As the Head of The Motley Fool’s UK Investing Team, Mark approaches the stock market with the same old-fashioned business instincts and values that he honed growing up around the family business. An investor for 14 years, Mark specialises in unearthing top-quality under-the-radar investments in the small-cap market. He currently serves as Chief Investment Advisor for Motley Fool Hidden Winners.
Owain is a magpie of the investing world -- and not because he gets into a flap. Almost any style of investing might suit him, depending on the bigger picture, and he's held all sorts of companies. Paraphrasing Keynes, he says: “When the market changes, I change my mind -- what do you do?”
That said, Owain is usually a buyer of equities, where he prefers lightly geared, modestly rated companies, and is increasingly on the lookout for Buffett-style intangible quality. He aspires to buy-and-hold: his best investment ideas are worth much more than he sold them for. Then again, his worst investment went bust due to management fraud!
Zach’s (TMFDangerZone) investment career began on his 20th birthday when his father gave him a copy of The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham, and the Fool.co.uk website address!
He believes in buying quality companies with durable competitive advantages and his ideal holding period is forever.
Sam is the Editor of www.fool.co.uk, joining the company in 2011. Prior to that, his career in publishing took in all walks of life from digital art to the actuarial profession, via digital photography, broking and Legal Week.
Born in Surrey, he obviously supports Manchester United, and has been known to run a marathon or two in his time.
Mark Stones (TMFMumbojumbones) joined The Motley Fool in 2014 and initially worked as a writer for Fool.co.uk, before joining the Fool’s analyst programme.
Mark earned a BA in English from Loughborough University. Although he spends more time reading annual reports than Russian literature these days, he still appreciates a novelist’s antipathy toward the accepted view, which is a useful attitude when trying to sniff out hidden gems on the stock market.
His approach to investing has been largely influenced by the principles of Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch. He also takes a special interest in the work of healthcare companies. Outside of investing, Mark plays guitar, enjoys good writing and has a guilty passion for combat sports.
Before joining the Fool in 2000, Jon spent eight years lecturing and researching in computing at a university, followed by a few years developing robotic laboratory automation systems for the pharmaceutical industry.
Jon now heads up the UK Fool's Customer Services and is also Deputy Editor.
In his spare time he's an active scuba diver, battles with the Hungarian language, and cooks a great deal of curry.
Stuart spent several years as an Chartered Accountant, working in auditing and then corporate finance, before joining Fool UK in the dizzy dot com summer of 1999.
A keen private investor, he started as a Foolish article writer, before somehow ending up the site’s editor. He’s performed a variety of roles since then, and currently works on Fool UK's newsletter services.
Having served the required apprenticeship of a misspent youth, G A Chester began his working life as a horse-racing writer and private handicapper. He has subsequently worked as a writer and editor in a variety of fields, and began contributing to the Fool as a freelancer in 2010.
His investing career has progressed from the mis-priced second favourite in the 2.30 at Ascot, through speculative small caps, to conservatively-run family firms and the occasional 'special situation'.
After an early career in electrical engineering and management with one of the then nationalised regional electricity boards Kevin figured he could run a tighter ship and left to set up his own engineering services enterprise. Fifteen years later in 2004, after growing the business to employ several operatives, he sold it as a going concern - that didn't prove to be the easiest path to take in life, but the end result was satisfactory!
Selling the business realised the inherent value, left Kevin mortgage-free, and provided a pot of free capital to indulge a growing interest in investing. These days he scratches his entrepreneurial itch by investing on the stock market and, although generally preferring to invest in small expanding businesses, he likes to remain flexible and open to other investment opportunities as well.
Whilst aspiring to learn from the wisdom and experiences of others, Kevin usually finds that he learns best by making his own mistakes. He therefore makes many mistakes, both in investing and in life. Happily, many of his investments and life decisions have been good ones too.
Rupert is a committed value investor and regularly writes and invests following the principles set out by Benjamin Graham. As well as writing for the Motley Fool, he covers everything value investing for ValueWalk.com. Prior to his investing and writing career, Rupert began his career as a proprietary currency trader and still trades on a daily basis.
Rupert holds professional level qualifications from the Chartered Institute For Securities & Investment and the CFA Society of the UK.
After leaving university, Roland was sentenced to a career in IT, but eventually managed to escape in 2006, and has been writing for the Fool since 2012. Roland holds the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and currently works as a freelancer writer, as well as running an internet business.
A keen private investor, Roland is focused on dividend and value investing, but also has a lingering interest in oil and gas stocks.
Alessandro Pasetti is the founder of Hedging Beta Ltd. He also writes about investment strategy and assets valuation for European clients. Based in London, he previously worked for about five years at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal carrying out M&A research and analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of Loan Radar, where he worked for three years in London. He had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London and HVB in Munich. He did its intermarket analysis research thesis with Unicredit in Milan.
Tony spent most of his career in strategy and corporate finance, and now runs his own corporate development consultancy. He applies his professional approach to personal investing, preferring to analyse a company in terms of its market and competitive position as much as its financials.
He is a firm believer in emerging markets, having worked extensively in Eastern Europe before it emerged. This means he also has an intimate grasp of the concept of risk, and how things might turn out differently from what was expected. He is equally interested in the parallel but more elusive concept of luck, and believes that one day there will be a unified quantum theory of the stock market to explain everything.
A former scientist (working at a consumer goods giant, and also at Britain's leading healthcare charity), I now work as a project manager, but my hobby is dabbling in shares, and writing about my investing successes and failures as a Motley Fool freelancer. My favourite topics include contrarian investing, growth shares, company strategy and the realities of everyday investing.
James Skinner is a finance and investment writer. He began his finance career as an FX salesperson with a city brokerage house, before moving into equity research sales with a leading private research firm. It was here that he gained his first taste of life working on a research desk.
Today James is a freelance writer with Motley Fool UK. Along with covering a number of mid and large cap stocks, he also writes regularly about both the national and global economies.
Having held various senior management positions in the manufacturing sector, Peter founded his own manufacturing company in 1996. This was subsequently sold in 2007. Meanwhile, his passion for investing (which began during the privatisations of the 1980s) remains strong and he couples this with writing for The Motley Fool as a Contractor. His investment style is value-oriented; focusing on company fundamentals, as well as assessing the strength and presence of a competitive advantage. While above-average growth prospects remain very attractive, a greater focus on dividends has crept in since Peter became a part-time retiree in 2007.