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    Our hits and misses: The Mail on Sunday's award-winning personal finance team reveal how their finances fared in 2017

    Reminiscing on investments-for better or worstAs 2017 draws to a close,The Mail on Sunday’s award-winning Personal Finance team look at how their finances have fared this year – for better and for worse.VICTORIES Jeff Prestridge:FILM ON THE CHEAP I love my theatre, live music and film. More TLF, less TLC. Such loves do not end in heartbreak but they can prove expensive, especially if you have a taste for such theatrical triumphs as Ink, The Ferryman and Girl From The North Country.So my savviest financial decision this year was to invest in a Curzon Cult annual membership costing £350. For this, ...

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    SIMON LAMBERT: We might not be at the top yet, so would you buy into the bitcoin bubble now?

    Should you buy into a bubble?That’s a question I have asked myself all year, as we’ve watched one blown. Yes, this is about bitcoin.But bear with me, as what may on the surface appear to be one of my more financially irresponsible columns, has a purpose in trying to understand the temptation of a bubble.Because even now, with bitcoin up 1,600 per cent since the start of the year, I do wonder about buying some. The reason being that I suspect we aren’t at the top of the classic bubble chart yet. The price of bitcoin has rocketed this year, ...

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    100-year-old trusts that still make top returns: Golden oldies trump their rivals with up to 70% over three years

    With Christmas fast-approaching, shoppers are rushing out to buy the latest gizmos and gadgets, but when it comes to investing it could be the oldest products that are the best.Investment trusts that are 100 years old or more are producing bumper returns for investors who have realised the value of these golden oldies.The 144-year-old Scottish American Trust, for example, has returned 70 per cent over the past three years compared to an average return of 52 per cent from similar investments.The 108-year-old Scottish Mortgage Trust has returned a meaty 218 per cent over the past five years, compared to an average return ...

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    SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Biotech firm Bioventix uses sheep to help diagnose critical diseases

    WHAT IS IT? Bioventix is a biotechnology company that develops so-called monoclonal antibodies from sheep for use in diagnosing critical diseases.Antibodies, a key part of the body’s immune system, are proteins found in the blood that search out and try to destroy diseases. However, they can also be used to detect illnesses in patients.Bioventix has developed sheep monoclonal antibodies that are used to test for vitamin D deficiencies, cancer and testosterone levels, as well as in drug and alcohol testing.The firm floated on the AIM market in 2014. WHAT’S THE LATEST? In October, the Surrey-based firm released an impressive set ...

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    SMALL CAP MOVERS: Plant Impact wilts after Bayer pull plug on soybean purchases; Software Quality Systems boosted by takeover acceptance

    Plant Impact saw its shares wilt to an all-time low this week after the crop enhancement group revealed it had put itself up for a quick sale. The company said it had been left up the creek without a paddle after German pharma giant Bayer broke a pledge on purchases of its flagship soybean product, Veritas. Back in July Bayer’s CropScience Brazil subsidiary agreed to a reduced purchasing plan for Veritas for 2017-18 after weak farmer demand led to an inventory build-up.  Bitter taste: Plant Impact said it had been left up the creek without a paddle after German pharma giant Bayer ...

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    SUNDAY NEWSPAPER SHARE TIPS: Warpaint, Croda and Dignity

    We round up the Sunday newspaper share tips. This week, Midas analyses cosmetic firm Warpaint, the Times looks at funeral director Dignity, and the Telegraph assesses chemical firm Croda. Olivia Buckland, pictured, star of the ITV show Love Island, promotes Warpaint’s W7 brand that has a current stock value of more than £170 millionFINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAYSam Bazini, who left school at 16 to start work in a cosmetics warehouse, making money on the side selling make-up in street markets, and Eoin Macleod who began selling cosmetics and perfume at the age of 14 are the chief executives of Warpaint, ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: Patience will pay off for young tech entrepreneurs

    There has been a lot of talk about ‘patient capital’ lately, not least in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget last month. The phrase trips off the tongue with ease – investing in businesses for the long term to allow them to grow and fulfil their potential – but it can be much harder to put into practice.Mercia Technologies is a case in point. The group invests in young, innovative companies based in the Midlands, the North and Scotland. They are in industries ranging from healthcare to gaming but they all use state-of-the-art technology and have the potential to become much bigger than they ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Ten-pin bowling has a lot going for it, yet many companies in the sector have had a chequered past - Hollywood Bowl hopes to avoid these mistakes

    Ten-pin bowling has a lot going for it. It appeals to all ages, is fun and pretty cheap. Yet many companies in the sector have had a chequered past – overexpanding, overborrowing and ending up in trouble.Hollywood Bowl hopes to avoid these mistakes. The UK’s largest ten-pin bowling operator, it listed on the stock market in September 2016 at 160p. The shares are now 188½p. They are likely to increase as the business expands – and dividends are tipped to be generous too.The group owns 58 centres across the country and prides itself on running bright, modern sites in or ...

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    INVESTMENT EXTRA: Fund manager firm Fidelity will cut your fees if it performs badly

    One of the world’s largest fund managers has revealed a revolutionary price structure that will cut savers’ costs when its funds do badly but hike them when they perform well.Fidelity revealed this week that it will add or subtract up to 0.2 percentage points from its fees on a range of funds depending on how they perform.By opting into the system, your fees will fall from 0.75 per cent to 0.65 per cent. But this will vary between 0.45 per cent if the fund underperforms the market by 2 per cent, and 0.85 per cent if it outperforms the market ...

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    SUNDAY NEWSPAPER SHARE TIPS: Angling Direct, Just Eat, Workspace

    We round up the Sunday newspaper share tips. This week, Midas analyses fishing firm Angling Direct, the Sunday Times digests Just Eat, and the Telegraph works through the merits of Workspace.FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAYAngling is a top-five pastime in Britain, and Angling Direct is ideally placed to benefit, says the Mail on Sunday’s Midas.It floated in the summer with shares at 64p, which have now crept up to 78p and are likely to increase further as the company expands.It has 20 stores and a flourishing online business. Round up: Every Sunday we round up the Sunday newspaper share tipsMartyn Page ...

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    MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Nothing tasty in the Budget? Relax...and fish for a profit with Angling Direct

    Budgets come and go, but fishing remains a constant refuge for enthusiasts up and down the country. There are 900,000 licensed anglers in the UK, while many more unofficial dabblers also enjoy the odd day on the water.All told, angling is a top five pastime in Britain and Angling Direct is ideally placed to benefit. The largest specialist fishing tackle retailer in the UK, Angling floated in the summer at 64p. The shares are 78p today and are likely to increase as the company expands.Angling’s founders, Martyn Page and William Hill, started out in 1986, acquiring fishing tackle shops in ...

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    SMALL CAP MOVERS: Mkango Resources boosted by Malawi rare earth funding deal; Regal Petroleum hit by Ukraine tax raid

    It had been a quiet year so far the Mkango Resources share price, but the stock jumped into action this week.Investors poured money into the junior explorer after it inked a 'transformational' deal which will fund the development of its Songwe Hill rare earth minerals project in Malawi.Talaxis – a subsidiary of Noble Group – has agreed to plough in £12million to fund a bankable feasibility study at Songwe in return for a 49 per cent stake in the project. Funding boost: Investors poured money into Mkango Resources after the junior explorer inked a 'transformational' deal which will fund the ...

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    Chemicals giant buys Continent's oldest footballing club Lausanne-Sport

    Oldest club on the Continent to be boughtChemicals firm Ineos is today expected to announce it has bought Swiss football club Lausanne-Sport.It is not yet clear how much the company will pay for the club, which is in a city on the shores of Lake Geneva.Lausanne-Sport – believed to be the oldest club on the Continent with roots dating back to 1860 – plays in the nation’s top league.Ineos would not confirm the deal last night, although it is holding a press conference in Lausanne this afternoon to announce a major acquisition in Switzerland. 

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    DAILY BRIEFING: New Chairman at HSBC is planning expansion into US after money laundering scandal

    BANK STRATEGY Mark Tucker, the new chairman of HSBC, is said to be eyeing US deals. American expansion would be a reversal of the bank’s previous policy, which has seen it cut back its exposure to the US following a Mexican money-laundering scandal and a crisis at its high-risk mortgage lender Household. HSBC is rumoured to be expanding into USMEDIA WARNING Veteran journalist Andrew Neil has called on the Government to block an £11.7 billion takeover of Sky by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Neil, who was Sky’s first chairman, told the Competition and Markets Authority: ‘We are in danger of ...

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    TRADER TIPS: City insiders urge buy On the Beach and sell Ultra Electronics

     BUY THIS: On the Beach This UK-based travel retailer has been named a buying opportunity by analysts at Berenberg.After rising by an average of 50 per cent during 2017, On The Beach’s shares have pulled back by around 15 per cent following August highs.Berenberg said the fall was ‘a compelling opportunity to own a long-term structural growth story’. Shares of On The Beach have risen in value by 15% SELL THIS: Ultra ElectronicsShares in this UK defence company have been downgraded, also by Berenberg, from ‘Hold’ to ‘Sell’. The firm is awaiting a decision from the US Department of Justice on its £177 ...

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