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This blog gives you the latest topical news plus some informal comments on them from ShareSoc’s directors and other contributors. These are the personal comments of the authors and not necessarily the considered views of ShareSoc. The writers may hold shares in the companies mentioned. You can add your own comments on the blog posts, but note that ShareSoc reserves the right to remove or edit comments where they are inappropriate or defamatory.

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Bank Dividends and Fundsmith Performance

The bad news for many private investors is that most of the major listed UK banks are suspending dividend payments, even ones already announced. This is after they received a letter from the Bank of England requesting that they do so. The dividends are unlikely to be resumed before the end of the year. This is surely a prudent measure as the banks will undoubtedly have many requests for loans from companies to tide them over the virus crisis, while other ...

ShareSoc Website Upgrade

Introduction ShareSoc is delighted to announce a major upgrade to its website, providing a host of new features for our members and visitors to our site. These new features supersede our previous Ning-based members' network and bring all our content together in one place. We have also taken the opportunity to introduce some powerful new features, not previously available on our members' network. For a period of one year from release of the new version of our website, we will retain the old ...

Insolvency changes announced by Alok Sharma

The UK government has announced new insolvency measures to prevent businesses unable to meet debts due to the impact of coronavirus from being forced to file for bankruptcy. Alok...

Thomas Cook – The end of the road

We had quite a lot of enquiries about Thomas Cook and what actions shareholders might take. We have until now adopted a watching brief. We recently had a teleconference...

FRC, FCA and PRA Joint Statement 26 March 2020

I notice the market has just dipped below 5,600 so clearly most people are not very worried by this FRC, FCA and PRA announcement. Nevertheless I would point out...

Major Website Upgrade to be Launched Shortly

I am delighted to announce that after many months of work, we are nearly ready to launch a major upgrade of our website. This upgrade will integrate the features of our members' network into our main website. Watch this space for details! To facilitate this launch, we will need to freeze certain aspects of the current website, for a brief period. This will begin at 9am on Monday 30th March. From then onwards, no new blog or news posts will appear and any ...

Discussion Paper – what do we do now? Covid-19 implications

By Cliff Weight, ShareSoc Director This is a complex area. It would be good to hear your views and ideas. Please add them via the comments box below this...

Recent Annual Reports and Trust Discounts

After the news over the weekend, it’s clearly going to be another very bad day on stock markets. One rare riser initially was Ten Entertainment Group (TEG) despite the...

AIM Introduces Covid-19 Emergency Measures

On Friday 20th March, AIM Regulation announced the measures which you can find here: https://www.londonstockexchange.com/companies-and-advisors/aim/advisers/inside-aim-newsletter/inside-aim-coronavirus.pdf These are some quite significant relaxations of the AIM rules, to take account of...

White Paper idea re Financial Debt

This is a complex area. It would be good to hear your views and ideas. Please add them via the comments box below this blog. I was chatting on...
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