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

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...

  • Fri, 5th December 2014 - 14:25

    The Colonel provides a review of his portfolio: ITV and Facebook have brought home the bacon, while Tesco and Barclays remain total stinkers.

  • 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.

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.

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  • Mon, 23rd May 2016 - 23:52

    FERRARI and GULF KEYSTONE (NYSE:RACE, LSE:GKP) and the race to the bottom...  Before we indulge the vanity project which is Ferrari (and whether race performance effects the sodding price), Gulf Keystone deserves a mutter or two. As victims are painfully aware, the share isn't really going up. Currently, we require the mid-price to CLOSE a session above 4.915p to signal the immediate downtrend has eased and there's a chance for useless growth to an initial 6p, maybe even 7.7 if the sun is shining on the markets.

  • Sun, 22nd May 2016 - 23:44

    THE FTSE THIS WEEK (FTSE:UKX) In our outlook last week, we gave a number (6149) the market needed better to escape the downtrend from hell. The index gleefully bettered our trigger level, surged to the useless initial target of 6194, came nowhere near our secondary 6270 as the high of the week was 6220. Then it fell off a cliff and plunged once again below the ruling downtrend. We're inclined to invent a weasel manoeuvre here by suggesting the trend we were watching wasn't actually the trend. Sometimes this happens and it's always a little annoying watching a price bouncing straight through a carefully constructed argument.