The Motley Fool

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 Sirius Minerals share price: buy, sell or hold?

Alan Oscroft asks where the Sirius Minerals plc (LON: SXX) share price is likely to go next. More »

The Lloyds share price: buy, sell or hold?

Alan Oscroft asks, will the Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) share price ever come good? More »

Here’s what I’d do about the Ted Baker share price crash now

With Ted Baker plc (LON: TED) shares joining Superdry plc (LON: SDRY) in the long line of struggling fashion brands, what do I think... More »

Will the Next share price be the next in line to crash, or can it soar?

The high street fashion business is in dire straits right now, but here's why I think the Next plc (LON: NXT) share price can... More »

Will this news help the Morrisons share price halt its 12-month slide?

There will surely be winners and losers in the supermarket wars, and I ask which camp WM Morrison Supermarkets plc (LON: MRW) will be... More »

2 overlooked FTSE 250 dividend shares I’d buy and hold forever

Not all great long-term dividend investments are obvious. Here are two from the FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) that I'm looking at for my pension. More »

Never mind Tesco, is the Sainsbury’s share price the one to buy now?

Some investors are eyeing up Tesco plc (LON: TSCO) and J Sainsbury plc (LON: SBRY) as attractive investments now. I'm not so sure. More »

Is time running out as the UKOG share price slides?

I think UK Oil & Gas plc (LON: UKOG) might be a risk too far for me in 2019. More »

Is Woodford Patient Capital Trust now a bargain or a value trap?

Neil Woodford's Equity Income fund has been suspended, but the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (LON:WPCT) is open for business as usual. Read on if... More »

Why I believe the Aviva share price is too cheap to ignore

Ahead of a big investor update, I'm still convinced I'm seeing a serious undervaluation in Aviva plc (LON: AV) shares. More »

What should investors do now about Neil Woodford’s fund suspension?

As the fallout from the suspension of trading in Neil Woodford's Equity Income fund continues, investors are left asking what happens next? More »

Is the Kier Group share price a falling knife to catch after its 40% crash?

With the Kier Group plc (LON: KIE) share price now down 84% over 12 months, are we finally looking at an unmissable buy? More »

Two FTSE 100 dividend shares I’d buy and hold forever

I'd check out these two FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) stocks, one on a forecast dividend yield of 5% and one on more than 6%. More »

This 8% dividend stock still looks a far safer bet than Bitcoin to me

If you want actual income from your investments, I think these two big dividend yields should provide far less risky long-term returns than Bitcoin. More »

Is this a recovery stock to buy after 25% share price gain in 2019?

Here's a recovering stock that I reckon is worth a closer look, plus a small biotech that I think could be on to something... More »

Forget buy-to-let, I’d go for these 2 top property stocks every time

You don't need to take on buy-to-let risks to get a slice of the UK's healthy property market. Here's how I'd do it. More »

Investing for dividends? I’d consider these income champion investment trusts

These two investment trusts have lifted their dividends for 52 and 45 years in a row, respectively. Read on to find out who they... More »

An unloved FTSE 250 dividend growth share I’d buy today and hold forever

Here's a FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) company that came out badly in the latest Which? consumer survey. Read on to see why I prefer... More »

Two FTSE 250 dividend shares I’d buy and hold forever

The FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) isn't the only route to dividend success. Here are two big FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) yielders I see as... More »

Is the Thomas Cook share price a buy after 20% jump?

The Thomas Cook Group plc (LON: TCG) share price climbs in response to radical plans to turn the travel giant around. More »