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What have been the best performing investment funds since December 1999?

2 March 2015

The UK’s benchmark index the FTSE 100 may have only just recovered to its 1999 high but since the turn of the century, a number of funds have made some [...]

Costly house prices and squeeze on supply makes Travis Perkins a ‘buy’

2 March 2015

Given the steep rise in house prices over recent years and the continued shortage of supply brokers are optimistic that shares in homebuilder Travis Perkins could be a winner. The firm, [...]

Woodford Investment Management’s Neil Woodford: “British science is in great shape”

2 March 2015

Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund and veteran pharmaceutical company investor outlines why he believes the UK’s science sector is in rude health… I have been [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Barclays, ITV & Aviva

2 March 2015

Following on from Lloyds and HSBC, the UK’s banking giants remain centre-stage this week with Barclays reporting its full-year results on Tuesday. The business has seen its shares edge up [...]

The wait is over! Lloyds to resume dividend payout

27 February 2015

Lloyds has announced it will resume dividend payments to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis.   The bailed-out bank, which is just under a quarter owned by [...]

Investment fund sales nosedive in January as investors dump UK portfolios

26 February 2015

Retail investors took a step back at the start of 2015 with net sales of investment funds collapsing. According to numbers from trade body the Investment Association retail sales totaled [...]

Currency volatility concerns suggests British American Tobacco is a ‘hold’

26 February 2015

As British American Tobacco reports its full year results Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what this mean for investors… In its full-year results announced this [...]

Following 2015′s market highs, should investors be preparing for a correction?

26 February 2015

While stockmarkets have been on fire so far 2015, with many including the FTSE 100 reaching new highs, Psigma  Investment Management has warned that a correction maybe on the way. [...]

Royal Bank of Scotland posts £3.5bn loss for 2014

26 February 2015

The Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a £3.47bn loss in its annual results, down from £8.9bn in 2013. The bank, which is still 79% state-owned following its bailout during [...]

Japanese equities – four factors which could drive further gains

23 February 2015

Japanese stocks are up more than 60% in local currency terms over the last two years and there is potential for further gains this year. Stephen Cohen, chief investment strategist [...]

FTSE 100 within reach of new all-time high‏…

23 February 2015

The December 1999 all-time high of the FTSE 100 when it hit 6,930 has become a major psychological barrier for investors in recent years writes Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA [...]

Government sells-off a further £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares

23 February 2015

The government has sold-off a further £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares the Chancellor George Osborne has today confirmed. The latest sell-off means that the total amount of money recovered [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Man Group, Royal Bank of Scotland & Lloyds

23 February 2015

Despite a number of market updates set to arrive this week, UK banks are set to take centre stage. Monday saw HSBC report a steep 17% fall in profits and [...]

HSBC shares slide as bank reports 17% drop in annual profits

23 February 2015

HSBC has reported a steep fall in its annual profits following what it has described as a “challenging year”. The bank, currently under the spotlight for allegedly helping wealthy clients [...]

Standard Life tipped as a ‘hold’ after divi hike

20 February 2015

Standard Life reported strong full year results and a dividend hike but investors should be wary of the impact of pension freedom later in the year.   The Share Centre [...]

BAE Systems tipped as a ‘hold’ as it delivers solid annual results

19 February 2015

BAE Systems annual results have arrived inline with expectations but brokers are divided in their outlook for the group as a result of uncertainty over future defence spending. In its [...]

Shares in British Gas owner Centrica dive as firm reports 35% fall in annual profits

19 February 2015

British Gas owner Centrica has endured a steep fall in profits, as the warmer weather and the drop in the price of oil take their toll. The FTSE 100 group [...]

Brokers call FTSE 250 support services group Interserve a ‘buy’

16 February 2015

Brokers are coming out in force to tip support services group Interserve as a ‘buy’. The FTSE 250 constituent which provides facilities, project and equipment services to organisations such as [...]

Chinese New Year and the outlook for Asian equities

16 February 2015

Ahead of Chinese New Year on 19 February, Andrew Swan, manager of the BlackRock Asia fund, comments on the outlook for Asian equities… As China celebrates the year of the [...]

Junior ISAs – an alternative to yet another Frozen dress…

16 February 2015

A Junior ISA is simply a savings account you can set up for your child. Think of it as a tax efficient savings pot for your kids. The interest on [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Sports Direct, InterContinental Hotels & Centrica

16 February 2015

When InterContinental Hotels Group publishes its full-year results on Tuesday, shareholders will be eager to hear if the better trading backdrop highlighted in its previous update has kept momentum. Sheridan [...]

Rolls Royce shares fall on first sales drop in a decade

13 February 2015

Shares in Rolls Royce have fallen as the aircraft engineer reports the first sales drop in a decade.   The shares opened 3.3% down this morning after full year results [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: ARM Holdings, Reckitt Benckiser, QinetiQ & Imperial Tobacco

9 February 2015

Given Apple’s recent record quarterly profit, investors in ARM Holdings the US tech giant’s parts maker of choice, will be hoping the group has enjoyed a boost in its own [...]

HSBC helped wealthy dodge tax obligations claims investigation

9 February 2015

HSBC has been hit by scandal as a report from the BBC claims that Britain’s largest bank helped well-heeled customers side step their UK tax obligations. According to BBC Panorama, [...]

Sofa giant DFS Furniture sets out flotation plans

6 February 2015

DFS Furniture plans to list on the London Stock Exchange, targeting a valuation of up to £1 billion.   The sofa giant said that it is planning to raise £105 [...]

AstraZeneca’s latest results fall short of expectations but investors are advised to sit tight

5 February 2015

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has narrowly missed City estimates in its fourth quarter market update as it announced revenues fell by 2% to $6.7bn, partly as a result of the appreciating [...]

BT buys mobile giant EE in £12.5bn landmark deal

5 February 2015

In  landmark deal, BT has agreed to buy EE for £12.5bn, creating a telecommunications giant that will cover mobile, fixed line, broadband and television services. BT shares jumped 5%, or [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BP, Sky & Vodafone

2 February 2015

With the oil price having gone into free-fall since June last year BP shareholders will be eager to see how the company has adjusted its plans when it updates the [...]

Ryanair increases full-year profits forecast

2 February 2015

Discount carrier Ryanair has upped its expectations for its full-year results after reporting a net profit of €49m for the three months ended 31 December 2014 today. Over the period [...]

Shares that have won and lost from oil price falls

30 January 2015

The falls in oil prices that started last summer have seen the price of a barrel = halve: which companies are the biggest losers from the tumble?   Unsurprising the [...]

BT shares fall as telecoms giant sets out plans to tackle pension deficit

30 January 2015

Shares in telecoms giant BT fell this morning as the company announced it was holding back £2 billion to try and tackle its swelling pension deficit.   BT shares helped [...]

Facebook hailed by fund manager as the premium social media investment opportunity

29 January 2015

Facebook has been described as the premium investment opportunity in social media by fund manager GAM. Mark Hawtin, fund manager of the GAM Star Technology fund says that this week’s [...]

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon announces he is stepping down

29 January 2015

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon is to leave his post, the company has today confirmed. Brydon, who oversaw the controversial privatisation of the delivery company in 2013 has been in [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BT Group, Royal Dutch Shell & Diageo

26 January 2015

Given the 60% collapse in the price of oil since June investors will be keen to hear how business at Royal Dutch Shell has fared in recent months when it [...]

Dividend payouts from UK plc worse than expected during 2014

26 January 2015

UK plc collectively paid out a headline £97.4bn in dividends to shareholders in 2014, 21% higher than 2013. But take away Vodafone’s bumper payout and underlying growth was far less [...]

HSS Hire flotation is chance to buy into ‘strong market position’

23 January 2015

The flotation of tool hire company HSS Hire gives investors the chance to buy into a business ‘with strong market positions’, The Share Centre has said.   The company, which [...]

Where next for biotechnology stocks?

22 January 2015

Martin Wales, equity analyst at M&G Investments examines the outlook for the biotech sector… The global biotech market is expected to grow 54% between 2012 and 2017. Biotechnology shares were [...]

Shop talk: Why did the market react so badly to Boohoo’s recent trading update compared with Sainbury’s?

22 January 2015

Earlier this month, two very different retailers issued very contrasting trading statements and saw their share prices react in very divergent ways writes Nick Kirrage. Nothing too surprising there you [...]

Royal Mail shares jump as group reports strong Christmas trading

22 January 2015

Shares in Royal Mail jumped this morning following the firm’s latest market update, which highlighted that a busy Christmas period boosted results. By  10.10am shares in the business had moved [...]

Why Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone are a ‘buy’ for The Share Centre

21 January 2015

The Share Centre has added Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone to its ‘buy’ list. The broker said that at Infinis Energy, a fall in share price and an a dividend [...]

Brokers label PR and advertising giant WPP a ‘buy’

19 January 2015

Brokers are putting their cash behind advertising and public relations giant WPP as its shares continue to rally. The FTSE 100 constituent is typically regarded as the bellwether of the [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Royal Mail, Unilever & Dixons Carphone

19 January 2015

It appears the froth has come off Royal Mail with the shares down by 29% over the past year. Currently trading at circa the 428p mark, the stock maybe still [...]

Strong dollar and weak oil price likely to boost Europe’s corporate profits

19 January 2015

The strong rise in the US dollar and the fall in the oil price are likely to provide a boost to corporate profits in Europe and Japan this year asserts [...]

BP shares up as Deepwater Horizon fine smaller than expected

16 January 2015

BP shares have gained in early morning trading as a US ruling confirms the oil giant will face a smaller than expected fine for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil [...]

Will UK investors profit from the falling Swiss market?

15 January 2015

The Swiss stock market collapsed on Thursday morning as the country’s central bank dropped its peg against the Euro. As a result the Swiss market fell by around 10% as [...]

Burberry is a ‘buy’ says The Share Centre

14 January 2015

Fashion house Burberry  has been branded a ‘buy’ by The Share Centre,  as sales at the group rose by 15% to £604m in the third quarter. The business, which features [...]

Brokers calling Taylor Wimpey a ‘buy’ as the house builder enters 2015 with record order book

12 January 2015

A flurry of analysts have thrown their support behind house builder Taylor Wimpey which has declared it has started 2015 in an “excellent position.” The UK-based firm, which has with [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Morrison, Barratt Developments, Home Retail Group & Burberry

12 January 2015

Less than a week after Tesco revealed its substantial cost-cutting measures, investors are set to get more news on the UK’s troubled supermarket sector as Tuesday sees Morrison deliver its [...]

Santander to sell new shares in £6m fundraising

9 January 2015

Santander is relying on shareholders to boost its capital with plans to sell 1.3 million new shares, worth up to £5.9 billion.   In a stock exchange statement the global [...]

Private investors sell out of UK equities to the tune of £9.1bn in a mere matter of months but who are these retail individuals anyway?

8 January 2015

Capita Asset Services has caused quite a furore this week calculating that the UK market saw some £9.1bn of retail money moving out of equities between September to November last [...]

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