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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.

Will FTSE 100 dividends rebound in 2021? I’d buy these 3 income shares now

I'm seeing lots of very attractive FTSE 100 dividend possibilities for 2021. These three are firmly on my list of buy candidates. More »

Why did the JD Sports share price lead the FTSE 100 on Monday?

What's the story behind JD Sports and its FTSE 100-leading performance on Monday. And what would I do about it as an investor? More »

These 3 shares climbed in November. Which is my best share to buy now?

I'm eyeing up stocks that have bounced back in November, trying to decide the best share to buy now for my Stocks & Shares... More »

This top Warren Buffett tip is helping me through the stock market crash

Listening to Warren Buffett can do us far more good than watching share prices. Here's how doing that helps me cope with market ups... More »

Worst UK economic slump for 300 years? Buying FTSE 100 shares is my way out

2020 could see our worst economic performance since 1709. But FTSE 100 shares are coping well enough, and I reckon they'll pull through just... More »

3 mistakes I must avoid in the next stock market crash

Investors made plenty of mistakes in the 2020 stock market crash, professionals and private investors alike. Here are three errors I strive to avoid. More »

3 things I’ve learned from the 2020 stock market crash

Stock market crashes have been happening forever. Here are three ways I think the 2020 crash can help us prepare for the next one. More »

Forget the State Pension, I’d buy cheap shares to help fund my retirement

Trying to live on the State Pension looks less and less appealing to me as the years go by. Here's how I'm planning to... More »

These 3 FTSE 100 shares have crashed hard in 2020. Is it time to buy?

Plenty of FTSE 100 shares have fallen badly this year. But do these three big fallers have recovery potential in 2021 and beyond? More »

Why did the Indivior share price crash 40% on Friday?

The Indivior share price has just slumped, but it has still more than doubled in 2020. I take a look at the news to... More »

Here’s why these 3 FTSE 100 shares have soared in 2020

These three FTSE 100 shares are beating the market in 2020 while most others are falling. I take a closer look to find out... More »

I’d buy this small-cap growth stock for my Stocks and Shares ISA now

I'm already planning my 2021 Stocks and Shares ISA, going mostly for income shares. But I could make room for this growth stock too. More »

An investment trust I’d pick as a contrarian buy today

Some investment trusts are already storming back, but some are still way down in 2020. This one appeals to the contrarian in me. More »

2021 dividend forecasts: Lloyds, HSBC, Centrica

FTSE 100 dividends have been slashed in 2020, but they should come bouncing back in 2021. These three make it to my shortlist. More »

3 dirt-cheap 5%+ FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy for 2021

With FTSE 100 dividends looking set for a 2021 resurgence, there are so many good-looking ones I'm spoilt for choice. But that's a good... More »

Why has the Lloyds share price jumped 40% in a month?

The Lloyds share price is climbing in November. But has the bank's outlook suddenly changed? Here are my thoughts on what's behind it. More »

3 out-of-favour investment trusts that Freetrade thinks are worth a second look

I love investment trusts, and many have been hammered during the stock market crash. I'm looking for bargain buys as they come storming back. More »

Why has the BP share price climbed 40% in a month?

The BP share price is gaining strongly in November. But in 2020 it reached its lowest for 25 years. Does that mean I should... More »

As the Rolls-Royce share price climbs 10% to lead the FTSE 100, here’s what I’d do

The Rolls-Royce share price has gained 70% since its November low, as market optimism slowly returns. We're still expecting two years of losses, though. More »

Why did the Pets at Home share price crash 10% Tuesday, despite growing sales?

Pets at Home shares are rocketing in 2020, but they took a bit of a dip on Tuesday. What's happened, and what would I... More »