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Stepan Lavrouk

I am a financial writer with a background in equity research and macro trading. My specific investing interests include energy, macroanalysis and biotechnology.

How Warren Buffett’s tips can help you identify great businesses

Follow in the Oracle of Omaha’s footsteps to build your retirement portfolio. More »

Is the GSK share price worth buying?

GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON: GSK) has posted some good results. But is it worth investing in? More »

The AstraZeneca share price is at all-time highs. Should investors be wary?

Shares of AstraZeneca plc (LON: AZN) look too expensive to me right now. More »

Three investing mistakes that could ruin your portfolio (and how to combat them)

Learn how to recognise these bad investing tendencies in yourself. More »

Investing in banks? Here’s what I think you need to know

Thinking about investing in the banking sector? Read this guide to help you get started. More »

Sainsbury’s vs Tesco: what do I think is the better buy?

Who is doing better in the challenging supermarkets sector, J Sainsbury plc (LON: SBRY) or Tesco plc (LON: TSCO)? More »

Investing in oil companies? Here’s what I think you need to know

Learn which valuation techniques to use in the energy sector. More »

4 tell-tale signs of value traps

Look out for these red flags when hunting for bargains... More »

Why I believe gold should be part of a recession-proof portfolio

Use the precious metal to hedge against uncertainty. More »

Three insights from Warren Buffett to help you become a better investor

Warren Buffett prefers his investments to have straightforward accounting. More »

Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy these two FTSE 250 stocks instead to profit from the property market

These FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE:MCX) companies give investors broad exposure to the UK property market. More »

2 investing principles I’d follow to build a retirement portfolio

Investing with these two rules should help us build our retirement income. More »

Is the Glencore share price a long-term play?

Glencore plc (LON: GLEN) has an attractive yield of 5%+, but is surrounded by some serious regulatory concerns. More »

Is the Sainsbury’s share price unfairly beaten down?

Are shares of Sainsbury’s (LON: SBRY) fairly priced or could there be some hidden value in there? More »

A FTSE 100 dividend stock I’d hold forever

Good cash generation makes the Ferguson plc (LON: FERG) dividend a safe bet, I believe. More »

One FTSE 100 stock yielding 12% I’d avoid and what I’d buy instead

I think The yield at Persimmon plc (LON: PSN) is too good to be true. Here's what I'd buy instead. More »

Here’s why I’d buy Shell for its dividend yield

This Fool thinks shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell plc class B (LON: RDSB) have a lot to look forward to. More »

Will the AstraZeneca share price be boosted by positive trial results?

AstraZeneca plc (LON: AZN) reports excellent data for cancer drug Lynparza. Can this help drive the share price upwards? More »

At this share price, I’d buy & hold Lloyds for the long haul

Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) has a robust model that can ensure a steady dividend. More »

BT shares have a dividend yield of almost 8%, but is it sustainable?

BT Group – Class A Common Stock (LON:BT.A) recently kept its dividend unchanged but that may hamper expansion efforts. More »