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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

John Burford

Speciality: chart analysis

John has a lifetime's experience trading financial markets. Starting as a physicist (he worked at NASA for a few years), the pull of the markets was too great to resist. He won his Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) license in Los Angeles where he worked in a small boutique commodity firm specialising in stock indexes, currencies and Treasury bonds. He later developed his successful Tramline Trading system, the website and is now a published author. He has written Chart of the Week for interactive investor since 2014.

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.

Alistair Strang

Speciality: chart analysis

Alistair has led high-profile and top-secret software projects since the late 1970s, and won the original John Logie Baird Award for inventors and innovators. After the financial crash, he wanted to know “how it worked” with a view to mimicking existing trading formula and predict what was coming next. His results speak for themselves as he continually refines the methodology.

Douglas Chadwick

Speciality: funds

Douglas Chadwick started work at the age of 14 as a ‘deckie learner’ in the Merchant Navy. At 22 he left to study for a degree in Theoretical Physics. He went on to set up two furniture manufacturing businesses before retiring in 2008. He then founded Saltydog Investor, which aims to help private investors manage their own investments.

Ben Hobson

Speciality: UK shares

Ben is Investment Strategies Editor at His background is in business analysis and journalism. Ben researches and writes regularly on investment strategy performance and screening ideas for and interactive investor. He is author of several ebooks including How to Make Money in Value Stocks and The Smart Money Playbook.

Moira O'Neill

After more than 20 years in journalism, including as deputy editor at Money Observer, personal finance editor at Investors Chronicle and editor at Moneywise, Moira became head of personal finance at interactive investor in 2018. She has won a Wincott Journalism Award and written two personal finance books, Finance at 40 and Saving and Investing for Your Children.

Lee Wild

Lee started his career in the City 25 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.

Richard Hunter

Richard has over 30 years of stockmarket experience and is one of the UK’s foremost commentators on market matters and a regular contributor for the BBC (BBC News Channel, Wake Up to Money and the Today Programme), CNBC and Bloomberg. Richard’s expert commentary also appears across the national and specialist press. He previously held senior positions at Hargreaves Lansdown and NatWest Stockbrokers.

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. 

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. 

Keith Bowman

Keith began his career in the City in 1986 with Kleinwort Grieveson Securities. He then worked for Barclays and NatWest Stockbrokers before joining Hargreaves Lansdown as an Equity Analyst in 2005. A member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (MCSI), he joined interactive investor in 2019, where he now works as a companies analyst within the equities team. You will often see Keith quoted in the financial press.

Teodor Dilov

Having joined ii in 2019, Teodor is responsible for our investment oversight activities and fund selection for the Super 60 and ACE 30. Previously he co-managed the Share Centre’s active funds rated list and worked closely with the portfolio managers. He has an MSc in Finance from Oxford Brookes University as well as a Finance and Accounting degree, and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

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.

Tom Bailey

Tom is ii’s ETFs Editor following a successful period covering markets, investment and economics for Money Observer magazine from July 2018. Alongside finance he has a keen interest in geopolitics and history.

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.

Becky O'Connor

Before joining the ii team, Becky worked at mutual insurer, Royal London, as a personal finance specialist. She was also a personal finance and business correspondent at The Times, and co-founded the ethical finance website, Good With Money.

When Becky isn’t busy being our Head of Pensions and Savings, she is an ethical adviser to investment group, Castlefield. She is also a trustee of UK Mortgage Prisoners, a charity set up to campaign on behalf of borrowers trapped with unregulated lenders paying unfairly-high interest rates.

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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