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The best performing shares of 2018: quantifying the reasons behind their success

Thursday 13 Dec 2018

MARKET CAP: £1BN & ABOVE OCADO +101% Shares in Ocado ( OCDO ) have doubled in value in 2018 as the company made progress with signing international contracts where it sets up large distribution centres to enable online grocery services. Building on a 2017 tie-up with France’s Groupe Casino,...

Silver is looking incredibly cheap compared to gold

Thursday 06 Dec 2018

Precious metals have been widely out of favour with investors for some time, but a recent bout of stock market volatility could see them come back into fashion, particularly if the US dollar starts to weaken. The most talked about metal is gold. It typically does well at times of great uncertainty...

Passive funds on the rise – but is it time for active?

Thursday 29 Nov 2018

The use of passive funds has been increasing for years, with investors drawn to their simplicity and low cost. But are they the right investment for all markets, and what happens if a market dip is on its way? Passive investments track an index or market, such as the FTSE 100 index of leading UK...

Which small cap pharma firms make a profit?

Thursday 15 Nov 2018

Typically people invest in small cap biotechnology and pharmaceutical stocks in the hope they can enjoy returns of many times their initial investment as the share price reacts to the discovery of the next wonder drug. However, stories like these are actually few and far between and lots of...

Can the Government really save the high street?

Thursday 08 Nov 2018

In the Budget last week Chancellor Philip Hammond announced three measures to try to revive beleaguered UK high streets. The first is the creation of a £675m Future High Streets Fund to support and finance local areas’ plans to re-invigorate their high streets and town centres making them ‘fit for...

Women and investing

Thursday 20 Sep 2018

Lack of confidence may be holding many women back when it comes to investing – that’s despite the fact that they may be naturally more suited to it than men. While women are more likely to be in charge of the household finances, when it comes to investing they are still far less engaged than men...

How to take the emotion out of investing

Thursday 06 Sep 2018

It has been a volatile year for global equities as trade wars, geopolitical crises and Brexit negotiations have all soured investor sentiment. It can be tempting to follow the herd and sell when things go sour or buy when everyone is confident, but investors should avoid acting impulsively and...

The ultimate FTSE 250 guide

Thursday 30 Aug 2018

In a companion piece to last week’s FTSE 100 special, this week Shares investigates the FTSE 250 index, the authoritative measure of UK-quoted mid cap companies. It could be described as Anteros to the FTSE 100’s Eros; the FTSE 250 is more obscure than its larger and more celebrated sibling index...

Your back to school crib sheet

Thursday 09 Aug 2018

The tables featured in this article give you the perfect starting point to swot up on stocks during the summer lull and before the market kicks back into gear in the autumn. We’ve pulled together five data-driven snapshots that should help drive idea generation for all investors whether or not your...

Vote for the best collectives

Thursday 09 Aug 2018

After a successful first year the second iteration AJ Bell’s Fund and Investment Trust (FIT) awards opens up to voting this month. And in 2018 there is a twist as there will be active and passive winning funds for all but one of the categories. And while past performance is not a guide to the...

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The value of your investments can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you originally invested. We don't offer advice, so it's important you understand the risks, if you're unsure please consult a suitably qualified financial adviser. Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and rules may change. Past performance is not a guide to future performance and some investments need to be held for the long term.