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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:

  • Thu, 27th August 2015 - 23:07

    The Big Picture Day 5... BRENT CRUDE. Thank goodness for the bank holiday weekend. Perfectly timed but dreading Tuesdays open if any negative news breaks Amongst the shares we analyse, we've been giving trigger levels which, if bettered, will convince us the significant recovery is real. Unfortunately far too many shares remain within the Dead Cat zone as, despite Thursday being a stonking 3.6% day on the FTSE, only THREE out of EIGHTY shares managed to pass the level which says we must take the bounce seriously.

    The implication of this is, should grotty news now hit, the market is liable to turn into a tragedy. Even the FTSE, despite the good day, only reached 6212 whereas out initial target was 6216. Whilst a 230 point rise cannot be sneezed at, we prefer seeing our initial targets bettered as this implies strength.  Thankfully once the market itself closed, FTSE futures managed to better our 6212 so perhaps we're being more absurdly paranoid than usual.

  • Wed, 26th August 2015 - 23:20