Robert Stephens, CFA

Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

Why I’d rather buy these 2 gold miners than bitcoin

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The rise of bitcoin this year has taken all but its most ardent supporters by surprise. The virtual currency has risen by as much as 17x since the start of the year, with it passing $17,000 for the first time this week. While it could move higher in the short term, ultimately it appears to…

2 recovery shares with income potential

2 recovery shares with income potential

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While the FTSE 100 has gained 4% since the start of the year, a number of stocks typically viewed as ‘defensive’ have slumped. For example, utility companies SSE (LON:SSE) and National Grid (LON:NG.) have both fallen around 15% this year. Both companies could offer turnaround opportunities – particularly for those investors who believe some valuations…

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

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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

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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…

2 gold stocks worth buying for the long term

2 gold stocks worth buying for the long term

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While the gold price has risen by 10% this year, it faces an uncertain future. In the US, UK and Europe monetary policy looks set to tighten, with a rise in interest rates on the cards over the medium term. Alongside this, a new Federal Reserve Chair could adopt a more hawkish stance next year.…

2 shares to stave off the threat of inflation

2 shares to stave off the threat of inflation

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With inflation reaching 3% in September, alarm bells may now be ringing in the ears of many income investors. It is now more difficult than it has been for a number of years to obtain a real income return. Looking ahead, the task could become more difficult as there may only be limited scope for…

2 tobacco stocks offering sustainable dividends

2 tobacco stocks offering sustainable dividends

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The tobacco industry faces tighter regulation and increasingly health-conscious consumers. However, it continues to offer a highly sustainable source of income for the long term. The potential for a rising absolute number of smokers across the world, pricing power and defensive characteristics mean that it is likely to remain a haven for income investors in…

2 unlikely turnaround stocks

2 unlikely turnaround stocks

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The outlook for the supermarket sector continues to be challenging. Inflation has moved ahead of wage growth and this could cause a squeeze on real disposable incomes. The effect of this on shopping habits could be negative, with shoppers likely to become increasingly price-conscious. Supermarkets may be left with a choice as to whether lower…

Are alternative investments the perfect complement to shares?

Are alternative investments the perfect complement to shares?

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While shares generally make up the bulk of most people’s investment portfolios, some investors may be tempted by alternative assets. They could include items such as rare stamps, classic cars or fine wines, for example. As well as offering diversity, such assets could deliver high returns in the long run. For example, over the last…