magazine 22 Dec 2016

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It's back, Shares annual trawl of the UK stock market to pick our very best investment ideas to buy and hold through the coming year. This time we’ve selected 10 companies that have the right qualities to shine in 2017, from top quality businesses to recovery stories, all with compelling catalysts that could move the share prices. But there's much more in this bumper Christmas issue of Shares. We scan 2016's best performers and give our views on what's next, catalogue the likely Christmas retail winners (and losers), explain why Lloyds' dividend is under threat and list the best fund ideas for the year ahead. There's also a fascinating insight into paying for financial advice (is it worth it?), plus tons of company stories, market stats, a special report on rallying mining and oil exploring stocks and loads more.

Winning streak extends to five years

Fund manager gives his views on the state of the market

We look at some of the top risers in 2016 and give our views on their outlook for 2017

Pest control specialist offloads non-core assets

Spare cash will be needed to fund credit card business acquisition

Fashion victims, online winners and the weak pound are key retail themes

Cash shell to acquire profitable unit of £25bn building materials giant

Satellite firm secures $242m bondholders deal

Deals to boost both exploration and production

Partners reach agreement to grow Collect+ joint venture

Large increase in operating costs to act as short-term drag

Newly-listed company enjoys good start, but earnings are minimal

Micro-business accounting apps supplier looks to expand channel

Strategy update reveals significant potential

Sale of bank unit raises cash to fund fintech outfit through to profitability

A trio of collectives to help boost portfolios in the New Year

Smaller companies can make you a mint

Inflation, new savings allowances and ISA product launch all on the agenda

The fees are difficult to stomach but there are occasions when it is worth considering help

The UK is one of the world’s best performing stock markets in 2016

Deal-making down on 2015 say consultants

Rogue politicians on twitter leads to stock market chaos

Radioactive commodity is one this year's big losers

Short-sellers in cross-hairs as payments group fights back

The country is facing an economic crisis

Baker Hughes rig count data recovers from low base

We reveal half a dozen companies that just keep rising and rising

Outsourcing boss invests nearly £100,000 of his own money after shares halve