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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.

My worst stock tips of 2019, and how to avoid them

Here are three of the stocks I got seriously wrong in 2019, and what mistakes I made. More »

What I’d do about Tullow Oil’s 65% share price crash this week

The Tullow Oil (LON: TLW) share price is down more than 65% since Friday. Here's my take on what investors should do. More »

As Ted Baker share price crashes, here’s what I’d do now

Ted Baker suffers its worst trading year ever, but does the depressed share price mean a recovery buy? More »

My best stock tips of 2019

What were your best stock calls in 2019? Here are three of mine that turned out right. More »

The biggest investing myths debunked

Don't fall for these widely believed myths that keep thousands of people from investing in stocks and shares. More »

Why I think Labour could trigger a great stock market crash in 2020

I reckon Jeremy Corbyn's nationalisation plans could be a disaster for UK stock market confidence. More »

A FTSE 250 dividend stock I’d buy for my ISA today after 20% jump

I think top dividend shares from the faster-growing FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) could boost your Stocks and Shares ISA. More »

No savings at 50? Here are 3 big ISA mistakes I’d avoid

I say a Cash ISA is the biggest mistake you can make, but there are others I reckon you need to avoid too. More »

Which is better, the rising share price of Tesco or Ocado?

Tesco (LON: TSCO) shares are climbing, and so, apart from this dip, are Ocado's (LON: OCDO). Here's what I'd do. More »

Would I buy the Boohoo share price, or this 10% faller?

Boohoo (LON: BOO) is up nearly 90% in 2019 with strong earnings growth forecast. Here's what I'd do about it. More »

Want to beat the State Pension? Don’t make this big retirement mistake

Too many pensioners risk running out of cash in retirement. Here's how to avoid being one of them. More »

If you’re investing in Bitcoin, watch out for scams like these

There's little you can do after cryptocurrency fraud happens. Here's the best way to avoid it. More »

A progressive dividend stock I’d buy after 10% share price fall

A test of a good dividend is how it holds up during earnings weakness. I think these two stocks pass the test. More »

After soaring 15%, this cheap growth stock looks like a buy to me

Growth stocks often slump before they catch their second wind, and I think that can be a great time to buy. More »

Which is better, the rising share price of Fevertree or Purplebricks?

Fevertree drinks (LON: FEVR) and Purplebricks (LON: PURP) are both on a bit of a recovery, so is now the time to buy them? More »

Got £1,000 to invest? I like this champion investment trust

I think investment trusts are a great way to invest £1,000. Here's one of my favourites, and one I wouldn't touch. More »

Neil Woodford’s WPCT share price hits new lows. Is it time to buy now?

Woodford Patient Capital (LON: WPCT) shares reach a massive discount, and I examine the attractions of buying. More »

How to not invest like Katie Price and avoid bankruptcy

How do so many millionaire celebs find it so hard to hang on to their money? More »

A banking stock I’d buy alongside the Lloyds share price

Should you invest in Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) or a challenger bank? Here's why I see both as buys. More »

Buy-to-let? Here’s how I’d get into the property market instead

This real estate company has raised its dividend by 5.4%, on the back of growing rental income. More »