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5% dividend yield: The stocks and funds for market-beating income

Thursday 09 Sep 2021

How does a 5% return on your money sound right now? With UK interest rates showing little sign of increasing from rock bottom levels despite mounting inflation, a 5% rate is certainly appealing. If you are using your investments to pay the bills or to fund your living expenses in retirement the...

Magic mid-caps: How to play the top-performing FTSE 250

Thursday 19 Aug 2021

There are lots of good reasons why investors should have allocations to the FTSE 250, London’s high-flying index oriented to mid caps which provides a purer play on the domestic UK economy than the exporter-heavy FTSE 100. The FTSE 250 captures those growth stocks that have come up from the small...

Market health check: Why have global stocks stalled and should you worry about inflation

Thursday 10 Jun 2021

Despite healthy double-digit gains in 2021, driven by successful vaccination rollouts and recovering economies, major stock markets around the world appear to have stalled since early May. London’s FTSE 100, the Standard and Poors 500, Japan’s Nikkei 225 the Nasdaq 100 indices have failed so far to...

The price is right: 5 stocks which could win big

Thursday 03 Jun 2021

Everyone loves a bargain and in this article we have highlighted five shares that just look far too cheap relative to their prospects There are many ways to define cheapness and so we have created five different screens using data provider Stockopedia designed to zero-in on the best candidates...

Avoid the ESG fakers: how to spot the best responsible investments

Thursday 01 Apr 2021

If the 2010s represented the temperamental teenage years of sustainable and ethical investing, 2020 marked its ‘rite of passage’ to adulthood. During the first quarter of 2020, even as markets around the world nosedived and global fund outflows hit $385 billion, sustainable funds saw net inflows of...

Beyond China: making money from emerging markets

Thursday 04 Mar 2021

In 2021, as we move into the recovery phase of the coronavirus crisis, emerging markets are rebounding sharply. In this article we explore why you should consider investing in this space and the case for looking at some of the less well-explored options alongside the dominant Chinese market. 2020...

True tech growth stocks

Thursday 25 Feb 2021

When Moonpig ( MOON ) listed on the London stock market earlier this month it used a plethora of buzzwords to describe itself. It called itself a ‘platform’, talked about its ‘proprietary technology and apps’ and said it leaned heavily on ‘data science’. This may seem curious for a business that...

Brexit deal and vaccines: Why UK stocks can break free from lockdown shackles

Thursday 14 Jan 2021

We are championing UK stocks despite the introduction of the latest lockdown measures. For more than four years London-listed shares have trailed in the wake of nearly all other major global markets, but the early Christmas present of a Brexit deal should end much of the uncertainty which led to...

Top stocks for 2021

Wednesday 23 Dec 2020

Alibaba China offers huge growth potential in 2021 and beyond and Alibaba (BABA:NYSE) is arguably the best way to play this theme. The country’s answer to Amazon, Alibaba owns the largest online marketplaces in China while Alibaba Cloud is the region’s leading cloud platform. The company went...

The race to recovery

Thursday 23 Apr 2020

The market has come storming back since it bottomed out on 23 March from a coronavirus-inspired plunge. As we write the FTSE 100 is above the 5,700 mark and some 16% off its lows. Suggestions that some countries are past the peak of infections, a cautious reopening of the Chinese economy and...