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.

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 - 16:22

    The Colonel is not normally a fan of IPOs, but found the attractions of Saga's elderly-focused proposition irresistible.

  • Wed, 13th August 2014 - 09:39

    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 - 16:18

    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 - 15:53

    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, 30th October 2014 - 23:29

     FRIDAY FREEBIE - NONE of the numbers on futures redacted ! The FTSE provoked a few emails asking for explanation of our new lunchtime method. Click here to view a webpage and chart which illustrates a recent movement, along with our reasoning. Needless to say, our longer term prospect of 6524 remains valid and we'll feel it shall become realistic if the FTSE betters 6476 again.

    MARKS & SPENCER GRP (LSE:MKS) is similar to other retailers with one important difference. It's not entirely stuffed yet! But if the price closes below 383p,

  • Wed, 29th October 2014 - 23:05

    The FTSE provided a masterclass in our new method of presenting lunchtime trades. In an effort to ensure a day trade doesn't risk clients being trapped, we're giving an expected 'first movement on trigger' target and with the FTSE, it was from 6461 to 6474 points. Once triggered, the market managed to get 6475.3 before suffering a near 50 point reversal!  Importantly, a two point stop would have sufficed for this first move and this is also part of the cunning plan. "LONG . Entry: 6461 Exit: Safe exit at 6474 or longer term at 6524 " In our world, we prefer suggesting relatively quick and terror free potentials!