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Shareholder pressure forces Standard Chartered to change pension deal

Thursday 14 Nov 2019

The recent backtracking by emerging markets-focused bank Standard Chartered ( STAN ) on executive pay shows the impact shareholder pressure can have on this issue and puts the spotlight on other companies which have faced significant pay revolts. Nearly 40% of the shareholder base failed to back...

Investors pile into gold just before price slumps

Thursday 14 Nov 2019

Reports that the US and China are making progress to resolve their trade dispute has been welcomed by many investors. But for those who invest in gold, and the mining companies that dig the precious metal out of the ground, the news has been less well-received. Gold is considered a safe haven asset...

Destocking threat to industrial sector forecasts

Thursday 14 Nov 2019

Investors may need to look beyond the short-term as capital goods and industrial sectors come to terms with weakening demand. Profit warnings could be rife in these sectors in coming months. ‘Organic revenue assumptions are being pulled back and destocking is prevalent in industries such as steel,...

More gloom for UK amid downgrade for country’s credit outlook

Thursday 14 Nov 2019

This week started on the back foot for investors who were digesting news that credit rating agency Moody’s had cut its outlook on the UK from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’, paving the way forward for a full downgrade of its current Aa2 rating. Rating agencies, whose job it is to assess creditworthiness,...

How safe are dividends from BP, BT and Crest Nicholson?

Thursday 07 Nov 2019

According to the latest AJ Bell Dividend Dashboard report, the FTSE 100 is yielding 4.8%. However, the same research shows FTSE dividends are, on average, covered just 1.63 times by earnings which suggest investors need to investigate the sustainability of these payouts. For example, the...

Mothercare share price shattered by administration news

Thursday 07 Nov 2019

Shares in baby goods retailer Mothercare ( MTC ) crashed to a 20-month low of 8.38p on 4 November after its UK operations were put into administration. Unlike most administration situations, Mothercare’s shares continue to trade as it still has a profitable overseas operation and the administration...

UK gambling shares in a spin on tougher regulation fears

Thursday 07 Nov 2019

A cross-party group of politicians calling themselves the All-Party Parliamentary Group (AAPG), focused on gambling-related harm, has released a report which set alarm bells ringing in the gambling sector. The group is agitating for further reform, targeting stricter online restrictions. Shares in...

Skin in the game doesn’t mean better returns

Thursday 07 Nov 2019

Picking a fund or an investment trust where the manager also has their own money invested is sometimes seen as a sure-fire way to guarantee better returns. But an increasing number of investment commentators believe this is a misconception, and research from analysts at Investec shows this could...

Investors brace for a Brexit election

Thursday 31 Oct 2019

Something has finally happened with Brexit. MPs have finally agreed to have a general election on 12 December in attempt to find a way forward. The market appears to be taking the news in its stride for now, however there is little question that uncertainty has been ratcheted up. The timing of the...

LVMH bid for Tiffany shines a light on luxury sector allure

Thursday 31 Oct 2019

Global luxury leader LVMH has stunned sector watchers by launching a $14.9bn all-cash takeover bid for US jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co, famed for its engagement rings and ties to Hollywood glamour. Despite being pitched at a 22% premium to Friday’s closing price, analysts expect Tiffany to...

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