10 crisis-proof shares to buy and hold forever: Discover them inside the heroic July issue of Money Observer

Money Observer August 2017 cover

There may be thousands of shares on the market and similarly thousands of share tips to be tapped into – but the stocks with real long-term staying power are very much thinner on the ground. So, with the likes of Warren Buffett, Terry Smith and Nick Train, among others, adopting a highly successful ‘buy and hold’ investment strategy, we lead the July issue by asking a selection of leading fund managers for their choice of share to hold forever. The result is an interesting and surprisingly diverse investment line-up.

Continuing that long-term perspective, the July issue is also the showcase for our 2017 Money Observer Fund Awards – more than 40 outstanding fund choices straddling a broad range of equity, bond, mixed asset and property categories. The winners and highly commended funds are selected on the basis not just of top returns but of reliable risk-adjusted performance over the past three years – in other words, these are the funds that offer the best combination of good returns without excessive risk. It’s a mix that we believe works very well for readers looking for ideas for long-term Isa and Sipp portfolios.

Former BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders has penned her quarterly look ahead across global economies and markets, focusing this month on the growing attractions of Europe as political threats recede somewhat and economic growth perks up. Yet despite the sea-change on the continent, she says, the market is by no means overbought. Time to top up your portfolio?

Elsewhere in the magazine, with inflation now climbing steadily, we take a timely look at just how accurate the headline inflation figure really is, and at some of the powerful influences – from an ageing population to technology – that may be working against price rises.  

Meanwhile on the pension front, with final salary pension transfer offers not far off their all-time high and a huge surge in the number of transfers out – numbers were up 50 per cent in 2016 over the previous year – Ceri Jones outlines exactly what scheme members need to do in order to move their pot. Finally, no one planning to fund their retirement on the basis of pension drawdown from one of the relatively cheap online providers should miss our review of the experiences of some of the drawdown pioneers.

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