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Evil Knievil: This is a close shave

Evil Knievil: This is a close shave

By Evil Knievil

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I have used Gillette Sensor holders and razor blades for at least thirty years. However, when ordering more blades the other day, I got £30 worth for an outlay of £60. I must have misread the deal on Amazon. But it caused me to wonder whether there is any practical competition to Gillette and therefore…

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Dixons Carphone profits plummet
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Dixons Carphone profits plummet

By Master Investor

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High street technology retailer Dixons Carphone has clawed back some ground today after the company’s preliminary results were published. While revenues rose modestly to £10.5 billion, pre-tax profits tumbled by 23.6% to £382 million.

Equities

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Is BT’s chunky dividend yield a good enough reason to buy?
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Is BT’s chunky dividend yield a good enough reason to buy?

By John Kingham

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If you wanted to invest in a safe and stable company with the aim of receiving a reliable dividend today, plus good prospects for dividend growth tomorrow, an obvious choice would be BT (LON:BT.A). From a dividend investor’s point of view, what’s not to like? The company has paid a dividend every year since 1985…

Trading

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Why the best forex trading strategies involve no spread brokers

Why the best forex trading strategies involve no spread brokers

By Master Investor

2 mins. to read

Are you fascinated by the movement of currencies across the world and want to turn that interest into some serious profit? If so, forex trading could be the perfect business opportunity. Trading currencies against each other can be a great way to make quick returns, but it’s a risky sector to operate in. Currency values…

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…

Economics & Markets

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Of trade wars and trade bores

Of trade wars and trade bores

By Victor Hill

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Last week, President Trump was accused of starting a trade war, but Victor Hill asks whether the war has been taking place in the background for years and whether these actions will help redress the West’s trade position with China.

The Art of the No Deal
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The Art of the No Deal

By Victor Hill

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As an agreement over Brexit fails to manifest and the deadline edges closer, Victor Hill considers the No Deal outcome.

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

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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…

Funds & Investment Trusts

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Brexit

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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…