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Cliff D'Arcy

My first loves were Maths and Physics. After studying Maths, Stats and Computer Science in the late 80s, I worked in the financial sector from 1987 to 2002. I then joined The Motley Fool's writing team in January 2003 and left in November 2005. Since then, I have been a freelance financial writer. My primary goal is to help people manage their money better by making sensible financial decisions!

The Lloyds share price drops, despite a dividend comeback

The Lloyds share price slipped on Thursday, even though the bank reported vastly improved results. I see this stock as a post-pandemic UK recovery... More »

The Shell share price jumps 4% after a 40% dividend hike!

The Shell share price has soared skywards since Halloween, but a huge increase to the quarterly dividend sent this stock gushing even higher on... More »

The BAT share price dips on solid results. I like its 8% dividend yield

The BAT share price slipped on Wednesday, despite the firm unveiling decent results. For me, the great attraction of this stock is its massive... More »

The Barclays share price jumps as profits soar. I’d buy BARC today!

The Barclays share price is up 18% in 2021 and rose yesterday on improved results. If the UK economy keeps rebounding, BARC could be... More »

UK shares are dying out. Here are 3 reasons why!

UK shares have underperformed other major markets over the past 20 years. But, despite these three problems, I plan to keep buying cheap British... More »

4 investing tips for beginners

Successful investing is far from easy. It requires patience, determination, and self-control. Here are four valuable lessons for amateur investors to ponder. More »

The IAG share price dives 24% in 4 months. What next?

The IAG share price has crashed by almost a quarter since peaking on 16 March. What hope is there for the stock to return... More »

Stock market crash coming? Why I’m not worried

After share prices shuddered on Monday, stocks clawed back some losses on Tuesday. But I'm not worried about a stock market crash just yet.... More »

The FTSE 100 is down 5% in a month. Is a share slump coming?

The FTSE 100 has dropped 5% since peaking in mid-June. Is this set to be another summer of slumping share prices? And what would... More »

Stock market crash: 3 things that could sink share prices

With US stocks at all-time highs, a lot of optimism is baked into share prices. But what if these three factors combine to trigger... More »

These 5 FTSE 100 shares are 88% to 250% up in a year. I’d buy 1 today!

These five FTSE 100 shares have produced outstanding returns over the past 12 months. But I think there's more to come from one of... More »

Euro 2020: which football club’s shares would I buy today?

With the England-Italy Euro 2020 final at 8pm on Sunday at Wembley, which -- if any -- of these seven listed football clubs would... More »

These 10 FTSE 100 firms pay income of 7% to 12% a year!

These 10 FTSE 100 shares offer cash dividend yields ranging from 7% to 12% a year. This tasty passive income can be spent or... More »

5 huge FTSE 100 dividends for passive income!

FTSE 100 dividends are expected to surge 25% in 2021 to reach £77bn. But these five fabulous Footsie firms should pay a whopping £25.5bn... More »

After the GSK share price leaps 21% in 4 months, I’m thinking about selling

Since its late-February low, the GSK share price has jumped more than a fifth. Four months on, is it time for me to sell... More »

Here’s proof that investing in meme stocks really works. BANG!

Meme stocks Blackberry, AMC, Nokia, and GameStop have all soared in 2021. But, For me, two of these four BANG stocks have become insanely... More »

After the Sainsbury’s share price soars 21%, would I still buy SBRY?

The Sainsbury's share price has leapt by more than a fifth in the past 10 weeks. But with yearly profits set to soar, I... More »

3 reasons why share prices can keep rising

With the FTSE 100 up 44% and the S&P 500 leaping 95% from their respective lows, share prices must be set to fall, right?... More »

4 reasons why share prices can keep rising in 2021/22

With the S&P 500 up 95%, share prices have surged since March 2020. But I think these four factors could drive US stocks and... More »

After a 95% rise in the S&P 500, I prefer to buy cheap UK shares!

The S&P 500 is up 95% in 15 months, versus only 43% for the FTSE 100. With the US market looking frothy, I prefer... More »