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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.

Can the HSBC share price double your money?

Instead of asking whether HSBC (LON: HSBA) bank shares can double your money, just ask how long it will take. More »

What I’d do about the Rio Tinto and Fresnillo share prices today

Rio Tinto (LON: RIO) shares have been climbing ahead of most sector rivals, while Antofagasta and Fresnillo report satisfying production levels. More »

What I’d do about the Sports Direct share price after ‘skulduggery’ spat

Sports Direct International (LON: SPD) shares might be up a bit but, amid accusations against Goals Soccer Centres, I'm keeping away. More »

How to invest for retirement

If I had all the money I've invested in shares over the years, I'd still invest it in shares. Just with a different strategy. More »

How to invest in stocks and shares

Uncertain of how to get started in stocks and shares investing? Here's how easy it all is. More »

Forget a Cash ISA, a quarter of FTSE 100 dividends now yield more than 6%

Here's why I think we're in one of the best FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) dividend investing periods ever. More »

What investors need to learn from the Neil Woodford disaster

The only thing we can get from Neil Woodford now is lessons. But they can still be valuable. More »

The Just Eat share price drops 7%, but please read this before you buy

Should you buy Just Eat shares after 7% price fall on slowing sales growth? More »

The reasons to avoid Bitcoin are multiplying. Here’s why I say you should avoid it

Facebook's Libra is in trouble, and I say that's a sign you should steer clear of Bitcoin and all other cryptocurrencies. More »

Why I think the Boohoo share price could go the way of ASOS

Here's why I think ASOS (LON: ASC) and Boohoo (LON: BOO) shares are prime examples of growth stocks to avoid. More »

Forget Brexit! I say invest the Warren Buffett way

There's a crunch Brexit vote coming up, but this investing strategy means you can simply ignore it. More »

Why I think the Premier Oil share price is a buy at today’s price

Premier Oil (LON: PMO) is still burdened by debt, but it's coming down, and I can see a share price re-rating coming. More »

2 property stocks I’d buy for my pension today

Here's one big property riser and one big faller, both of which I rate as long-term buys. More »

The UKOG share price: Is it set to soar in 2020?

The UK Oil & Gas (LON: UKOG) share price has been picking up. But why, and does it indicate the start of something good? More »

Why the Taylor Wimpey share price rose 10% in September

Taylor Wimpey (LON: TW) shares had an upbeat month in September, and there's an 11% dividend on the cards. I rate that a buy. More »

Will it soon be too late to buy Lloyds Bank shares at this low price?

Why I think a Brexit breakthrough will mark the turning point for the Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY) share price. More »

Forget a Cash ISA: I say a stock market crash is a FTSE 100 buying opportunity

Are you thinking of a Cash ISA to protect against a stock market crash? Please read this before you do anything so drastic. More »

Why Warren Buffett’s investing rule No. 1 is perfect for Brexit

If you want to learn how to protect your stocks and shares investments from Brexit, Warren Buffett knows the way. More »

How low can the Aston Martin share price go?

Can Aston Martin turn things around, or will it go bust for the eighth time in its history? More »

I think these are 2 of the FTSE 250’s best dividend stocks right now

These FTSE 250 income stocks are out of favour, but I reckon that could make it the perfect time to buy them. More »