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The importance of having an open mind in investing

Thursday 17 Jan 2019

It can be hard to change your opinion of a stock or a fund manager if you have an established view of something or someone. Having an open mind can, however, lead to better investment decisions if there is information that warrants rethinking your view. This theme is central to our article on...

Have the markets become too negative?

Thursday 10 Jan 2019

Amid the relief rally which followed US Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell’s conciliatory comments on interest rates (4 Jan), one thing Powell said seemed somewhat curious. He observed that markets were ‘well ahead of the data’ in pricing in downside risks. While in one sense this was worthy of...

Why 2018 gave investors a valuable lesson

Thursday 20 Dec 2018

The past year has been a learning experience for investors. It has been a long overdue reminder that putting money in the markets can result in losses as well as gains. Don’t be down if your portfolio has taken a hit. Stay positive and remember that a long-term investing strategy will inevitably...

Tightened governance should benefit investors in the long-term

Thursday 13 Dec 2018

Greater efforts to make companies good corporate citizens should prove to be in the best interests of investors. The latest development is a new code of practice for large private companies called the Wates Principles and developed by a coalition led by the Financial Reporting Council, a body which...

Sharp increase in FTSE 100 CEO departures

Thursday 06 Dec 2018

The announcement that Paul Polman is stepping down next year as chief executive (CEO) of consumer goods giant Unilever ( ULVR ) is significant for more than one reason. While his departure isn’t really a surprise, given shareholders recently won a battle to keep the company’s headquarters in the UK...

What will happen to the retail sector in 2019?

Thursday 29 Nov 2018

We’re now entering that time of the year when experts give their predictions for the year ahead covering a wide range of topics, from economics to politics and markets to currencies. We’ll discuss all the hot topics in the 13 December issue of Shares so you’re better informed going into 2019. Ahead...

Video ad experts could be on the FAANGs’ radar

Thursday 22 Nov 2018

A lot of attention has been given to Google and Facebook as being core players in the world of advertising. Their platforms are, without doubt, extremely powerful given immense engagement with people around the world. These companies, alongside Amazon, Apple and Netflix, make up the ‘FAANGs’ empire...

Are we entering a bear market and does it matter?

Thursday 15 Nov 2018

US stocks are experiencing renewed volatility after several of Apple’s suppliers warned on profit (12 Nov). This has raised concerns over the growth rate at the consumer electronics giant and several of its big technology peers, sending shares in Apple and other tech companies into reverse. Worries...

Fintech is equally exciting and frustrating from an investment perspective

Thursday 08 Nov 2018

Most companies will inevitably have to adapt to changes at some point in their life as customer preferences evolve and technology opens up new ways of operating. The banking sector is now facing this situation and this is why ‘fintech’ (or financial technology) has become such a buzzword. Banks...

Should CEOs be forced to buy company shares when they get the top job?

Thursday 01 Nov 2018

Imagine starting a new job and being told you are expected to invest 300% of your basic salary in company shares. That’s exactly what’s happened with the new chief executive (CEO) of BT ( BT.A ) , Philip Jansen. He has already committed to investing £2m of his own money by late November, plus he is...