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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 3 best retail stocks of 2018 (so far)

With the retail sector looking battered, the quality of the best is starting to show through. Check out these three 2018 winners. More »

Here’s why the Lloyds share price could climb when the PPI scandal is over

Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) sets aside another £460m for PPI mis-selling, while H1 profits soar. More »

Here’s how you can learn from my five biggest investment mistakes

While you're investing for that wealthy retirement, you're sure to make some mistakes. But you can minimise them by checking up on the mistakes... More »

Is the Glencore share price a screaming FTSE 100 bargain?

Glencore plc (LON: GLEN) shares have been hammered, but could they be set for a FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) resurgence? More »

How soon could the BP share price smash the 600p barrier?

BP plc (LON: BP) shares have had a bad decade, but are they on the verge of storming back? More »

Here’s why the BT share price could be set to storm back against the FTSE 100

BT Group plc (LON: BT.A) shares have been plunging against the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX), but have they turned the corner? More »

5 things you can do to boost your pension today

Millions are facing financial hardship in old age. Here are some things you can do to avoid being one of them. More »

Time could be running out for the Lifetime ISA, so maybe you should get one while you can

The Lifetime ISA might have fundamental flaws, but be sure to check if you could benefit from one if you're eligible. More »

Here’s why the Barclays share price could be the FTSE 100’s best bargain

Shares in Barclays plc (LSE: BARC) have been slow to recover from the banking crisis, but they could be a top FSTE 100 (INDEXFTSE:... More »

Why Pearson is a FTSE 100 stock that could help you quit your job

Could Pearson plc (LSE: PSON), coupled with this FTSE 100 (LON: INDEXFTSE: UKX) stock yielding 7%, help you to a wealthy retirement? More »

Here’s why the GSK share price could be set to beat the FTSE 100

GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON: GSK) shares have been lagging the FTSE 100, but could 2018's comeback mark a new upward trend? More »

Why I believe the Taylor Wimpey share price will continue to beat the FTSE 100

Here's why Taylor Wimpey plc (LON: TW) shares could still be one of the FTSE 100's (INDEXFTSE: UKX) best bargains. More »

2 FTSE 250 dividend stocks that could help you retire early

These two long-term cash cows could give your pension prospects a healthy boost. More »

2 growth plus dividend stocks that could help you retire early

Worried about not having enough money in retirement? These combinations of dividends and growth could ease your mind. More »

Is Indivior a falling knife to buy after plunging 20%?

Indivior plc (LON: INDV) shares crash on a profit warning, but is it an oversold bargain to snap up? More »

Here’s why the PMO share price could continue to climb

Trade wars could hurt Premier Oil plc (LON: PMO) stock in the short term, but it could still be a very tempting long-term investment. More »

Here’s why the Unite Group share price could keep on soaring

Unite Group plc (LON: UTG) has provided top dividends plus growth, and there could be plenty more to come. More »

A top FTSE 100 dividend that could help propel you to a wealthy retirement

Here's why Anglo American plc (LON: AAL) shares could boost your long-term retirement portfolio. More »

Why I’d shun the Sound Energy share price and buy this growth-plus-dividend stock instead

Sound Energy plc (LON: SOU) looks like a 'jam tomorrow' stock, but here's one bringing in the cash today. More »

What can investors learn about the Sky takeover saga?

Sky plc (LON: SKY) shares have soared after a lengthy takeover battle, but what's in it for Sky shareholders? More »