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.

2 super growth stocks I’d buy and hold until retirement

Adding a few growth stocks to your portfolio could greatly enhance your retirement prospects. More »

Why I believe the Rolls-Royce share price is too cheap to ignore

As Rolls-Royce Holding plc (LON: RR) slashes jobs, is now a great time to buy the shares? More »

2 super growth stocks I’d buy with £2,000 today

Could the FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) be the best index to find top growth stocks? Here's one idea, plus a tempting AIM candidate. More »

Why I’d dump crashing Footsie champion Just Eat plc and buy this growth plus dividend stock

Is the growth story over for FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) star Just Eat plc (LON: JE) as shares plunge 10%? More »

What Footsie stocks should investors buy to survive the looming trade war?

Could Donald Trump's trade sanctions trigger a run on the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX), and what should you do about it? More »

Here’s how screening for Footsie dividend champions could help you retire early

With so many FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) dividend stocks out there, how can we possibly know which ones to go for? Here's one approach... More »

The 88 Energy share price isn’t the only way to play $80 oil

Now that oil is nudging $80 a barrel, could 88 Energy ltd (LON: 88E) and this other explorer make you a fortune? More »

3 ways you can beat the stock market

Could you make a million on the stock market? Here are three ideas that might help you do just that. More »

2 top Footsie dividend stocks I’d buy right now

There are some great dividends to be found in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX). Here are two that could also have great share price... More »

Investing in your 20s? These emerging growth candidates could help you retire earlier

Younger investors are better placed to face the risks of growth investing. Here are two that might earn you some serious cash. More »

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

Here are two FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) dividend candidates that a lot of investors might have missed. More »

Why the RBS share price could smash the FTSE 100 this year

The long-awaited recovery from Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (LON: RBS) could finally be under way. More »

Can you afford to miss out on these 2 FTSE 100-busting dividend yields?

We've rarely had it so good when it comes to FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) dividend yields, so should we be snapping them up while... More »

Why the Standard Life share price could crush the FTSE 100 this year

Standard Life Aberdeen (LON: SLA) is set to hand over lots of cash to shareholders. Could that drive it ahead of the FTSE 100... More »

The BT share price: why is it underperforming the FTSE 100?

BT Group plc (LON: BT.A) is paying healthy dividends, so why are its shares plummeting so badly? More »

This FTSE 100 growth stock looks a far safer bet than bitcoin

If you're thinking of investing in bitcoin, here's a FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) growth candidate that could be a lot less risky. More »

Investing in your 20s? Screening for great growth shares could help you retire early

How can you narrow down the huge list of FTSE shares and pick out some top growth candidates? Screening for a few key characteristics... More »

What should investors do as Italian crisis sends euro stock markets crashing?

The Greek crisis is long over, but will Italy prove to be the undoing of the euro and a threat to European stock markets? More »

Why I believe the Boohoo share price could double in the next decade

If you're looking for stocks with doubling potential, plc (LON: BOO) could be one. But it carries big risk. More »

How soon could the BP share price smash through 600p?

Now that the price of oil is storming up, can anything hold back BP plc (LON: BP) shares? More »