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Where will FTSE 100 end the week?

FTSE 100 for Friday (FTSE:UKX) Having lived through the Scottish independence thing, we’ve a horrid fascination watching events in Spain unfold and suspect the worst is coming. Of course, we’ve kept a close eye on the IBEX and it starts to appear the Spanish index also fears trouble ahead. Currently trading around 10,172, should the […]

Neil Woodford reveals latest share purchases

Neil Woodford has come in for a lot of stick in recent months, some justified and some not. His portfolios have struggled, true, but he could rightly accuse critics of short-termism. This is where a thick skin comes in handy, and the star fund manager has not been scared into sitting on his hands. A […]

What to do with Unilever after Q3 miss

A big miss to analyst expectations in the third quarter due to adverse weather conditions in Europe and hurricanes in the US took 4% off Unilever's (ULVR) highly rated shares Thursday. The food and consumer goods conglomerate had rallied almost 7% into these numbers, hitting a record high yesterday, but are the good times coming to […]

A quick guide to diversifying your investments

Diversifying your investments is easier said than done, but do it you must. In order to generate sustainable long term returns investors must do more than simply ride trends or invest in the latest exciting themes. Choosing a variety of investments will ensure a more stable and predictable source of future returns, especially when focussing […]

A great way to add ‘energy’ to your portfolio

The energy sector has rallied over the past quarter along with strong oil prices, though it is still among the worst performers over the longer term. After falling under $30 at the beginning of 2016, the oil price has recovered to $58 a barrel today, confirming that recent efforts by both the OPEC oil cartel […]

The Oil Man: Amerisur, Genel, Plexus

WTI $52.04 +16c, Brent $58.15 +27c, Diff -$6.11 +11c, NG $2.85 -11c Onward and sedately upwards, the oil market takes note of the near 400,000 barrels per day closed in from Kurdistan, although not panicking as surely some agreement will be put in place. Chatter that the OPEC/Non-OPEC agreement might be extended through the whole […]

Four investment strategies to generate £1,000 income a month

Pension freedoms have opened the door for more and more people to manage their own pension portfolios at retirement, in effect paying themselves an income from their investments. Indeed, two and a half years on from the freedoms being introduced, the retirement landscape has changed markedly. In July, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) noted that […]

Bitcoin and Dow to continue smashing record highs

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) We’ve quite strong suspicions about crypto-currencies, primarily due to reliable historical information as quite a few of the exchanges seem to be run by enthusiasts giving widely different rates. In fact, it’s very similar to sterling’s relationship with the euro currently. However… From the start of September this year, it seems bitcoin is […]

Bailing out of bitcoin

Word from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that initial coin offerings (ICOs) come under its oversight, seems to have helped encourage profit-taking after bitcoin climbed to historic highs around $5,800 on 13 October. Over the past 24 hours, bitcoin is trading down 7% at $5,265 and Ethereum has pulled back from its recent […]

Reckitt Benckiser: Buy or sell?

Reckitt Benckiser (RB.) is laying down the foundations for another big portfolio shake-up, as it attempts to draw a line under the cyber-attack in June and India’s implementation of a goods and service tax that continues to impact on sales. The consumer goods behemoth says it will create two separate business units – RB Health and […]