magazine 15 Dec 2016

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What would you pay for a copper-bottomed 4% income or more? This is the question we answer in this week's Shares, where we investigate stock ETF and funds options, plus provide a few helpful hints to avoid obvious pitfalls. We also take a look at investment trusts designed to play booming US markets and assess the benefits of passing on your pension. There's Sky's potential takeover to discuss, a deep dive look at new FTSE 100 healthcare firm ConvaTec, and we give the blue-chips a quick health check once over, plus our best investment ideas, small caps stories, market stats, loads more company news and much more.

Stocks, funds and ETFs that pay decent dividends

Venture capital trusts offer significant tax and diversification benefits

Robust cash flow and keen prices are strengths for retailer

Investors are bombarded with significant news in a normally quiet period

Cyber security business admits profits shortfall too big to recover

Tour operators, airlines and transport hub retailers are looking sharp

Big year-to-date decline and currency moves lead to takeover approach

Largest ever acquisition helps to boost exposure across the pond

Leisure group off to a good start with knock-out financial results

Earnings forecasts upgraded on back of excellent trading

6p per share offer 129% higher than previous trading level

Impressive start for newly-listed business but there are big challenges ahead

How to collect cash from the markets during retirement

We discuss the products offering exposure to US stocks

Henderson investment trust offers access to Asia Pacific’s rising payout potential

Avoid being too greedy when it comes to devouring your pension

Favourable tax rules allow transfer of wealth

Fairpoint’s move from high yield to zero yield is a wake-up call

Vending machine specialists' booths span the world

Major step forward in effort to curb production

Company needs strong showing in remainder of financial year

Chief exec, finance director buy shares post profit warning

Publisher sells shares, may look for acquisitions

Sports Direct chief lands new PR gaffe

We take the temperature of blue chip payouts in 2017

Shares favourite is up 70% over last two years; we see more to come

Online electrical retailer should deliver some festive cheer

Optimism running high at ID security business