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 I’d buy this biotechnology star alongside GlaxoSmithKline plc

This great growth prospect should nicely complement solid dividends from GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON: GSK). More »

Here’s how you really can beat the market and achieve financial independence

If anyone tells you that you can't beat the market, tell them to stick it up their returns. More »

How much longer can BP plc’s dividend hold out?

Will BP plc (LON: BP) make you, or could it lose you a fortune? More »

Just Eat plc could be the growth stock that will make you a million

The storming performance from Just Eat plc (LON: JE) could be the start of years of growth. More »

Why I’d drop Fevertree Drinks plc like a hot potato

Fevertree Drinks plc (LON: FEVR) could be the most overvalued stock on the whole market. More »

2 recovering growth stocks to help you achieve financial independence

These two bombed-out growth stocks could be set for a storming comeback. More »

Tesco plc is bouncing back, but I still wouldn’t buy it

If you think Tesco plc (LON: TSCO) shares are finally in bargain territory, I say think again. More »

These 2 battered stocks look set for a return to growth

These two hot recovery prospects certainly carry some risk, but they could provide great rewards for brave investors. More »

One dividend star I’d buy today, and one I’d sell

Here's one dividend that looks set to soar, and one that could come crashing down. More »

AA plc slumps 19% on executive chairman dismissal for “gross misconduct”

What does the surprise sacking of the boss mean for AA plc (LON: AA) as an investment? More »

2 dividend stocks I’d buy and hold for the next decade

When investing in dividend stocks, the future is more important than the present. More »

Down 20%: are SDL plc shares now an incredible bargain?

Should you buy "transformational" SDL plc (LON: SDL) shares after today's big drop? More »

2 gold stocks I’d buy today and hold forever

Holding gold could be a good move, but buying gold mining shares could be even better. More »

2 top dividend stocks I’d keep on buying

The best dividend shares are ones you'll want to keep topping up in the coming years. More »

Why I’d buy HSBC Holdings plc today

Dividends at HSBC Holdings plc (LON: HSBA) could be under pressure, but here's why they could be worth snapping up today. More »

Is Utilitywise plc a falling knife to catch after plunging 40% today?

Neil Woodford owns under-pressure Utilitywise plc (LON: UTW) shares, so should you join him in the search for a bargain? More »

BHP Billiton plc and Shire plc could be the FTSE 100’s best bargains

Now could be a great time to buy FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) stalwarts BHP Billiton plc (LON: BLT) and Shire plc (LON: SHP). More »

I’d buy FTSE 100 giant Royal Dutch Shell plc for its dividends today

Royal Dutch Shell plc (LON: RDSB) offers one of the best dividends in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX), and it looks set to continue. More »

Is AstraZeneca plc a falling knife to catch after dropping 15% today?

AstraZeneca plc (LON: AZN) could be one of best bargains of the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) right now. More »

Rathbone Brothers plc is a growth stock that could have far more to give

Rathbone Brothers plc (LON: RAT) shares have gained 50% in the past year, and show no signs of stopping. More »