TPR #104: How fear could spread like a super-virus

Even if it doesn't kill you, and it has already killed 25 people, the symptoms can be awful: severe stomach cramps; bleeding from the gut; fever; vomiting; deafness; blindness; paralysis; kidney failure. The timeline runs as follows.

Before investing you should consider carefully the risks involved, including those described below. If you have any doubt as to suitability or taxation implications, seek independent financial advice.

General - Your capital is at risk when you invest in shares, never risk more than you can afford to lose. Past performance and forecasts are not reliable indicators of future results. There is no guarantee dividends will be paid. Bid/offer spreads, commissions, fees and other charges can reduce returns from investments.

Small cap shares - Shares recommended may be small company shares. These can be relatively illiquid meaning they are hard to trade and can have a large bid/offer spread. If you need to sell soon after you bought, you might get back less that you paid. This makes them riskier than other investments. Small companies may not pay a dividend.

Overseas shares - Some recommendations may be denominated in a currency other than sterling. The return from these may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. Any dividends will be taxed at source in the country of issue.

Funds - Fund performance relies on the performance of the underlying investments and there is counterparty default risk which could result in a loss not represented by the underlying investment.

Taxation - Profits from share dealing are a form of income and subject to taxation. Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future.

The Price Report portfolio is not intended to represent the exact price at which you could buy or sell a share. Our reference price is the closing mid-price on the day before the recommendation was published. Sometimes readers will achieve better entry/exit prices; sometimes worse. All gains are gross, and returns will be affected by dividends, dealing costs and taxes.

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