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Real Name: Edward Croft

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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…

In 2013, a year after we launched the subscription service on the Stockopedia website we had an idea. Having read through hundreds of academic papers, quantitative research notes and books on the subject of stock selection we realised there were some common threads. Why not bring those threads together into a simple, intuitive and effective rating system for stocks? So were born the StockRanks, which…

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…



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Andrew - I'm doing some analytics on the last 3 months.  I'm excluding the HighlySpeculative bucket here as there are only 4 stocks in it above a 90 StockRank - the other buckets have substantially more in them. So yes, there's declines all round, but we can clearly see Speculative stocks have been hit hardest.  There's not much to read into the other buckets at…

Sorry guys... this was my mistake. We're working on new features for the new version of the site. These screens shouldn't have been released and have now been removed. We are currently running a beta of the new version of the site, but it will be a few months till it's production ready. Everyone will be invited to switch at the appropriate time. Sorry to…

Andrew, I will try to update on this more extensively in a blog post. I've tried to be clear from the start that there is no set "NAPS" strategy - so there's no set response. The NAPS is really a philosophy, not a prescription. I interpret it with my own set of rules, but everyone who uses the philosophy tends to iterate and shape their…

@fahmic - of course you also have to be extremely mindful of transaction costs !  I wish it were easy!The following graphic illustrates the increasing volatility of each risk rating.  I haven't updated it in some time so it's only up till early last year, but it shows the general idea.  Riskier stocks tend to outperform in upswings, but underperform in downswings.   There's a real…

Hi Fahmic - sorry to hear you've been bruised recently by the markets.  I thought I'd add a few notes to this conversation.  There's a lot of emphasis in the comments about doing more research into the stocks you've selected.  All sensible.  But none of the wise counsel have mentioned the construction or risk of your overall portfolio.   So I thought I'd add some comments…

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