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Real Name: Edward Croft

Occupation: Company Director, Entrepreneur, Other

Interests: Commodities, Stocks

Twitter: edcroft

Fantasy Fund: Quo Vadis Magister

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Well it had to happen eventually didn't it? After a barnstorming 43% return in 2017, the No-Admin-Portfolio-System (NAPS) hit a wall in 2018. My musings on the benefits of ignorance last January led to nearly 100,000 reads over the year but, if private investor sentiment is anything to go by, I've a feeling that this year's more sober reflection may not prove as popular. I…

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas break.  I’m away in Australia visiting my in-laws and being topsy turvy for a while has offered me a chance to gain some perspective on these difficult markets.  As is usually the case, my confidence is best found through number crunching.  So this Boxing Day I’ve run the gamut on the last 50 to 100 years of…

There’s just no getting around it - British stock markets have performed dismally in 2018. The black clouds of Brexit and political incompetence have hammered the indices with the FTSE All Share down more than 12% year to date at the time of writing. But there is one bright note. Savvy private investors have been beating the market handsomely. Last year in 2017 we sent…

England are through to the semis and the nation is dreaming. This time it seems we really do have a chance. I still remember precisely where I was the last time we made it this far. 14 years old, Waddle & Pearce missing penalties, Gazza’s tears… damn. My sons are the same age now as I was then and these moments don’t come around often,…

I  just wanted to congratulate Paul Scott on being awarded Most Insightful Blogger at the  Mello 2018 Awards last month and Journalist of the Year at the Small Cap Awards last night in London.  For years Paul's prolific online efforts in support of the UK private investor have been ignored by awards ceremonies in favour of print magazine writers. I'm absolutely thrilled he's now getting…

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@investor27The NAPS are lagging the market year to date - but are up about 3.6% versus about 7.5% for the FTSE All Share.  They were ahead, or matching the index until PLUS had a drop. But since inception the NAPS are up 97% versus 13% for the All Share. It's only mid February, so it's too early to judge the year.  The issue that you've…

Hi there investor27.  Firstly, sorry - I don't check the boards every day, so I missed this question last week. In answer to your question (which is easily misinterpreted)So I am asking would Ed pick the same stocks today, a month and a half later?Obviously by definition no.  A NAPS Portfolio (if selected today) would be very different - as the stocks that qualify today…

Here are some hard facts. Last month - comments made on Stockopedia were 90% by subscribers. Votes were 80% by subscribers. The non-subscriber community here is rapidly diminishing - most have become subscribers. The subscriber community is growing. So we'll probably switch off non subscriber access soon.

I do think the OptiBiotix drama is all quite fun. We've got it labelled as a Speculative Sucker Stock, on a StockRank of 7. So clearly it's a future value play... but near term returns are going to be highly volatile. Paul is entitled to whatever view he wants. Tom is entitled to whatever view he wants. Buyers/Sellers make a market. There's no need to…

Yep Nick is right. This is a common question. The StockRank is not the average of the three other ranks.  We take the sum of all three for every stock in the market, and then re-rank the output as a percentile between zero and 100.  It's almost impossible for a stock to have Q, V and M equal to 100, but there will always be…

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