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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:

  • Fri, 24th June 2016 - 00:46

    BRENT, GOLD, and THE FTSE and GBPUSD There's probably one of the scariest thing which sometimes happens with shares and it's summarised by two words. "Factored In" Sometimes, a share will experience a stonking rise prior to important news being released and, despite the content of an RNS, a price will tank. We've been watching the rises during June on the FTSE and wondering if we're about to face a hammering for all the wrong reasons! Of course, this is possibly also due to our continual cautious nature. This is probably the hardest headline piece as we don't have a clue what's going to happen following the result of the Europe Referendum. As mentioned previously, we're not entirely convinced this weeks buoyant market is due to a REMAIN vote pending. It could equally be a LEAVE vote giving optimism on the markets. Alternately, the markets genuinely are as clueless as to the result as everyone else is. We're looking at some key indicators with the intention of providing numbers which will indicate whether each market has "Bottomed" (or "Topped - GOLD")

  • Wed, 22nd June 2016 - 23:53

    BARCLAYS, LLOYDS, AND RBS (LSE:#victims) As the world holds its breath for Fridays result, it has started to appear the markets already have decided on an outcome. We're genuinely not sure whether LEAVE or REMAIN tickles the FTSE. Certainly, every commentator has described the recent rises as due to REMAIN optimism, something which puzzles due to the plethora of opinion polls favouring a LEAVE vote. An acquaintance, who's a pretty reliable track record in building trends from opinion poll results, seems pretty convinced of a small LEAVE majority, Perhaps the market is lively, due to LEAVE optimism! We shall know on Friday. One thing we already know is the markets have been forcing the Banking Sector retail shares upward this week. Of the three, Barclays has managed to better its immediate downtrend since August last year.