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Real Name: Edward Croft

Occupation: Company Director, Entrepreneur, Other

Interests: Commodities, Stocks

Twitter: edcroft

Fantasy Fund: Quo Vadis Magister

About Me:

CEO at Stockopedia where I weave code, prose and investing strategies to help investors beat the stock markets. I've a background in the City and asset management but now am more interested in building great stock selection tools for the use of investors online.  

Traditionally investors online have had very poor access to the best statistics, analytics and strategies for the stock market and our aim is to set that straight.  High Quality fundamental information has been prohibitively expensive in the past and often annoyingly dull. People these days don't just want to know the PE Ratio and look at a balance sheet. They expect a layer of interpretation over data, signal from noise and the ability to know at a glance whether a stock is worth investigating or not.

All this is possible using great design and the insights gleaned from quantitative research.  Stockopedia is where we try to make it happen !

Edward Croft's Latest Blogs

2017 has been a good year for stock market investors, but it’s been a great one for NAPS investors. Over the course of 2017 this remarkably effortless stock selection system (that I’m now calling the “no-admin-portfolio-system”) returned over 45% after dividends, beating the performance of 99.8% of 3295 professionally managed funds in the UK. What’s more this was achieved in less than an hour’s work…

On Friday I asked Stockopedia subscribers a set of questions about their stock market performance in 2017. We’ve had a great response so far with 1,168 respondents and more coming in every hour. If you missed the invite, please do check your email inbox and submit your answers. We’ll be keeping the survey open for the next few days, but the results have stabilised and…

Not so long ago on a boat far, far away by the Eye in London... a merry crew did gather.  A celebration was proposed by Captain David Stredder in memory of a generous act of charitable giving... In the summer, the community raised over £22k for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophe in sponsorship of a bike ride I did from London to Paris.  All those that had…

There are many ways to reach success in the stock market… but just like in politics, other people’s methods are often disregarded at best, and attacked at worst. Traders think Investors are boring old stiffs while Investors think Traders are mindless morons. You often see different classes of investors mocking each other’s blogs - technical analysis articles attracting the wrath of the ‘serious investor’ while…

When do you find the time to focus on your investing? Do you get up at 7am to read the news and plan your trades? Do you scan the bulletin boards hourly for new ideas? Do you watch the market in real time like a hawk setting buy triggers, adjusting stop losses and analysing market depth? I know this is what the cool gang do……

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Hi Tripuram, As you've shared your portfolio, I thought I'd run a quick analysis versus the proprietary data at Stockopedia.  This may give some insights (from a factor investing perspective) that could be useful.  1. Average StockRankThe average StockRank of your portfolio is currently 47.5 / 100.  The StockRanks generally act as a guide to the overall 'factor' exposure of a portfolio to some of…

I have always used the end of year prices for performance tracking purposes. On that basis the portfolio is down 4.67% year to date (using the last price) vs the FTSE 100 down 7.3%. This does not include transaction fees, nor spread costs.  The process is run before the year end, but the article published after the New Year.  I've always been categorical that the…

@Johny Lazarus These seven stocks all have dismal StockRanksThe Zulu Principle is a growth investing technique.  You tend to find these kind of stocks have higher valuations, and lower ValueRanks.  As a result the overall QVM StockRank may not be that high.The stocks that qualify often have higher QM Ranks than QVM Ranks.   i.e. the screen is often populated with a greater proportion of High…

Wmullen - we have "Momentum Traps" as one of our 9 Stock Styles - exactly as you define.  When Q & V are low and M is high  we label the stock a Momentum Trap.  Momentum traps have done ok in the last year - they've beaten the All Share, but they underperform all the 'winning styles' - turnarounds, contrarian, high flyers and super stocks. …

I am hoping to update more fully if I get time... but the 2018 NAPS is down 5.2% since the start of the year - less than the indices at the moment. Last year's NAPS (if not rebalanced on Jan 1st) are down around 12% since the start of the year. This kind of stresses the point of rebalancing - it helps manage risk &…

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