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Topps Tiles slips in second quarter
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Topps Tiles slips in second quarter

By Master Investor

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Retailer Topps Tiles (LON:TPT) suffered a sharp downturn during the second quarter, but said that trading had improved somewhat in recent weeks. Like-for-like sales rose by 0.6% over the six months ended 31st March but this was split between a 3.4% increase in the first three months and a 2.2% drop in the second quarter…

Inmarsat loses 20-year monopoly on distress signals
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Inmarsat loses 20-year monopoly on distress signals

By Master Investor

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Satellite communications specialist Inmarsat (LON:ISAT) plunged 9.21% to 352.80p after the company lost its 20-year monopoly on international maritime distress signals. US rival Iridium Communications has been certified by the UN to also provide the service, in theory. Get the latest from Master Investor directly in your inbox – Sign-up HERE for FREE Iridium’s ability…

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Pigheadedness at large

Pigheadedness at large

By Evil Knievil

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I was a bit surprised by a story in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph to the effect that the total assets falling to be distributed by the administrators of Beaufort Securities was of the order of £500 million to £850 million but that the fee charged by PwC for this would be of the order of £100…

Evil Knievil: Checkit in

Evil Knievil: Checkit in

By Evil Knievil

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At the last general election, I did not bother to vote since the notion of the Conservatives being upstaged in Kensington struck me as ridiculous. But, unbeknowst to me, the boundaries had been changed. So, Labour won by twenty votes – I was not alone in my idleness. The result is one Emma Jane Coad.…

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Titon Holdings could be the stock to own if North Korea re-enters the fold
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Titon Holdings could be the stock to own if North Korea re-enters the fold

By James Faulkner

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Far-sighted investors are assessing how they can position themselves to capitalise on any opening-up of the North Korean economy. I’ve stumbled across this Main Market listed company that appears to be the closest thing to a UK-listed play on this opportunity… Donald Trump is scheduled to meet Kim Jong Un in a historic summit in…

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Facebook unfriended

By Victor Hill

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In a few short months, Facebook has gone from being the tech giant everybody likes to global bogeyman. Are all the little angry faces really justified? Big data is watching you The internet – the worldwide web – was supposed to create a libertarian paradise where netizens could freely exchange ideas outside the prying eyes of…

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Where next for stock markets?

Where next for stock markets?

By David Jones

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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

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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…

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Should we be worried about the end of low interest rates? Maybe not…

Should we be worried about the end of low interest rates? Maybe not…

By James Faulkner

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One big question mark hangs over the markets right now: What effect will the normalisation of monetary policy – by which we mean the gradual withdrawal of quantitative easing (QE) and an increase in interest rates – have on the global financial system and the economy? Many commentators, not least our very own Jim Mellon,…

Is Macron’s France beyond reform?
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Is Macron’s France beyond reform?

By Victor Hill

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Emmanuel Macron and the Goblet of Fire French President Emmanuel Macron is a dynamic young wizard. But the fundamental reform of France may be beyond even his magical powers. One year in He established a centrist political movement out of nothing (La République En Marche or REM) and was elected Head of State on its ticket…

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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

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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…

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The new fund that invests in fast growing UK Fintech

The new fund that invests in fast growing UK Fintech

By Nick Sudbury

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Augmentum Fintech (LON:AUGM) is a new London-listed investment company that was created to profit from opportunities in the UK and European Fintech sector. It will concentrate on businesses with innovative technologies that have the power to change the way we conduct our financial affairs and will distribute 50% of the realised gains made each year. AUGM…

The equity fund with the best risk-adjusted return

The equity fund with the best risk-adjusted return

By Nick Sudbury

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The best way to assess the performance of an active fund is to look at its risk-adjusted return, which measures how much value the manager has added per unit of risk. Over the ten years to the end of December 2017 the top investment trust using this metric was BlackRock Smaller Companies (LON:BRSC), which was…

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Brexit: We are all Ultras now…

Brexit: We are all Ultras now…

By Victor Hill

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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…