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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.

Should I go for the falling Persimmon share price, or this soaring dividend for my pension pot?

Persimmon plc (LON: PLC) is falling out of favour, but there are other stocks out there offering rising dividends. More »

Is the UKOG share price on the brink of a new surge?

After several false starts, could the oil finally start gushing for UK Oil & Gas plc (LON: UKOG)? More »

Forget a cash ISA! I’m considering these 2 big dividend stocks to protect my pension from inflation

With inflation running higher than interest on a cash ISA, I see dividend stocks as an increasingly better investment for my pension cash. More »

These big FTSE 100 dividends could help you beat the State Pension

Which is better, the State Pension or dividends from top FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) companies? The answer is surely easy. More »

ASOS looks like it’s showing the way for the Boohoo share price

Here's why Boohoo Group plc (LON: BOO) shareholders should be watching the ASOS plc (LON: ASC) share price. More »

Will the Saudi controversy affect the BAE and Rolls-Royce share prices?

BAE Systems plc (LON: BA) and Rolls-Royce Holding plc (LON: RR) both do big business in Saudi Arabia, so could they be hit by... More »

Forget the cash ISA! This FTSE 100 dividend stock should set you up for a significantly wealthier retirement

Why would anyone put their savings in a cash ISA for pitiful returns when there are major FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) stocks offering big... More »

Retire wealthy: why the Barclays share price could smash the FTSE 100

Barclays plc (LON: BARC) shares have suffered in 2018, but 2019 could see a performance that beats the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UK). More »

The FTSE 100 is on the up again, so here’s what Foolish investors should do

After turmoil, the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) is picking up again. Here's why it's been a great week for long-term investors. More »

Why I still see the Tesco share price as one to be avoided

Here's why I think Tesco plc (LON: TSCO) shares are set for years in the doldrums. More »

These FTSE 100 stocks have crashed 30%+ in a year, but could it be time to load up?

A time when top FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) stocks are in a slump is often a great time to be buying. Should you pile... More »

Is this stock a falling knife to catch after today’s share price crash?

Should you buy today's big FTSE fallers, or go for the biggest winner? More »

Here’s why I think the Taylor Wimpey share price is still a top bargain

The news from Telford Homes plc (LON: TEF) supports my view that house-builders, including Taylor Wimpey plc (LON: TW), are still long-term buys. More »

What should investors do about potential fraud at Patisserie Valerie?

Patisserie Holdings plc (LON: CAKE) hits the headlines with possibly fraudulent accounting claims. More »

Here’s how a Lifetime ISA could help you beat the State Pension

The Lifetime ISA is widely misunderstood. But it's not as complex as it seems and could help you invest for a better retirement. More »

Why did the Funding Circle IPO flop so badly?

If you were tempted to buy at the Funding Circle Holdings limited (LON: FCH) flotation, you'd have suffered a quick 20% loss. More »

Is this FTSE 250 faller set to bounce back and crush the GSK share price?

The GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON: GSK) share price has climbed in 2018, but here's one that could beat it in 2019. More »

Can this FTSE 250 pharma winner crush the AstraZeneca share price in 2019?

AstraZeneca plc (LON: AZN) shares are climbing, but here's a pharma stock that could beat them in 2019. More »

3 things you can do to get ahead of the State Pension

Even if you think you're running out of time before you hit pension age, it's never too late to start investing for a better... More »

3 things you don’t know about the GKP share price

Remember the bad old days for Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited (LON: GKP)? Take a look at it now. More »