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Friday Email: 03 November 2017

Every Friday morning our lead analyst Mark Riding sends out his weekly run-down and upcoming events in the investor calendar, like this one:

The FTSE 100 has had a good week and is up about 75 points having reacted favourably to the Bank of England MPC raising interest rates by 0.25% on Thursday. This is the start of what is expected to be a very gradual process to 'normalise' interest rates. This means that the substantial yield gap between equities and bank interest will remain for a good wile yet. With the Bank of England expecting inflation to peak at 3.2%, this leaves interest bearing deposits eroding your capital in real terms.

The past week was very quiet with no notable dividend increases to report. The retail sector came under increased scrutiny as Next issued a weak trading statement. Going ex-dividend on Thursday with decent yields we have Card Factory (for 5.8% with the special dividend and ordinary dividend combined), Go-Ahead Group (4.1%) and OPG Power Ventures (2.6%)

From a reporting perspective the week ahead gets busier with some big FTSE 100 companies reporting including Associated British Foods, Imperial Brands, SSE, Marks & Spencer, Burberry, National Grid and Sainsbury.

The latest edition of DIY Investor with its usual array of interesting and informative articles has been released. It can be found here

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