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4 high-growth dividend champions

4 high-growth dividend champions

By John Kingham

10 mins. to read

Over the last few months I’ve mostly written about high yield stocks and the occasional high-profile disaster. That sort of thing isn’t to everyone’s taste, so this month I’ll be looking at something completely different. More specifically, I’ll be looking at four high growth “dividend champions”, companies that have grown quickly whilst raising their dividend…

The out-of-favour fund that is paying a 12.5% yield

The out-of-favour fund that is paying a 12.5% yield

By Nick Sudbury

2 mins. to read

Contrarian investors are always on the lookout for unloved securities where the bad news is already baked in and there is a catalyst on the horizon to turn things around. A prime example is Ranger Direct Lending (LON:RDL), whichwas set up in 2015 to provide alternative secured funding to US small and medium-sized companies and…

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Press on regardless

Press on regardless

By Evil Knievil

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Johnston Press (JPR) used to have a big private investor following. Nowadays, at 9.5p, it is capitalised at a trivial £10 million. But that conceals a huge £220 million debt problem which must be settled next year on or before 1st June 2019. Can they do it? I for one do not know the answer to…

Sir Martin’s departure is a disaster for WPP
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Sir Martin’s departure is a disaster for WPP

By Evil Knievil

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The sensible way to effect CEO change at WPP (LON:WPP)is for the new man to work alongside Sir Martin Sorrell for several months since Sir Martin has developed this very extensive machine at a very personal level. It’s the only chance of intimate control being passed on. However, it seems that Sir Martin is now…

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4 high-growth dividend champions

4 high-growth dividend champions

By John Kingham

10 mins. to read

Over the last few months I’ve mostly written about high yield stocks and the occasional high-profile disaster. That sort of thing isn’t to everyone’s taste, so this month I’ll be looking at something completely different. More specifically, I’ll be looking at four high growth “dividend champions”, companies that have grown quickly whilst raising their dividend…

Falling inflation means these 2 retailers may be mispriced

Falling inflation means these 2 retailers may be mispriced

By Robert Stephens, CFA

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In recent months, the rate of inflation has been on a downward trend. This is highly significant because it means that wage growth is now ahead of inflation for the first time in over a year. As a result, consumer disposable incomes are now growing in real terms, and this could help to lift consumer…

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Where next for stock markets?

Where next for stock markets?

By David Jones

7 mins. to read

Given what we have seen in stock markets in recent weeks, it was easy to pick the topic for this month’s charting article. Volatility has jumped, world markets fell heavily – is it the beginning of the end of the long trend upwards for shares? A recent history lesson Let’s go back to where this…

Is the euro set to dominate the pound?

Is the euro set to dominate the pound?

By David Jones

5 mins. to read

Given the fact that you can barely watch the news today without the “B” word rearing its head, I thought it could be timely to take a look at the fortunes of the pound versus its nearest currency neighbour, the euro. The market convention is actually to quote this the other way around to what…

Economics & Markets

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The grass is greener in the Land of the Long White Cloud

The grass is greener in the Land of the Long White Cloud

By Victor Hill

14 mins. to read

New Zealand is a land of moderate weather, politics and economic policy. Growth prospects for the New Zealand stock market this year are also moderately good. Kia-Ora! When you enter New Zealand the passport check is accomplished by robots – but getting through the bio-security channel is lengthy and troublesome. If you have so much as…

Mellon on the Markets

Mellon on the Markets

By Jim Mellon

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Normal service was somewhat delayed by the exigencies of the road trip I have been on for two weeks to Asia and Australia. My colleague Anthony Chow and I have been doing the crossover (i.e. pre-IPO) institutional/UHNW (ultra-high net worth) round for Juvenescence Ltd and the result has been that by the time I get…

Commodities

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Rising risks could make these 2 gold miners more appealing

Rising risks could make these 2 gold miners more appealing

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

The performance of global stock markets thus far in 2018 can best be described as ‘volatile’. The S&P 500, FTSE 100 and various other major indices have seen their price levels experience a rollercoaster ride in recent months. There are a number of reasons for this. Tensions in Syria have increased in recent days, while…

Strong year for global mining investment trust

Strong year for global mining investment trust

By Nick Sudbury

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It has been a strong year for BlackRock World Mining (LON:BRWM) with a NAV return of 24% in 2017. The performance has been driven by the pick-up in global economic growth, and sentiment towards the fund is finally starting to improve after a significant write-down in 2013 dented investor confidence. If the economic recovery continues…

Funds & Investment Trusts

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The out-of-favour fund that is paying a 12.5% yield

The out-of-favour fund that is paying a 12.5% yield

By Nick Sudbury

2 mins. to read

Contrarian investors are always on the lookout for unloved securities where the bad news is already baked in and there is a catalyst on the horizon to turn things around. A prime example is Ranger Direct Lending (LON:RDL), whichwas set up in 2015 to provide alternative secured funding to US small and medium-sized companies and…

Would you trust Putin with your money?
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Would you trust Putin with your money?

By Nick Sudbury

3 mins. to read

The dreadful nerve agent attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4thwas a shocking example of how far president Putin is willing to go to satisfy old scores. His subsequent unwillingness to stop the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons virtually guaranteed a military response. Missile…

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Brexit: We are all Ultras now…

Brexit: We are all Ultras now…

By Victor Hill

13 mins. to read

The Brexit negotiations have entered a critical phase. Decisions made by both sides in the next three months will have long-term consequences. In a state of conflict, all sides become extreme. A modern English Civil War The classic schoolboy pseudo-history 1066 And All That asserted that, during the English Civil War, the Cavaliers were “Wrong…

The Customs Union or a Customs Union? Or just confusion?
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The Customs Union or a Customs Union? Or just confusion?

By Victor Hill

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The British political class is riven with dissent over what type of Brexit is most desirable. This is because, after two years of Brexit argy bargy, few Brits really understand the issues – and least of all in the Labour Party. A discourteous proposition Last week Monsieur Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator, threw a document…