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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 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 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:

  • Wed, 24th August 2016 - 23:49

    SIRIUS MINERALS (LSE:SXX) and DIXONS CARPHONE (LSE:DC.) We had a bit of a giggle due to a slightly rude email received. In our recent comment (link here) against Sirius, we pointed out our grasp of timeframes is tenuous and someone took umbrage at our honesty. Apparently, if we admit timeframes are usually impossible, we are bad at our job! It was quite difficult restraining from writing back, pointing out Dr Who and Timelords are actually fictional. Amusingly though, Sirius presented a valid timeframe argument for the near term. Apparently, if SXX betters 44.8 sometime around 1.07pm on the 25th August, it should experience growth

  • Tue, 23rd August 2016 - 23:54

    SIRIUS MINERALS (LSE:SXX)  We last viewed this during "the lost week of July" when a security issue caused publishing problems (for us) on the Interactive Investor website. The report (link here) was hopefully useful to someone, though our comment of 49p being a distant attraction has proven, once again, our grasp of timeframes is tenuous. To be fair, in most situations, timeframes are an impossible concept but even the most fussy would be surprised at such quick movement from 21.75 to its current closing price of 42.25p and a day high at nearly 52p.