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David Stevenson: dividends won’t disappear but the best active fund managers are hard to find
Our columnist takes stock of where the dividend crisis has left investors and adds two more funds to his alternative income portfolio. read more
FTSE extends relief rally despite Hong Kong tensions
UK stocks shrug off concerns over rising tensions between US and China over Hong Kong and advance for a second day. read more
Allianz’s Gergel: why I cut ‘severe’ dividend slasher Shell
Shell's historic dividend cut last month displeased Simon Gergel. The manager of Merchants and Allianz UK Equity Income is annoyed oil giant didn't hold out for longer. read more
The Expert View: Marston, Close Brothers & Premier Foods
Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including Hastings and Spectris. read more
Wednesday Papers: top-rated companies raise $1tn to fill ‘war chests’
And European Central Bank warns of challenge for eurozone from soaring public debt. read more
10 top fund managers rising up the Citywire ratings in May
The stockpickers that have excelled during the crisis run a variety of funds investing in UK mid-caps, environmental, social & governance (ESG) strategies as well as Asia and beyond. read more
BA-owner boosts FTSE as UK prepares to re-open shops
(Update) Shares in British Airways group jump 19% as consumer stocks soar, pushing global markets higher in response to easing coronavirus restrictions. read more
The Expert View: Persimmon, Breedon and Sabre
Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including Dart Group and Hilton Food Group. read more
Tuesday Papers: HSBC board seeks even sharper cuts
And France and Germany lined up bailouts worth €14 billion to take equity stakes in big industrial companies. read more
Mervyn King: central banks risking their independence
Former governor of Bank of England believes that by going well beyond their mandates in response to the coronavirus crisis, central banks can expect even greater political scrutiny. read more
Monday Papers: ‘Project Birch’ plan to bail out stricken UK companies
And boss of Britain’s biggest recruiter warns of ‘tsunami of job losses’ when furlough scheme ends. read more
Sunday Papers: Jaguar pleads for rescue deal
And business leaders tell Boris Johnson to build ‘air bridges’ to low-risk countries to fuel recovery. read more
Saturday Papers: firms must start paying quarter of staff wages
And Boris Johnson to reduce Huawei’s role in Britain’s 5G network in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. read more
Do ‘value’ funds need a bailout from high inflation?
Citywire editors Gavin Lumsden and Daniel Grote consider whether Mark Barnett’s successors at Invesco can deliver the goods and if struggling ‘value’ fund managers need a spike in inflation to beat rival ‘growth’ investors. read more
Invesco sells £124m AJ Bell stake after Barnett’s exit
Shares fall 14% as Invesco offloads large stake from £4.9bn Income and High Income funds following manager Mark Barnett's departure last week. read more
FTSE falls below 6,000 on Hong Kong tensions
FTSE 100 falls into the red after China reportedly launched plans to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong. read more
Fidelity’s Podger buys Amazon but fears tech bubble
Fidelity Global Special Situations manager's opportunistic Amazon buy at March lows paid off, but he warns the ‘exponential’ surge of US tech giants cannot last. read more
Rathbone Income duo eye risk of ‘vicious’ value resurgence
Rathbone Income managers Carl Stick and Alan Dobbie are trimming stakes in ‘defensive’ businesses, wary of the risk of a rise in inflation sparking a ‘vicious rotation’ from these stocks into cyclical companies. read more
The Expert View: Imperial Brands, IWG and Pets at Home
Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including Harworth and UDG. read more
Friday Papers: British banks warn BoE of pain of negative rates
And China spreads fear in Hong Kong with plan to seize total control. read more