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Real Name: Ben Hobson

Occupation: Stockopedia Editor

Interests: Stocks, Markets

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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UK dividend payouts grew by 14.5 percent to a record £37.8 billion in the second quarter of this year. The figures were boosted by a handful of large special dividends and the effects of the weaker pound. But behind the scenes, underlying dividend growth of five percent was actually slightly weaker than some analysts thought it would be. Part of the problem - according to…

One of the standout trends in the stock market over the past decade has been the success of strategies that look for fast growth and momentum. In generally bullish conditions, investors have gravitated to firms with rapidly growing profits. And while these stocks can often look expensive, the momentum in their prices is incredibly powerful. Growth strategies are popular with traders and investors looking for…

News this week that Imperial Brands is ditching a long held policy of hiking its dividend payout by 10 percent every year didn’t come as much of a surprise.  For many years, the blue-chip that used to be known as Imperial Tobacco has been a stalwart income share. It has been part of the UK’s dividend landscape, with big, reliable and growing payouts (assuming you…

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,…

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Hi Trevor, I hear what you are saying. For multiple reasons right now, we can't do a real time list. We're more than happy to have users message us through support, even though some queries will be the same, because it helps us prioritise work and understand what the big issues are. That said, we're definitely moving more towards being much more vocal about development…

HollandSmith monions Bonitabeach dmjramHello - there are quite a few moving parts in this discussion about charts and mobile, but I want to try and address some of them. First of all, we're completely open to the idea of looking again at features that may not feel like they have been improved. There is no question about it, so your views are really important -…

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