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An altogether different proposition

An altogether different proposition

By Evil Knievil

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Acacia (LON:ACA) is down again this morning on the supposed news that ACA has been fined $190bn for tax evasion in Tanzania. This compare with ACA’s capitalisation at well under $1bn. However, I have read that, possibly, the RNS is incorrect in that the fine is in fact in Tanzanian shillings. An altogether different proposition.…

How much does your fund really cost you?

How much does your fund really cost you?

By Nick Sudbury

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Buying an investment fund is unlike almost any other purchase you will ever make as you are not told upfront how much it is going to cost you. The best available estimate is the ‘ongoing charges’ figure, which is disclosed in the associated literature, but it does not give you the full picture. A fund’s…

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An altogether different proposition

An altogether different proposition

By Evil Knievil

1 mins. to read

Acacia (LON:ACA) is down again this morning on the supposed news that ACA has been fined $190bn for tax evasion in Tanzania. This compare with ACA’s capitalisation at well under $1bn. However, I have read that, possibly, the RNS is incorrect in that the fine is in fact in Tanzanian shillings. An altogether different proposition.…

The market must be mad

The market must be mad

By Evil Knievil

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The fuss about the forthcoming listing of Aramco is entirely fake. The idea behind the 25% free float rule is to ensure that there is as little manipulation of the share price as is possible. Aramco is simply a vast bet on the price of oil, Aramco’s reserves and of course Saudi politics. It doesn’t…

Equities

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2 of the best value UK property stocks

2 of the best value UK property stocks

By Robert Stephens, CFA

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For many people, investing in property may seem prohibitively expensive at the moment. After all, the price to earnings ratio of residential property in London is 12.9. This makes engaging in buy-to-let investments which have the aim of beating inflation rather difficult. It’s a similar story in commercial property. It remains relatively expensive, and this…

How to use stop-losses to maximise profits

How to use stop-losses to maximise profits

By David Jones

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In my opinion, investors/traders don’t spend enough time on putting together a strategy that helps them decide when to get out of a profitable position. All of the effort gets channeled into finding a perfect system for where to get in – which of course doesn’t exist! But where you finally get out is what…

Trading

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How to use stop-losses to maximise profits

How to use stop-losses to maximise profits

By David Jones

1 mins. to read

In my opinion, investors/traders don’t spend enough time on putting together a strategy that helps them decide when to get out of a profitable position. All of the effort gets channeled into finding a perfect system for where to get in – which of course doesn’t exist! But where you finally get out is what…

Are women better traders and investors than men?

Are women better traders and investors than men?

By Ruzbeh Bacha

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Back in 2015, when I was raising funds for my FinTech start-up CityFALCON, I mentioned that our most active user on the platform is a woman who trades from home while her family is out. I would never have imagined of the reaction that I got then: “this clearly can’t be one of your target…

Economics & Markets

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Can we make money out of renewables?

Can we make money out of renewables?

By Victor Hill

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Thanks to action on climate change at international level, renewable energy (electricity generation by means of solar panels, wind power, heat pumps and so on) is the most rapidly growing industry on the planet. That doesn’t necessarily make it investible. Renewable energy is much more expensive than conventional power generation from hydrocarbons – and much…

Austerity – or Catastrophe…?

Austerity – or Catastrophe…?

By Victor Hill

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The minority UK Conservative government is under pressure to loosen the fiscal purse strings. Does that mean the dream of balancing the budget remains no more than a dream? Who would benefit? Will taxes have to rise? And what are the risks? Cardiac arrest in the Gilts market is a real possibility. Under pressure Boris…

Commodities

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Are these the top 3 gold stocks in London?

Are these the top 3 gold stocks in London?

By Robert Stephens, CFA

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Gold may not have a practical value as an alternative currency. It’s not possible to enter a shop and pay for any product or service in gold. However, the precious metal may have value as an alternative to cash or other assets due to its scope to help protect against rising inflation. Inflation potential In…

Political uncertainty adds to the allure of Randgold Resources

Political uncertainty adds to the allure of Randgold Resources

By Robert Stephens, CFA

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The election result has plunged the UK into a period of significant political uncertainty. There have been calls for Theresa May to resign, and there is the potential for a relatively weak minority government formed by the Conservatives and DUP. This could be just the beginning of an intense period for UK politics. In just…

Funds & Investment Trusts

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How much does your fund really cost you?

How much does your fund really cost you?

By Nick Sudbury

2 mins. to read

Buying an investment fund is unlike almost any other purchase you will ever make as you are not told upfront how much it is going to cost you. The best available estimate is the ‘ongoing charges’ figure, which is disclosed in the associated literature, but it does not give you the full picture. A fund’s…

The UK technology trust delivering market-beating returns

The UK technology trust delivering market-beating returns

By Nick Sudbury

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Technology is transforming the world and changing the way we do things. Until a few years ago developments like robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality were rarely to be found outside of science fiction, but many of them are now part of our everyday lives. Investing in companies at the cutting edge of these new…

Brexit

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Brexit talks: Expect more unhappy dinner parties and prepare for a market shock

Brexit talks: Expect more unhappy dinner parties and prepare for a market shock

By Victor Hill

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The Brexit talks-about-talks have started badly. What is the chance that there will be no deal at all? Are investors heading for the rapids…? Come dine with me On 26 April Theresa hosted dinner at her well-appointed home in Downing Street for Jean-Claude (a louche Belgian gentleman whom she had met on a caravanning holiday…

An amicable divorce?

An amicable divorce?

By Victor Hill

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Ready. Aim. Fire! The notorious Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon (2007) was “triggered” by the United Kingdom last night when Prime Minister May signed off a historic letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. This was delivered by hand by Sir Tim Barrow, our man in Brussels, at 12:20 BST this afternoon.…