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, 26th March 2015 - 08:51

    Full-year results from the quirky market research agency lack zest and a strategic shimmy is disconcerting, but there’s plenty of juice left.

  • Wed, 25th March 2015 - 13:15

    Flavour manufacturer Treatt’s strategy to move up the value chain makes sense, and the valuation is tempting. After considerable angst, it joins the Share Sleuth 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 - 13:25

    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 - 16:22

    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 - 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, 26th March 2015 - 22:47

    National Express (LSE:NEX) , famous for one of the best song lyrics of all time **, is starting to become vaguely interesting for the longer term too. In the event of the price now CLOSING above just 292p, it ticks the final box in an argument pointing at 346p as the next major point of interest. In fact, longer term we can even paint a surprising 410p.

  • Wed, 25th March 2015 - 23:04

    Jeremy Clarkson leaves Top Gear on the same day Zayn Malik leaves One Direction. Coincidence or  a job swap coming?  We get whimsical when listening to Radio 2 while producing this report and search for things more ridiculous than XEL's price movements... Though news of Clarkson talking to  ITV may be the boost it needs to get to our next upper target.