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Maynard Paton

Maynard has worked at the Fool since 1999. He ran the Qualiport online portfolio on the Fool from November 1999 to September 2005 and was lead adviser for the Champion Shares & Champion Shares PRO stock-picking services from September 2005 to June 2011, at which point he moved to become Deputy Editor of the UK Fool. Prior to joining the Fool, Maynard worked for a year as a Poll Tax clerk and then for six years at the local authority's IT department in the murky world of ICL mainframes and COBOL programming. He relocated to Kent to join a financial services firm's IT department and there discovered the joys of stock market investing. As well as keeping an eye on share prices and his local housing market, Maynard's interests include karting, martial arts and entertaining his young family.

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“Sell Everything Now Before The Crash!”

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Kentz Corporation Limited Soars Following Bid Approaches

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Imperial Tobacco Group PLC Reports Revenues Down 1%

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Lloyds Banking Group PLC Lifts Full-Year Guidance

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Invensys plc Agrees To 502p Per Share Offer

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Barclays PLC Announces £5.8bn Rights Issue

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National Grid plc Plans 6% Annual Asset Growth

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BT Group plc Reports Q1 Earnings Up 5%

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Compass Group plc Reports Q3 Sales Growth Of 4%

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The Sage Group plc Trading In Line With Expectations

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