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MoneyWeek Issue 982

MoneyWeek is a weekly magazine that enables you to become a better-informed, smarter investor and enjoy the rewards of managing your money with confidence. Week-in, week-out we'll guide you through the financial world as it changes, alerting you to all the opportunities to profit and dangers to avoid, as they appear. Income strategies, rising-star companies, the best funds and trusts, clever ways to preserve your wealth during market turmoil... you will get the best ideas from the sharpest financial minds and investing professionals in Britain.

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3 min.
from the executive editor...

“M&S is a complacent business, relying on its undeserved reputation as a national treasure” Buying individual shares is a hazardous business. That’s why we have diversified portfolios and that’s why the majority of investors hold the lion’s share of their equities in funds of some sort, rather than holding individual companies. It’s also why Itry to avoid tipping individual stocks – however convinced you are of a stock’s merits, you can never be sure that something won’t go wrong. And so it has proved with my pre-Christmas share tip. In our 20 December issue, I suggested buying high-street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S), perhaps bolstered by the success of my 2018 tip, Next. I shouldn’t have got cocky – last Thursday, M&S promptly issued a Christmas trading update that sent its share…

1 min.
sector of the week

The British digital startup sector had an excellent 2019, receiving record sums from investors and cementing the UK’s position as Europe’s “most vibrant hub” for fast-growing tech businesses, says Simon Duke in The Times. The sector apparently remained unaffected by uncertainty over Brexit, raising a record £10.1bn, up £3.1bn from 2018. British firms secured more new capital than their French and German counterparts combined. They also accounted for a third of the venture capital invested in Europe. Firms in London alone are said to have raised £7.4bn last year, and the capital is the fourth-best-performing city in the world for technology start-up funding, behind only San Francisco, Beijing and New York. The UK as a whole lagged only the US and China in terms of the amount of venture capital…

1 min.
good week for

Greggs employees – all 25,000 of them – are being rewarded with a £7m special bonus following the bakery chain’s hugely successful launch of the vegan sausage roll last year, says Sarah Butler in The Guardian. In “recognition of their crucial contribution to business success”, employees will receive up to £300 each, with shop-floor staff and managers receiving the same amount. Billie Eilish, 18, is the youngest person to have been chosen to perform the theme song to a James Bond film, says Jack Malvern in The Times. Eilish will be singing the opening theme to No Time To Die. The pop star stands to make a killing – Adele’s Skyfall is one of the best-selling digital singles of all time, and Sam Smith’s Writing’s on the Wall (from Spectre) soared…

1 min.
bad week for

Lloyds Bank’s 60,000 staff have been warned to expect their first bonus cut in four years, says Kalyeena Makortoff in The Guardian. Anumber of problems at the bank, notably a £1.8bn charge linked to a spike in payment protection insurance claims in October, resulted in a dent in full-year profits and a smaller bonus pool. The figure, which was £464.5m last year, is likely to shrink for the first time since 2016. Jennifer Lopez’s production company faces a £30m lawsuit from the woman who inspired the character played by the actress (pictured) inHustlers, the BBC reports. The film was inspired by Samantha Barbash, the alleged mastermind behind a ring of women who drugged and robbed rich men at strip clubs. Barbash has accused the film’s makers, including Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and…

2 min.
be “cautiously bullish” for 2020

“The equity rally has resumed,” says Rupert Thompson of wealth manager Kingswood. De-escalation in the Middle East and the prospect of a “phase one” US-China trade deal have helped lift the mood. Global equities are up by 12% over the last three months. December 2019’s “Santa rally” was particularly strong, notes The Economist, with America’s S&P 500 rising 2.9%. That index sets the mood for global markets. The FTSE All-World, a global stock gauge, had its best year since 2009 last year, returning 24% in dollar terms. Why stocks are still appealing When even the threat of war doesn’t dim animal spirits you know the bulls are out in force, says Michael Mackenzie in the Financial Times. Late last year expectations coalesced around “a global economic rebound”. A “flurry” of stock buying…

1 min.
will there be cheer for china?

“China is wading into troubled waters” in 2020, writes Plamen Tonchev for The Diplomat. The trade war put “enormous pressure” on the economy last year. Add in “toxic” indebtedness, and the double-digit growth rates of previous decades are “long gone”. China’s CSI 300 stock index returned an impressive 36% last year, but the country’s sluggish economy is a global concern. Export growth slowed to a three-year low last year, say Alice Woodhouse and Tom Mitchell in the Financial Times. Imports fell by 2.8%. Yet matters improved at the end of the year. Exports advanced 7.6% year on year in dollar terms in December. Chinese growth fell to three-decade lows in 2019. Will the weakness continue? asks Keith Johnson in Foreign Policy. A big slowdown would be bad news for other emerging markets.…