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    How and where to buy (and sell) bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in the Wild West of exchanges and wallets - and do you have to declare profits to the taxman?

    Recently, This is Money received an e-mail from a reader which started: 'You need to have a section dedicated to crypto technology and currencies.'This is now a market exploding with ICOs, new currencies daily, technological advancements and a market worth over $550billion.'The technology is the biggest technological leap since the founding of the internet.' Bitcoin bullet: Many may have been tempted into buying and selling cryptocurrencies - but may not know how to do itIt highlights just how quickly the cryptocurrency phenomenon has exploded in recent months and how much some investors believe in the technology. You can read our ...

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    London slips back among the world's best cities to invest in, but makes the top three behind LA and Hong Kong

    London has slipped one place in the rankings of the top cities to invest in around the world - but is still riding high in the charts with no marking down from Brexit.The Global Cities 30 index produced by investment firm Schroders has London in third place, just behind Hong Kong in second and Los Angeles, which retains its place at the top of the tree.And that means that London did claim top spot in Europe, ahead of the only other city to make the top 30, Paris.  London is ranked as the third best city in the world to ...

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    Is now the time to invest in emerging Europe? Growing Eastern European countries can pay off but you will be backing a Russian rebound

    Emerging Europe is one of the most underserved and overlooked areas for investment but is packed full of growth opportunities - if you know where to look.While both the FTSE 100 and S&P 500 stole the headlines for record-breaking growth last year, it was in fact the MSCI Emerging Markets Europe that notched up the more eye-catching performance in the background.The index grew by 15.52 per cent over a 12-month period to 18 January 2018. In other words, a £1,000 investment in a MSCI tracker fund would have grown to £1,155.20.This is higher than the 10.57 per cent and 11.02 ...

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    Why investors can't get enough of Fundsmith: How City veteran Terry Smith took Buffett-style investing to the top of the fund charts

    Star manager Terry Smith operates Fundsmith Equity from Mauritius, after relocating last yearFundsmith has developed a considerable fan club of investors and it is not difficult to see why.The Fundsmith Equity fund, run by city veteran Terry Smith, topped the bestseller lists of both the Bestinvest and AJ Bell DIY investment platforms last year and has returned a whopping 266 per cent in a little over seven years since it was launched.In other words, a £1,000 investment would have turned into £3,663 over the period (to 15 January 2017). The average rival fund would have turned the same amount into just ...

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    SUNDAY NEWSPAPER SHARE TIPS: High street retailers, Boohoo, Diageo and Unilever

    Every Sunday, This is Money rounds up all of the share tips from the newspapers. This weekend, Midas looks at high street retailers and updates on online fashion sensation Boohoo.Meanwhile, the Sunday Times runs the rule over alcohol giant Diageo and the Sunday Telegraph focuses its attention on consumer juggernaut Unilever. Unilever: The Sunday Telegraph runs the rule over the Marmite manufacturerFINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAYDo you enjoy elbowing your way through crowded stores, trying to find that must-have outfit or perfect gift?Do you relish queuing to pay before struggling home, laden with packages?Or do you prefer sitting at home with a ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: The only ones crying at Boohoo are investors who failed to buy

    Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane have form. Throughout much of the 1990s, the duo worked together to supply high street retailers with the latest fashion items for customers.Having built an understanding of the market and an enviable distribution network, they founded their own retail business, Boohoo, some ten years ago.The Manchester-based business was exclusively online from the start – its name was devised at a time when Google and Yahoo had created a trend for double-O brands. Fashion: Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane founded Boohoo ten years agoSales were slow at first but Boohoo began to rocket, once Kamani and Kane gained ...

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    JPMORGAN EUROPEAN SMALLER COMPANIES: Fund bosses that believe small firms beat big names

    WHAT DOES IT DO? The fund’s managers Francesco Conte and Edward Greaves search out smaller companies on the continent that are leaders in their fields with products or services that are hard for rivals to copy.Firms must have at least one – but preferably two – of three criteria: they must be sound companies, be on a good run or are undervalued.WHAT DO THE MANAGERS INVEST IN? In firms in a number of different sectors, including IT, health and financial companies. One of its picks is Melexis, a Belgian firm that makes motors for pumps, blowers and fans, as well ...

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    Should you copy hedge funds and sell Debenhams? Short sellers cleaned up with Carillion... here's who's tipped to topple next

    Vulture investors have made a £1.2billion bet against some of the best-known High Street retailers.Hedge funds are tipping the share prices of Debenhams, Sainsbury's and pet supplies chain Pets At Home to plummet as the High Street continues its struggle against online competition.They can make hundreds of millions – or even billions – of pounds by betting that the businesses' share prices will fall.So-called short-sellers walked away with more than £200million betting on the demise of construction giant Carillion.  They did so by carefully analysing details in the firm's annual report and spotting warning signs that ministers seem to have ...

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    The cryptocurrencies that could boom in 2018: Ripple, litecoin and five more digital upstarts hoping to follow in bitcoin's footsteps (and why buyers must beware)

    In the last few months, the number of Britons getting involved in speculative cryptocurrency 'investing' has rocketed with bitcoin being the star attraction.At the start of 2017, bitcoin sat at under $1,000 a coin. By December, it hit nearly $20,000. Tempted by these outlandish returns, many have blindly piled in hoping to make a quick buck (or bit).This is despite warnings of a bubble and many not truly understanding how the digital currency works. Crypto boom: It has been hard to ignore the rise of cryptocurrencies and most would have at least heard of bitcoinThe price is now roughly $11,800 ...

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    Will the bull market run out of steam? With the FTSE at all-time highs, we look at whether investors should hope for more gains or brace for a crash

    Is the bull market in shares too long in the tooth? This is a question many investors are asking themselves.The stock market has been on the rise since 2012 and no political upheaval or global threat seems to be able to stop it in its stride.But can it keep going up for another year or so? Or, are we due a correction or even a bear market? Is this the last leg of the bull market? Investors should diversify to protect capitalPersonal investment expert Darius McDermott, of Fund Calibre, says this is a question that quite rightly vexes investors.His first ...

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    SMALL CAP MOVERS: Nighthawk and Nostra turn it around as investors get the jitters about Deltex Medical's cash woes

    Is the tide turning for junior oilers after a rough couple of years during which young ambitious firms have been hit hard by low crude prices and a dearth of investment?Well, for two of AIM's strugglers the answer appears to be a resounding yes.For US-focused duo Nighthawk Energy and Nostra Terra Oil & Gas were right up there with gains of 77 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. Surging back: US-focused duo Nighthawk Energy and Nostra Terra Oil & Gas were right up there with gains of 77 per cent and 30 per cent respectivelyThe former’s performance was driven ...

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    Markets will suffer a shock and fall by at least 10% by mid-2019, professional investors believe

    Most professional investors predict a sudden plunge in global stock markets of at least 10 per cent before the middle of 2019, a new survey suggests.Some 71 per cent of money experts believe markets are due a correction in that time frame, while 16 per cent think it could take longer to happen, but 12 per cent don't expect a substantial drop at all.Global markets have soared in recent years, and more than a third reckon the most likely trigger for a slump is fear stocks have become overpriced, according to the survey of investment and pension fund bosses by ...

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    Where should investors hunt for income in 2018? The FTSE 100 stocks tipped to be next year's dividend heroes

    Centrica has been tipped to pay its shareholders the most out of all the income stocks in the FTSE 100 in the new year, according to an online stockbroker.The Berkshire-based utilities company is forecast to dish out eight per cent in dividends payments - 0.3 percentage points more than Direct Line in second place and 0.4 higher than Taylor Wimpey in third, according to research by AJ Bell. The top 10 dividend payers on their own are forecast to represent 55 per cent of the total shareholder pay outs in 2018 according to AJ Bell researchIn all, FTSE 100 dividend stocks ...

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    What will 2018 bring for investors? Fortunes hang on Brexit, and whether Trump brings prosperity or chaos

    Prospects for UK markets are more than usually uncertain, as the fallout from Brexit and impact of Donald Trump on the world stage are yet to play out in full.It's still too early to predict the effect of any eventual Brexit deal on the economy, businesses and markets.But for now the fortunes of sterling hold sway, with its recovery this year helping home front stocks while the big exporters that benefit from a weaker pound have trailed in their wake. Brexit dominates: Investing experts are cautious about 2018, as politicians try to wrestle the best deal possible out of our ...

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    MARKET REPORT:The FTSE 100 finished on another high in December –notching up its 23rd record close of the year

    The FTSE 100 finished December on another high – as it did 12 months ago – and in the process notched up its 23rd record close of the year.Britain’s premier index of companies has grown by 7.63 per cent in the past 12 months, up 64.89 points, to 7687.77 yesterday, but still lagged most major rival indexes.The US in particular has enjoyed stellar returns in 2017 as stocks enjoyed the Trump bump. The Nasdaq is up more than 30 per cent, the S&P 500 almost 20 per cent, and the Dow Jones almost 25 per cent.Germany’s Dax is up 12 ...

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