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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.

2 FTSE 250 growth stocks I think have more to give in 2020

The FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) is up 10% in 2019, and I believe these growth stocks can help take it a lot further in... More »

A FTSE 100 growth share I think will beat the Ocado share price

Ocado Group plc (LON: OCDO) shares look priced for growth, but here's a FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) stock that I think will beat it. More »

Just how low can the Aviva share price go?

The Aviva plc (LON: AV) share price is on the slide again, but here's why I think the market has got this top dividend... More »

Should I buy shares in Sirius Minerals?

I reckon the next month could be make or break for Sirius Minerals plc (LON: SXX), and here's what I'd do about it. More »

What will Brexit do to the Tesco share price?

Should I buy Tesco plc (LON: TSCO) shares in the final run-up to Brexit? More »

Should I buy shares in Sophos Group?

Shares in growth stock Sophos Group plc (LON: SOPH) are way down from their peak, so is it time to buy? More »

Is this the best way to make £1 million for your retirement savings?

I reckon this is the best way to invest for your retirement, but most people are missing the opportunity. More »

How following Warren Buffett could help you prosper in a recession

Are you scared of investing when there might be a recession coming? I'm quite certain Warren Buffett isn't. More »

Does this news from Ted Baker boost Next’s share price prospects?

There's a new tie-up between Ted Baker plc (LON: TED) and Next plc (LON: NXT), but which stock would I buy? More »

Is Metro Bank set to beat the RBS share price in 2020?

Shares in Metro Bank plc (LON: MTRO) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (LON: RBS) have slumped for different reasons. Here's what I'd... More »

Forget the recession, here’s my investment strategy to beat it

The news is awash with stories of a looming recession, but that could throw up some bargain shares for investors. More »

Can this FTSE 250 growth stock beat the Lloyds bank share price?

I think this FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) growth stock should beat Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) over the next 10 years. More »

Should you buy the Sports Direct share price as it slides further?

As Sports Direct International plc (LON: SPD) loses its auditor, here's what I'd do now. More »

Here’s what I’d do about the Thomas Cook share price slide

Should you buy Thomas Cook Group plc (LON: TCG) shares as hopes for a better rescue deal are raised? More »

£2000 to invest? I think these 2 FTSE 250 stocks will climb in 2020

I believe the FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) is home to some overlooked and undervalued shares right now. More »

After 20% price jump, is this cash-rich stock a buy to beat Bitcoin?

I reckon this is a smarter way to play the Bitcoin game than buying and selling the coins themselves. More »

What do Neil Woodford’s woes mean for Woodford Patient Capital?

Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc (LON: WCT) shares have plunged to a discount of nearly 50%. Is that a strong buy signal? More »

£1,000 to invest? I’d buy this FTSE 250 dividend stock right now

This FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) dividend stock yields 5%+ and has almost doubled in five years. More »

A FTSE 100 dividend stock I’d buy today and one I’d avoid

Of these two fat FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) dividends, here's why I'd go for the smaller yield. More »

Does this news make the UKOG share price an unmissable buy?

UK Oil & Gas plc (LON: UKOG) says its next well will be drilled very soon, following the latest "transformational" event. More »