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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...

Cut price stocks and funds for your ISA

Thursday 26 Mar 2020

Investing is about putting your money to work in the markets over a long period. So while markets are presently experiencing large share price movements up and down, it is important to look beyond the current volatility and continue to feed money into your investment account. As well as remaining...

10 winning stocks for 2020

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Begbies Traynor ( BEG:AIM ) Insolvency specialist and property services company Begbies Traynor ( BEG:AIM ) derives two thirds of its revenue from activities which are counter-cyclical, which means that in any future slowdown or even recession the business will see rising demand for its insolvency...

6 of the best income funds

Thursday 28 Nov 2019

The recent fiasco surrounding Neil Woodford’s Equity Income fund will have left many people burnt by the experience and unsure of how to get a decent income on their money. However, cases like Woodford are actually very unusual and there are excellent funds and investment trusts with track records...

Prime property picks: the best opportunities among real estate shares

Thursday 21 Nov 2019

The idea of investing in UK property might make you fearful given political instability created by the upcoming general election and ongoing Brexit saga. But there is genuine merit in having exposure to UK property as part of a diversified portfolio given its enduring income appeal. We believe this...

Is value investing back from the dead?

Thursday 14 Nov 2019

The basic principle of value investing is buying stocks on low valuations and waiting for them to re-rate. Warren Buffett calls it buying a dollar of earnings for 50 cents, or in the case of UK stocks buying £1 of assets for 50p. In theory this makes a lot of sense; in practice, it’s far from...

General election: what the big vote means for your money

Thursday 07 Nov 2019

Just as it looked like a short-term resolution to the Brexit saga was in sight, with a deal agreed with the EU and subsequently gaining early stage approval from MPs, a refusal by the same MPs to go along with Boris Johnson’s timetable led him to put the legislation on pause and push for a general...

Bouncing back

Thursday 31 Oct 2019

Would you like to know which areas of the UK stock market held up best during past sell-offs and which performed the best once the market bottomed. Shares has got you covered. Rather than going back to the tech bubble of the early noughties and the global financial crisis, which are already well-...

The £5,000 challenge

Thursday 24 Oct 2019

Are you ready to take on the £5,000 challenge? It’s an annoying admin task that most feel like isn’t worth the hassle of dealing with, but cutting the cost of your monthly bills can lead to a tidy pot saved – and an even bigger pot if you invest these savings prudently in the markets. The...

How to invest your PPI windfall

Thursday 17 Oct 2019

The deadline for payment protection insurance (PPI) claims may have just passed but judging by the new provisions revealed by the high street banks many of us waited until near the August deadline before applying for compensation. With the average compensation payment standing at £1,700 according...