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Real Name: Ben Hobson

Occupation: Journalist

Interests: Stocks

Twitter: @BenJamesHobson

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It might be a bit soon to say the market is properly recovering from last year’s sharp slide, but some stocks have rebounded strongly in 2019. And for others, the correction last year hardly dented their price momentum at all. In these kinds of choppy conditions, one screening strategy that offers an interesting perspective on the market is the 52 Week Highs list. After a…

For a good chunk of 2018, the UK’s equity markets were under the cosh and index prices fell across the board. But since the start of this year, there’s been a sense of optimism around. Political and economic uncertainties aside, the FTSE All-Share has managed a 6.8 percent gain in recent weeks. It’s a modest result, but one I reckon most investors are happy to…

UK dividend payouts came within touching distance of £100 billion last year. At a time when many of us were trying to brave out the weak momentum that was pummelling prices across the board, payouts from income stocks actually stayed solid. Overall, the record £99.8 billion total payout was up by 5.1 percent on 2017, according to Link Asset Services, which tracks UK dividends. That…

Sixteen companies were forced off the Alternative Investment Market last year because of financial stress or insolvency. That was up from nine companies that suffered the same fate in 2017. When you add them to those that hit problems but somehow managed to cling on (albeit with broken reputations and battered share prices), it’s a reminder of just how perilous the AIM market can be.…

After a solid 2017, most of the 60 guru-inspired investment strategies tracked by Stockopedia hit turbulence in 2018. Much of the trouble started in the second half of the year - and the worst of it unfolded in the final three months. After a decade of powering market returns, growth and momentum strategies pulled back sharply. Whether it’s the start of a new trend is…

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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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