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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...

Why bonds have been #1 this year

Thursday 10 Oct 2019

Investors have piled into bonds in 2019 at the expense of equities, with more than £8bn inflows into UK bond funds and over £4bn flowing out of equity funds in the first eight months of the year according to the Investment Association. Data from the US show similar patterns. This might be caused by...

Strap in for the car sector recovery

Thursday 03 Oct 2019

Britain’s automotive industry has stalled as low global demand and weak domestic consumer confidence weigh on sales, profits and sentiment. Disruption is impacting the global car industry and many of the businesses whose fortunes are tied to the automotive sector are in for a very bumpy ride. Yet...