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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Uranium miner Berkeley Energia promises us a brighter future

    Salamanca is one of the most beautiful, historic towns in Spain. It is also a short drive from the only sizeable new uranium mine being developed in the world today.The mine is run by Aim-listed Berkeley Energia and its shares, at 47p, should rise substantially as the project moves towards production.Uranium is an essential source of nuclear power, yet half the supply comes from Kazakhstan and Niger the former closely allied to Putin s Russia and the latter politically unstable and mired in poverty. Historic: The square in Salamanca, where Berkeley Energia has a new uranium mineNuclear power has been ...

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    Should you ditch a property fund that locked away your cash? The three choices investors must consider

    Funds shut their doors amid fears the Brexit vote could cause a property price crashAfter being locked into property funds for three months, savers will soon be able to take their cash out. But should they?Funds shut their doors at the end of June amid fears the Brexit vote in the EU referendum could cause a property price crash as a flood of panicking savers tried to get their cash out. Some 14.5billion of savers' money was on lockdown.The reason was that if there was a run on a property fund which own actual bricks and mortar it would ...

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    Is your financial adviser as qualified as they claim: Which? probe finds glaring holes in spot checks on credentials

    Savers seeking help from financial advisers are being urged to double check their professional credentials by consumer group Which? after it discovered numerous incorrect listings on two top search sites. Which? found glaring holes in what qualifications advisers claimed to have and what they officially held during two separate probes into listings on the Money Advice Service s retirement adviser directory and Unbiased.co.uk.People considering using a firm of advisers should ask about their qualifications, then approach the professional body that offers them to confirm the details, Which? suggests.FIND OUT ABOUT ADVISER CREDENTIALS AND WHERE TO CHECK THEM BELOW Seeking money ...

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    Why long-term investing works: How putting 10K into the stock market would have earned you 90K more than cash savings over three decades

    While the stock market goes up and down, when it comes to investing it seems that it's worth playing the long game.Next month marks 30 years since the 'Big Bang' deregulation of the stock market, which helped open up investing to the masses.Since then there have been several significant market crashes, including Black Monday and the global financial crisis of 2008. These major events are often cited as a reason why many people consider investing to be too risky for them. But, despite the volatility, putting your nest egg in the stock market would have proved far more lucrative than ...

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    AURORA INVESTMENT TRUST: Will Aurora see a brighter dawn as Mars is left behind?

    Anyone looking at the track record of Aurora Investment Trust would run a mile. It makes for dreadful viewing.Yet this minnow is not what it was. Under new management, Aurora is on the cusp of a new dawn. As the band D:Ream once sang: Things can only get better. Over the past five years, only one fund or trust investing in the UK stock market has a worse record. That dubious title goes to Artemis Alpha Trust, which has turned 1 into 81p a 19 per cent loss. Aurora itself has managed a miserable five-year return of 3 per cent, ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Pregnancy kit maker Concepta passes all the tests

    Every year, millions of women find that, for no apparent reason, they are unable to become pregnant. The discovery can be extremely upsetting.Trips to the doctor ensue, where women and their partners are often told there is no obvious problem and they should simply keep trying even after six months or more. A cycle of frustration, stress and anxiety can follow, with wide-ranging consequences for all concerned. Tests: Every year, millions of women find that, for no apparent reason, they are unable to become pregnant. The discovery can be extremely upsettingConcepta has developed a simple product to help women with ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: A 68% rise in five years and strong profits to Boot!

    Property firm Henry Boot was founded in Yorkshire in 1886. Listed on the Stock Exchange in 1920, half the shares are still owned by Henry Boot s descendants and the company was run by a member of the Boot family until January this year.Then Jamie Boot, who had been managing director for 30 years, stepped up to the chairman s role, appointing John Sutcliffe as chief executive the first non-family member to take charge of the daily running of the business.Being a family business has encouraged Henry Boot to take a long-term approach, and Sutcliffe intends to continue in that ...

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    BLACKROCK LATIN AMERICAN: Commodity price recovery lifts Brazil-focused trust

    WHAT DOES IT DO?Invests in Latin American companies. Some 60 per cent of the trust s money is in Brazilian firms, while 31 per cent is in Mexico and 6 per cent in Peru. Around a quarter of its investments are in financial firms and the same proportion in defensive consumer stocks. Risky: The trust has most of its money in Brazilian and Mexican firmsWHAT DOES THE MANAGER INVEST IN?Manager Will Landers has been investing more in Brazil since the start of the year. He says: If the country gets inflation under control and its fiscal house in order then ...

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    Mining shares are climbing again - but will the turnaround last and should you invest in them?

    After months in the doldrums mining company share prices are staging a turnaround but will it last?For years the price of oil and metals consistently climbed and commodity firms were among the strongest performers in the market.Share price growth and meaty dividends made them an investor favourite. But then commodity prices plunged. Commodity price crash: Copper plummeted to a six-and-a-half year low early this yearThe boom in shale oil production in the US and the decision by oil cartel Opec to increase production of the black stuff led to a glut of supply. A fall in demand as growth in ...

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    My fight to shield savers from the City pickpockets: Fund manager accuses industry of fleecing investors with hidden fees

    The finance industry is fabulous at making money for itself, but pretty rubbish at creating wealth for the people it is supposed to serve: small savers and investors like you and me.That's the view of former fund manager David Pitt-Watson, who speaks with the authority of a man who has spent decades inside the charmed City circle.Siphoning off money from pension savings through sneaky fees and charges is, according to him, a 'perfect crime'. Legal theft: Fund manager David Pitt-Watson says the finance industry siphoning off money from pension savings through sneaky fees and charges is a 'perfect crime''Most people ...

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    INVESTMENT CLINIC: I'm happy to tie up my money for two years, but don't want to lose any. Where should I start?

    I've never invested, but have been reading about some of the high returns that can be made by putting money into stocks and shares.I'm happy to tie up my money for two years, but don't want to lose any. Where should I start?J. L., London. Risks: If you can't stomach the idea of losing any cash, then the best thing to do is look at savings bonds from a High Street bankThe first thing to say is that with investing, you can never guarantee that you won't lose any money. The very nature of investing means taking that risk.If you ...

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    How to give YOUR pension a Brexit boost from the falling pound by investing in multinational firms

    The falling value of the pound has dealt a blow to holidaymakers, who have found that ice creams and meals out in Europe and the U.S. are more expensive this summer.For each 100 you change, you will get 14 less than you would have before the Brexit vote in June.But there's a silver lining for anyone putting money in the stock market.When the pound is weak against other currencies, British companies that do a lot of business in foreign countries get a boost. Multinational firms such as insurer RSA, mobile phone provider Vodafone and construction equipment rental company Ashtead have ...

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    TRADERS' TIPS: City insiders say buy Balfour Beatty and sell energy services firm Wood Group

    BUY THIS: Numis says it is time to buy Balfour Beatty shares after the builder reported that its turnaround plan was working.Balfour has reinstated its dividend 0.9p a share as its recovery gains traction, and it said it had not yet seen any impact from the EU referendum result.The firm reported underlying profit of 7million for the first half of the year, up from a 130million loss in the same period a year ago. Buy this: Numis says it is time to buy Balfour Beatty shares after the builder reported that its turnaround plan was workingNumis said the group was ...

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    SUNDAY NEWSPAPER SHARE TIPS: Air Partner, Lombard, HSS Hire and why rational investors are canny winners

    Every weekend, This is Money rounds up the share tips in the Sunday newspapers. This week, Midas runs the rule over aviation group Air Partner and updates on risk management firm Lombard.Meanwhile, The Sunday Times takes a look at HSS Hire Group and the Sunday Telegraph looks in general at commercial property, housebuilders and consumer-facing companies in wake of Brexit. MAIL ON SUNDAYThere is not much respite between the end of one football season and the start of another, but many clubs use that time to tour the world, playing exhibition games and drumming up sponsorship.Aviation group Air Partner plays ...

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    MIDAS UPDATE: A rollercoaster ride, but keep the faith in Lombard Risk Management

    Alastair Brown is a man on a mission. Appointed as chief executive of Lombard Risk Management in December 2015, he is determined to make the business a market leader in the provision of software to banks and insurers. If he succeeds, Lombard shares should rise considerably from their current 7.75p.Midas tipped the shares in June 2011 at 7p. The stock rose to more than 15p by March 2015 before the company issued a profit warning, chief executive and founder John Wisbey resigned and the board was restructured.Under Brown's stewardship, Lombard has been streamlined, focused and placed in a strong position ...

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