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Shuffling the pack: How income funds are turning to different stocks for dividends

It’s been a tough year for people who rely on their investments for income thanks to widespread dividend cuts. Income fund managers have now rejigged their portfolios to names which they believe will be dependable source of dividends or bond coupons going forward. Their changes make for interesting reading, particularly for anyone who prefers individual stocks to investment funds as it might ...

UK markets higher as Rolls-Royce slashes costs, but oil rally runs into headwind

UK markets made a strong start in this shortened trading week with European equity futures rising this morning as some commentators turn less gloomy. At 9am, the benchmark FTSE 100 index is up 2.7% at 5,563.52, led by aero-engineer Rolls-Royce (RR.), while the rally of the mid cap FTSE 250 is even firmer, jumping 4.6% at 14,752.45.A slowdown in the growth rate of new US coronavirus cases may ...

Market report: Debenhams surges on Mike Ashley coup, GVC slumps on director share sales

London’s FTSE 100 softens 45 points to 7,112 on Friday as poor economic news from China and Germany casts a dark cloud over global markets. In mainland Europe, indices are flashing red and Asian shares have taken a beating after Chinese exports saw their biggest fall in three years in February amid the trade war with the US. And German industrial orders fell by their biggest amount in seven ...

Market report: Pound slumps, Royal Mail and Aston Martin fail to win over investors

The FTSE 100 and 250 indices head in opposite directions amid panic over Brexit developments. Dominic Raab’s resignation as Brexit Secretary has triggered a sell-off in the pound and hurt the domestically-focused FTSE 250, down 0.7% to 18,772. In contrast, the more internationally-focused FTSE 100 rises 0.5% to 7,069, helped by strength in the mining sector amid hope that trade tensions will ...

Market report: RBS finance boss goes, Italy fall out goes on, former WPP man Sorrell back

The political crisis engulfing Italy continues to rattle investor cages across Europe and elsewhere around the globe, with Asian markets hit hard overnight. The UK’s FTSE 100 is making an unsettled start to trading on Wednesday, early modest gains being gradually whittled away to trade around 5 points lower at 7,627.65. It follows a 1.3% fall on Tuesday as investors took fright at the ...
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