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Turn to well-run businesses when times get tough

Thursday 20 Sep 2018

The ability to successfully navigate endless market challenges is the sign of good management and a well-run business. Investors seeking examples should look no further than Finsbury Food ( FIF:AIM ) which has just served up an impressive set of full year results. While you may think that baking...

Are you brave enough to sell an investment when circumstances change?

Thursday 13 Sep 2018

One of the best investing skills is the ability to weigh up the evidence in hand and not be swayed by preconceptions or be so emotionally attached that you fail to recognise deterioration in the investment case. Not being obsessed with a specific stock can often help you make an important decision...

What does an unchanged FTSE 100 tell us about the market?

Thursday 06 Sep 2018

As we went to press it was looking increasingly likely that the latest FTSE reshuffle would see no changes to the FTSE 100 for the first time in more than a decade. These reshuffles can be significant and not just for the prestige associated with membership of the UK’s flagship index. It can also...

How much cash have you got to buy on a market dip?

Thursday 30 Aug 2018

Wall Street last week broke the record for the longest bull run in history with the S&P 500’s current rally now beating the previous bull run in the 1990s. While this is exciting, it also acts as a reminder that the current vibrant stock market conditions globally could be well overdue a...

Trump puts corporate reporting frequency back in the spotlight

Thursday 23 Aug 2018

How often should companies report their financial results? In the UK it is every six months and it appears the US could be heading in the same direction after US president Donald Trump used his favourite communication tool, social media network Twitter, to say he has asked the US stock market...

Why hasn't gold rallied on the Turkish crisis?

Thursday 16 Aug 2018

Stock markets are flashing red in various parts of the world, Turkey’s economic crisis and lira collapse continues to dominate the headlines and several other emerging market currencies are going through a patchy period. In theory these conditions should be positive for gold given it is seen as a...

Resurgent AIM should be handled with care

Thursday 09 Aug 2018

The weekend of 4 and 5 August 2018 marked five years since AIM stocks became eligible for inclusion in an ISA. A look at the performance of the FTSE AIM All-Share in the wake of this change displays the benefits of a move into the relative mainstream for the exchange – London’s foremost home for...

Why it’s important not to get blinded by big numbers

Thursday 02 Aug 2018

Some pretty astronomical figures have been thrown around in the financial press of late. On 26 July headlines pointed to $118bn being wiped off the market valuation of social media giant Facebook, while recent research on UK dividends – the Link Asset Services UK Dividend Monitor report –...

Where next for platinum as the metal nears a 10-year price low?

Thursday 26 Jul 2018

One of the biggest stories in the commodities space at the moment is the collapse in the platinum price amid demand concerns. The precious metal last week traded close to a 10-year low at $798 per ounce, compared with a $778 per ounce price recorded in October 2008. The latter was the result of the...

Should all companies and funds be forced to broadcast AGMs online?

Thursday 19 Jul 2018

It would be nice to see more companies and funds broadcast their shareholder meetings via the internet so that more investors have a chance to watch what directors and fund managers have to say about current events. Annual general meetings (AGMs) can also be valuable sources of investing...