Equities

Guides and tips for successful share dealing

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Are bank shares a steal or a warning sign for investors?

Are bank shares a steal or a warning sign for investors?

Magazine | 1 Apr 2016

Investors who have sought to take advantage of the old adage about ‘buying the dips’ by putting cash into the UK banks during previous periods of turmoil might reasonably have expected 2016 to be their year – the political risks have diminished, economies are growing and the river of PPI claims is slowing to a trickle.

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UK banks continue to be in the regulatory wars, but is it worth looking through the fog to find returns?

UK banks continue to be in the regulatory wars, but is it worth looking through the fog to find returns?

Magazine | 1 Dec 2015

An investor in search of a quiet life will find their holdings in UK banks to be rather frustrating
at the moment, with one or other of them constantly cast into the spotlight.

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Where is the profit to be made from investing in pharma and biotech?

Where is the profit to be made from investing in pharma and biotech?

Magazine | 2 Nov 2015

David Thorpe examines whether pharmaceutical or biotech stocks represent good value for investors 

Proceed with caution when it comes to emerging markets

Proceed with caution when it comes to emerging markets

Magazine | 27 Mar 2015

A private investor casting his gaze upon the markets at present is faced with a horrendous series of puzzles, with election risk, interest rate risk and geopolitical risk all being factors. 

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The case for emerging market equities

The case for emerging market equities

Magazine | 28 Jul 2014

Few asset classes produce as wide a range of opinions as emerging market equities. Most agree that at least some of the countries which fall into that category will grow significantly in the coming years, but views vary on how to access that growth.

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How to find cheap stocks in a bull market

How to find cheap stocks in a bull market

Magazine | 30 Apr 2014

With equity markets pumped up by a ready supply of money from central banks, do value investing strategies still work? We talk to the best value-oriented managers to find out.

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BRICs versus MINTs: which economies offer most promise to investors?

BRICs versus MINTs: which economies offer most promise to investors?

Magazine | 3 Mar 2014

Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey – the MINT countries – have replaced the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) as the ones to watch, according to analyst Jim O'Neill. But should we believe him?

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Sin stocks: are they worth the guilty conscience?

Sin stocks: are they worth the guilty conscience?

Magazine | 3 Feb 2014

We discuss the moral and financial arguments for investing in companies that sell tobacco, alcohol and weapons, as well as casting an ethical eye over the oil majors.

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The best UK shares and funds for a stable, growing income

The best UK shares and funds for a stable, growing income

Magazine | 17 Dec 2013

In this two-part feature, we look at UK shares and equity income funds that have a track record of delivering income growth above inflation.

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How to identify growth stocks

How to identify growth stocks

Magazine | 27 Aug 2013

Going for growth needn't be a high-risk investment strategy, provided you choose companies with sound prospects.

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Using Benjamin Graham's rules to make money today

Using Benjamin Graham's rules to make money today

Magazine | 25 Jul 2013

Known as the father of value investing, Benjamin Graham believed that the man in the street could beat the professionals at stockpicking by following some surprisingly simple rules. But do his ideas still work today?

Investing in options versus investing in shares

Investing in options versus investing in shares

Guides | 23 Jul 2013

When investing in the stock market, one alternative to buying shares direct is to invest in US-style (or 'vanilla') stock options. In this article we look at the difference between the two.

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Your share of the world: how to trade overseas stocks

Your share of the world: how to trade overseas stocks

Magazine | 29 Apr 2013

What Investment sets out how investors can buy into the opportunities only available from overseas equities.

Valuation metrics explained

Valuation metrics explained

Guides | 22 Feb 2013

If you want to know your P/E ratio from your dividend cover, this is the place to start.

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Set to soar: the UK's most underappreciated companies

Set to soar: the UK's most underappreciated companies

Magazine | 21 Feb 2013

We explain how to identify undervalued companies, and reveal 12 of the cheapest UK-listed stocks.

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Picking winners in the small-cap sector

Picking winners in the small-cap sector

Magazine | 1 Nov 2012

What Investment looks at how to select small-cap stocks and offers recommendations for shares and funds.