magazine 23 Dec 2020

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In this bumper issue of Shares, discover the 12 stocks and eight fund and investment trusts picked to succeed in 2021.

The digital magazine reviews the performance of its 2020 stock picks, which outperformed the market once again. It also looks at the best performing shares across the UK market this year.

Find out why Baillie Gifford funds have done so well, the trends that will shape ESG investing in the coming 12 months, and pearls of wisdom from Fundsmith boss Terry Smith.

Shares asks if it is time to take bitcoin more seriously, and it takes a forward-looking view of retailers and leisure companies affected by the UK’s tighter restrictions.

Share price movements show investors getting nervous again

A green light could help to calm markets shocked by tighter government restrictions pre-Christmas

We look at various predictions of what could trip investors up next year

We round up the education series to date with links to all the articles

This collection of shareholder letters and articles is a gold mine for investors

Discover our top investment ideas

We reveal the top risers across four different segments of the market

Many of its funds have been best performers this year, but if value makes a comeback will success be harder to achieve in 2021?

E will will dominate but S and G are rising up the agenda

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

Chinese dominance of emerging markets indices looks set to grow

A near 5% total return compares with an 8.7% loss for the wider UK market

AJ Bell’s Ryan Hughes offers ideas for investors with different risk appetites and those looking for income

Results of survey reveal concern about tax, confidence in Asia and tech

Recent moves by institutional investors and large corporates warrant closer inspection

The business is looking healthier after rectifying earlier mistakes and earnings growth is back on the menu

Revenue and cost synergies from a big acquisition will boost earnings on top of a structural growth story

We see big turnaround potential for the owner of some very strong brands

The spirits manufacturer is a quality business which should enjoy a recovery in demand in 2021

This is a great quality business executing on its international growth strategy and boasting strong earnings visibility

We believe supermarkets will dramatically boost investment in online capability and Ocado could be a major beneficiary

It’s the equivalent of Amazon in China and a great way to play the boom in e-commerce and cloud computing

A strategic shift to focus on the rail sector could lead to bigger acquisitions and greater profits

Testing giant trades at a big discount to rivals with its qualities not fully recognised by the market

Described as the ‘cockroach of the high street’, JD Wetherspoon could gain big market share next year

The outlook is bright for BHP’s main commodity products next year and there’s good dividend potential as well

The eyewear specialist is under the radar for most investors and offers very attractive growth potential

Soft commodity prices are on the move after years of being relatively subdued

Our expert helps address a question on retirement age