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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 UK biotech shares to buy in 2021?

With so many UK biotech shares soaring during the Covid-19 pandemic, are there any I see as good value? Here are some I'm watching... More »

The FTSE 100 crashed back below 7,000 this week. Here’s what I’d do

What spooked investors into a mid-week FTSE 100 sell-off this week, and what does it mean for long-term investors like me? More »

Why did the Alphawave share price crash 20% on IPO?

The Alphawave share price fell in London's latest IPO disappointment. But could the chip designer be a good long-term investment? More »

The Argo Blockchain share price has fallen. Should I buy?

The Argo Blockchain share price has gone through the roof in 2021. But it's falling back now, so is it time for me to... More »

The Tesla share price is falling. Should I buy now?

If I don't buy now the Tesla share price is falling, will I be missing out on another Apple-style technology growth stock? More »

The TUI share price just fell, and On The Beach is down 10% too. Which would I buy?

TUI and On The Beach have very different approaches to holidays. Do I find the TUI share price attractive, or is OTB a better... More »

Can this soaring biotech penny share make me rich?

This penny share has surged 1,200% in the last two years. Am I too late now, or are there still big profits for me... More »

The Woodbois share price is soaring in 2021. Is it a penny share to buy now?

After a debt restructure in 2020, and the raising of new cash, the Woodbois share price looks solid for now. But which way might... More »

The Diageo share price is climbing in 2021. Here’s why I’d buy now

The 2020 stock market crash looks like just a blip for the Diageo share price in its long-term run. And the latest trading update... More »

The IMB share price is growing strongly. Here’s what I’d do now

The long-term slump in the IMB share price makes Imperial Brands look like one of the cheapest stocks in the FTSE 100 to me. More »

Will Morrisons beat the Tesco share price in 2021?

The Morrisons and Tesco share prices are neck and neck, performance-wise, in 2021. Which will end the year ahead, and which would I buy... More »

Will the BP share price ever get back to 500p?

The BP share price is still way down on pre-pandemic levels, despite strong Q1 figures. Can it ever recover its previous strength? More »

The BT share price is up nearly 30% in 2021. Is there a lot more to come?

The BT share price is climbing in 2021, but it's still down 60% over five years. Ahead of full-year results, I ask what might... More »

The Aviva or Prudential share price: which is more attractive right now?

The Prudential share price has grown faster than Aviva's, but Aviva has been paying better dividends. Which would I buy? Perhaps both. More »

The Amigo share price just fell 35%. Here’s what I’d do now

As the FCA intends to oppose its rescue plan, the Amigo share price has slumped. Will the plan still succeed, and should I buy... More »

The Royal Mail share price has climbed 50% in 2021. Is there more to come?

The Royal Mail share price has soared ahead of the FTSE 100 since last autumn. Will the growth surge keep going for the rest... More »

The Rolls-Royce share price has been ticking upwards. Is it time to buy now?

Ahead of a trading update, investors have been pushing the Rolls-Royce share price up just a little. Are we close to turnaround time? More »

The Avacta share price (AVCT) has climbed 1,400%. Here’s what I’d do now

The biotech sector has been one to watch since Covid-19 arrived. Could the Avacta Group share price be the one to beat in 2021... More »

The best UK bank shares to buy now

UK bank shares have come storming back from the 2020 stock market crash, but which do I think are the best in the sector... More »

Soaring profits fail to boost the Boohoo share price. Is this a buying opportunity?

Despite a 40% jump in revenue, the Boohoo share price is way down from 2020's peak. Here's why I'm thinking of buying right now. More »