Share Sleuth Blog

Share Sleuth

Share Sleuth is the online diary of value investor and companies editor Richard Beddard, including research notes, watchlist and a model portfolio.

  • Mon, 20th October 2014 - 12:20

    On the face of it, pet medicine and product supplier Animalcare is a jam today company offering more jam tomorrow. The jam is good value.

  • Fri, 17th October 2014 - 12:15

    The acquisition of rival baker Fletchers will double the size Finsbury Food, putting it in a stronger position in a competitive market. Maybe it’s paying too much...

The Colonel

The Colonel knows his onions. Retired from the military with grown up children, this super-savvy empty-nester divides his time between walking the dogs, the golf and/or race course and hunting down great investment propositions. With his personal motto of Sinil Labore Nihil (or, roughly, Do Your Own Research for those without a Google translator) The Colonel spends more time on the web with ‘sharpener’ in hand than almost anyone else. And being a Colonel of course, he just can’t keep it to himself...

  • Thu, 2nd October 2014 - 17:22

    The Colonel is not normally a fan of IPOs, but found the attractions of Saga's elderly-focused proposition irresistible.

  • Wed, 13th August 2014 - 10:39

    It's anyone's guess what the outcome of the independence vote will be, but it's worth thinking now about the shares that stand to benefit.

Peter Temple

Peter Temple was an equity analyst for 18 years. In the decades since he quit the City he has been a widely published journalist and author. Here we get straight to the wisdom from the man who makes his living from investing.

  • Wed, 11th July 2012 - 17:18

    The two months since the ETF Portfolio was last updated have been what might be described a "steady as she goes" period. The market has recovered some poise, compared to the periodic bout of euro-itis with which it was afflicted last time round.

  • Tue, 22nd May 2012 - 16:53

    It is a little-known fact that the iShares powerhouse, a big player in the now well-established market for exchange traded funds, actually began life as a joint venture between US bank Wells Fargo and the Japanese investment house Nikko.

Trends and Targets - a new name, but the same old team of analysts with their magic secret software! Formerly Precogz, they provide Interactive Investor’s clients with daily movement forecasts before trading commences, covering nearly 50 of the most popular traded shares.

Note: The analysts cannot give financial advice or strategy solutions. If you want to get hold of them, their email is:

  • Mon, 20th October 2014 - 23:17

    The FTSE had a funny Monday. As has become almost inevitable, the market was down but now as down as we've come to expect. In fact, it almost felt like lip service was paid to the usual Monday misery. In the coming week, we'll be quite interested if the market starts trading above 6357 for any reason as some useful growth becomes possible.

    HSBC HOLDINGS (LSE:HSBA) continues our look at FTSE 100's not covered by our daily commentary.  It has a blue line which dates back to 2006. In the event of the share price managing to CLOSE above it - currently 714p

  • Sun, 19th October 2014 - 22:34

    The FTSE The market is a funny old place. The week ended with what many people perceived as a stonking good day. We prefer think of it as "having pushed the knife in and spending a day twisting it, the knife was pulled out for a day." One heck of a lot of harm has been done to share prices over the last month and while the FTSE experiencing a 2% day may seem useful, from our perspective the majority of shares have been moved into dangerous territory.