The Independent IT plc

5-star rated Absolute Return Trust This is one of the top-rated Investment Trusts in the market today, gaining 5 stars across Morningstar analyst’s reviews. The star rating is based on testing alphas, volatility and consistency over a 3-year period. The company aims to provide good absolute returns over long periods by investing in a portfolio of mostly UK, but also internationally-quoted securities. IIT invests in various sectors, such as housing,… Read More

Dividend Darlings for 2018

 A defensive investment strategy for 2018 2017 recorded an unexpected boost for dividend-paying stocks with 10.5% increase in dividend payouts for 2017 (up to a record of £94.4bn). Underlying dividends (ex-specials) grew by 10.4% up to £87.7bn, the fastest rate of growth since 2012. (UK Dividend Monitor) It is of no surprise then, that a lot of emphasis… Read More

Modern Silk Road

Belt and Road Initiative Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently undertaking a massive infrastructure plan which was announced in 2013. The plan is centred upon the redeployment of Chinese funds into investments across the globe. The total investment nears $1trillion dollars, with an objective to boost trade and stimulate economic growth across Asia and beyond. The Belt and Road Initiative will connect several countries around… Read More

ITV

ITV The Broadcast & Online segment operates the commercial family of channels in the UK and delivers content through television broadcasting. Also, the Company delivers its content on multiple platforms, including the ITV Hub and pay platforms or through direct content deals. The ITV Studios segment is the Company's international content business, which creates and produces programs and formats that return and travel, including drama, entertainment and factual entertainment. Read More

AIM European Mining company

W Resources W Resources is a relatively little-known mining company listed on the London AIM market: An European mining company focused on delivering long-term production of tungsten, a key strategic metal with strong market fundamentals. Read More

Look to the Horizon

Horizon Discovery Horizon is a UK based life sciences company which was founded by Dr Chris Torrance and Professor Alberto Bardelli in 2007 when they came across an impressive gene editing platform, rAAV, which enabled the ability to tailor-make cell lines with virtually any genomic modification.  "In July 2017, Horizon entered an agreement to acquire Dharmacon from General Electric for a total consideration of $85m (£65m). In December 2017, Horizon announced that it had entered into an agreement with Roche Diagnostics to assist in the development of immunohistochemistry (IHC) assays." Read More

Understanding the Alternative Investment Market

AIM Like anything in life, if you want to go big you must start small – and investing is no exception. Every investor has heard of shares that have gone from a penny to a pound. When these shares are worth pennies, they can be found on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).  "Share prices for blue chips companies delivered a sluggish performance, up less than 10% by the end of October. In contrast, the FTSE AIM 100 index surged forward with an impressive 35% gain in the same period – that’s 3 times more than the FTSE 350 indices!" Read More

Glencore plc

Glencore Glencore plc is an Anglo–Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company with headquarters in Baar, Switzerland. The company is known to be one of the worlds most secretive companies and has a highly successful trading arm that allows for hedging and speculation of commodity prices a lot more than its competitors.  "In our view Glencore offers good scope for growth with its exploration in the Congo area and exposure to Cobalt which puts it ahead of its competitors." Read More

BARGAIN SHARES JULY 2017

It is not easy to spot bargain shares. As we enter the unpredictable summer season, we come to recap on what has happened during the first half of the year. It is no surprise that UK equities have done well, mostly due to the weaker pound. But on analysing this further, we find that the FTSE 100’s modest increase of 2.4% so far has been overshadowed by the FTSE 250 and the AIM, both of which are up 7% and 14%, respectively. Bearing this in mind, and certainly fitting for the times, we have chosen three heavy hit FTSE 350 stocks offering both income and growth potential from current trading levels. These shares may be down, but they are certainly not out. Read More

FTSE 350 Dividend Paying Stocks – June 2017

With Brexit already confirmed to be bad news for the Economy, there is no wonder investors are facing greater challenges when deciding where to place their investments. This, however, brought an unexpected boost for dividend paying stocks, with an estimated £15.4 billion pay-out to shareholders of UK Companies in the first months of 2017. It is of no surprise then, that a lot of emphasis is being put lately on choosing a defensive investment strategy. Dividend yielding stocks are great to keep an income stream, but doing your homework and choosing wisely, could also bank some stocks with great potential for appreciation. With Brexit already confirmed to be bad news for the Economy, there is no wonder investors are facing greater challenges when deciding where to place their investments. This, however, brought an unexpected boost for dividend paying stocks, with an estimated £15.4 billion pay-out to shareholders of UK Companies in the first months of 2017. It is of no surprise then, that a lot of emphasis is being put lately on choosing a defensive investment strategy. Dividend yielding stocks are great to keep an income stream, but doing your homework and choosing wisely, could also bank some stocks with great potential for appreciation. Read More

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