magazine 20 Dec 2018

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Don’t miss this issue of Shares as the team reveal their top stock picks for the 12 months ahead. You can also discover four fund ideas, plus the benefits of ready-made portfolios.

Shares looks at the latest challenges in the retail sector following a profit warning from ASOS and it profiles AO World.

Learn about the tax benefits of giving to others, and discover the recycling rules around pension tax-free cash.

Also in this bumper issue: small cap stocks forecast to deliver big earnings growth, UK property outlook, the resilience of the cinema sector and why the UK is forecast to grow faster than the Eurozone.

We reveal our top share picks for the year ahead

We look at 10 businesses which are forecast to deliver significant earnings expansion in the year ahead

Corporate crises are happening more often and are growing in magnitude

We explain how they work and look at the features of AJ Bell’s new service

Parents and grandparents may wish to consider investments for their young relatives this Christmas

Forecasts from PwC make for mixed reading on the global outlook

But have Cineworld and Everyman Media managed to join the party?

Some of the key announcements and share price movers over the past week

The wider market may be in ‘extra time’ but some pockets still look attractive according to one property expert

We look at the online electrical specialist’s career since joining the stock market in 2014

We reveal products aimed at cautious, balanced and adventurous investors plus one for income too

Only 36% of trusts managed to deliver a positive return in what was a very difficult year for investors

We explain how to make your donations go further

Tough times on the markets aren’t a reason to pack up and walk away

We look at major asset classes going into 2019

Shares fall across the sector as the UK’s retail crisis spreads online

All eyes on the US as Fevertree focuses on next expansion leg

The legal challenger looks like a superb growth story

We think the online holiday retailer has the skills to succeed where others have struggled

A great value share with clear growth potential and a superb track record

Highly cash generative business with plenty of ideas to enhance earnings

The global engineering champion could soon deliver lots of cash

It specialises in technology making the internet a safer place to trade

Benefit from this company’s accelerated transition from old media to data analytics

This high-quality retail name is trading on a bargain rating

A quality way to play the precision equipment market

But we didn't achieve a positive return in what was a very difficult year for investors

AJ Bell expert Tom Selby explains how HMRC’s recycling rules work