Maynard Paton

Maynard wrote investment articles for The Motley Fool UK between 1999 and 2014. At the start of 2015, aged 43, he became a full-time private investor. As well as the articles he writes for ShareScope, Maynard also writes his own quality investment blog at maynardpaton.com

I’ve developed my investing approach after years of learning about the stock market and experiencing what actually works for me. Important influences on my style include the strategies of Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Jim Slater and Nick Train. Simply put, I look to invest in respectable companies trading at modest valuations and to hold them for the long term. 

Latest Articles

  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Renishaw 8th April 2019 by Maynard Paton- I am convinced the very best shares to own are often led by executives who truly act in the interests of ordinary shareholders. In particular, bosses who: * do not dilute investors by issuing shares willy-nilly; * create dependable returns… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Craneware 26th March 2019 by Maynard Paton- Years ago I read Super Stocks, an investment book that claimed to reveal “powerful new ideas” to uncover “opportunities for spectacular profits”. I sadly can’t recall identifying any “opportunities for spectacular profits”… …but the book’s “powerful new ideas” did make… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Accesso Technology 12th March 2019 by Maynard Paton- This article has not turned out as I had expected. I was hoping to study a quality growth business that had seen its share price slump to attractive levels… …but instead I have ended up untangling some very awkward accounts… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Hargreaves Lansdown 27th February 2019 by Maynard Paton- Quality companies often produce exceptional returns for ordinary investors. Just ask Terry Smith or Nick Train. These ace fund managers have delivered wonderful gains by investing in first-class businesses such as Diageo, Reckitt Benckiser and London Stock Exchange. Let’s use… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Apple 11th February 2019 by Maynard Paton- Being able to analyse international shares — at no extra cost! — is a wonderful feature of SharePad. And finding overseas shares within SharePad is easy, too. Simply click on Other Lists within the main toolbar… …and take your pick… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Games Workshop 30th January 2019 by Maynard Paton- Could now be the time to return to dynamic growth shares? Wonder-stocks such as Fever-Tree, Boohoo.com and Keywords Studios are all well below their highs of 2018… …and I wonder whether the widespread selling has created a super-growth bargain somewhere… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Plus500 16th January 2019 by Maynard Paton- Before I start looking at Plus500 (LSE: PLUS), I have some good news…. …you can now employ my SharePad screening criteria with just a few clicks! The process involves SharePad’s amazing Filter library. This facility gives you complete access to… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Somero Enterprises 2nd January 2019 by Maynard Paton- How did your portfolio fare during 2018? If you managed to side-step the market falls, very well done. For the rest of us — including me — I guess we can only cross our fingers and hope the FTSE performs… ...more
  • A Special SharePad Investigation: Patisserie Valerie 11th December 2018 by Maynard Paton- Before I go any further, let me just state that I am not here to say “I told you so”. But whenever I have lost money on a share, I have always found going back to see where I went… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Mattioli Woods 4th December 2018 by Maynard Paton- Many years ago, one of my favourite sources for investment ideas was the Financial Times. However, the FT’s articles did not interest me, and nor did the Lex column. Instead, I studied a small table that was tucked away on… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Warpaint London 21st November 2018 by Maynard Paton- I am always looking for shares that can double, triple, quadruple or more during the years ahead. And one good way of finding such great investments is to study shares that have, well, already doubled, tripled, quadrupled or more. Take… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Zytronic 9th November 2018 by Maynard Paton- Let me start with a confession: 2018 is fast becoming a year to forget for my portfolio. Suffice to say, my shares have suffered a further drubbing… and my annual return is now firmly entrenched in negative territory. I have… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: PayPoint 23rd October 2018 by Maynard Paton- I don’t know about your shares, but my portfolio was thumped during this month’s market sell-off. The drubbing prompted me to consider whether I should remain invested in my racy growth stocks and contrarian recovery plays — or seek out… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: Character 8th October 2018 by Maynard Paton- My SharePad screening for buying opportunities has short-listed Character (LSE: CCT) as a possible longer-term investment. The attraction here is a quite extraordinary story about buybacks. You see, since 2006, this small-cap has bought back shares every year to reduce… ...more
  • Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: CMC Markets 11th September 2018 by Maynard Paton- In this article I continue my hunt for shares that could deliver market-beating returns… …and this time my SharePad system has identified CMC Markets (LSE: CMCX) as a potential longer-term investment. CMC is a high-margin, cash-rich and owner-run business that… ...more
  • Screening for my next long-term winner: Ramsdens 31st August 2018 by Maynard Paton- I am always hunting for great shares that could power ahead of the market during the years to come… …and just few days ago, my SharePad set-up pinpointed Ramsdens (LSE: RFX) as a contender for my long-term portfolio. Ramsdens is… ...more