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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...

  • Wed, 23rd July 2014 - 09:57

    Shares surrounding construction look rather cheap when viewed on a strictly price/earnings basis.

  • Tue, 22nd April 2014 - 11:33

    The Colonel has been for a walk in Constable country and stumbled across one of many Greene King-owned pubs in East Anglia, turning his thoughts to investing in beer.

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:

  • Sun, 27th July 2014 - 16:02

     THE NIKKEI (NIK:NI225) scares the heck out of us as the index is known as the gap toothed monster. The entire market is moved to match the futures market and this creates - from our perspective - something completely illogical. But if we allow the machine to consume the futures numbers, something interesting is revealed.

    Apparently, Japan is heading to 16860 next, a number which is a really big deal. The subtle BLUE line along the top of the chart dates from early 2000 and currently this index needs better 16100 to exceed it. But if it does, growth of a further 700+ points is available and at time of writing, the market has ticked the se

  • Thu, 24th July 2014 - 23:15

    BHP BILLITON (LSE:BLT) has finally managed to pull off two important strokes. Firstly, the price broke through its long term downtrend from 2011 and secondary, perhaps more important, the share has CLOSED above PINK on the chart. The pink line at 2000p has been designated as important for the last 18 months - we call this sort of thing a glass ceiling - and by getting above it, we suspect the price is going up.

    On the immediate cycle, the share shows with further movement exceeding 2085p leading to 2160p. If the movement triggers, the share price would require slip below PINK at 2000p to cancel the upward cycle.

    However, realistically, the price is now regarded as heading to 2352p a