What a stinker 2018 proved to be. After making a number of record highs during the first half of the year, stocks turned tail late summer and conspired to deliver the fourth quarter from hell. The new calendar year has started brightly for interactive investor's pair of winter portfolios, but that won't be reflected in December's ghastly figures.
With this bull market nearly a decade old, sadly there was no escaping the gloom in 2018. During a period of rising US interest rates, higher inflation and withdrawal of monetary stimulus, events that impact on growth carry even greater risk – and there are plenty of those, from Brexit to trade wars.
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Christmas is Royal Mail’s busiest time of year, but the large-scale replacement of handwritten letters with email, means that the company will almost certainly lose its place among the premier league of UK-listed stocks at the quarterly index reshuffle next month (the results of which will take effect on 19 December).
Every investor dreams of discovering a strategy able to deliver outperformance and a decent profit every time. We're no different, which is why four years ago a statistical anomaly backed by decades of data piqued our interest.
Why release a profits warning at 7am when you can catch traders napping with a stinker just an hour before the market closes.
Interactive Investor editor Lee Wild reports on the two share portfolios with the strongest historical track records through the winter months.
During a fantastic December and first half of January, equity markets were making record highs for fun. Then sentiment turned.
Our 2017 income and growth tips for more adventurous investors delivered good results. Lee Wild reveals a new selection for 2018.