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Will stock markets recover soon? We examine what's gone wrong and what might come next

Thursday 12 May 2022

Many investors are frustrated that a lot of the stocks, funds and bonds in their portfolios have fallen in value this year. It’s been a chaotic time on the markets and negative events keep unfolding. Inflation is at levels not seen for decades, the first major European war of the 21st century has...

Three great stocks for sustainable income in an inflationary environment

Thursday 12 May 2022

Savers and investors searching for decent income have been starved over the last decade as central banks have engaged in quantitative easing which kept interest rates artificially low. The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have changed the landscape dramatically. Interest rates are now on the rise...

Why AG Barr is the best UK soft drinks firm to own right now

Thursday 12 May 2022

The soft drinks sector has long been a fruitful place to make money. Some of the best-known brands are available to investors via shares in UK and overseas-listed companies. Once again, the soft drinks market is proving its resilience in volatile times, though the companies face headwinds in the...

Big tech earnings: the lowdown on Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft

Thursday 05 May 2022

Global investors had been hoping that big tech earnings would put the brakes on sliding stock markets, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Now we’ve heard from marquee companies such as Alphabet (GOOG:NASDAQ) , Amazon (AMZN:NASDAQ) , Apple (AAPL:NASDAQ) , Facebook-owner Meta Platforms (FB:...

Why now is a great time to look at ultra-cheap shares

Thursday 05 May 2022

In this article we take a dive into the lowly valued part of the UK stock market to see if we can find some hidden gems. Specifically, we are looking for shares trading on less than eight times forecast earnings. It is sometimes said ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’ or ‘one man’s rubbish is...

The CEOs making investors rich: The FTSE 100 bosses behind the biggest returns

Thursday 05 May 2022

Every chief executive talks about creating shareholder value, but which ones walk the walk? While the investment trust industry can count on 27 managers with at least 20 years under their belt at the same firm, there are very few FTSE 100 chief executives with that kind of track record. The most...

The challenges now facing the big digital advertising players Google and Facebook

Thursday 05 May 2022

Digital advertising experienced a meteoric rise during the Covid pandemic as consumers spent more time online. Advertisers increasingly reallocated their finite resources away from print and television advertising towards digital. This was partly because digital advertising appeared to be more...

Explaining the poison pill defence which could have derailed Musk’s Twitter bid

Thursday 28 Apr 2022

The world’s richest man, Elon Musk seems to have prevailed in his $43 billion takeover of Twitter (TWTR:NASDAQ) . Initially though the Twitter board looked to prevent him from gaining ‘creeping’ control of the company by adopting a poison pill strategy which was popularised in the 1980s. The aim...

How big property funds have performed and the different ways to invest

Thursday 28 Apr 2022

If you’d been keeping an eye on news from the UK commercial property market, you might be forgiven for thinking the sector was a complete basket case. Bankrupt retailers have left gaping holes on the high street, while office occupancy has been decimated by the pandemic. Meanwhile many open-ended...

Emerging markets: Views from the experts

Thursday 28 Apr 2022

1. As the impact of sanctions start to weigh on Russia, contagion is being felt across global markets. One immediate outcome has been a spike in energy and commodity prices on interrupted supplies from Russia and Ukraine. Although global inflation was already elevated amid supply-side shortages,...

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