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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.

Debt might be killing the BT share price, but here’s why I’d buy

The BT share price has crashed badly in 2020. But if you're prepared to take on risk, I think buying now could reward long-term... More »

Have £5k to spend on your ISA? 2 dividend yields of 5% I’d buy to retire on

If you're looking for dividend shares for your Stocks and Shares ISA, buying these two in 2020 could lock in some top long-term yields. More »

Here’s why I think this FTSE 100 growth stock can keep on growing

If you're investing in the FTSE 100, should you favour a defensive stock over a growth stock in 2020? Here's one I think belongs... More »

Here’s why I think this FTSE 250 biotech growth stock could be set to climb higher

I think the stock market crash has thrown up some nice growth stock buys in 2020. Here are two I'd buy now for long-term... More »

Just how low can the Barclays share price go? And should we buy now?

The Barclays share price has fallen 50% in 2020, following this week's shock FinCEN allegations. I think it could be a good time to... More »

Just how low can the HSBC share price go? And should we buy now?

The HSBC share price has fallen to its lowest since 1995 following this week's shock FinCEN allegations. I think it could be a good... More »

The IAG share price is down 80% in 2020. Read this before you buy

Is the IAG share price the best bargain buy of 2020? Or is it a value trap primed to lose you money, and to... More »

2 top FTSE 250 dividend stocks I’d buy for my 2020 ISA right now

If you're looking for dividend shares for your 2020 Stocks & Shares ISA, I think these two could provide growth potential too. More »

2 FTSE 250 growth stocks I’d buy for my 2020 ISA right now

The FTSE 250 has offered some even better buys than the FTSE 100 this year. Here are two I'd buy in my Stocks and... More »

This retail investment is hammering the Tesco share price. Here’s what you need to know

If you want to profit from supermarket growth, you can look further than the Tesco share price. This one is holding up much better... More »

This biotech growth stock has soared in the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what you need to know

Here are two potential growth stocks, affected by Covid-19 in different ways. Their share prices have headed in opposite directions in 2020. More »

Here’s a super cheap growth share I think could be set to climb again

When a growth share soars and then crashes, investors can profit by getting in for the second wave. Here's a growth stock I think... More »

The Ocado share price is up another 5%. Here’s what you need to know

The Ocado share price is one of 2020's big winners, boosted by the Covid-19 lockdown. Here's why I think it could have further to... More »

Here’s why I see the Vodafone share price as a strong buy right now

After a lengthy correction, the Vodafone share price is the lowest it's been in years. With earnings set to grow, I think it's the... More »

This biotech growth stock is hammering the AstraZeneca share price. Here’s what you need to know

The AstraZeneca share price is climbing. But this biotech firm is collaborating with the pharmaceuticals giant, and its shares have multi-bagged. More »

Forget the Bitcoin price, here’s why I’d buy FTSE 100 stocks instead

Will the Bitcoin price ever set a new all-time high again? I doubt it, but I'm sure the FTSE 100 will. That's why I... More »

3 reasons the ITV share price makes me want to buy in September

The ITV share price has collapsed by 75% in five years. Here's why I rate it as one of the strongest buys on the... More »

The Hurricane Energy share price has crashed 50%. Here’s what I’d do now

The Hurricane Energy share price is down 95% from its peak. Does that present an unmissable opportunity for investors to buy now? More »

The Saga share price has fallen 9%. Here’s what I’d do right now

The Saga share price is down 90% in five years, never mind the 2020 Covid-19 crash. Here's why I think it's time to buy... More »

As the Morrisons share price dips, here’s why I’d buy right now

The Morrisons share price has been resilient in 2020. I think the Covid-19 pandemic has brought permanent changes that make it a buy for... More »