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Share Sleuth

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

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...

  • 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

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:

  • Thu, 21st May 2015 - 22:26

    BHP Billiton (LSE:BLT) Bacon Lettuce Tomato ends our week of a random dig through the mining sector.  Given the heavy population of these stocks across the stock market, we'll continue into next week but importantly, our only selection criteria revolves around whether a share price has an interesting history. We take zero notice of whatever activity the company is actually involved in as, from our perspective, it makes no difference. The trend will already be defined by the smart folk who pay attention to fundamentals. Having now covered our posterior, BLT is on the edge of becoming interesting.  It's bottom at the start of the year was a perfect payback for the misery which was 2014 and the bounce since started to outperform quite impressively.

    Until the start of May, that is.

  • Wed, 20th May 2015 - 22:41

    ANTOFAGASTA (LSE:ANTO) has a company name which always make me think of a foreign "No Smoking" advert. But the area the company is named after looks quite scenic if Google is to be believed. Mountains, a sea view, and not entirely different from where T&T is based in Argyll, Scotland. After some research, we established the big yellow thing in the sky is called "the sun", something we lack. The recent whistleblower on Trident Subs ensured every news story had a picture of a sub with snow dusted Scottish mountains in the background. These are our mountains and spotting a nuke gets old after the first few days.

    Anyway, LSE:ANTO is reacting to a BLUE line which dates from 2012. Visually, it seems we can be pretty confident that should this trade above BLUE, it's going to an initial 830p with secondary 900p. At time of writing, it's bumbling along at 780p, so not much work is needed to exceed 800p and start some proper acceleration.