magazine 8 Aug 2019

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Activist investors are playing an increasingly important role in the investment world. Shares examines whether this is positive for ordinary investors as well as considering specific companies in the activists' crosshairs.

Also this week: a bumper news section looking at the latest big moves in the stock, bond and currency markets, the investment trusts trading at big discounts, and an introductory guide to dividends.

The digital magazine reveals a positive view on medical devices play Smith & Nephew and asks how much difference management really make at a company.

Plus learn about ETFs which track green bonds and get under the bonnet of a US communications giant.

An increasing number of UK companies are being targeted by investors demanding change

Investors are getting increasingly worried as the world’s two biggest economies collide

We look at the market risers and fallers from the past week  

Economic and political uncertainty and confusion over fuel type policy put the brakes on car dealers’ growth

Pound’s buying power eroded by firming of UK’s no-deal Brexit stance

A quarter of investment grade bonds now yield below zero

Anyone holding Vodafone shares for more than five years may find they also own this stock

We explain how International Biotechnology Trust picks stocks and rewards investors

We reveal the trusts trading on a steeper discount to the 12 month average

We explain the process for receiving the shareholder reward

We reveal a range of discounts on travel and entertainment for older people

Why investors shouldn’t get hung up on personalities

Loan impairments are starting to creep up for the industry

Focus on ‘exceptional’ companies makes this an invest and forget option

The medical devices group has reshaped its business which should improve shareholder value

Edible collagen casings concern is cutting costs and cooking up growth opportunities

Best-in-class clothing retailer shrugs off high street doom and gloom by beating expectations for the second consecutive quarter

We look at two London-listed products that provide exposure to a hot part of the market

AJ Bell pension expert Tom Selby looks at the frustrations with moving a pension