magazine 28 May 2020

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The pandemic could cause major problems for the commercial property sector. Shares looks at how investors in office blocks and shopping centres could be affected and suggests alternative opportunities in the real estate sector.

Also this week: why retail investors could get more access to discounted share placings, the outlook for the clothing retail sector, and everything you need to know about picking bond funds.

Discover an investment trust which is invested in lots of companies still paying dividends, and learn why a cyber security ETF is in demand.

Shares also looks at pocket money apps, it analyses newly-listed glasses manufacturer Inspecs, and it explains why consumer-facing stocks have rallied.

Study says cash to short-term debt ratio worse than during 2009 crisis

Stock movements often fail to reflect the amount of cash leaving a company’s balance sheet

The growth spurt is even more impressive given that physical store sales are effectively on hold

Airlines, retailers and leisure groups all surge as the UK looks to reopen

Concerns over Brexit and trade wars resurface as virus threat recedes

Adding bonds to an investment portfolio increases diversification and provides more secure sources of income

Three things the Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity team are thinking about today

How the sector has gained prominence in the developing world    

The shake-out in the sector will be brutal and only those that adapt now will survive

Some of the classic places may no longer make you money  

This vertically integrated eyewear frames maker has competitive advantages and a clear growth vision

We see what the most popular ones have to offer including GoHenry, Osper and RoosterMoney

While retail investors could be offered greater participation in cut-price fundraisings, remember that cheap isn’t necessarily good

Cyber security will be central to a post-coronavirus world and this product is a top way to play the theme

Pet care leader disappoints with profit warning as stockpiling surge unwinds and costs mount

Shares in the used car retailer accelerate on operations relaunch update

BMO Capital & Income looks ideal for anyone wanting to generate an income from their investments

Companies are going cap in hand to shareholders as they respond to the crisis

Our resident pensions expert Tom Selby explains the rules