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Don't be tempted to buy the housebuilders on weakness

Thursday 10 Feb 2022

Investors for whom the housebuilders were a low-risk place to put their money up to and even after the pandemic have had a rude awakening in the last month or so. While most firms had already put money aside for fire safety work, the government’s warning they were liable for up to £4 billion of...

Fundsmith late to Alphabet and Amazon party but still no S&P 500 tracker

Thursday 10 Feb 2022

Terry Smith might be Britain’s favourite fund manager. Having built up an army of retail investor fans with his flagship Fundsmith Equity (B41YBW7) vehicle, he is often compared to Warren Buffett, such is his laser focus on a deceptively simple three-point investment strategy; buy good companies,...

Simple, low-cost income: sit back and let the cash roll in

Thursday 10 Feb 2022

The rapid growth of exchange traded funds over the last decade means investors now have plenty of choice when tracking major investment themes. ETFs take the headache and risk out of trying to pick the best active managers while also offering lower costs and good liquidity. They can also provide...

Buy VCTs to help build back the economy and for profit potential

Thursday 10 Feb 2022

This year’s new VCT (venture capital trust) offer season, where investors can apply for new shares and enjoy immediate tax benefits, is in full swing. Each year, VCTs seem to attract money faster than the previous year, meaning interested investors need to act fast once offers go live, although it...

Glencore’s stake in crop trader could be worth up to $10 billion

Thursday 03 Feb 2022

Commodities giant Glencore ( GLEN ) could be in line for a multi-billion-dollar windfall if calculations by analysts at UBS are right. The company is rumoured to be thinking about offloading its near-50% stake in crop trading firm Viterra, which itself recently snapped up US rival Gavilon in a $1...

Time to load up after the big tech sell-off

Thursday 03 Feb 2022

Is it time to buy the technology sell-off and load up on some of the market’s top growth stocks? It is one of the biggest questions currently facing DIY investors and the answer may depend on your own personal circumstances. However, in our view there is a strong case for buying some of the higher...

Plotting our position in the market cycle and what comes next

Thursday 03 Feb 2022

It is tempting to say the recent tumultuous sell-off in global markets is different to previous pullbacks. This is on the basis it was triggered by investors reacting to the risk of the US Federal Reserve and other central banks raising interest rates, rather than a global pandemic or fundamental...

Flash sale: five quality stocks to buy now

Thursday 03 Feb 2022

With global stock markets going through a rocky patch, triggered by the US central bank signalling the end of loose monetary policy, Shares believes now is an opportune time to pick up high-quality shares which may have been oversold in the broad market correction. There is a lot of uncertainty and...

Surviving the market sell-off

Thursday 27 Jan 2022

It has been a tricky start to the year for investors. Some popular stocks and funds have fallen by more than 20% in less than a month, leaving portfolios battered and bruised. At the time of writing (25 Jan), the technology-rich Nasdaq index in the US was down 12.5% so far in 2022. This compares...

The reasons behind Microsoft's $68.7 billion Activision Blizzard gamble

Thursday 27 Jan 2022

Microsoft has never been afraid to take risks with big acquisitions. Past deals for Skype ($8.5 billion), Nuance ($19.6 billion) and LinkedIn ($26.2 billion), in internet communications, transcription software and professionals networks respectively, prove that. But investors can expect the...

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