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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.

This one financial move could supercharge your retirement savings

This could be the single biggest expense that's consuming cash you could be investing for your retirement. More »

Why I believe the Sirius Minerals share price could soon return to 40p

The Sirius Minerals plc (LON: SXX) share price has been nervously edging upwards as we still await news of the company's funding. More »

Why I believe the Lloyds share price could soon return to 90p

The few days before 12 April could be make-or-break for Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) and its share prospects. More »

The FTSE 100 dividend shares I’d buy and hold forever

I think these are probably the two safest dividend-paying stocks in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX). More »

BP’s share price is rising. Is it time to buy?

Shares in BP plc (LON: BP) have made a great start to 2019. I reckon it's time for those waiting on the sidelines to... More »

An 8% FTSE 100 dividend yield I’d snap up today

And if an 8% FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) dividend yield isn't enough for you, I have one offering more than 10% too. More »

Is Bitcoin just a big April Fool joke?

Or has Bitcoin finally bottomed and is the cryptocurrency set for a resurgence? More »

No retirement savings and running out of time? Here’s what to do

If you're getting close to retirement and you're worried about your finances, don't panic. Here are a few things you could do to soften... More »

2 Footsie 5% dividend stocks I’d buy with £2,000 today

Here are two FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) stocks whose dividend yields are at five-year highs, but their share prices might not stay this low... More »

Can the Saga share price come back after a shock 35% crash?

Saga plc (LON: SAGA) has always had a loyal customer base, but could dwindling numbers spell harder times ahead? More »

Forget a Cash ISA, here are 2 stocks I’d buy to spice up my 2019 Stocks and Shares ISA

Here's a profitable company I think is undervalued, plus a blue-sky possibility with a tempting risk-to-reward profile. More »

Why I’d buy into the Next share price, but I’d sell Superdry

I think it's management quality that sets Next plc (LON: NXT) apart from Superdry plc (LON: SDRY). More »

Warren Buffett advice that could put you on the road to beating the FTSE 100

Reckon you've got no chance of beating the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX)? Here are some tips from one of the world's top investors. More »

Is the Shell share price the bargain of the year?

Here's why I think Royal Dutch Shell plc class B (LON: RDSB) offers the best combination of low share price and reliable dividend there... More »

These are my top investment trusts for a 2019 ISA

Here are some investment trusts I would buy in 2019, and one I'd avoid. More »

Be alert, and learn how to avoid dodgy ISA investments

With thousands losing their cash after the collapse of London Capital and Finance, it's vitally important to be careful where you invest your money. More »

Only 5 days left to the ISA deadline. Here’s what you should do now

Don't leave it too late to make the most of your 2018-19 ISA allowance. More »

The pros and cons of ISAs versus SIPPs

Want to know what's best for you in the new tax year, an ISA or a SIPP? Read this. More »

How I think you could double your State Pension for £50 per week

Here's why the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) is my absolute top retirement investment target right now. More »

These are the most popular ISA and SIPP stocks in 2019

What do you have on your ISA shortlist now that the 2019 deadline is only a few days away? More »