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.

Avoid debt in 3 simple steps!

The UK is racing into a personal debt crisis. Here are some thoughts to help you avoid it. More »

Make your child a Junior ISA millionaire

Get your children started early with Junior ISAs, and they really could reach millionaire status faster in the decades ahead of them. More »

Is the BT share price the ISA bargain of the year?

Here's why you might want to stash BT Group plc (LON: BT.A) shares in your 2018 ISA. More »

2 hidden dividend plus growth stocks I’d buy with £2,000 today

You really don't have to choose between dividends and growth when there are stocks out there offering both. More »

Why I’d buy Neil Woodford favourite Provident Financial plc, along with this 5% yielder

Provident Financial plc (LON: PFG) looks set on a recovery path, and here's a 5% yielder that could go well with it. More »

Purplebricks Group plc isn’t the only Neil Woodford stock I’d sell today

I hate to go against top investor Neil Woodford, but I just don't like the look of these two stocks, including Purplebricks Group plc... More »

2 FTSE 250 dividend stocks I’d buy for my ISA with £2,000 right now

Here are two overlooked FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE:MCX) stocks which could be just right for a long-term ISA investment. More »

5 top ISA myths debunked

Here are five points that might be keeping you from investing in an ISA, but they're all wrong. More »

Should you snap up shares in fallers Micro Focus and Greencore Group plc?

Are Micro Focus International plc (LON: MCRO) and Greencore Group plc (LON: GNC) super bargains after big share price falls? More »

2 last-minute ISA stocks that could help make you an ISA millionaire

Are you running out of time to use your 2017-18 ISA allowance and don't know what to buy? Here are two stocks you might... More »

5 last-minute ISA mistakes to avoid

ISA deadline time is almost upon us and it pays to use up your allowance, but be careful not to make these common mistakes. More »

FTSE 100 dividend stock Smiths Group plc could make you an ISA millionaire, despite 10% fall

Here's why Smiths Group plc (LON: SMIN) could be a great pick for your 2018 ISA. More »

NEXT plc is soundly beating the Boohoo share price in 2018 plc (LON: BOO) shares are falling out of fashion, while NEXT plc (LON: NXT) is storming back. More »

A 7% FTSE 100 dividend stock I’d buy instead of Carnival plc

Carnival plc (LON: CCL) has turned in strong Q1 figures, but here's a big dividend payer that could be a better investment. More »

Why I’d buy this 5% yielder alongside Frontera Resources Corp today

Oil explorer Frontera Resources Corp (LON: FRR) could be a great play on a rising oil price. More »

Does Halma plc’s double-digit growth make it the steal of the century?

Halma plc (LON: HLMA) has seen its earnings soar, and here's another that's done even better. More »

Why I believe HSBC shares are a great buy now that the price has dropped

HSBC Holdings plc (LSE: HSBA) looks like a long-term cash cow that just got cheaper. More »

2 inflation-busting small-cap dividend stocks I’d buy with £2,000 today

A key target for investing returns is to keep them ahead of inflation, and these two stocks could do just that. More »

Why I’d buy Prudential plc along with this 6% yielder

This 6% yield could be a great companion for the trustworthy dividends from Prudential plc (LON: PRU). More »

How a Junior ISA could make your child an ISA millionaire

If an ISA can make you seriously rich, just think what a Junior ISA could do for your children with their extra years. More »