UK stock markets

Little cheer on the high street

Profit warnings from Debenhams and Mothercare are more evidence that traditional retailers are fighting a losing battle against nimbler online competitors, says Ben Judge.

What happens before a market melts down? It melts up, of course

With signs of excess and irrational behaviour creeping in, the equity bull market is living on borrowed time. But before it crashes, it could surge another 30%, says John Stepek.

Will this despised market make a comeback in 2018?

Right now, there’s one market in the world that professional investors really don’t like. Which means it could be ripe for a rally. Here, John Stepek explains what it is.

Amid all the worry, UK stocks look good

Many investors are selling out of British stocks, fearful of Brexit and a Corbyn government. That leaves the UK stockmarket a rare and special thing, says Merryn Somerset Webb: cheap.

Neil Woodford: red lights are flashing in the markets - but Brexit is a huge opportunity

There are “so many lights flashing red that I am losing count”, says fund manager Neil Woodford. But Brexit doom-mongers are profoundly wrong about the prospects for the UK economy.

A big boost for dividends

Reinvested dividends account for the lion’s share of equity returns. So it’s good news that payouts are on the rise.

Is it time to buy Centrica for its huge dividend?

Shares in Centrica, owner of British Gas, come with a dividend yield of 8% after the share price fell dramatically last week. So should you buy in?

A jamboree for smaller businesses

Five years after its launch in the UK, Small Business Saturday continues to go from strength to strength, says David Prosser.

Did one man trigger the Great Depression?

Some claim that the downfall of Clarence Charles Hatry was the trigger for the Great Depression. John Stepek looks at what actually happened in the Hatry Crisis of 1929.

How to fatten your profits as the world slims

Modern living has turned us into overweight, inactive couch potatoes. There’s an app for that, says Alice Gråhns – and an opportunity to profit for smart investors.

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