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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 growth-plus-income stocks that could boost your retirement wealth

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2 transformational growth stocks that could help you retire early

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Is Revolution Bars Group plc a falling knife to catch after dropping 35% today?

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2 growth and income combinations I’d buy right now

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2 high-flying growth shares that could have more to give

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2 cash-cow dividend stocks for a retirement millionaire

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2 tempting shares with dividend yields of more than 5%

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Your last chance to buy Premier Oil plc under 60p?

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2 exciting growth stocks with great long-term potential

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These 2 tasty dividend stocks could help fund your retirement

Steady and progressive dividends are what you want for a comfortable old age. More »

2 storming growth stocks with exciting potential

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

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Your last chance to buy Sirius Minerals plc under 30p?

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Is this the last great buying opportunity for Lloyds Banking Group plc?

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BT Group plc’s high dividend yield could help fund your retirement

Despite its troubles, BT Group plc (LON: BT.A) is still offering tasty dividends. More »

These cheap small-cap stocks could help you retire early

The path to a wealthy retirement starts here and now, and these two shares could help you along the way. More »

Here’s why you shouldn’t “sell in May and go away”

Should you really sell all your shares for the summer and come back in October? More »

Two 5% small-cap dividends at bargain basement prices

You shouldn't miss out on the great dividends you can get from small cap shares. More »