do not do justice to the value you have given small intestors, the insights, knowledge and opinion given so freely and openly. I have learnt so much fron reading the articles and your insights I can not thank you enough. Enjoy the break. Richard

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V4Value 20th Jun '18 52 of 64

Well deserved recognition for honesty, transparency, humility, humour and hard work. Boohoo, Next, TNI - big winners all down to Paul!

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skinner66 20th Jun '18 53 of 64

met paul at the first stockapedia event 2 weeks ago which went very well can't wait for more, top guy and genuine,also like to ad ed is great guy also his team around him, did have few beers after event with paul in pub opposite, still can,t remember how me and yvonne got home on train, congrats

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Fishcake 21st Jun '18 54 of 64

In a world which is either bland or full of ill-informed claptrap, Paul stands out as a breath of fresh air. I've been a reader for quite a few years now and he comes across as a genuinely nice human being.

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mortimer 21st Jun '18 55 of 64

paul congratulations on your award you deserve it for your honest thoughts on companies and your candidness about 2008. good luck for the future.

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andrewdb 21st Jun '18 56 of 64

good guys do come first eventually.

I learn a little every time you write.


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dscollard 21st Jun '18 57 of 64

Not yet had the pleasure of meeting Paul in person but feel I know him from numerous online interactions and years of his tireless contributions, insight, forensics and humbling humanity.
His methods are sometimes far from the conventional and that is the magic of his maverick ways. His forensics on Naibu, yet another Chinese fraud on AIM, convinced me to exit on a company that ultimately delisted taking all shareholder funds with it (and I got our with a small profit thanks to Scotty)... Many other "leading" financial journalists and publications were confounded but Paul not only spotted their financial shenanigans but accurately read the narrative for how Naibu would wind up and salt away shareholders capital through a convoluted factory investment scam.
Above all else he is human, fun, engaging and a bloody good egg. I owe you some "cheese" Mr Scott but request you spare me the Chaka. Enjoy taking the Port out of Portugal

btw, the idiosyncratic irreverence of your acceptance speech was legendary and truly admirable

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jonesj 21st Jun '18 58 of 64

Congratulations on your award Paul.
Your analysis is brilliant, very insightful and usually very entertaining to read as well.

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Spl183 21st Jun '18 59 of 64

Congrats Paul ! I briefly met you at the Investor Show this year and you were very personable and approachable ; your insights and ability to explain your views in a clear and simple manner is refreshing. Whilst I'm relatively new to Stock I can already see favourable trends emerging in a number of stocks you've commented on this year.

Keep up the good work !

Cheers, Spl183

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Camtab 22nd Jun '18 60 of 64

A bit late. The whole event had passed me by this year for various reasons. However I was delighted to see your long overdue recognition Paul, good things happen to good people. I hope you are enjoying Portugal, come back to us all refreshed and reinvigorated!

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Whitbourne 22nd Jun '18 61 of 64

I don't really have a favourite story, because of knowing Paul through his writing - like Ed, I first came across him in Paulypilot's Pub on the Motley Fool.

For me it is Paul's own story that is the highlight, rather than his investing success or late-night Tweets (entertaining as they can be). A story of courage, honesty and determination; of someone who is caught out by once-in-a-lifetime events, trapped in illiquid, over-geared positions, loses everything, blames no-one else and simply gets his head down and works hard at what he does best until every penny that he owes is paid back. I never heard a word of bitterness or self-pity throughout those years.

I would also highlight Paul's generosity, he will often mention a charity that a friend is supporting and will offer to match donations or give a substantial amount himself.

The world is a better place for having Paul in it.

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Chrisfarrell21 22nd Jun '18 62 of 64

I can only echo everything that's been said above.

Apart from analysing the fundamentals as good as anyone, it's the 'other stuff' that makes Paul so important. He teaches all the aspects of what makes a great investor, including stuff which I'm not sure he knows he is explicitly teaching. For example, when he has a high conviction idea he 'backs up the truck' which seems to me to be what really makes the biggest gains.

Paul - Know that you've got several beers in the tap from me when we eventually meet!



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cafcash49 29th Jun '18 63 of 64

Difficult to add anything but I wanted to say something. I am privileged to have had a few beers with Paul and even a Dance!! (Mello) He is one of the best, very knowledgeable and great fun. As many do, I follow him and learn all the time. He is completely deserving of these awards. Keep going Paul because so many enjoy and benefit from your writings. Enjoy a well earned rest. :-)
Also to Ed, it is inspired to have Paul write for Stocko and to have put Graham Neary there as well to share the load; long may they continue. Charles

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matylda 29th Jun '18 64 of 64

Trying to put it into one word...

For me it's a well deserved award for someone I have known "virtually" for less than a year and met in person just the once (OK, it was 2 evenings). I cannot believe the level of knowledge and the ability to share it in such a manner it's understandable and usable by all. On top of that, on the social front - An absolute blast and a pleasure to be around.

One word - Respect!

Enjoy the break, look forward to your return but perhaps not as much as Graham does :)

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