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Real Name: Ben Hobson

Occupation: Stockopedia Editor

Interests: Stocks, Markets

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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Back in April 2009 -- a little over 10 years ago -- world stock markets reached an inflection point. No-one knew it at the time (though some later claimed they did) but it was the moment when negative momentum triggered by the financial crisis stopped and equity prices started rising. These were the very early days of a new bull market. At the point of…

This week’s profit warning from the fashion retailer Ted Baker carried some of the classic hallmarks you often see on these occasions. Profit warnings are right up there with some of the most gut-wrenching events to hit investors. That’s because they cause massive uncertainty about whether the problems are easily fixable... or an early clue to bigger trouble ahead. In the case of Ted Baker,…

Neil Woodford is one of Britain’s best known fund managers. But after a striking run of poor performance, the gravity of which is hard to overstate, these days he’s making headlines for all the wrong reasons. This week Mr Woodford slammed down the shutters on his Woodford Equity Income fund, almost five years to the day after launching it in 2014. After months of outflows…

For many investors, the perennial appeal of fast growing stocks is their ability to deliver outsize capital returns. Forget value, forget dividend income… growth in its purest form is all about fast-paced earnings expansion lighting a fire under share prices. It’s about going big or going home. It’s the classic territory of popular traders like Mark Minervini and William O’Neil - and it’s a strategy…

It’s fair to say that the dividends on offer from some of Britain’s biggest companies have been eye-catching in recent years. With payouts forecast to break the £100 billion barrier in 2019, it’s no surprise that high yielding blue chips have been in demand. But it’s not all good news... Last week, the telecoms giant Vodafone said it was cutting its dividend this year by…



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​I do agree. It's daft (and even the fund manager quoted in the report sounded mildly embarrassed that they'd even gone there). But that said, I think the general point stands.

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"

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