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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:

  • Tue, 31st March 2015 - 23:14

    Plant Impact (LSE:PIM)  has a less than busy discussion area on Interactive but that hasn't stopped the share from making some interesting movements. Near term it looks very possible for any movement above 52.25 to lead to a pretty boring 56p. Secondary, if bettered, is at a longer term 63p. As the chart shows, there are indications the market wants this up in price and currently, the share must really be viewed as heading to a longer term 81p.

    The fly in the ointment comes from the two manipulation gaps shown this year from 36p and again from 44p.

  • Mon, 30th March 2015 - 22:23

    Treatt (LSE:TET)  is dancing on the edge of a drop. Which is a bit of a surprise, 'cos the market has given a few signals it wants the price to go up. As RED shows, the price needs CLOSE below 136p to justify raised eyebrows as such an event permits coming weakness to an initial 110p. Secondary, if broken, is at a longer term 87p. However, the share seems trapped in sympathy with the Chemical Sector as a whole and currently needs CLOSE above 155p to suggest it's going to start moving properly.

    While it's fairly useless from an immediate trade perspective, it seems the price need only trade above 145p to suggest coming growth to 152p. If the share continues its usual snails pace, achieving 152p in a few weeks time will serve to place the price in