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Four Ways to Beat the Market

A practical guide to stock-screening strategies to help you pick winning shares

By Algy Hall

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Four Ways to Beat the Market

A practical guide to stock-screening strategies to help you pick winning shares

By Algy Hall

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Investors in stocks are faced with two major problems:

How to find and interpret the most useful data from company accounts.
How to whittle down the list of thousands of public companies into a smaller pool of candidates for further research.

In Four Ways to Beat the Market, experienced financial journalist Algy Hall provides the solution to both problems and helps investors in their quest to pick winning shares.

The answer lies in stock screens.

Over a decade, the four stock screens described here outperformed the market by 270% to 336%. These stock screens are ridiculously powerful – but staggeringly simple.

Algy starts with four strategies for equity investing:

Quality, Value, Income and Momentum.

He shows how to construct four stock screens and use data from company accounts, including common accounting ratios, to filter stocks on the criteria that each of these strategies is looking for.

And once the shortlist of screened stocks is produced, Algy explains how to use that shortlist as a basis for further analysis and research, before making an investment.

Along the way, Algy also reveals the logical and empirical basis behind Quality, Value, Income and Momentum strategies, to help investors understand why they work and give them the confidence that they will continue to work in the future. Many other hints, tricks and tactics for investors are revealed, to help investors spot the best stocks and avoid the duds.

With Algy Hall as your guide, discover the surprising ideas and stories that lie behind these strategies, while building the necessary know-how to improve your investment returns.

About the author

Algy Hall is an award-winning financial journalist and works for Citywire.

He began his career in 1998 as a researcher for a small investment fund and writer for The Investment Trust Newsletter. He assisted in the founding of Citywire in 1999 where he worked for several years tracking the activities of fund managers and shrewd investors and reporting on the shares they bought and sold.

Algy joined the Investors Chronicle in 2007 and began writing his stock screening column for the magazine in 2011. Algy used the column to try to mimic the investment styles he had seen used by successful investors as well as to apply ideas from the literature on finance and quantitative investing.

Algy has won CFA awards for his writing on ESG and Value and Transparency and was named the CFA UK’s 2021 Financial Journalist of the Year.

Published: 16/05/2023
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857199416
ebook - ISBN 9780857199423
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