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Why a change of name is often a cheap trick

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. This colourful analogy came to mind after the news that Royal Bank of Scotland ( RBS ) plans to seek shareholder approval to change its corporate name to NatWest. This would represent the third high profile name change of a UK-listed firm in the...

What your weekly shop can tell you about Unilever and Reckitt

Thursday 13 Feb 2020

When you go to the supermarket or go online to shop for household essentials, just how much do brands matter to you? Will you pay more for a brand you know and have an attachment to, or are you prepared to pay less for a cheaper non-branded alternative? And if you’re happy to pay up, perhaps you’ll...

Plenty of shares are still rising despite coronavirus fears

Thursday 06 Feb 2020

Readers often ask if they should sell their investments in times of market turmoil, such as the current environment fuelled by coronavirus fears. The best answer is to weigh up the evidence and grasp what the market is thinking rather than going straight to panic selling. The market has currently...

Why Tesla, Blue Prism and Beyond Meat shares are soaring

Thursday 30 Jan 2020

It’s quite common to see share prices follow a certain pattern, particularly if they are prime ways to play hot themes. Their shares can soar on the hype and subsequently fall back as investors take profit and pay more attention to valuation. Occasionally you then see the shares start to move up...

Fundsmith’s annual letter is essential reading

Thursday 23 Jan 2020

In much the same way Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors is eagerly awaited every year for its pearls of investing wisdom, Terry Smith’s letter to Fundsmith Equity (B41YBW7) investors has also become an annual publication worth savouring. His tenth letter has just been...

Good news on the horizon for your cash savings

Thursday 16 Jan 2020

Proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a regulator, to simplify the easy access cash savings market are important on many levels. The need to find the best deal on cash is often forgotten by investors, despite many people putting so much work into researching the best stock, fund or...

Plenty of opportunities despite new year wobble

Thursday 09 Jan 2020

The New Year has been fairly testing for investors after an initial bout of joy. The first few days were rewarding on the markets until everyone’s attention turned to tensions between the US and the Iran, putting stocks into reverse. Investors were braced for more pulling and shoving between the US...

A year of celebration as equity markets soar

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

A year ago this column offered some reassurance to readers that it is normal for markets to both rise and fall and not to give up when markets are going through a difficult patch. At the time the FTSE 100 was nursing a 12% loss for the year. Twelve months later the mood has switched from...

Follow these golden rules when searching for income

Thursday 12 Dec 2019

Investors continue to face obstacles in the search for income. In the past week alone, oil producer Tullow Oil ( TLW ) has suspended its dividend and troubled investment trust Hadrian’s Wall ( HWSL ) says its future dividend payments will depend on its ability to realise value from its portfolio...

Lloyds investors finally rewarded for their patience

Thursday 05 Dec 2019

Banking group Lloyds ( LLOY ) has in 2019 enjoyed its best year on the stock market since 2013 in share price terms. It has also been the best performing London-listed bank. That’s quite an achievement for a stock that has seen some wild swings in its share price. Eight years out of the past 14...