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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.

Is the FTSE 100 set for a surge past 8,000 points?

The FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) is down, but 2018 looks like it could still be a record year. More »

2 growth and dividend stocks set to succeed where Carillion plc failed?

Where Carillion plc overstretched itself, these two stocks look like cash cows. More »

2 Footsie dividend stocks I’d buy with £1,000 today

With the FTSE falling, some great dividend stocks have become a whole lot cheaper. More »

One growth stock I’d buy alongside this Neil Woodford favourite

Neil Woodford has an eye for top growth shares, and here's one he might have missed. More »

Can Saga plc and Dignity plc help you to a happy retirement?

Saga plc (LON: SAGA) and Dignity plc (LON: DTY) are both down, but they could have great long-term potential. More »

2 turnaround stocks, and a 5% yielder, I’d buy today

Investing in these bombed-out shares is risky but could be profitable, and there's a tempting 5% dividend too. More »

After today’s 15% drop, is this momentum stock worth selling to buy Tullow Oil plc?

Tullow Oil plc (LON: TLW) looks like it's emerging from its troubles, but here's another that's crashing badly. More »

A soaring growth stock I’d buy ahead of Fevertree Drinks plc

Fevertree Drinks plc (LON: FEVR) shares have soared, but is this growth stock set to overtake them? More »

Is Sirius Minerals plc’s 35% share price slump a great buying opportunity for 2018?

Sirius Minerals plc (LON: SXX) shares have crashed since 2017's peak, so is it time to load up? More »

Why I’d buy and hold dividend stocks GlaxoSmithKline plc & Taylor Wimpey plc

GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON: GSK) and Taylor Wimpey plc (LON: TW) could be among the best dividend payers of the next decade. More »

Should you snap up Capita plc after 50% slump?

Capita plc (LON: CPI) shares have lost half their value, so is it time to buy? More »

Is Nanoco Group plc a small-cap growth stock to buy after soaring 50% today?

Shares in Nanoco Group plc (LON: NANO) surge on new nanotechnology contract. More »

Following the Footsie’s fall, here’s why I’d sell Tesco plc and buy Imperial Brands plc

Tesco plc (LON:TSCO) shares have climbed while Imperial Brands plc (LON:IMB) has fallen. Alan Oscroft thinks one of those is a bargain. More »

One future dividend stock I’d buy alongside Footsie star SSE plc

Here's a stock offering growing dividends, to nicely complement the 7.5% from SSE plc (LON: SSE) More »

Why the lowest Footsie level since 2016 means “Buy, buy, buy”

Here's why long-term investors should rejoice when the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) slumps. More »

Here’s why I’d buy Sky plc ahead of BT Group plc for 2018

BT Group plc (LON: BT.A) has had both good years plus some turbulence along the way and 2018 could see it eclipsed by Sky... More »

Why I’d buy Neil Woodford favourite Provident Financial plc today

Neil Woodford has invested serious money in Provident Financial plc (LON: PFG), and Alan Oscroft would too. More »

A small-cap growth stock I’d buy alongside Premier Oil plc in 2018

Premier Oil plc (LON: PMO) could finally be on the up, and here's another potential growth winner I'd buy too. More »

Should you buy this Carillion competitor after today’s 15% surge?

Carillion plc (LON:CLLN) might have collapsed, but there can still be great bargains in the outsourcing and construction sector. More »

2 multibagging growth stocks I’d buy today and hold for a decade

When a growth share has soared, it's always tempting to sell. But often you'd do better if you bought more. More »