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2 of the FTSE 100’s best turnaround stocks
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2 of the FTSE 100’s best turnaround stocks

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

The FTSE 100 may have reached an all-time high this year, but there are still companies which have underperformed. For instance, Burberry (LON:BRBY) and Whitbread (LON:WTB) have declined by 7% and 10% respectively in the last month. While there is scope for further share price declines in the short run, the two companies seem to…

Using the Z-score to spot undervalued investment trusts

Using the Z-score to spot undervalued investment trusts

By Nick Sudbury

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One of the attractions of buying investment trusts is that you can often pick them up at a discount to net asset value (NAV). This feels like you are getting a bargain because you are paying less for the shares than what the underlying portfolio is worth, but it can be misleading. An investment trust…

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Evil Diaries

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It’s heart-warming stuff

It’s heart-warming stuff

By Evil Knievil

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600 Group (LON:SIXH) this morning report their six months to 30th September 2017. These figures are not stellar but they are very encouraging. There are a couple of exceptional items but, allowing for these, EPS is at 0.8p per share. Doubling this to 1.6p for a full year gives a PE of 10 at 16p.…

Introducing Toffee Galore

Introducing Toffee Galore

By Evil Knievil

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I now introduce Toffee Galore. As you can see from her picture she is every colt’s dream of a mate save, possibly, she has knobbly knees which would preclude her cosying up to the average Tory MP. She cost £50,000. Given that a yearling must cost at least £10,000 to produce given stud costs exclusive…

Equities

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2 of the FTSE 100’s best turnaround stocks
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2 of the FTSE 100’s best turnaround stocks

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

The FTSE 100 may have reached an all-time high this year, but there are still companies which have underperformed. For instance, Burberry (LON:BRBY) and Whitbread (LON:WTB) have declined by 7% and 10% respectively in the last month. While there is scope for further share price declines in the short run, the two companies seem to…

2 top oil stocks to buy for the long term
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2 top oil stocks to buy for the long term

By Robert Stephens, CFA

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With the oil price recently reaching $60 per barrel for the first time since July 2015, many investors are becoming more bullish on the outlook for oil and gas companies. After all, a higher oil price could mean that their profits also move upwards. However, the oil price faces sustained pressure from the impact of…

Trading

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How to trade breakouts: buying into strength

How to trade breakouts: buying into strength

By David Jones

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Last month saw some interesting statistics concerning the US stock market. Unless you have been living in a cave in recent years, you will be aware that the major US indices have continually pushed to fresh all-time highs. The latest leg higher within that multiyear trend started after the US election last year – markets…

How to spot trend reversal and continuation patterns

How to spot trend reversal and continuation patterns

By David Jones

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Some people will dismiss technical analysis and charting as just squiggly lines on a chart – and I for one am not the biggest fan of the chart pattern approach to trading or investing. That aside, there are often sound changes or shifts in investor sentiment that underpin the various patterns that are a major…

Economics & Markets

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Cryptocurrencies for dummies

Cryptocurrencies for dummies

By Victor Hill

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Has anyone invited you to invest in bitcoin recently? Do you really know what it is? And why did the Chinese ban it? The future of money My lead article in the December edition of the Master Investor magazine will be entitled The Future of Money. Not very Christmassy, you might think. But we need…

How to prepare for the coming tax onslaught

How to prepare for the coming tax onslaught

By Alan Steel

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“There are certain things that cannot be adequately explained to a virgin by either words or pictures. Nor can any description I might offer here even approximate what it feels like to lose a real chunk of money you used to own.” – Fred Schwed, US Investor   “The only difference between the taxman and…

Commodities

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Funds to profit from rising or falling commodity prices

Funds to profit from rising or falling commodity prices

By Nick Sudbury

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If there is one area that divides opinion more than most it is commodities. Some investors think that we are entering a new bull market and that now is the perfect time to buy, whereas others are sceptical and remain bearish. Whatever your view there is no doubt that it has been a difficult time…

2 top oil stocks to buy for the long term
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2 top oil stocks to buy for the long term

By Robert Stephens, CFA

2 mins. to read

With the oil price recently reaching $60 per barrel for the first time since July 2015, many investors are becoming more bullish on the outlook for oil and gas companies. After all, a higher oil price could mean that their profits also move upwards. However, the oil price faces sustained pressure from the impact of…

Funds & Investment Trusts

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Using the Z-score to spot undervalued investment trusts

Using the Z-score to spot undervalued investment trusts

By Nick Sudbury

2 mins. to read

One of the attractions of buying investment trusts is that you can often pick them up at a discount to net asset value (NAV). This feels like you are getting a bargain because you are paying less for the shares than what the underlying portfolio is worth, but it can be misleading. An investment trust…

5 funds that will benefit from higher interest rates

5 funds that will benefit from higher interest rates

By Nick Sudbury

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The recent increase in interest rates by the Bank of England has shone a spotlight on the actions of the major banks. The uplift of 0.25% was automatically passed on to the millions of borrowers with tracker rate mortgages, but the majority of savers with variable rate accounts are yet to see any improvement. Banks…

Brexit

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Trump, Trade, Tariffs and Theresa
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Trump, Trade, Tariffs and Theresa

By Victor Hill

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As a hard or crash Brexit edges closer, it now seems there is no binary option between the EU Customs Union and WTO rules. The Americans are not making things any easier for the UK. Why would they? The truth behind the Bombardier dispute revealed In 2007 the Canadian aerospace company Bombardier (TSE:BBD.A) announced plans…

£350 million a week? Who’s lying?

£350 million a week? Who’s lying?

By Victor Hill

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Last weekend, in his 4,000 word essay on Brexit in the Daily Telegraph, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resurrected the claim, much touted during the Brexit referendum, that the UK pays Brussels £350 million every week. This prompted howls of protest from the mainstream media and even from the head of the Office of National Statistics.…