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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.

What I’d do about the Lloyds share price now RBS has crashed too

The Lloyds Lloyds share price has crashed to its lowest since 2012, and RBS is following suit. Should we be selling, or is it... More »

3 FTSE 100 dividends I’d buy during the 2020 stock market crash

Some of the biggest FTSE 100 dividends are being cut during the Covid-19 crisis. Here's my approach to protecting long-term investing income. More »

3 shares I won’t buy during the 2020 stock market crash

The 2020 market crash has thrown up lots of bargains. But it's especially important to avoid stocks that could go bust. More »

Will these be the next FTSE 100 dividends to fall in the 2020 crash?

Big FTSE 100 dividends are being cut as coronavirus fallout spreads, but which will be next? I predict both of these will slip. More »

Are these 2 crashing stocks unmissable buys, or falling knives to avoid?

These two crashing stocks are among Wednesday's biggest fallers as their dividends are suspended. Are they falling knives to avoid, or great recovery buys? More »

These 3 fallen stocks are climbing, but I’d only buy one of them

After big share price crashes, these three are leading the biggest rebounds. Are they recoveries to buy into, or dead cat bounces? More »

After the biggest FTSE 100 rise since 2008, what should we do now?

We've seen the best FTSE 100 rise since 2008, and the greatest leap for the Dow Jones since 1933, so have we missed a... More »

Here’s what I’d do if the FTSE 100 closed tomorrow

Speculation that the FTSE 100 might close amid the coronavirus crisis made me wonder what I'd do if it did. You might be surprised! More »

Could I retire early with a FTSE 100 portfolio led by female CEOs?

There are only five FTSE 100 companies run by female CEOs. Here's why I think they could make a great core retirement portfolio. More »

How I’d choose shares to buy in the 2020 market crash

It's all very well saying we should be buying FTSE 100 shares during the 2020 market crash, but choosing the best is a different... More »

Here’s how I’d start investing in the FTSE 100 today

These could be the best times for buying FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) shares in a generation, but it's important not to be impulsive. More »

I think this could be the safest FTSE 100 share to buy during the crash

Are all FTSE 100 shares falling in the coronavirus crisis? No they're not, and some have actually gained. Here's a look at a top... More »

3 investing mistakes I think you should avoid as the FTSE 100 slumps

The FTSE 100 downturn is tough, but it's important to stay cool and remember the long-term benefits of investing in shares. More »

Is it time to panic yet, after the FTSE 100 crashed below 5,000?

The FTSE 100 has crashed below 5,000 points for the first time since the banking crisis. But no, we still shouldn't panic. More »

Why I’d rate a Stocks and Shares ISA ahead of a Cash ISA, especially now

The FTSE 100 has suffered a terrible week. But here's why that makes a Stocks and Shares ISA even more attractive. More »

The FTSE 100’s worst day since 1987? I disagree

The FTSE 100 has suffered its biggest one-day fall since 1987. Here's why I think that's great news for investors. More »

Why I’d buy AstraZeneca as the FTSE 100 crashes below 5,500

When the whole FTSE 100 is crashing, even top shares can fall heavily. Here's why I rate AstraZeneca as one of the best buys. More »

These 2 stocks have crashed 30%+ as the FTSE 100 slides. Time to buy?

As the FTSE 100 crashes below 5,500 points, it's tempting to buy the day's biggest fallers. Here's why that could be a mistake. More »

2 stocks I’d avoid while the FTSE 100 is crashing below 5,500

The FTSE 100 crash is throwing up lots of cheap shares to buy, but we still need to be selective. I'm steering clear of... More »

I say it’s time to buy as the FTSE 100 crashes, but I’d avoid this stock

For long-term investors, I reckon it's time to buy shares as the FTSE 100 crashes. But we do still need to be cautious, and... More »