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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.

The best FTSE 100 dividend shares to buy in August

Investors' eyes have been turned mostly to share price recoveries this year. But there are FTSE 100 dividends out there that excite me more. More »

Where will the Royal Mail share price go in August?

The Royal Mail share price has been falling back after a storming bull run. What might August, and the following months, have in store? More »

3 falling FTSE 100 shares to buy in August?

These FTSE 100 shares are all having a bad Friday. Here's why that makes me want to pay closer attention to them in August. More »

Despite a strong Q2, the Lloyds share price remains weak. Is this a buying opportunity?

What will it take to get the Lloyds share price moving again? A second-quarter profit and a renewed progressive dividend didn't do it. More »

H1 profits give the Barclays share price a boost. I’d buy

The Barclays share price is picking up after upbeat first-half results. Here's why I rate Barclays as a long-term income buy. More »

The Deliveroo share price is climbing. How much further will it go?

First-half results are due in August. Will the bottom-line figures give the Deliveroo share price an extra boost for the second half? More »

What will Q2 results do for the Amazon share price?

The Amazon share price is already gaining, ahead of Thursday's Q2 results. What will happen when investors get to see the numbers? More »

The Unilever share price (ULVR) is falling. Here’s why it’s on my August shortlist

Is the Unilever share price entering a prolonged period of weakness? If it is, I think it might offer me a tempting buying opportunity. More »

The Bridgepoint share price soars on market debut. Is this the 2021 IPO stock to buy?

The record of flotations on the UK stock market is peppered with failures. But the Bridgepoint share price has bucked that trend. More »

Here’s why I’d buy this surprise FTSE 100 faller today

This FTSE 100 stock was soaring during the pandemic. It's now fallen right back, and I'm thinking of buying for the long term. More »

The LGEN share price is falling after a good 2021 start. Is it a top August buy?

The LGEN share price is falling along with the entire insurance sector. Here's why I see it as a buying opportunity for August. More »

With a 4% dividend yield, and a falling BT share price, will I buy in August?

The BT share price has been climbing strongly in 2021. Does the recent dip put the stock on my list of buy candidates for... More »

The ARB share price just jumped another 20%. Is there a lot more to come?

The ARB share price has been heading upwards again, on speculation that big American companies are warming to cryptocurrency. More »

The best FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) shares to buy in August

As the FTSE 100 has been having a shaky July, which stocks should I buy for August and beyond? I examine a couple of... More »

Can the IAG share price hold out until the end of 2021?

The IAG share price has been in a slump since March, as Covid continues to devastate the travel business. How might it end 2021? More »

Can the Rolls-Royce share price hold out until the end of 2021?

Will the Rolls-Royce share price end the year higher? Or are we in for a renewed slump? We're approaching H1 results time, which could... More »

The ARB share price just jumped 30% in 2 days. Is a new surge on the way?

Elon Musk said something about cryptocurrency, and the ARB share price took off again. Is a sustainable growth phase approaching? More »

Is this what the NatWest share price needs to finally get moving?

The NatWest share price has barely moved in the past couple of years, and it's still way below pre-crisis levels. Is it time to... More »

The Centrica share price dips, despite a return to profit. Time to buy?

I find today's Centrica share price tempting, and H1 results appear reassuring. So what's making me hesitant about buying? More »

Just how high can the Experian share price climb?

The Experian share price has doubled in the past five years. How might 2021 turn out, and how long can the growth story continue? More »