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.

Why GlaxoSmithKline plc is my FTSE 100 stock pick for the next decade

The FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) is still probably the best index for long-term investors, and GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON: GSK) could be its hottest prospect right... More »

Why I’d buy multibagger growth stock Just Eat plc today

Just Eat plc (LON: JE) shares have already soared, but we're looking at a market that has barely been tapped. More »

Is 12-bagger Empyrean Energy plc the oil stock to make you seriously rich?

Big wins in the oil exploration sector don't come along every day, but could Empyrean Energy plc (LON: EME) be one of them? More »

Should you buy Wey Education plc after 80% share-price hike in 2 days?

Wey Education plc (LON: WEY) shares are soaring, along with another small-cap high flyer. More »

2 hot growth stocks at 52-week highs that could still be worth buying

You shouldn't shy away from high-flying shares if they're still looking like good value. More »

2 hot turnaround stocks that could make you very rich

You have to be careful when bottom picking, but there are some great recovery prospects to be found among fallen shares. More »

2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy and hold for 25 years

Some of the best long-term dividend stocks are to be found in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX). More »

A ‘secret’ dividend stock I’d buy alongside Royal Dutch Shell plc’s 6% yield

A combination of the 6% from Royal Dutch Shell plc (LON:RDSB) and a strongly progressive companion looks like a winner to me. More »

3 crazy investment ‘rules’ you should avoid like the plague

Do you base your investment strategy on following rules? If you do, it's well worth examining them to be sure they're good ones. More »

2 future growth stocks I’d buy today

Can these cash-burn stocks of the present really turn into profit stars of the future? More »

One small-cap turnaround stock I’d buy instead of Tullow Oil plc

Massive debts at Tullow Oil plc (LON:TLW) make it a very risky investment right now. More »

2 easy millionaire-maker growth stocks?

The P/E ratios are high for these two shares but their performances suggest that they're worth the price premium. More »

2 undervalued growth stocks I’d buy and hold for 10 years

You can get seriously rich by investing in growth stocks that have been overlooked by the market. More »

A 15-bagger growth stock that could have a lot more to give

Here's a solid growth stock that could keep on climbing for years to come. More »

2 cheap dividend stocks that could help you retire rich

Progressive dividends that grow every year are the stuff of which long-term wealth is made. More »

2 soaring growth stocks I’d buy for the next 25 years

Many investors steer clear of shares that are already flying, but there shouldn't be any need to be scared of these two. More »

Why I’d buy Unilever plc and Diageo plc to hold for ever

If Unilever plc (LON:ULVR) and Diageo plc (LON:DGE) can combine long-term growth with progressive dividends, why buy anything else? More »

Which stocks would benefit most from a Brexit reversal?

It's probably unthinkable, but what would a 'Remain' change of heart do for the Footsie's top stocks? More »

One dividend stock I’d buy instead of going for BT Group plc’s 6% yield

Big dividends at BT Group plc (LON:BT.A) might be deceptive, and there could be better alternatives out there. More »

A growth-plus-dividend stock I’d buy ahead of Vodafone Group plc

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) offers big dividends, but here's a smaller stock that could be a better buy. More »