magazine 24 May 2018

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Artificial intelligence has become a major buzzword. Shares asks whether it has been over-hyped or is a future megatrend, as well as revealing different ways in which investors can play the theme via stocks, funds, investment trusts and ETFs.

Also this week: a leading fund manager argues the banking sector is looking attractive again. Shares consider a new threat for the supermarket sector; and it debates the dangers associated with companies which have dominant shareholders.

Discover how Finsbury Growth & Income Trust has perfected the skill of sitting tight and being patient. And learn how two companies are scooping up the cash year in, year out from evergreen brands.

We look at the stocks and funds exposed to this very important technology theme

Tax relief on pension contributions in the run up to the tax year end is set to be paid out

Supermarkets need to prepare themselves for the latest competitive threat

Years of poor financials and stagnant share price spark rethink

The ongoing appeal of Peppa Pig, Harry Potter and other big titles keeps the income flowing for two media groups

The wealth manager is expected to keep growing earnings at an impressive rate

The company has the balance sheet to transform its business profile with M&A

Many have lagged in the recent bull-run but will they shine if markets start to fall?

Finsbury Growth & Income has only added three new names to its portfolio since 2011

Investing rather than spending extra cash could help you achieve your financial goals they may take control of a company and leave minority shareholders out in the cold

Robotic process automation firm forces another forecast rethink

Potential breakthrough in US market triggers new interest in previously unloved stock

Berenberg says car company's 25% margin target for Model 3 is reality not hope

What can investors learn from recent market movements?

Scottish Investment Trust fund manager Alasdair McKinnon on why part of the financial sector is starting to look interesting again

British Empire Trust has addressed issues that weighed on performance

Profits from small cap stock Ergomed are forecast to soar over the next two years

The latest trading update shows a decent performance despite tough comparative figures

Further M&A could provide the catalyst to revive a moribund share price

Publisher’s new strategy is bearing fruit and the shares are rallying

When choosing a market to play in, it helps when you have existing relationships with your customers