Share Sleuth Blog

Share Sleuth

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

  • Thu, 23rd October 2014 - 11:32

    This week: James Halstead, conviction investments, and the “thought virus” that’s attacking a weakened global economic immune system.

  • Wed, 22nd October 2014 - 13:15

    On Tuesday, Share Sleuth doubled up on its holding of Sagentia. It was a mistake. But it should end well.

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...

  • 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.

  • Wed, 13th August 2014 - 10:39

    It's anyone's guess what the outcome of the independence vote will be, but it's worth thinking now about the shares that stand to benefit.

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, 23rd October 2014 - 23:14

    Friday Freebie - We've given a preview of our Index / Commods / Forex etc with the numbers below NOT redacted.

    IAG (LSE:IAG) managed to close the session on the 23rd in a zone pointing at unbridled optimism to 420p with secondary at a longer term 458p. Given it's trading at 384p, this is quite a useful rise potential but, alas, it only exceeded trigger by 0.9p!

  • Wed, 22nd October 2014 - 23:06

    The FTSE had a confusing Wednesday. When we review that Big Picture scenario from Sunday evening, we tend expect a really grotty day anytime now. But rather surprisingly the market closed the 22nd in a position suggesting it intends growth to 6720 in coming sessions. It need only slip below 6320 to cancel such optimistic drivel...


    IMP TOBACCO (LSE:IMT) would, in a fair world, be regarded as heading to 2985 next, a new all time high.