How to find successful UK software stocks

Economic uncertainty and the rise of AI mean the software sector is no longer a one-way bet. Which companies stand out? by Arthur Sants Big tech may be riding high, but there is still a lot of uncertainty in the software market. Valuations are highly sensitive to interest rate changes, which no one is able to predict […]

Labour plans to add VAT to private school fees!

The Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank has estimated that Labour’s VAT raid will push up to 40,000 children out of private schools and into the state sector. The head of Sir Keir Starmer’s former school has warned that Labour’s plan to impose VAT on private schools will not provide the funding boost state schools […]

The AI data Opportunity

The artificial intelligence boom is boosting demand for data centres across the world. Howe can private investors profit from it? Val Cipriani reports Written by Val Cipriani – February 22, 2024 The email you sent to your most important client last week. The WhatsApp message inviting your daughter for dinner on your birthday. The picture of […]

I inherited a house 16 years ago – what happens if I sell it?

“About 16 years ago my brother and I inherited my mother’s house, and it has since doubled in value to around £500,000. The title deeds name my brother and I as proprietors. My brother is British but has lived with his wife and family in the US for about 30 years. I have not lived […]

The government bond market occupies a unique position as the risk-free benchmark

When higher for longer’ interest rates start disrupting life for the masses! Markets finally get the message…Cynics argue that marking the end of the hiking cycle is easy: Central bankers just raise rates until something in the financial system breaks. Earlier this month, things certainly looked precarious – as the chart shows, government bonds sold off […]

The UK economy is no longer the ‘sick man’ of the G7

Finally, some good economic news. Earlier this month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published an obscure release called the “Impact of Blue Book 2023 changes on gross domestic product”. The title might be uninspiring, but it contained some deceptively interesting information. Previously, in August, the ONS had released second-quarter figures suggesting that GDP was […]

Weight Loss Drugs shake up investor and consumer preferences

Worries that weight loss drugs could slim down consumer staple sales have sent shares down in recent weeks. Some company bosses are even backing this idea: Walmart (US: WMT) chief executive John Furner didn’t help matters when he told Bloomberg that customers taking appetite-suppressing medications such as Wegovy and Mounjaro were buying fewer food items in stores. Shares in Coca-Cola (US:KO) and PepsiCo (US:PEP) have […]

Chess in Schools

There is an excellent movement which deserves help, this where prominent chess players that wish to help and assist Children who attend schools in deprived areas often where local influences are not helpful, either teach in the schools themselves or run tournaments where funds are raised for these children to have Chess lessons. Teaching young […]