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Capita update

Neil Woodford 2 February 2018 4 min read

Many of you have, understandably, asked for Neil’s current perspective on Capita, following its sharp share price decline earlier this week. Having had a couple of days to reflect and consider what has happened, Neil would like to provide some context…

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What can investors expect in 2018?

Neil Woodford 19 January 2018 2 min read

In the current climate, it is more important than ever to focus on the broader issues that drive markets. Over the coming weeks and months, we will share with you a more detailed and regular insight into Neil’s thinking…

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Christmas quiz 2017 answers

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 21 December 2017 1 min read

Thank you to all participants in this year’s Christmas quiz. We hope you enjoyed it. We are now pleased to announce the winner as…

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2017: the year in review

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 21 December 2017 7 min read

In football, ‘a game of two halves’ is a saying sometimes used by managers to characterise a match in which their team has endured contrasting fortunes. Although the worlds of football and fund management do not often overlap, the saying does quite accurately reflect the fortunes of the Woodford Equity Income Fund since it launched in 2014.

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Christmas quiz 2017

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 14 December 2017 1 min read

Welcome to this year’s Woodford Christmas quiz. 20 picture and chart-based questions, with bubbles as the prize…

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The Seven Deadly Sins

David McWilliams 12 December 2017 10 min read

David McWilliams explores the repeated warnings from history about financial asset price bubbles. From St Thomas Aquinas to Charles Kindleberger and Hyman Minsky, via Banarama and Sir Isaac Newton, he concludes that the most expensive four words of all are: “This time it’s different”…

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There may be trouble ahead

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 12 December 2017 8 min read

Following up on Neil’s article about the “lights flashing red” in financial markets, we’ve pulled together these data points and charts to highlight the bubble madness…

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We are in a bubble

Neil Woodford 4 December 2017 4 min read

Following the interview with Neil in the FT this weekend, in the first of a series of articles, we publish Neil’s current thoughts on the bubble currently afflicting financial markets. What does this mean for investors?

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Patient Capital: a watershed moment

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 29 November 2017 4 min read

Last week’s Budget announcements represent, in our view, a watershed moment for young, British, knowledge-intensive businesses and they are profoundly important for Britain’s long-term economic future.

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Budget 2017: ‘shrewd and appropriate’

Neil Woodford 22 November 2017 4 min read

Having listened into today’s Budget from Chancellor Hammond, I thought I would share some quick initial thoughts with you…

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