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.

  • Fri, 21st November 2014 - 11:45

    Falling turnover and profit at Fenner are a symptom of temporary weakness in coal prices and the global economy, but attempts to reduce carbon emissions may pose a permanent threat.

  • Thu, 20th November 2014 - 08:52

    Animalcare's annual report is a model for other smaller companies. Not only does it have answers, but the answers are reassuring.

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, 20th November 2014 - 23:12

    QUINDELL ORD 15P (LSE:QPP) seems to have indeed joined the Royal Stuffing club with some irrational movements but alas, not exceeded our critical 70p level. Yet! We've a couple of rules which we use to attempt to figure if a bottom is 'in' or not.

    In the case of QPP,  near term movement (as opposed to an opening second spike) which exceeds

  • Wed, 19th November 2014 - 22:26

    QUINDELL ORD 15P (LSE:QPP) has certainly excited a few people recently with everyone (and their dog) contributing an opinion. So we thought we'd add a little "yap" too but to be fair, only on the numbers. We remain dispassionate about the rest of the tale. But do have some fairly strong feelings regarding the method used to manage the shares price sine July 14th of this year as basically, price movements since went completely against all logic.