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.

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

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2 great dividend stocks for the next five years

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2 stocks with great dividend and growth potential

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3 FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d never sell

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2 small-cap stocks that look set to soar

These two shares should reward you well over the next 10 years. More »

2 top yielders I’d buy and hold for the next 10 years

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2 AIM growth stocks to consider buying before it’s too late

The AIM (INDEXFTSE:AXX) index is home to some cracking growth candidates. More »

3 FTSE 250 stocks I’d buy with dividends yielding more than 6%

2017 looks like a great year for FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE:MCX) dividends. More »

Here’s why Royal Dutch Shell plc shares could reach £28 in 2017

Royal Dutch Shell plc (LON: RDSB) should reward shareholders nicely this year. More »

Lloyds Banking Group plc is heading for a golden decade

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2 great ‘hidden’ shares for growth investors

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2 growth stocks set to double in price

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2 great growth stocks with tasty dividends too

Why pick between growth shares and dividend shares when you can have both? More »

2 stocks looking cheap on sparkling results

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This high-flying stock should keep on soaring

Check out this top performing share that should just keep on going. More »

Multibagger stocks defined

Here's your guide to those elusive multibagger shares. More »

Use your ISA allowance by the end of the month, or lose it

An ISA is a great thing, and you should use as much of yours as you can each year. More »

Here’s why I’d sell Aviva plc

Would you be mad to consider selling Aviva plc (LON: AV)? More »

2 growth stars to perk up your portfolio

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2 stocks I’d buy after FY results

Check out these two hot stocks which have just reported impressive results. More »