9th Aug


Real Name: Ben Hobson

Occupation: Journalist

Interests: Stocks

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

Fantasy Fund: Ben's Fund

About Me:

Strategies Editor at Stockopedia. My goal is to help private investors learn and invest with confidence through the articles, ebooks and other resources we publish on site. I also occasionally bunk off to interview famous investors at expensive restaurants. I studied History at Aberystwyth University, trained as a journalist and covered business news and corporate finance before settling in as one of the first staff members at Stockopedia.  Away from Stockopedia I'm a mountain bike junkie.

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James O’Shaughnessy is one of very few investors who can truly lay claim to having changed the way people approach the stock market. He’s also one of the nicest and most engaging people you could hope to meet. O’Shaughnessy has spent more than 30 years researching equity market returns. His work has brought to the fore the power of what he calls ‘fundamental quant’. His…

It has become hard to tell the difference between silly season and the realities of what Brexit (especially a ‘no-deal’ Brexit) might actually be. This week we’ve had eye-catching scare stories about stockpiling food and medicine and the prospect of motorways being turned into permanent lorry parks... With less than eight months to go before the official leave date, the more clarity that emerges about…

Over the past 30 years a number of investors and academics have been categorical about the power of investing in small companies. As a result, the size effect - the notion that small stocks outperform large stocks on average over time - has become an investing truism. But is that fair? An interesting feature of the size effect - or the small-cap effect - is…

Staff at the investment giant Invesco put Stockopedia’s Fantasy Fund trading league through its paces in June as they went head-to-head with each other in an investing competition for charity. Invesco was taking part in the month-long Micro-Tyco Wildhearts event. This is an international challenge that spans schools, universities and businesses. Corporations that take part are given ‘seed capital’ and must use their creativity and…

Momentum strategies have delivered some of the strongest returns from equity markets over the past few years - certainly in the UK and Europe. In these kinds of bullish conditions, models that zero-in on 52-week highs, earnings forecast upgrades and earnings surprises have produced impressive results. An even more straightforward momentum strategy is to just look for stocks with the strongest price momentum in the…

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Hi Dave - Thanks. Yeah, I agree absolutely. I'd like to think you'll see more on these points in the coming months. We're definitely going to move on some of these ideas. Ben

Hi Felicity - that's interesting and I totally agree. Do you think that the financial media plays a part in provoking that kind of short-termism? Or is this just down to normal human behaviour? Thanks, Ben

Thanks - that's interesting and it makes a lot of sense. I think this summary is spot on: "If you have the ability to put aside your emotions and your ego then you will be successful whatever your gender"

Hi - we've got your support ticket about this. There was a very large payout made to shareholders on that date as part of the Schneider deal, and Reuters have likely adjusted for it. We're doing the checks and will get back to you on what has exactly happened.Edit - sorry I crossed over with Ed! Thanks, Ben

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