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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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Yes, there is a new product pending. It's in the pipeline, and we're closing in on its release. But it will initially be released in a closed beta to a selection of (mostly random) subscribers.  We'll send invites out to more over time as we make important improvements.One of the things that has delayed the release has been my desire to allow subscribers to choose…

At least it's flagged correctly as a Turnaround by the Styles classification.

@clouds - there's zero personal selection in the shares. Only in the rules. It's entirely systematic. It's the system I tweak, not the output. I've only got data back to 2013 at the moment - but I rank this analysis about 12 months ago -

 It's just unfortunate that the more subscribers Stockopedia gets, the less advantage any individual has from being better informed!I think this depends on 2 main interweaved factors :Are the Value / Momentum anomalies driven by behavioural factors?Are the markets dominated by discretionary decision making, or algorithmic decision making?As long as #2 persists, and #1 is true, then factor investing should beat the market.  Markets do…

 For example, certain investment sectors deliver good returns over the long-run and others don't. This has been highlighted by long-term data. If a human intervenes in a stock screen to cut out certain sectors are they using their judgement (biases) or data from the real world to add value.If you look at the sector distribution of all the stocks in the UK market, you'll find…

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