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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.

2 top income stocks to help you to financial independence

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Should you buy this Neil Woodford FTSE 100 favourite?

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One turnaround miner I’d buy today, and one I’d sell

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How your retirement portfolio could be wrecked by inflation, and what to do about it

If you're planning your retirement portfolio, you need to take steps to deal with the effects of inflation. More »

2 hot growth stocks set to beat the Footsie

If you want to beat the Footsie average, one great way is to dig out the best growth shares. More »

2 surging growth stocks that could have plenty more to give

These two shares have more than doubled in five years, but they're still looking cheap. More »

2 FTSE 100 growth and dividend stocks I’d buy today

The FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) is home to some great growth plus dividend shares which should generate wealth for decades to come. More »

2 super dividend yields that could make you stinking rich

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Why the FTSE 100 could be in for another ‘lost decade’, and what you should do

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How to achieve financial independence without being a Scrooge

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2 undervalued growth stocks that could make you a million

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Is Blancco Technology Group plc a falling knife to catch after dropping 20% today?

Buying falling shares like Blancco Technology Group plc (LON: BLTG) can be profitable, or you could lose your stake. More »

Two FTSE 250 growth stocks at bargain basement prices

Looking to the FTSE 100's smaller brother, the FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE:MCX), can unearth some nice bargains. More »

Two bargain stocks with great growth potential

Looking for undervalued shares can seriously boost your wealth. More »

2 growth and dividend stocks that could lead you to a wealthy retirement

A combination of growth and dividends could be the perfect answer to your retirement questions. More »

One growth stock I’d snap up and one I’d dump

Choose wealth, choose growth, choose carefully. More »

Two hot dividend stocks I’d buy today

Steady cash streams like these could make you a millionaire. More »

One growth candidate I’d buy today, and one I’d sell

Growth shares can make you rich, but you have to choose them carefully. More »