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.

Forget the Royal Mail share price, I’d buy this FTSE 250 income stock

Royal Mail plc (LON: RMG) expectations are weakening and I see better FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) bargains out there. More »

Here’s how to lose £100 million on Bitcoin

Here's how thousands of Bitcoin investors might have lost everything overnight, and how you can avoid it. More »

The Glencore share price looks cheap, but here’s why I wouldn’t buy it

Shares in Glencore plc (LON: GLEN) look cheap, but its record since IPO is truly dreadful. More »

Forget buy-to-let, these FTSE 250 stocks are how I’d invest in property

Real Estate Investment Trusts can be a great way to invest in property with lowered risk. Here are two I like the look of... More »

2 unloved FTSE 100 dividend stocks I rate as great value right now

While glamorously big FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) dividends are capturing the headlines, I'm taking a closer look at these two less-noticed ones. More »

2 big dividend stocks I’d buy to beat the FTSE 250 in 2019

I think the FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) has plenty of high-dividend bargains stocks. Here are two of my top selections. More »

Why I rate the Unilever share price as a top Brexit-beating investment

The Unilever plc (LON: ULVR) share price slips on 2018 results, but does that make it an even-better-value Brexit-beating stock? More »

Why I think the Shell share price is the best Footsie bargain of 2019

Royal Dutch Shell Plc Class B (LON: RDSB) shares have been falling, and I think investors have made a big mistake there. More »

One 9% dividend I’d buy more of, and one I’d dump as quickly as possible

With many 9%-plus dividend stocks on offer these days, we need to be very careful which ones to choose. More »

Should I buy into the Staffline share price after shock 20% fall?

The Staffline Group plc (LON: STAF) share price crashed by more than 20% on Wednesday morning. Is that a sign to buy, or to... More »

Why I think 2019 conditions could be perfect for the Next share price

Here's why I think Next plc (LON: NXT) is the best stock in its sector for progress in 2019. More »

Why the BAE share price isn’t the only FTSE 100 climber I’d buy today

With the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) storming ahead in January, here's a share I'd buy along with BAE Systems plc (LON: BA). More »

Is a Marks and Spencer deal just what the Ocado share price needs?

Will a deal between Ocado Group plc (LON: OCDO) and Marks and Spencer Group plc (LON: MKS) really be a game changer? More »

The Tesco share price is rebounding strongly, is it finally time to buy?

Tesco plc (LON: TSCO) shares are up 16% so far in 2019, after 12 consecutive quarters of sales growth. More »

Why I’m finally starting to like the Vodafone share price

The Vodafone Group plc (LON: VOD) share price has slumped, but that could mean it's worth buying into right now. More »

Why I think the GKP share price could be the oily to go for in 2019

The Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited (LON: GKP) share price is heading up in 2019, in what I think should be a transformative year. More »

Which would I buy today, the Morrisons or Sainsbury’s share price?

Here's my head-to-head take on J Sainsbury plc (LON: SBRY) vs Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc (LON: MRW). More »

Avoid these 5 big mistakes and put your State Pension fears behind you

Here are five mistakes I reckon you really need to avoid to enjoy a worry-free retirement. More »

Here’s why you need to get your ISA plans ready for the 2019 deadline

Millions of British investors leave their ISA savings until the last minute. Make sure you're not one of them. More »

My 5 top tips for beating the State Pension in 2019

Here are five things I think you really need to get right to enjoy a worry-free retirement. More »