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Warren Buffett once suggested that investors should 'be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful'. In practical terms, this could mean that investors should take a contrarian stance and buy scary stocks that no-one wants, while selling popular stocks that everyone loves. This is indeed the essence of contrarian investing. Based on Stockopedia’s StockRank framework for classifying shares, the StockRank style…

The idea that a dividend aristocrat like GlaxoSmithKline (LON:GSK) would ever cut its dividend may be unthinkable to many investors. The pharmaceutical giant has consistently paid dividends since the 1980s and dividend ETFs like S&P UK Dividend Aristocrats have invested huge chunks of money in Glaxo. Nevertheless, recent years have seen a number of blue chip companies, including Tesco, Rolls Royce and Rio Tinto reduce…

Conviviality (LON:CVR), one of Britain’s largest wholesalers, has gone from strength to strength since it floated on AIM back in August 2013. The share price has risen by more than 270% while earnings have grown each year without fail. Dividend hunters may be particularly interested in Conviviality because the firm paid its maiden dividend in February 2014 and the forward looking yield is now 3.5%…

Harry Markowitz, a pioneer of modern portfolio theory, once described diversification as the only free lunch in finance. The result of Britain’s Brexit referendum may mean that Markowitz’s advice is more important than ever. No-one will really know the full economic impact of the referendum result for years to come. However, investors are likely to face a period of economic uncertainty as the UK government…

Value and momentum are widely regarded as two of the most powerful factors that drive stock market returns. Cheap stocks tend to beat expensive stocks and, although it may sound counterintuitive, stocks which are rising in price tend to keep on going up. One curious exception noted by some analysts is that momentum may be less effective in Japanese markets. Cliff Asness of AQR Capital…

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Hi Nick,Many thanks for reading the article and providing the feedback :- ) I guess I should point out that the PE ratio we display in the 'Growth & Value' box is based on forecast/future earnings, while the metrics we use to construct the ValueRank, including the PE are based on historical data. As such, all the metrics that underlie the ValueRank are calculated using…

Hey guys, Thanks for reading and the feedback. Much appreciated! Mikeyflange: the dividend could possibly rise to 80.5p - but we simply don't know for sure. There are lot of cashflow pressures stemming from pricing issues, generic competition, the CapEx budget and the put option liabilities. These factors will make it hard to increase the dividend, at least in the near future. The current dividend…

Hey guys, Thanks for the feedback. It is quite a long article so it's nice to see that some people actually read the whole thing ; -) I hope it provides food for thought. anfitrion - I do understand where you are coming from, but a tonne of insight can be gained from reading academic papers and answering simple, standardised, quantitative questions like 'is the…

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