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When it comes to investment strategies, ‘growth’ and ‘income’ investors tend to focus on very different things. For growth investors, it’s often the case that sales and earnings are more important than dividend payouts. But it’s worth remembering that dividend track records can tell you a lot about a company’s growth and outlook - and not just how much cash is finding its way back…

Readers of the Stock Market Almanac may know that October is historically one of the most volatile months of the year for shares. The reason - if you believe in seasonal trends - is that many buyers return to the market in October (after selling up in May). And while that can send prices rising, the downside is that patches of weakness can be severe.…

Shares in the life-sciences company Abcam fell by 15 percent when it published its full year results this week. At one point during the day, its price was down by more than 30 percent. For random observers (who may not have even heard of Abcam), the cause of this savage drop might have looked obvious - the antibody specialist must have undershot expectations. But that…

James O’Shaughnessy is one of very few investors who can truly lay claim to having changed the way people approach the stock market. He’s also one of the nicest and most engaging people you could hope to meet. O’Shaughnessy has spent more than 30 years researching equity market returns. His work has brought to the fore the power of what he calls ‘fundamental quant’. His…

Dividends paid by companies quoted on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) are set to pass the £1 billion mark this year - and that’s promising news for investors looking for some all-cap income diversification. The milestone comes as payout growth from AIM stocks tripled between 2012 and 2018. Dividends grew by an average of 15 percent every year once you adjust for new issues and…



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Hi Dave - Thanks. Yeah, I agree absolutely. I'd like to think you'll see more on these points in the coming months. We're definitely going to move on some of these ideas. Ben

Hi Felicity - that's interesting and I totally agree. Do you think that the financial media plays a part in provoking that kind of short-termism? Or is this just down to normal human behaviour? Thanks, Ben

Thanks - that's interesting and it makes a lot of sense. I think this summary is spot on: "If you have the ability to put aside your emotions and your ego then you will be successful whatever your gender"

Hi - we've got your support ticket about this. There was a very large payout made to shareholders on that date as part of the Schneider deal, and Reuters have likely adjusted for it. We're doing the checks and will get back to you on what has exactly happened.Edit - sorry I crossed over with Ed! Thanks, Ben

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