magazine 31 May 2018

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The FTSE 100 has slipped back after posting record highs. This pause for breath creates an opportunity to take the temperature of the markets and determine if the UK’s flagship index is likely to turn higher to set new records or a correction is in store. We look at the key charts and ask the experts to get the inside track.

Also this week: how National Grid could help you beat inflation, why Hollywood Bowl has bowled over the market and how to play Russia through funds ahead of the country’s hosting of the football World Cup next month.

Find out how the long-term returns from low-cost airlines EasyJet and Ryanair compare and discover what a FTSE 100 pension surplus could mean for you. All this plus a bonus Spotlight supplement packed with small cap content.

Your checklist to assess the health of the market

Future looks uncertain for executive as shareholders challenge his re-election

Broker Berenberg paints a pessimistic picture – but we are not convinced

Aussie retail conglomerate’s DIY disaster is supportive for Kingfisher

Political turmoil in Italy heightens euro break up fears

Shares in utility could help you beat inflation

This global quality assurance company passes a lot of tests but does it fall down on valuation?

Performance has been flawless since it joined the stock market in 2016

While it may not win popularity contests, there are some great fundamentals in its markets

Investment trust offers exposure to a range of diverse asset classes in one neat package

But are members of defined benefit schemes safer?

From choosing a pension to making contributions, we reveal how to prepare for retirement

Having a large installed base from which you derive recurring revenue can be a marker of a strong business

Stricken maternity products specialist could have struck a deal four years ago

Barclays sees the European sector on course to deliver excess free cash flow for the first time in a decade

... and it declares 21st year of consecutive dividend growth

Various transportation indices can tell you a lot about the state of the world

We explore EasyJet and Ryanair’s latest trading as they pursue different growth strategies

First acquisition in two decades reflects the increasing confidence of management

Procurement and analytics platform has impressive underlying charms

New boss Baldock carries out classic ‘kitchen sinking’ exercise in maiden market missive

Shares back on growth trajectory after market sell-off

Document management business remains confident in full year forecasts

Brick maker suffers 'Beast from the East' related hit