Alistair was a freelance contributor to The Investors Chronicle, writing its No Free Lunch column for 15 years and The Investors Chronicle Guide to Charting ( still available on Amazon). He wrote for many other publications including a weekly column in The Financial Times. In 1999 he was voted the Periodical Publisher’s Association Business Writer of the Year. At the same time he was developing a totally unrelated online retail business (thefishsociety.co.uk) which eventually grew to a point demanding his full time attention apart from a few writing assignments. He runs his own pension fund which has a very low turnover and a decent record.
Like my fellow contributors Richard Beddard and Maynard Paton, I buy for the long term. Indeed, glancing through their recommendations, I found several of my own favourite shares. As a retail investor, I’m an outsider but I have found that painstaking research into not just the numbers but also the “feel” of a company, especially its stewardship, can yield good returns.”
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