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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.

Can the IAG share price continue climbing after last week’s results?

The IAG share price was the FTSE 100's biggest winner in February. Now that 2020 results are out, will the climb continue? More »

The Lloyds share price: what do the latest results mean?

The Lloyds share price is still weak, but the dividend has been reinstated. Do the latest results make me want to buy or sell? More »

The BP share price is climbing. Is it one of the best stocks to buy now?

After a big 2020 Covid-19 crunch, the BP share price has been steadily rising along with oil prices. Should I buy now for the... More »

Is this the best FTSE 100 growth share to buy for the next decade?

This FTSE 100 stock has nearly doubled in price since flotation in 2018. Will the growth story continue for the next 10 years? More »

Is this the best FTSE 100 company to buy right now?

This FTSE 100 company has reported a relatively prosperous 2020. I examine it as a possible 2021 ISA buy. More »

This FTSE 100 stock has soared since 2020. Here’s what I’d do now

We don't often see FTSE 100 shares flying as high as this one, currently leading the index. Is it a growth stock I should... More »

The IAG share price is beating the FTSE 100 in February: here’s what I’d do

I'm putting together my 2021 ISA shortlist. Now that the IAG share price is rising, should I add it do the list? I look... More »

The Barclays share price is rising in February. Should I finally buy for my ISA?

I've been tempted by the Barclays share price for ages, but I've never bought. I'm now weighing Barclays up as a 2021 ISA candidate. More »

The NatWest share price has been climbing. Should I buy now?

The NatWest share price has been beating some of the competition. And despite a full-year loss, 2020 results bring a return of the dividend. More »

2 of the best investment trusts to buy now

I'm searching for two investment trusts to buy in 2021, looking to match my personal investment aims and requirements. Could these be for me? More »

The Lloyds share price is climbing in February. Should I top up my holding?

The Lloyds share price has done well since November, but it's still way down over 12 months. With results due next week, I'm thinking... More »

The Rolls-Royce share price is rising this week. Should I buy?

The Rolls-Royce share price has fallen back from its year-end levels. But could this latest uptick be the start of a 2021 recovery? More »

Stocks and Shares ISA: which shares should I buy in 2021?

There's not long to go until we get our brand new 2021-22 Stocks and Shares ISA allowance. But what shares should I be looking... More »

How I’d invest £10k in 2021

How would I invest £10k in 2021? Knowing what I know now, I'd approach my first investments very differently to when I started. More »

3 ways I reduce my risk when investing in shares

Does the 2020 stock market crash mean investing in shares is now risky? I think the long-term risk is minimal, and here's how I... More »

Here’s how I’d invest £250 per month in a Stocks and Shares ISA in 2021

I reckon 2021 could be a great year to kick off a long-term Stocks and Shares ISA. But what would I do starting from... More »

Here’s why I’ll be investing in shares for the rest of my life

The 2020 stock market crash might have made investing in shares look like a bad idea. But, for me, it's reinforced exactly the opposite. More »

The IAG share price is falling again. Here’s what I’d do now

The IAG share price is off to a lacklustre start in 2021. But I'm confident about IAG's liquidity, so should I consider buying? More »

These FTSE 250 shares are on my Stocks and Shares ISA shortlist right now

Which are best for a Stocks and Shares ISA, FTSE 100 or FTSE 250 shares? Here are two from the 250 that I like... More »

The National Grid share price is down: should I buy it for my Stocks and Shares ISA?

National Grid share price weakness is tempting me to buy. So will I finally add this one to my Stocks and Shares ISA in... More »