FTSE 100

The best and worst FTSE 100 shares so far this year

Once again, the FTSE 100 bucked the UK’s political and economic uncertainty, producing an overall return of 10.4% in the first half of 2019.

However, despite the solid gains, the FTSE 100 remains cheap. As Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, notes: “It is still possible to argue that UK stocks look cheap and fund flow data suggests they remain unloved.”

But which FTSE 100 shares gave investors the best and worst returns so far this year?

Vodafone dividend cut: which UK shares might be next?

Over the past year the market has increasingly cooled on Vodafone. The company has a long list of problems, including the high cost of 5G investment, being squeezed by competition on the continent and high levels of debt. The company’s share price fell by roughly 30% between April 2018 and April 2019.

The statistic that blows the sell in May adage out of the water

There is a long history of investors trying to determine seasonal patterns in financial markets. For some, history shows October to be a particularly dangerous time, with some of history’s largest market crashes happening within the month. For others, the end of year offers the chance for solid gains with the so-called Santa Clause Rally.

The FTSE 100 survivors: the 30 shares that have stayed the course since 1984

This month marks the 35th year of the FTSE 100’s existence. The index, created in January of 1984, has since become synonymous with cautious investing the UK, with FTSE 100 listed companies expected to provide steady dividends and steady returns over the time. The index itself is often referred to as ‘the blue chip index.’