magazine 13 Jul 2017

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It’s been 10 years since the problems leading to the global financial crisis triggered a sell-off in banking stocks. Given these companies have subsequently had to rebuild their businesses and strengthen their balance sheets; is now the time to buy the banks once again? The new issue of Shares looks at the sector in detail and discusses the bull and bear points for the main UK-quoted banks.
If you’re new to the world of stocks, shares and funds; don’t miss a guide on what to expect in your first year of investing. You can find an article explaining the difference between unit trusts and OEICs. There is also a debate on whether you need more than one person to run an investment fund.
As for individual stocks, Shares considers whether Kraft could make another takeover bid for Unilever. You can also read stories on GoCompare’s runaway share price success, Cairn Energy’s contrarian opportunity and a newly-listed service company which works for most of the big housebuilders.

We explain why the market is taking a fresh look at Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and other banking stocks

We consider the thought process and how to monitor  your investments once you’ve handed over the cash

Firm backing for growth funding and acquisitions

UBS reveals investment suggestions for more difficult times

Comparison site looking for balance between revenue growth and margins

Analyst sees 75% chance or higher of a new approach from August onwards

Administration specialist counts a large chunk of the FTSE 100 among its client base

Analysts are optimistic on the medical diagnostic company’s prospects

Spin-out eyes data management growth opportunities

Superyacht refitter enjoys 15% share price gain in first week on the stock market

Food-to-go forecourt operator pumps up US presence

We talk to the experts for the views on whether funds need co-managers or large support teams

Fund manager explains why it can pay not to be distracted by politics

Retirement saving contributions are set to increase for people with a workplace pension... but will they be enough?

The essential guide to the structure and pricing of open-ended funds

Lessons learned from the stock market crash in 2007/2008

Pizza franchise firm’s astonishing 17-year returns

Defence against hacking threats among fastest-growing insurance segments

Acquired beauty and personal care outfit is growing like topsy

Cooking ingredient increases by 14% in value in just one month

The financial regulator says these are unlikely to all be cases of insider dealing

Commodity prices are to blame, particularly iron ore

UK manufacturers increasingly upbeat on demand drivers

The airline struggled with higher costs, weaker sterling and adverse impact from later Easter break

Cyber security consultancy will bear scars of testing year

Close Brothers will be hoping to build on its first half success

Five key areas to consider when looking for opportunities among unquoted firms

The oil producer is chasing barrels in Senegal and the North Sea

Roads, drains and utility connections firm has robust growth and 4.5% yield

Its shares are up 45% in a year and we think they have further to travel