magazine 21 Dec 2017

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It’s that time of year when Shares reveals its top stock picks for the 12 months ahead. Having achieved 10.3% average gain on its 2017 portfolio, don’t miss the new digital magazine to find out which 10 stocks have been chosen for 2018.

Also in the festive bumper edition of Shares: what Disney’s takeover bid for Fox means for Sky shareholders; FTSE 350 stocks going cheap; and how a select group of investment trusts managed to soar this year.

You can also discover the benefits of various online money dashboard services being launched in the New Year as part of the open banking revolution.

Discover our top equity picks for the year ahead

A fast-growing technology business with high-quality profit and paying a dividend

Potential dividend resumption illustrates how the publisher has regained strength

Alliance Pharma is a lower risk pharmaceutical play with potential to deliver strong growth.

We are backing underdog Johnson Matthey for its potential electric vehicle breakthrough and underappreciated business resilience

Biffa looks undervalued given decent profit growth expectations and operating in a defensive market

We think Dixons Carphone has the right skills to bounce back after a troublesome year.

Robust buy-to-let mortgage lending market bodes for Charter Court which is trading on a bargain valuation

Sage is a reliable FTSE 100 company with accelerating growth and income upside

The funeral services group has the expertise to deal with competitive threats

An excellent way to play the thriving electric vehicles industry

We review quarter-by-quarter some of the key moments to keep tabs on next year

The final result is in for our annual portfolio of stocks

We look at 19 stocks primed to deliver major events in their career

We look for mid to large cap stocks trading on low valuations using three popular metrics

Changes to complex derivative trading rules may upset big players

UBS believes firm may need to spend more to support the business than market thinks

Music rights business gets backing from former BBC chairman

Sumo boasts blue chip customers and has hearty growth ambitions

Investec anticipates difficult Christmas period, but identifies pockets of opportunity for 2018

The situation could be bad news for investors in Pennon, Severn Trent and United Utilities

Pay-TV business is at the centre of wider deal between global media giants

AJ Bell expert picks products for different risk appetites

It offers growth and income from a diverse global portfolio of stocks

We analyse the top 10 performers to see what drove their performance

What to consider if you're thinking about quitting a defined benefit pension scheme

Fundraisings could become smaller and investments riskier after April 2018

Sharing wisdom and ideas among like-minded individuals can be a rewarding experience

Financial controller resigns after making serious mistake

Investors scramble to buy Microsaic on biotech research partnership news

The AIM-quoted stock has a ferocious appetite to do deals

Various online dashboards are being launched to help you have a clearer picture of your assets and liabilities

Litigation finance specialist could see share price weakness in the near-term

Small cap says a recent acquisition has already helped the group win new business

Niche building materials business buys concrete specialist

Important information:

These articles are provided by Shares magazine which is published by AJ Bell Media, a part of AJ Bell. Shares is not written by AJ Bell Youinvest.

Shares is provided for your general information and use and is not a personal recommendation to invest. It is not intended to be relied upon by you in making or not making any investment decisions. The investments referred to in these articles will not be suitable for all investors. If in doubt please seek appropriate independent financial advice.

Investors acting on the information in these articles do so at their own risk and AJ Bell Media and its staff do not accept liability for losses suffered by investors as a result of their investment decisions.

The Shares team

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