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Star fund managers: success doesn’t always last forever

Thursday 18 Jul 2019

Recent years have encouraged the cult of the ‘star’ investment manager, usually built on the long-term investment records of high-profile stock pickers. Yet in the wake of the Neil Woodford fund suspension, the very notion of the star fund manager is being called into question, especially when it...

Boris vs Corbyn: How the changing political landscape could affect your wealth

Thursday 11 Jul 2019

Britain’s new prime minister will be announced on 23 July. Boris Johnson is widely considered to be the favourite and Jeremy Hunt the underdog. Whichever candidate wins they face a baptism of fire as the 31 October Brexit deadline looms large on the horizon. Johnson has made bold statements to the...

First-time investor: how to plan and what to buy

Thursday 27 Jun 2019

Taking your first steps with investing needn’t be a frightening experience if you know what’s involved. We’ve created a step-by-step guide covering all the main points you need to think about, including whether investing is actually right for you. Our guide also includes pointers for spotting the...

The ultimate guide to ESG investing

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

Ethical investing is not a fad. It is becoming increasingly mainstream with figures from the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance showing global sustainable investment topped $30trn in 2018. Given that regulatory and political pressure is helping to push the environmental agenda, anger is growing...

The importance of ‘E’ in ESG investing:

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

Companies must now demonstrate they are being run responsibly and have adopted policies to address environmental issues. More and more people want to know about the provenance of foods they purchase, labour practices, whether products are tested on animals, if the manufacturing process contaminates...

Tracking the S in ESG: what you need to know about social factors investing

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

Perhaps the lesser sung of the ESG playlist, experts hope that social factors will start to emerge from the chorus line to take a more centre stage spot in investment selection and performance. The social leg of the ESG stool has typically focused on areas like worker rights, equal opportunities...

Introduction to ESG investing

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

Ethical investing is not a fad. It is becoming increasingly mainstream with figures from the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance showing global sustainable investment topped $30trn in 2018. Given that regulatory and political pressure is helping to push the environmental agenda, anger is growing...

Taking the temperature of the market

Thursday 13 Jun 2019

It’s not easy to be an investor in the summer of 2019. The market continues to swing from one extreme to another and the headlines are dominated by geopolitical turmoil, trade wars and worries over global growth. Fortunately, Shares is on hand to cut through the noise and look at some of the key...

Can robots rescue retail?

Thursday 06 Jun 2019

The retail sector is at a crossroads. Hit by structural changes as spending shifts online and an uncertain economic environment as well as fast shifting consumer tastes and trends, many in the industry are really struggling. Could robots and artificial intelligence (AI) come to the rescue?...

Standout stocks: three great ways to find quality companies

Thursday 30 May 2019

The dictionary definition of quality is ‘the degree of excellence of something’. Handmade Hermes scarfs that use high quality silk would fit this description of quality. However, just because a company makes high quality products, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the business itself would be...

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