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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.

How I’d invest £10k in 2020

Here's how I'd start investing in 2020 with a £10,000 pot, and there's no Cash ISA involved. More »

I’d buy these 3 FTSE 100 stocks to beat the State Pension in 2020

I rate the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) highly for those investing for their pensions. Here are three of my top retirement stocks. More »

How investing small amounts of money can lead to riches

If you think you need lots of cash to make stock market investing worthwhile, think again. Here's what you could achieve. More »

A dirt-cheap 8.5%-yielding FTSE 100 dividend stock that I’d buy for 2020

Let's take look at some of the biggest dividend forecasts in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) for 2020. More »

Here’s one falling FTSE 100 stock I’m avoiding in 2020

This FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) stock has lost 40% in 12 months, but I fear there’s worse to come. More »

Why I think the Taylor Wimpey share price is in for a great 2020

Taylor Wimpey (LON: TW) had record sales in 2019, and I think 2020 should be even better. More »

The Boohoo share price is climbing. Here’s what I’d do now

After a lull, Boohoo Group (LON: BOO) shares are soaring again. Here's why I like Boohoo better than ASOS (LON: ASC) More »

If this happens, I think the Lloyds share price could soar to 84p

I think this single event is all we'll need for the Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY) share price to take off. More »

A small-cap stock I think could be a growth champion in 2020

This small-cap growth stock has more than doubled its revenues in 2019, and I think 2020 could be a take-off year. More »

Are these two 15% losers good value, or falling knives to avoid?

Short-term share price falls can provide good buying opportunities, but I need to probe a company's debt first. More »

2 FTSE 250 stocks I’d buy to beat a 2020 economic downturn

Here's why I rate these two FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) companies as growth stocks to buy in 2020. More »

A FTSE 250 growth stock I’d buy to beat the BT share price

The BT Group (LON: BT.A) share price slumped in 2019, but I think this FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) technology stock is a better buy. More »

Why I think the IAG share price is a better buy than this aviation business

If I wanted to invest in an airline, here's why it would be IAG. More »

Here’s how I’d invest like Britain’s Warren Buffett in 2020

I plan to keep on learning from the great investors in 2020, and you can too. More »

Sirius Minerals (SXX), the new share price bid, and what it can teach me

When an investment like Sirius Minerals (LON: SXX) becomes one of your worst ever, what should you take from it? More »

3 stocks I like that turned £1,000 into £10,000 in 10 years

Did you spot these 10-baggers a decade ago? And what should we look for in the 2020s? More »

Is the Ted Baker share price finally cheap enough to buy?

These two big 2019 fallers must surely reach share prices so low they're irresistible, mustn't they? More »

The Superdry share price has crashed 20%. Here’s what I’d do

After Superdry's weak Christmas shopping period, doubts surely have to be raised about the fashion brand's recovery prospects. More »

This is what I’d do about the Tesco share price right now

Tesco (LON: TSCO) reports a "Christmas of growth", but does that mean it's time to buy the shares? More »

Still invested in Bitcoin? This is what I think you should do

Bitcoin has made a good start to 2020, but does that mean it could be in for a profitable year? More »