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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

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:

  • Wed, 2nd September 2015 - 23:14

    DIGITAL BARRIERS PLC (LSE:DGB) meets our criteria for interesting shares in the Support Services Sector. Few people talk about it yet the share price manages reasonable movements despite the absence of informed chatter.  Something a bit interesting has been happening with the share price. We've been waiting all year for it to bottom at 26p yet the price has resiliently refused to move below 33p and enact a final flop to our target level. Perhaps this is an indication of some strength and given the proximity of BLUE to the current share price of 37p, it's perhaps about to do something.

  • Tue, 1st September 2015 - 22:50

    BEGBIES TRAYNOR GROUP PLC (LSE:BEG) conforms to our usual criteria for interesting shares in the Support Services Sector of the market. No-one, effectively, talks about it yet the share price manages reasonable movements despite the absence of informed chatter. We've shown a zoomed in box to highlight something which happened in July. The share price was deliberately gapped below the long term uptrend, then a few days later gapped above it. At risk of getting technical, we've come to refer to this sort of nonsense as a "fake" though in strict market parlance, most folk will call it a treeshake. We prefer "fake" 'cos it was a move probably designed to panic investors prior to a proper rise.