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A good year to invest
For all the twists and turns in the world during 2016, it has been a pretty good year for investors. Running the numbers on the FTSE All-Share index, 348 stocks have delivered a positive share price return, versus 267 with a negative performance according to SharePad.
Fifty-six stocks in the FTSE 100 delivered a positive performance in 2016 versus 44 losers. The FTSE 100’s 12.4% year-to-date gain (up to 19 December) is better than the S&P 500 in the US, DAX in Germany, CAC 40 in France, S&P BSE 100 in India, Nikkei 225 in Japan and Hang Seng in Hong Kong.
A significant number of the ideas we’ve put forward in Shares have turned out to be cracking investments this year. We hope this winning streak continues well into the future.
With that in mind, we’ve spent the past few weeks whittling down a long list of stock suggestions for our annual tips of the year portfolio.
We’ve achieved 8.6% annualised share price gains for the portfolio over the past five years, versus 4.6% from the broader stock market as measured by the FTSE All-Share.
The final list of 10 companies for the 2017 portfolio can be found in this issue of Shares.
On that note, I would like to thank you for your loyal support over the past three months as we transitioned from a print to digital-only publication. The feedback has been very positive and we look forward to bringing you a wide array of articles, videos and more in 2017.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The next issue of Shares is published on Thursday 12 January 2017.
COMPETITION TIME – VIP TICKETS TO ARSENAL FOOTBALL MATCH
We’ve got two tickets to give away for the Arsenal vs Watford football match on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at London’s Emirates Stadium.
The winner of our competition will get two Premium Club level seats, a three course meal, champagne on arrival and free drinks both at half time and after the match.
To stand a chance of winning, name three football teams whose shares have traded on a stock market in the UK – either now or in the past.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer. Please write ARSENAL COMPETITION in the subject line.
The winner’s name will be revealed in the 12 January issue of Shares. Good luck!