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Operational gearing can have a nasty impact when things go wrong

Thursday 21 Jun 2018

Rapid growth in e-commerce demand may lead some investors to conclude that transportation companies fulfilling orders would be superb investments. You may think again after analysing the horrific profit warning on 13 June from logistics group Connect ( CNCT ) . Revenue for its Tuffnells delivery...

Beer seller Fuller’s has no choice but to innovate

Thursday 14 Jun 2018

Many people associate innovation with using technology to develop new products and services. What’s often overlooked is the need for more traditional businesses to innovate in order to stay competitive and not necessarily rely on technology to achieve this goal. There is a phrase in the world of...

Should you stick with underperforming fund manager Mark Barnett?

Thursday 07 Jun 2018

While Neil Woodford’s every move continues to be scrutinised by the market, another star fund manager is also having a tough time of late. Two investment trusts run by Mark Barnett have reported full year results and they’ve both underperformed their benchmark indices for the second year in a row...

What Apple's latest earnings release can tell you about quality companies

Thursday 31 May 2018

Shares in the company behind the iPhone and iPad, US consumer electronics giant Apple, are back in fashion after its quarterly earnings release on 1 May. The shares are up nearly 15% since the update. This revealed that in the three months to 31 March, the company’s services division, encompassing...

Watch out for companies with dominant shareholders

Thursday 24 May 2018

The perils of having dominant shareholders have come to the forefront once again with various small cap companies on the UK market. Minority shareholders have effectively been shunted to one side and in one case not given a fair say in important matters which is unjust. For example, several...

ZPG bid highlights appeal of digital platform businesses

Thursday 17 May 2018

Zoopla’s parent company ZPG ( ZPG ) was an obvious takeover target and we aren’t surprised to see it receive a 490p per share bid from US private equity firm Silver Lake. Congratulations if you owned its shares before the takeover news was announced. And hopefully you did own them, given that ZPG...

The dangers of ignoring dividend growth rates

Thursday 10 May 2018

Some of the most popular FTSE 100 stocks for dividend income may not be as appealing as you think once you look at dividend growth and the effects of inflation. In an ideal world you should seek dividend growth levels in excess of inflation so you are obtaining a positive return in real terms. Many...

Why all investors cannot afford to ignore bond yield movements

Thursday 03 May 2018

Investing is often about looking for signals from the market such as corporate news, currency movements and economic data. They can help you to decide if it is time to buy or sell. A major signal this year has been the increase in the yield on US Treasuries (aka US government bonds), which exceeded...

Uncertainty isn’t the only driver of the gold price

Thursday 26 Apr 2018

You would have thought a backdrop this year of a trade war, a missile strike on Syria and the return of cold war tensions would have driven up the gold price, given it is seen as an asset to own during times of strife and uncertainty. In reality gold has only moved up 1.6% in value so far in 2018...

Which is more important: quality or valuation?

Thursday 19 Apr 2018

Which is more important when considering making an investment into an individual stock: quality of the business or its valuation? It’s an interesting debate which recently cropped up on a social media channel. The boss of a US asset management company argued that the price of fundamentals, such as...