Alan Oscroft

Alan was originally a software developer and first began writing for the Fool in the late 1990s, when he was the author of the Fool book "Make Your Child A Millionaire". He has been a private investor for around 20 years, and has explored a number of strategies. In his younger days he was dedicated to small cap growth shares and largely followed the ideas of Jim Slater, but with advancing years (and the arrival of his first grandchild), he is turning increasingly to high-yielding blue-chip shares (but with the occasional "blue sky" punt for fun). Alan currently works as a freelance writer and is also part of the moderation team for the Fool's discussion boards, posting as TMFBoing.

Here’s why my money is still on Lloyds Banking Group plc

The long years in the wilderness for Lloyds's Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) could soon be coming to an end. More »

Why doesn’t Neil Woodford buy Tesco plc shares?

What would it take to rekindle ace investor Neil Woodford's lost enthusiasm for Tesco plc (LON: TSCO)? More »

Here’s how a snap general election could be seriously good for investors

Worried about how the election might hurt your portfolio? Here's why you shouldn't be. More »

2 great ‘safety’ stocks for dividend investors

Are you looking for good long-term dividends for your portfolio? These two could be just what you want. More »

2 top Neil Woodford stocks for your ISA

Should you follow Neil Woodford for your 2017 ISA picks? More »

Is Imagination Technologies Group plc a bargain buy after 60% fall?

Or is the departure of Apple the end of the line for the chip specialist? More »

2 FTSE 100 growth giants that could fund your retirement

These two rising FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) stocks could help you to a comfortable old age. More »

Which is best, investing for growth or for income?

It's that old question, do you want share price appreciation or a nice stream of dividend cash? More »

2 Neil Woodford growth stocks I’d buy and hold forever

Neil Woodford is adept at spotting good growth shares, and you can benefit too. More »

2 bargain dividend stocks I’d buy in April

This April, the FTSE is offering some tempting dividends. More »

2 attractive ‘safety’ shares for dividend investors

What does 'safety' mean for long-term dividend investors? More »

Why a stocks and shares ISA beats a cash ISA every time

Here's why a stocks and shares ISA should be the best home for your long-term investments. More »

The 5 biggest ISA mistakes you need to avoid

Here's how to become a winning ISA investor. More »

2 FTSE SmallCap stocks I’d buy in April

Here's a couple of FTSE SmallCap (INDEXFTSE:SMX) shares that look set to make it big. More »

1 FTSE 100 stock I’d buy in April, and 1 I’d avoid

I'd rate these two as one of the best and one of the worst in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX). More »

2 resurgent Footsie growth stocks I’d buy before it’s too late

Are these Footsie growth stocks well into a new bull run? More »

2 FTSE 250 multibaggers that should have plenty of growth still to come

These 2 FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE:MCX) high flyers have rewarded shareholders well. More »

2 big reasons I’d sell Sirius Minerals plc

I'm very bullish on Sirius Minerals plc (LON: SXX), but there are good reasons why I would sell. More »

Lloyds Banking Group plc, Aviva plc and OneSavings Bank plc: would I buy all three?

Are Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY), Aviva plc (LON: AV) or OneSavings Bank plc (LON: OSB) attractive at present? More »

2 great dividend stocks for the next five years

The next five years could be a golden spell for FTSE dividends and these two look appealing. More »