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Meet the experts

Accurate and timely information is crucial for investors who want to make the right investment decisions. Our crack team of experienced and highly respected financial writers, analysts and contributors can help you do just that.

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Ian Cowie

Speciality: investment trusts

Ian Cowie joined The Sunday Times as Personal Account columnist in 2013. The Association of Investment Companies judged him to be the best freelance journalist in 2019, 2018 and 2017. He was named Consumer Affairs Journalist of the Year in the 2012 London Press Club Awards, having been personal finance editor of The Daily Telegraph since 1989. He joined the Telegraph as City Reporter in 1986. Writing about savings and investments since then, as an enthusiastic investment trust shareholder, he has seen and survived several stock market shocks.

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Richard Beddard

Speciality: UK shares

Richard writes weekly analysis of companies for interactive investor where his widely followed Share Sleuth column is also published following several successful years at Money Observer magazine. A keen private investor, he manages two virtual portfolios. The Share Sleuth portfolio is a hand-picked collection of mostly small-cap value shares.

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Edmond Jackson

Speciality: UK and international shares

A self-confessed companies' geek, Edmond has pored over accounts since the 1980's privatisations lured him into share ownership. He previously wrote 'Taking Stock' in The Sunday Telegraph, continuing here a flexible approach to growth and recovery plays, mindful the first aim is not to lose money. He's ticked qualifications boxes too: an upper second in economics & politics from London University plus the Investment Management Certificate.  

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Rodney Hobson

Speciality: international shares

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial writer and commentator who has held senior editorial positions on publications and websites in the UK and Asia, including Business News Editor on The Times and Editor of Shares magazine. He speaks at investment shows, including the London Investor Show, and on cruise ships. His investment books include Shares Made Simple, the best-selling beginner's guide to the stockmarket. He is qualified as a representative under the Financial Services Act.

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Graeme Evans

Speciality: UK shares

Graeme has extensive experience covering stock market and breaking financial news. His decade as City Editor of the Press Association news agency in London included the period of the financial crash and global recession. As well as being a regular contributor to interactive investor, Graeme has written market reports and business content for the London Evening Standard.

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Andrew Hore

Speciality: AIM and small-cap shares

Andrew spent over a decade writing for Investors Chronicle magazine, becoming smaller companies editor. He joined financial website Sharecast in 2000 and was named AIM Journalist of the Year three years later. In 2009, he launched AIM Journal and is now a highly-regarded writer and UK small-companies expert.

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Lee Wild

Lee started his career in the City 30 years ago as an options pit trader on the International Petroleum Exchange. After time spent as an investment manager at HSBC and three years at Investors Chronicle, he has been editor and head of equity strategy at interactive investor since 2014. Lee is regularly quoted in the financial press and runs ii's award-winning newsletter. He was also winner of the award for outstanding individual achievement at the City of London Wealth Management Awards (COLWMA) in 2022.

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Richard Hunter

Richard has over 35 years of stock market experience and is one of the UK’s foremost commentators on market matters. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (FCSI).  He is a regular contributor to broadcast channels (radio and television), as well as appearing on various media video outlets with his expert commentary. He also hosts “The Richard Hunter Interview” podcast, a regular series with high profile investment guests, for interactive investor. He previously held senior positions at Hargreaves Lansdown and NatWest Stockbrokers.

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Victoria Scholar

As Head of Investment, Victoria is tasked with keeping across major investment and market developments, providing thoughtful written and video analysis for clients as well as for the media. Victoria also carries out regular broadcast appearances on Sky, LBC, BBC, Times Radio and others. She joined interactive investor in September 2021 from IG Group where she was a market analyst and presented the business news. Victoria started her career on the trading floor at Nomura in capital markets before working as a financial journalist for CNBC and other TV channels.

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Dzmitry Lipski

Dzmitry is responsible for fund selection and portfolio construction at interactive investor. He joined ii in 2017 after two years at TD Direct Investing, four years as a portfolio analyst at Standard Life, and before that Bank Leumi. A graduate in Financial Economics from the University of Liverpool, Dzmitry has over 10 years investment experience, is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

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Andrew Pitts

Andrew began his career in financial journalism at Euromoney magazine in 1991. He joined Money Observer in 1994, became editor in May 1998, and was then associate editor of the magazine. Named best Financial Consumer Journalist in 2003 and 2008 by the Association of Investment Companies, Andrew holds the Personal Finance Society’s Financial Planning Certificate. 

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Keith Bowman

A member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (MCSI), Keith began his career in the City in 1986. Having first undertaken trade settlements at investment bank Kleinworts, he then moved to help execute trades on behalf of retail clients at both Barclays and NatWest Stockbrokers.

A role as an equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown then followed before he eventually joined interactive investor in 2019. Today he works as a companies analyst within the ii equities team. You will often see Keith quoted in the financial press.

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Kyle Caldwell

Former personal finance reporter Kyle is ii’s Collectives Editor in charge of funds and trusts content. Kyle joined Money Observer in 2016 from Telegraph Media Group and has won various awards, including the Investment Association’s National Investment Journalist of the Year and Association of Investment Companies National Journalist of the Year. More recently he was crowned Financial Consumer Journalist of the Year by the Association of Investment Companies.

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Jeff Prestridge

Jeff Prestridge is personal finance editor of The Mail on Sunday. He has been editor for more than 20 years, having previously been personal finance editor of The Sunday Telegraph.

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Becky O'Connor

Becky is head of pensions and savings at interactive investor; having spent almost two decades covering personal finance and business.

Prior to working at ii, she started her career at The Times. Becky also worked for mutual insurer Royal London as a personal finance expert. She co-founded the ethical personal finance website Good With Money in 2015; is chair of the Castlefield Investment Management ethical advisory committee and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in recognition of her commitment to ethical financial advice. Becky is the author of the ESG Investing Handbook, published by Harriman House.

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Myron Jobson

Myron joined ii in August 2019 and leads campaigns to champion investors and help their understanding of key financial issues. Previously, he enjoyed an award-winning career as a financial journalist, specialising in investments and personal finance at FT Adviser and Mail Online’s This Is Money.

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Dinah Wolf

Dinah has been an active investor and enthusiastic student of financial markets for many years, and currently writes a popular investment newsletter. She is in her final year of a BSc Finance course at Cass Business School and interned with Coutts over the summer in their Asset Management department. Outside of her studies, she volunteers at the EY Foundation and St John's Ambulance in addition to teaching primary school children on a weekly basis.

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Alice Guy

Alice Guy is a personal finance writer specialising in investment, pensions, tax and small business. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has previously worked for Tesco Plc and KPMG London. She lives in sunny Suffolk with her husband and four older kids.

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Sam Benstead

Sam is interactive investor’s deputy collectives editor, writing news and analysis on funds and ETFs, and interviewing fund managers on camera and for the Funds Fan podcast. Sam joined interactive investor from The Daily Telegraph and has also worked at Citywire, a specialist financial publication.

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