Vote for Paul Scott - "Small Cap Analyst of the Year"

Thursday, Apr 11 2013 by
Vote for Paul Scott  quotSmall Cap Analyst of the Yearquot

I just wanted to congratulate Paul Scott who writes his excellent Small Cap Report exclusively for us all here at Stockopedia every morning.  He has made the shortlist from an extremely strong set of  nominations as "Small Cap Analyst of the Year 2013" at the inaugural "Small Cap Awardswhere he is up against Simon Thompson of the IC and George O'Connor of Panmure Gordon (you can view the shortlist here).

Paul is up at the crack of dawn before 7am preparing for the day's regulatory news reports, publishing his initial diagnosis on the news of the day before 8am and following up with further additions throughout the morning.  These reports are becoming read by thousands daily and every month and our hope is that we can extend the reach of Paul's voice even further amongst the private investor population. 

Paul is one of the most honest and tireless people in the small cap blogosphere, who writes as much to share and inspire dialogue as for his own research process.   What is so exceptional about Paul as a stock market writer is that he's a real investor illustrating his investment thinking and processes every single day.  Everyone who reads Paul learns from his keen eye for value and quality amongst smaller companies and his experienced and trained accounting expertise. 

We really mustn't underestimate the significance of this - Paul's nomination is the first time in my memory that an individual from the open blogosphere (who doesn't just write for clients or a paying audience) has been nominated for an industry award like this in the UK beating off reams of research analysts as competitors.  The walls are indeed crumbling. 

Vote for Paul.  Paul is one of the most humble investors I know - the first to admit of his own weaknesses but never one to brag about his strengths - so I just thought I do it a bit for him and ask all who have appreciated his work here at Stockopedia since late last year (and also through the years at Paulypilot's Pub at The Motley Fool, at Equity Active and on his own blog) to maybe encourage the judging panel to vote for him by dropping them an email. 

While this isn't a publicly voted award I don't think it would do any harm for everyone to let the judges know who you think should…

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jdo 11th Apr '13 7 of 46

Most insightful small cap write ups by far in my opinion. Paul's skill at interpreting results and highlighting red flags or even plus points that the average investor misses is second to none. He has brought numerous points to my attention that I've missed when reading reports. Also, his humble approach and honesty in accepting his flaws as an investor/analyst is truly refreshing. Certainly gets my vote.


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MrContrarian 11th Apr '13 8 of 46

No one would say that Simon Thompson doesn't deserve a gong and he is having a cracking year.

However Paul Scott is doing something genuinely new: a daily, free morning report on smallcaps with an accountant's eye and the red-flag sense that can only be gained from the scars of a real-money investing.

It's become an absolute must-read for me.

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SeaRd 11th Apr '13 9 of 46

Checking to see if Paul has uploaded his pre-8am comments now takes priority over that all important first cup of coffee for me. I can't think of a higher accolade than that so please add my name to the hat.


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Fangorn 11th Apr '13 10 of 46

You can add my vote to the ever increasing chorus of those putting the proverbial tick next to Paul Scott. Follow the early morning blog with interest, especially when there's commentary on Indigo or Trinity M.

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johnrosier 11th Apr '13 11 of 46

Add my vote as well! I like reading his reports as he has a forensic approach to the accounts which definitely adds value for me.

Website: JohnsInvestmentChronicle
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Boros10 11th Apr '13 12 of 46

Paul has a deep understanding of value investing and a real appreciation of the accounting issues which are so important to understand given the myriad of profit measures offered up by management to flatter performance, excessive and sometimes hidden pension liabilities which can eat up future cash flows and destroy value and aggressive revenue recognition tricks.

His recent analysis on Globo was simply outstanding, and his ethical concerns about Cupid proved to be spot on.

Simon Thompson is good but he is all about the journey. Paul's analysis is at a different level. He helps you get to the right destination.

Please add my comments.

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Chrisfarrell21 12th Apr '13 13 of 46

Please add my vote for Paul. He gives sensible, insightful and level headed analysis - particularly bearing in mind the time of day. One of the most important aspects for me is that he could never be accused of trying to hide any "failures", such as the hedging with gold or selling too early, in fact he often highlights them free of charge.

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loudenr 12th Apr '13 14 of 46

In reply to Chrisfarrell21, post #13

Paul definitely gets my vote too - I thoroughly enjoy reading his analysis

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Calalily 12th Apr '13 15 of 46

Only here a short while but already look forward to Paul's pre-8am comments. Easy reading, to the point and interesting. What more could I ask for. My vote goes to Paul.

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k9tas 12th Apr '13 16 of 46

Congratulations on a well deserved nomination .
Its a times like these that followers of Paul get a chance to express our appreciation and gratitude for all his insight and analysis. ( And early rises !!! ) . Small caps are often a minefield for the under resourced private investor . Paul ensures accurate , honest, informed comment is available to those who haven't been financial professionals .
Add my name to your list of grateful readers .

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kenobi 12th Apr '13 17 of 46

Please add me to the list, happy to vote for Paul,

an appropriate time to say thanks to Paul for his expertise and ideas over the many years since I "met" him on the fool


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Beginner 12th Apr '13 18 of 46

Insightful, incisive, and honest. Thank you Paul.

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ericb 12th Apr '13 19 of 46

I would vote for Paul too - clear concise open and honest. Hes not chasing an agenda or trying to fluff up the facts, he just tells it how it is, or rather how he sees it. And that it is coming from a battle scarred accountant who has made lost and made a lot of money from his own decisions makes it all the more realistic.
I have learnt so much more about accounting, reporting, company statements and standard practice from reading his reports than I ever have from reading bulletin boards.
Thankyou Paul !

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EssexPete 15th Apr '13 20 of 46

Yep, you can aggregate my vote for Paul.

Why isn't this awards event open for public voting?

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Monty9 15th Apr '13 21 of 46

Please include my vote for Paul. Probably the best source of well judged small cap intelligence in the market IMHO.

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andybe 22nd Apr '13 22 of 46

Please add my vote for Paul.  His daily analysis is a must.  Analytical, concise, informative and picks out many  issues which otherwise could easily be missed at first glance from trading updates and results.

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Paul Scott 23rd Apr '13 23 of 46

Thanks for all the kind comments. I feel pretty awkward about the whole thing, but part of me is also loving it!


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Ultimate_behemoth 24th Apr '13 24 of 46

If it's not too late please also add my vote. Paul's daily updates have highlighted a number of interesting opportunities i would otherwise been unaware of and his in-depth analysis of accounting issues has been great for learning the tricks and traps for investors.

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merlin51 24th Apr '13 25 of 46

Would like to add my vote. Really enjoy the daily reports and thoughts on the various shares he covers. Thanks Paul!

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kinkell 24th Apr '13 26 of 46

Very useful early summaries. Please add my vote.

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