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12APR 2018

Which stockmarkets look cheap after the torrid start to 2018?

The start of 2018 has been volatile for stockmarkets. Duncan Lamont, Head of Research, explains how it has shifted valuations.

2018

MARCH

15MAR 2018

Economics

How reinvesting dividends has affected returns over 25 years

‘Compounding’ can have a dramatic effect on returns. We highlight the difference it has made for major stockmarkets.

2017

MAY

30MAY 2017

Economics

Is it still worth investing in bank shares?

Bank shares rallied in 2016 – but will the good run continue? We look at why the sector has recovered and examine the latest valuations.

26MAY 2017

Economics

How cheap are world stockmarkets? Five key tests

Which is the best measure for finding cheap markets? We explain the pros and cons of each, and look at the latest readings for major markets.

MARCH

08MAR 2017

Economics

How safe are dividends?

Investors treasure the income paid by companies. We explain the “dividend cover” safety measure, and what it says about world markets today.

2016

DECEMBER

09DEC 2016

Economics

A short history of investing in gold – and what to expect for 2017

The price of gold was volatile in 2016. We look beyond the short-term performance and evaluate prospects for the precious metal in 2017.

01DEC 2016

Economics

The '75%' chance that the Santa Rally exists

Stockmarket superstitions should be treated with caution. However, analysis of decades of data suggests December has normally been a good month for equities.

NOVEMBER

28NOV 2016

Economics

How to prepare your portfolio for inflation

Inflation may finally be returning to Western economies, aided by the “Trumpflation effect”. We explain why, and highlight how investors can protect themselves