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    TRADER TIPS: City insiders urge buy On the Beach and sell Ultra Electronics

     BUY THIS: On the Beach This UK-based travel retailer has been named a buying opportunity by analysts at Berenberg.After rising by an average of 50 per cent during 2017, On The Beach’s shares have pulled back by around 15 per cent following August highs.Berenberg said the fall was ‘a compelling opportunity to own a long-term structural growth story’. Shares of On The Beach have risen in value by 15% SELL THIS: Ultra ElectronicsShares in this UK defence company have been downgraded, also by Berenberg, from ‘Hold’ to ‘Sell’. The firm is awaiting a decision from the US Department of Justice on its £177 ...

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    Britain's investors expect annual returns of up to 15% in the next five years despite a reluctance to take risks

    UK investors are being unrealistic about their expected gains, which average 8.7 per cent each year over the next five years, according to new research.Millennials are the most optimistic about their future returns, with 43 per cent claiming gains of 10 per cent a year are achievable, while almost a quarter gave a more audacious estimate of above 15 per cent.The high expectations uncovered by a survey of 1,000 British investors by Schroders come despite 59 per cent of respondents admitting to walking away from high-risk investment opportunities - the type of opportunities that often have potential to make high ...

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    What does a rate hike mean for investing in bonds? We explain and look at five of the best funds to dial down the risks

    The Bank of England's decision to hike interest rates for the first time in a decade has sent reverberations across the financial industry - not least the bond market.Bonds have become a popular asset class following the financial crash of 2008/09 that dampened the appetite of many income-seeking investors to risky propositions promising impressive returns.But the environment for bonds has just got a whole lot tougher. The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 in favour of increasing the base rates by 0.25 per cent to 0.50 per cent on ThursdayIn most cases, the coupons - the fixed rate ...

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    DAILY BRIEFING: Investment Association demand company boards reveal payouts

    MOVING ON Bosses face a backlash from the Investment Association over lavish relocation packages. The trade body has written to hundreds of company boards saying that the payouts should be disclosed immediately and paid only for a limited period.STARTING OVER Troubled biotech firm Redx Pharma has resumed trading having come out of administration. It is now expected to streamline projects, with trials of cancer treatments due to start early next year.ANOTHER ROUND The City Pub Company, which owns and operates 34 premium pubs, is planning to join AIM to raise £30 million to help buy new venues.It plans to double its estate ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: It Ain’t Half Hot, Dad.. Why you'll warm to property trust M7 run by legendary screenwriter’s son

    The Bank of England may have raised its base rate for the first time in a decade but most savings accounts still offer paltry returns.For investors in search of income, Reits (real estate investment trusts) can offer an appealing alternative.Many property firms are defined as Reits, which essentially means they pay out most of their post-tax profits in dividends. A number of Reits have joined the stock market recently – all focusing on specific areas of the property sector and all promising regular, inflation-busting income. So how do they do it? You lovely lot: M7’s estate in Runcorn is a ...

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    ALLIANZ TECHNOLOGY TRUST: Trust that cashes in on the mad dash for the new iPhone

    What does it do?Manager Walter Price seeks out companies that are disrupting their industry. His trust, which has three-quarters of its money in the US, also backs tech giants including Apple, Amazon and Samsung as well as less well-known names such as software firm Workday, chip maker Micron Technology and payments company Square.What does the manager invest in?Price is interested in companies with improving corporate governance, particularly in emerging markets such as China where businesses are improving their standards to help them expand internationally. What do the experts say?Jason Hollands, managing director at Tilney Bestinvest, says it has delivered impressive ...

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    Remember, remember to invest in November: Cash tucked away from this month generates top returns

    When investors put their money in the stock market, they are frequently told it should be for the long haul. But data shows that money invested between November and April often performs far better than investments made between May and October.This so-called six-month effect means that now could be the perfect time to use up your annual Isa allowance if you want to give it the best start.Number-crunching by investment group Architas reveals that money invested in the FTSE All Share each year between November 1 and April 30 would have grown by 167 per cent over the past 22 years. ...

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    SMALL CAP IDEAS: Mid Wynd International Investment Trust bets on Japanese robots makers

    Run your winners is an old investment cliché. And that’s not how the managers of the Mid Wynd International Investment Trust see it too.The team at Artemis that manages the trust judge an investment using criteria based largely on cashflow and valuation.It is also why recently the trust has been selling down its holding in online giant Amazon to invest in what, from the UK, might seem to be obscure Japanese manufacturers of factory automation equipment.Simon Edelsten, the trust’s lead manager, points out that one of these companies, Daifuku, is worth £6billion, but admits that even some Japanese fund managers ...

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    SUNDAY NEWSPAPER SHARE TIPS: EasyJet, Revolution Bars, Reckitt and Intercontinental Hotels Group

    We round up the Sunday newspaper share tips. This week, Midas runs the rule over EasyJet and whether the airline can benefit from the woes of its rivals. It also updates on Revolution Bars.Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph takes a look at Reckitt Benckiser and the Sunday Times at Intercontinental Hotels Group. Easyjet: The airline has seen its share price climb almost 10% in the past monthMAIL ON SUNDAYHolidaymakers were plunged into chaos this week as airline Monarch announced it had gone into administration.The closure of the business, which could affect up to 850,000 travellers, came hot on the heels of ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: Revolution Bars Group in high spirits after a double shot of buyer interest

    It is almost a year ago that this column tipped Revolution Bars Group as a buy at 175½p.It had an ambitious expansion plan, it was investing in existing sites and it had positive feedback from staff and customers alike. But all this was doing little to woo the market.The good news flowed as freely as the drinks until May this year, when the group warned that rising costs – including the new living wage, rising business rates and the apprenticeship levy – were taking their toll. The shares plunged to 111p. Last week’s preliminary annual results reassured investors that the ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Is easyJet an easy bet as its rivals are hit by turmoil?

    Holidaymakers were plunged into chaos this week as airline Monarch announced it had gone into administration. The closure of the business, which could affect up to 850,000 travellers, came hot on the heels of the debacle at Ryanair, which has seen up to 50 flights a day cancelled and 34 routes scrapped.Amid all the turmoil it is, perhaps, understandable that budget carrier easyJet has seen its share price climb almost 10 per cent to 1263p over the past month, on the basis it is well placed to cash in on its rivals’ woes.  EasyJet has seen its share price climb almost ...

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    'I am proud to tell my kids where I invest my money': Businesswoman reveals how she discovered ethical capitalism

    The penny dropped when I saw my pension fund was invested in BP, Shell and British American Tobacco. How could I let my hard-earned cash finance companies which depend on burning fossil fuels and keeping people hooked on cigarettes?It made no sense that I could be donating to Cancer Research one minute – I have lost my grandmother, father and one of my best friends to lung cancer – but the next, sticking £400 a month into an investment fund helping to keep the tobacco industry alive. Lift: Rebecca O'Connor with husband James, Theo and WilliamSimilarly, how silly to be recycling ...

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    BRUMMER INVESTMENT TRUST: 45-year-old trust that's betting on our technology pioneers

    What does it do?Brunner aims to pay an increasing dividend as well as grow investors capital. Founded in 1927, a recent change of strategy is aiming to bring the trust into the present day with a tech focus to its investments. Chief investment officer Lucy MacDonald is interested in how a firm's ability to adapt to the digital age determines its success. What does the manager invest in?MacDonald looks for companies with high barriers to competition and those which have managed to maintain their profit margins. She says: 'Finding the less obvious digital winners is exciting. It's about spotting those companies undergoing a ...

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    World's oldest investment trust Foreign & Colonial has weathered 150 years, two world wars and financial crisis, but is it a good proposition?

    It might be the world's oldest investment trust, but F&C is still going strong thanks to bumper returns from emerging markets and European equities.The net asset value per share of the Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust, founded in 1868, gained 9.1 per cent in total return terms in the first six months of the year - 2.8 percentage points more than its benchmark, the FTSE All-World, over the same period.Those who piled into the trust 20 years ago would have seen their investment grow by 408.55 per cent (to 10 August). In other words, a 1,000 investment would have risen ...

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    'We lost track of our basic disciplines': Rathbone Income fund manager on the lessons he learnt from suffering in the credit crunch

    The financial crisis was a sobering experience for fund managers - just ask Carl Stick whose Rathbone Income fund was one of the worst performers when it all came crashing down.Put simply, the experience was a disaster. Stick is the first to point out that his fund, which invests in predominately in UK companies for income, lost 34 per cent of its value following the crash in 2008.But he is also keen to point out that those credit crunch lessons were learnt and the portfolio is now managed in a more conservative fashion with a greater emphasis on balance sheet ...

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