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Shaking up the UK listing rules – wise move or danger ahead?

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

A shake-up of the UK stock market listing rules could be on the cards to attract faster growing companies and there are mixed opinions as to whether the proposed changes would be beneficial. ShareSoc, which campaigns on behalf of small investors, and the Quoted Company Alliance ( QCA ), which...

Investing under Biden: Where to put your money as the US starts a new journey

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

Joe Biden is now officially president of the United States, something which is likely to have implications for your portfolio. His policy plans, ranging from infrastructure and renewable energy to technology and healthcare, will have direct impact on indices like the S&P 500 and FTSE 100, as...

More best stock ideas from fund managers

Thursday 21 Jan 2021

In the second part of our two-part feature we get another fascinating range of responses on what did and didn’t work out for top fund managers during a tumultuous 2020 and which stocks they are most excited about now. Interestingly computer games firm Codemasters ( CDM:AIM ) features as both a...

Fund managers’ best ideas for 2021

Thursday 14 Jan 2021

In the first of a two-part series Shares invites top fund managers to reveal which stocks they were most pleased with in 2020, which stocks they were most disappointed in, and which they have high hopes for in 2021. Their answers reveal an interesting mix of names across the market cap spectrum...

The best performing stocks of 2020

Wednesday 23 Dec 2020

After an extraordinary year we look back at some of the top performers in different size categories from the heavyweights all the way down to sub £100 million market cap stocks at the bottom of the market and examine what has driven them higher in 2020. We have excluded investment trusts. £4...

The year Baillie Gifford took over the investing world

Wednesday 23 Dec 2020

We all know the many things 2020 will be remembered for, but in the investment world it’s been a historic moment for the performance of Baillie Gifford’s investment funds. It’s been the year many societal and economic trends have accelerated sharply, and this has fueled what some fund managers and...

How our 2020 stock portfolio stayed afloat despite Covid

Wednesday 23 Dec 2020

What a year. At the start of 2020 it was all about the political certainty in the UK delivered by the 2019 General Election but within a couple of months attention had turned to a nasty new virus emerging from China. In the circumstances the 4.8% total return from our picks was a solid effort,...

The trends that will shape a continuing ESG boom in 2021

Wednesday 23 Dec 2020

It feels as though 2020 was the year when ESG investing finally came of age. Expect more of the same in 2021, only more so. Throughout the pandemic, whatever happened to share or bond prices, sustainable investing continued to grow as institutions and individuals allocated more and more funds to...

Emerging markets: Views from the experts

Wednesday 23 Dec 2020

We are of the opinion that there are a number of high-level reasons to be positive on emerging markets (EMs) based on a combination of a Joe Biden presidency and a Republican Senate in the United States. First, we believe this election result is likely to cap US interest rates for longer and...

Is China still a developing economy?

Wednesday 23 Dec 2020

The size of China’s economy and its financial markets mean it dominates emerging market indices to a very large extent. Just look at MSCI Emerging Markets and its counterpart at rival provider FTSE Russell. China accounts for six of the top 10 constituents of MSCI Emerging Markets and 40.7% of the...

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