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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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In the study of stock market cycles, there’s a view that investor mood is fairly predictable. In confident conditions, emotions shift upwards through optimism, excitement, exhilaration and then euphoria. But it’s when euphoria arrives that some will tell you that prices are about to turn south. As Sir John Templeton once warned: “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on scepticism, mature on optimism and…

A slide in the value of sterling against the dollar and the euro over the past 18 months has brought into sharp focus how important exchange rates are to investors. Far from being a secondary concern, we’ve seen a period when succumbing to ‘home bias’ and ignoring currency exposure, can damage investment returns. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union triggered a devaluation of…

It’s been five years since Paul Scott kicked off the Small Cap Value Report on Stockopedia. Recently he’s been joined by Graham Neary, and together they offer up a daily assessment of company news with the sort of quality and forensic detail that you just can’t find anywhere else. Regular readers will have at least some idea about their backgrounds and careers, but there are…

Halloween may have passed this year, but there’s still fear in parts of the market of sudden shocks and blood curdling drawdowns. A long bull run for equities has left some wondering whether prices could be slashed if confidence were to suddenly disappear. Last week I wrote about how the present conditions are in some ways reminiscent of the run up to the nightmare crash…

Thirty years ago this month Black Monday saw stock markets crash around the world. After several months of dramatic gains, the collapse unfolded on October 19, 1987, sweeping through Asia, Europe and the United States. By the end of that month, the FTSE 100 had fallen by just over 26 percent. For some, the current market conditions are reminiscent - and perhaps a timely reminder…

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Hey - sorry for the delay... This is a good point. I don't know Haynes inside out, but I've had a look back and the F-Scores have flitted between 6 and 7 and the occasional 5 for the past two years. And in that time the Altman Z has almost always been 1.1 - 1.3, which is technically not good. It was the recent results…

Hi - Dan Nickols of Old Mutual mentioned Blue Prism when I interviewed him a while back - (second to last question)

Hey Rick, When I did the screen, financials (specifically funds) were adding lots of noise to the results. So really it was an editorial decision rather than a screening one (but I think it's helpful to show that the rules for these screens can be adapted however you like). Cheers, Ben

Hey - it looks like a technical issue to do with how the original AIM admission was done. CLSU shares trade inside Crest and the old CLST trade outside of Crest. This kind of explains it -

Hi - the guidance on this is notoriously muddy ! It's tricky for Stockopedia (or anyone for that matter) to offer a definitive list of AIM stocks that would qualify under the BPR rule. That's because HMRC only make a judgment on exemptions when the tax falls due. You do hear people talk in broad terms about AIM stocks qualifying for BPR, but there are…

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