As 2014 dawned, the FTSE 100 index was up by around 10 per cent, the FTSE AIM All Share Index up by around 19 per cent and the FTSE Smallcap (ex Investment Companies) Index up by about 38 per cent.
Dividends payouts by UK companies could reach more than £100 billion this year, with the average equity yielding 4.2 per cent.
Cazenove UK Equity Income has joined the Schroders empire, but Matthew Hudson is still at the helm delivering impressive returns.
A new international credit rating agency has launched, aiming to shake up the industry and rival the 'big three' Moody's, S&P and Fitch.
Sarasin & Partners has announced changes to its global equity income range, including two new and two renamed funds.
Equity funds are topping the best-seller lists for the eighth month in a row, according to the Investment Management Association (IMA).
A poll of 400 analysts, conducted by Reuters, found that 36 per cent of recipients believe the FTSE 100 could hit the all-time highs of the final days of the 1990s.
Could 2014 be the best year for UK equities since 2009, when the FTSE 100 index posted a gain of a little over 22 per cent?
While there is some risk involved, if you're putting money away for the long term, there are a number of reason why it pays to invest in stocks and shares.