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.

I think the FTSE 250 could be the index to go for in 2019, and here’s why

All eyes are on the fall in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX), but the FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) could be the index to keep... More »

Why I think the FTSE 100 is the best bargain it’s been in years

The FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) is coming under pressure from the volatile political environment, but that's surely the time to buy not sell. More »

How will we know when the Bitcoin bubble has burst?

Bitcoin has slumped from nearly $20,000 to $3,400, so is the bubble in its final phase of deflation? More »

Is it finally time to snap up the IQE share price?

The IQE plc (LON: IQE) share price is still sliding. Where will it stop and is it time to buy yet? More »

Will this FTSE 100 stock beat the Petrofac share price recovery?

The recovery at Petrofac Limited (LON: PFC) has stumbled, so could this FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) competitor beat it? More »

All I want for Xmas is some FTSE 100 high-dividend shares

Can this simple FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) strategy really bag you a top dividend-paying portfolio? More »

Is the Standard Life share price now too cheap to miss?

After falling nearly 40% in a year, is Standard Life Aberdeen plc (LON: SLA) now an unmissable bargain? More »

Will the Lloyds share price ever stop falling?

Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) shares are still sliding. Will they stop before I have no more hair left to pull out? More »

Why I’d buy these 2 super Xmas dividend stocks

Which shares will do well this Christmas? Here are two that I see as offering great long-term dividend cash. More »

Why I’d snap up the GSK share price for Christmas

I think the GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON: GSK) share price is lagging behind the turnaround in the company's fortunes. More »

Here’s why I couldn’t resist the Persimmon share price

I've gone for Persimmon plc (LON: PSN) shares for my pension portfolio, and I want to explain why. More »

Why I’d pick the HSBC share price to beat a no-deal Brexit

Are you worried about an investment hit from a no-deal Brexit? I reckon HSBC Holdings plc (LON: HSBA) can help us isolate ourselves from... More »

A big dividend stock to snap up after 40% share price crash?

Thursday's market shows two 30%+ falls, so are we looking at opportunities to snap up top bargains? More »

Can the Anglo American share price smash the State Pension?

Here's why I think Anglo American plc (LON: AAL) shares could be a great long-term pension investment. More »

Will the Boohoo share price smash the Next price by 2020?

Is online champion Boohoo Group plc (LON: BOO) set to eclipse the success of NEXT plc (LON: NXT)? More »

Why I see the SSE share price as perfect for a Lifetime ISA

If you're thinking of a Lifetime ISA, I reckon shares in SSE plc (LON: SSE) could make a terrific starting investment. More »

Can Xmas 2018 finally boost the Marks and Spencer share price?

Retail watchers will be eyeing up the critical Christmas sales period. Can Marks and Spencer Group plc (LON: MKS) pull it off this year? More »

The FTSE 250 is crashing, and I think these dividend stocks are bargains

What should you do when the FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE: MCX) is in freefall? I say buy more shares. More »

The FTSE 100 is being hammered, and here’s what I’m doing about it

What should you do when the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) is in freefall? I say buy more shares. More »

I’m loving this Sirius Minerals share price fall

Here's why I reckon the Sirius Minerals plc (LON: SXX) share price fall is offering us a great new opportunity. More »