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Top performing funds of 2019

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

With just a few trading days left to go, 2019 has been good for the markets. As we write the MSCI World index is up more than 20% since the start of January. Despite this positive backdrop there has still been considerable market volatility, making life difficult for stock pickers including fund...

What were the key themes for small caps in 2019?

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Smaller companies are often at the sharp end of positive and negative trends in the market and wider economy. A spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can help small caps be at the forefront of change. At the same time more modest balance sheets and less diversified revenue can leave them...

Big companies with big decisions to make in 2020

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Knowing what’s on the road ahead for companies can help you make better investment decisions. It can help you form a bigger picture of the potential risks and rewards for certain stocks. With that in mind, we now look at six companies in the FTSE 350 and one of the biggest names on AIM where there...

All change: an unusual period for FTSE 100 CEOs

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

More than a fifth (22) of FTSE 100 companies have either changed their chief executive this year or announced plans to do so next year. So what’s causing this turmoil at the top? ‘The FTSE 100 has not really gone anywhere for two years excluding dividends so individual CEOs have been under more...

Tracking the performance of the biggest emerging markets

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

How have the main emerging market stock indices performed in 2019? We now take a look at what’s behind the performance. RTS (Russia) +37.1% What is behind the performance? Among the key factors were Russian companies increasing dividends, as well as the country being less indebted than other...

Emerging markets: Views from the experts

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

1. MSCI completed the third phase of the 20% partial inclusion of China A-shares in its benchmark indices during November. Following the increase, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index included 472 China A-share companies with a total weighting of 4.1%. If and when all China A-shares are included in the...

Is inflation really dead and what can investors do if it isn't?

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

In April this year Bloomberg Businessweek ran the headline ‘Is inflation dead?’. Inside the magazine was a lengthy discourse on why inflation is dead and why it is likely to stay that way for some time. It’s true that expectations for inflation are about as low as they have ever been, with many...

Best performing shares of 2019: why they soared

Thursday 12 Dec 2019

£4BN+ MARKET CAP JD Sports Fashion ( JD. ) +117% Retail sector darling JD Sports Fashion ( JD. ) sprinted higher once again in 2019. The branded sports and casual wear purveyor stormed into the FTSE 100 on record results and consistent earnings upgrades. Like-for-like growth in the core sports...

Learning the lessons from corporate disasters

Thursday 12 Dec 2019

In 2019 UK companies have issued more profit warnings than at any time since the financial crisis. Research from accountant EY found that until September, 235 firms had already sounded the alarm. This year has also seen household names like Thomas Cook and Debenhams depart the stock market in...

Fund managers’ best and worst stock calls in 2019

Thursday 12 Dec 2019

It is always fascinating to get insight into fund managers’ views on their stock picking decisions and so we’ve spoken to range of managers about their best and worst calls in 2019. The managers in this article discuss a range of stocks on both the UK market and ones listed overseas. WILL JAMES...

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