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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…

Why big brands can equal big returns

Why big brands can equal big returns

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Developing a successful brand, or indeed a range of successful brands, is a key corporate goal for many businesses. Not only can a good quality brand deliver high margins and consistent cashflow, it can also help a company to create a valuable “economic moat”. This refers to the ability of a business to maintain a…

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…

Harvey and Irma: A message for investors

Harvey and Irma: A message for investors

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Hurricane Harvey brought biblical floods to Houston. Ten days later, Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean. Were these freak storms the direct consequence of man-made climate change? What lessons can we learn to prepare for extreme weather events in the future? Who will be the key players in a world of freak weather? And can the insurers cope with this…

Is it time to turn to cyclicals for income?

Is it time to turn to cyclicals for income?

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With inflation moving back up to 2.9% in August, obtaining a real return may become more difficult for investors. Certainly, there are a number of popular income shares which are likely to offer income returns in excess of inflation. However, they may become more in-demand if inflation keeps rising, and this may cause their yields…

Bag a premium income from the insurance majors

Bag a premium income from the insurance majors

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As dividend stocks go, life insurance companies have a mixed track record. On the one hand, they operate in a sector which is relatively immune to the economic cycle (people don’t typically cancel their life insurance just because there’s a recession). On the other hand, dividend cuts are fairly common within the sector, despite its…

The future of the motor car

The future of the motor car

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Last week I argued that the main issue with Tesla (NADAQ:TSLA) is that its product – the electric car – is inherently flawed. A number of readers got in contact. What about hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles? It turns out that these technologies are also to be found wanting. “Green” technology is not…

The new arms race – 15 stocks to dominate the modern battlefield

The new arms race – 15 stocks to dominate the modern battlefield

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Total military expenditure as a percentage of global GDP has been in steady decline over the last 60 years or so. It fell from just over 6 percent in 1960 to 2.225 percent in 2016. That could be about to change. The absolute amount of money spent on soldiers, sailors, airmen and their increasingly technologically…