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    Are Britain's income fund investors too reliant on a handful of high dividend shares? Five ways to spread your risk

    Many investors use dividend-focussed funds to build their wealth or generate healthy income payouts, but an expert has warned these funds are over-reliant on just a few British companies.Adrian Lowcock, investment director at Architas, says many funds in the Investment Association UK Equity Income sector pile into the same handful of high dividend-paying shares.He argues that this concentration of income solutions makes UK investors more susceptible to individual company risks and dividend cuts. Adrian Lowcock said investors should cast their nets further afield for alternative income solutions to mitigate stock specific risks and dividends cuts from individual companiesThis means that ...

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    TRADER TIPS: City insiders say buy takeaway delivery app Just Eat but sell education publisher Pearson

    Berenberg has a buy recommendation for takeaway delivery app Just EatBUY THIS: Just EatBerenberg has a buy recommendation for takeaway delivery app Just Eat.The broker said that although Just Eat is losing money, future profitability should be boosted by quicker deliveries and cross-selling.Top investor Old Mutual recently sold its Just Eat position because of competition fears, but Berenberg said this was an over-reaction and that the firm is growing faster than expected.SELL THIS: Pearson Liberum believes it is time to sell Pearson.The education publisher has attempted to reassure investors that it will be rescued by its digital operations, but ...

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    Fund Focus: 'Dividend hero' steers a cautious course through choppy waters

    Though fund manager Sue Noffke does not hold as much cash in her trust as investment guru Warren Buffett does in his business, Berkshire Hathaway, she shares his concerns that opportunities today are few and far between.Noffke, a longstanding fund manager with investment giant Schroders, believes the UK stock market is fully valued, in much the same way that Buffett thinks US equities are overpriced, leading him to leave $100 billion ( 77 billion) on the sidelines.It explains why the Schroder Income Growth Fund she runs has positions in only 40 firms against 55 recently. There just aren t that ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: Eyes on prize as Minoan emerges from planning maze

    The island of Crete is home to the Minotaur myth so it is perhaps a fitting location for Minoan Group, whose story has been lengthy, labyrinthine and at times, lamentable.The company s involvement in Crete dates back to 1991, when it bought a 6,500-acre site on the unspoilt Cavo Sidero peninsula on the eastern side of the island. With 17 miles of coastline, spectacular scenery and very little else, Minoan planned to turn the area into a fabulous resort with elegant hotels, luxury villas and plenty of open space.But the company reckoned without the Byzantine Greek planning system, which has ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Mining ventures into wilds of Greenland

    Greenland is traditionally associated with cold weather and wildlife. With strict environmental laws and a harsh year-round climate, it does not normally attract much mining interest.But Rod McIllree, an intrepid Australian geologist, has been working in the country for 11 years, the last three of which have been spent developing one of the largest and highest-grade ilmenite projects in the world.Bluejay Mining, McIllree s company, is listed on AIM. The shares are 17p and deserve to rise considerably as the Greenland site moves into commercial production. Bluejay Mining's shares are 17p and deserve to rise considerably as the Greenland site ...

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    Old Mutual becomes latest fund house to split its business as it prepares to float its management arm

    Old Mutual is floating its fund management arm on the stock market for 3bnInvestment firm Old Mutual is floating its fund management arm on the stock market as it breaks up the business.The Anglo-South African company will list Old Mutual Wealth in London and Johannesburg with a price tag of 3billion, after this year s results are unveiled in 2018.A South African insurance firm will also be spun off as a public company. Old Mutual is splitting up as a result of global regulation changes which mean its business is too complex to manage. The plan is the brainchild of ...

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    SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: MTI Wireless Edge makes antennae for both military and commercial uses

    Who is it? Israel-based MTI Wireless Edge makes antennae which are used for both military and commercial purposes. While its commercial antennae are used for more basic services like wi-fi and broadband, its military products are used for tactical and specialised communications in the air, on the ground and at sea.What s the latest? This week has been a busy one for the firm. On Wednesday it rose after announcing that it had won a 770,000 contract to provide antennae to a military client over the next 25 months. On Tuesday it announced that year-on-year revenues increased 13 per ...

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    Shares trounce cash by 6,400 since the crisis: While rates were cut, stocks had decade long rally

    Savers who have left their money languishing in low- interest rate current accounts since the financial crisis have missed out on more than 6,400 of potential returns, figures show.Number crunching from Fidelity International has shown that a sum of 10,000 invested in the average UK savings account at the start of the crisis would now be worth just 10,461.The 461 return pales in comparison to the money made by the UK stock market 10,000 invested in the FTSE All-Share index at the beginning of the crisis would now be worth 16,846, a whopping 6,846 return. Shares boom: 10,000 invested in ...

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    Investing Show: As house prices slow and tax hikes bite, is buy-to-let still worth doing?

    For more than a decade buy-to-let seemed the ideal option for Britons who found themselves with a lump sum burning a hole in their bank account.The pull of buying a property, letting it, and profiting from the rise in house prices and rent paid by tenants along with the perceived security of bricks and mortar was a strong one.But then the rug was pulled out from under the market, as a previously accommodating tax regime was changed, with the specific aim of deterring buy-to-let. The buy-to-let market has sunk in the wake of a tax hike but will it rise ...

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    The biggest investment winners (and the one loser) of the 10 years since the start of the financial crisis

    Ten years ago markets were looking expensive and a correction seemed due. How times have changed.Well not exactly. A lot has actually changed over the past ten years but markets have ended up in a somewhat similar place to where they were following a long bull run, certainly on the equities side.Hopefully, not on the credit side. While not every lesson from the financial crisis has been comprehensively learnt we are in a better position to withstand a downturn that we were in 2007/2008, particularly in terms of the banks, which have been forced to stash away cash reserves for ...

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    TRADER TIPS: City insiders say buy online trading firm Plus500 but sell miners Fresnillo

    Berenberg recommends adding online trading firm Plus500 to your portfolioBUY THIS: Plus 500Berenberg recommends adding online trading firm Plus500 to your portfolio.It said that the company had been among the top performers in the financial sector, rising 62 per cent in the year to date following a fall last December after the Financial Conduct Authority proposed regulatory changes.It gave the firm a 'buy' rating and lifted its target price to 725p from 560p. SELL THIS: FresnilloCiti thinks it s time to sell mining firm Fresnillo as its shares are too expensive.Last Tuesday Fresnillo said profit for its first half ...

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    MIDAS UPDATE: The party is set to go on and on as gift group we tipped rises 73% in a year

    IG Design is on a roll. Once considered a basket case, it has been turned around under chief executive Paul Fineman and the shares have followed suit.Midas recommended the stock exactly a year ago, when the price was 218 p. Since then, the price has soared by 73 per cent to 379p and there is still potential for further gains.Known as IG Design on the stock market and The Design Group online, the company makes an enormous range of stationery and gift items. Blowout: IG Design provides all the goodies for a children s party. Midas recommended the stock exactly ...

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    BRITISH EMPIRE TRUST: 'Three-string' approach gives this oddball fund a towering record

    Search: Joe Bauernfreund looks for undervalued stockBritish Empire is something of an investment oddball. But shareholders are none the worse for its unusual investment approach as evidenced by the bumper returns they have enjoyed over the past year.The trust is managed by London-based Asset Value Investors and, in particular, Joe Bauernfreund who has had a handle on the fund's investments for the past 15 years.In broad terms, he scours the corporate world in search of businesses where he believes seriously undervalued assets exist. He then takes a stake in the hope of these assets being properly recognised at some ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Why virtual reality can actually be a sound investment

    Virtual reality has been a revolution in the making for years. Billions of pounds have been spent creating headsets and software that allow users to feel fully immersed in a parallel world.To date however, the technology has fallen short of expectations, as virtual reality is still principally used by hard-core video game fans. This is set to change as the number of virtual reality devices soars worldwide, the technology improves and uses proliferate.EVR Holdings, a young Aim company, is at the centre of this fast-changing industry. The shares are 6.125p and should increase materially, as virtual reality comes of age.EVR ...

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    Two fees or not two fees? A fund expert explains why 'simple' investment charges are anything but... and how to navigate the alphabet soup

    The investment industry is littered with jargon: the use of numerous acronyms when we describe fees is particularly irritating to many - OCF, TER, AMC.No wonder investors are confused and the Financial Conduct Authority the investment industry 'watchdog' has spent the past five years or so looking into charges and how to make them easier for people to understand and compare.Before 2013, fees were generally shown in two ways: an annual management charge (AMC) and a total expense ratio (TER). A simple fee in pounds and pence: That's what the watchdog wants but will investors get it?The AMC was, on ...

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