Our Stockpot editor has been off the boil for a while, lazing on the beach and what-not but he is back on the case now and will have some updates soon - unless he gets distracted by the World Cup. In the meantime, here is a recap of the virtual portfolios that are being trialled in this column.
Stockpot is running three virtual portfolios based on the idea of momentum investing - investing in stocks that are rising sharply. Next week, we will look at how the big caps and mid-caps did but this week we look at the horror story that is ... the tiddlers!
Plus500 continues to shine for the virtual portfolio while new entrant Strix Group has got off to a solid start. Since its inception, the portfolio has outperformed the FTSE 100 index.
Somero must be an expert at the Hokey-Cokey as it has been a case of "in-out, in-out" and now in again in terms of membership of the virtual portfolio that looks to identify small caps capable of growing dividends. Also making the cut is a kettle safety controls designer.
John Harrington runs a stock screen using the principles of investment guru Geraldine Weiss and finds a couple of stocks that look they might be cheap on an historical basis
A long overdue revisiting of the "Dividends don't lie" stock-picking formula highlights an unwise dalliance with a company whose dividends had stopped growing
A lot of academic research suggests a momentum investing strategy outperforms the market. John Harrington attempts to concoct a lazy person's momentum investing system.
A 31.4% gain in just over three months has given a respectable sheen to the performance of the virtual portfolio that is focused on dividend-paying growth stocks
Since the "bombed out" virtual portfolio bit the dust, we've lacked a stock filter that identifies recovery stocks; once again drawing on the simple ideas of Michael O'Higgins ("Dogs of the Dow"), John Harrington takes a look at the price-to-sales ratio as a means of identifying comeback kings.
The two most recent additions to the portfolio did the business at the tail end of 2017, but Zytronic gets the heave-ho on concerns over debt collection
The new intake to the "Dogs of the Footsie" contains some stocks that, infamously, have slashed or cut their dividends in the past, and some that look likely to do so in the future
John Harrington takes a look at how Proactive's tweak to the "Dogs of the Dow" system applied to the FTSE 100 did last year. Later in the week, he'll unveil this year's "dogs"
Described last week as the "mother of all binary punts", last week's purchase of Carillion backfired spectacularly and now the "Bombed Out" portfolio has lost half of its starting capital, which can mean only one thing ...
The short-sellers' favourite has turned up on the radar of the "Bombed Out but Bouncing Back" portfolio. Will it be the next Interserve?
Somewhat surprisingly, the portfolio is enjoying a good spell, but it is taking a bit of a leap of faith in terms of Tanzania with a couple of its new selections