UK stock markets

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.

Two new floats sink in choppy IPO waters

In the third quarter, London was the busiest major stockmarket for initial public offerings (IPOs). But this quarter IPOs have hit troubled waters.

The biggest lesson that 2007 can teach investors

Almost exactly a decade ago, the FTSE closed near its peak for the year. Then things deteriorated – rapidly. John Stepek looks at what lessons investors can draw from the crisis that ensued.

London IPOs are booming

The doom and gloom about Britain’s economic prospects has had no impact on initial public offerings (IPOs).

What’s best to invest in now – stocks or houses?

Which is the better investment over time – stocks or property? Dominic Frisby attempts to answer the question once and for all.

The brutal global stockmarket crash that hit Britain hardest

In the latest of his series on stockmarket crashes, John Stepek looks at probably the worst in living memory: the crash of 1973/74.

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