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David Taylor

David Taylor is a business and finance journalist. Earlier on in his career he was a financial markets analyst and economics commentator. He has over 10 years combined experience in both financial markets and the media. His career has seen him work as a stock broker, analyst, commentator and journalist. David holds an Economics degree (Syd. Uni), a postgraduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (Kaplan), and a graduate diploma in Journalism (UTS). He is also RG146 accredited. The majority of his analysis and commentary centres around the idea that global money flows are inspired by market-sensitive international macroeconomic developments. David believes achieving a comfortable level of financial security requires investors to take a keen interest in financial and economic developments both at home and overseas. His goal is to help you engage with this world through his writing and research.

Why Unilever plc, Debenhams Plc & Marks and Spencer Group Plc Could Be 2015’s Top Picks

There are some early signs that Unilever plc (LON:ULVR), Debenhams Plc (LON:DEB) & Marks and Spencer Group Plc (LON:MKS) could benefit from a one-off... More »

I’m Done With BP plc, But Royal Dutch Shell Plc Is Another Story Entirely

They were once two great energy companies but BP plc (LON:BP) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) have been battered. Find out which stock... More »

Why The Outlooks For Lloyds Banking Group PLC, Travis Perkins plc & Rolls-Royce Holding PLC Have Changed

The economy's no help for Travis Perkins plc (LON:TPK) or Rolls-Royce Holding PLC (LON:RR), but what about Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY)? More »

Diageo plc May Have Just Dug Itself A Huge Hole, But Will SABMiller plc Benefit?

Is Diageo plc (LON:DGE) drunk with power? Find out what this Fool thinks of the brewer's latest move, and why SABMiller plc (LON:SAB)'s worth... More »

Alarm Bells For Sports Direct International Plc… But Christmas Bells For Conviviality Retail PLC

Looking for two stocks on the move? Check out Sports Direct International Plc (LON:SPD) and Conviviality Retail PLC (LON:CVR). More »

Why You Need To Take Another Look At Vodafone Group plc And British American Tobacco plc

There are two really good reasons to take another look at Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) and British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS)... More »

Why 2015 Could Prove Tough For BHP Billiton plc And Standard Chartered PLC

China's economy is shrinking and it's already hurting BHP Billiton plc (LON:BLT) and Standard Chartered PLC (LON:STAN). This Fool has the important numbers. More »

Why The FTSE 100 Would Be In Trouble Without QE

The FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX)'s safe for now, but the pillars holding it up are temporary. This Fool has a note of caution for those... More »

Is It Time To Dump Standard Life Plc And Buy Aviva plc?

Is the tie-up between Aviva plc (LON:AV) and Friends Life Group Ltd (LON:FLG) a rare opportunity in a flat market? Find out here. More »

There Are Still Big Gains To Be Made From A Flat FTSE 100

There may be choppy seas on the market, but this Fool points the way to smooth sailing on the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX). More »

Royal Dutch Shell Plc Has Just Lost A Limb, But Is BP plc Any Better?

Is there 'safety in numbers' with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB), or is BP plc (LON:BP) better placed to weather the energy market storm? More »

It’s Time To Get Out Of WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC, But Maybe Give Quindell PLC Another Look

Find out why this Fool is getting so uncomfortable with WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW), but more interested in Quindell PLC (LON:QPP). More »

J Sainsbury plc Is Digging Its Own Grave, But GlaxoSmithKline plc Is Looking Very Healthy

J Sainsbury plc (LON:SBRY) and GlaxoSmithKline plc (LON:GSK) have their own problems, but this Fool's got some good news for cautious investors who still... More »

It’s Make Or Break Time for Tesco PLC, But Is The FTSE 100 About To Bloom?

Could two of 2014's laggards, Tesco PLC (LON:TSCO) and the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX), finally push forward in 2015? More »

Are BHP Billiton plc and Rio Tinto plc Still Solid Stocks Or Is It Time To Get Out?

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Does The Latest Economic Data Put A Cloud Over Unilever plc And Lloyds Banking Group PLC?

A weaker services sector is not great news for Unilever plc (LON:ULVR) or Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON:LLOY). Find out if this Fool thinks... More »

Why Now Is The Time To Look At Centrica PLC And SSE PLC

Is the heat being generated in the energy space right now enough to smoke out shareholders of Centrica PLC (LON:CNA) and SSE PLC (LON:SSE)? More »

The Biggest Risk Facing Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc and Standard Chartered PLC Right Now

Some of the world's major economic regions are slowing, so are multi-nationals like Reckitt Benckiser Plc (LON:RB) and Standard Chartered PLC (LON:STAN) still 'safe'... More »

Why You Need To Look At Tesco PLC And J Sainsbury plc Before 2015 Gets Under Way

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While BAE Systems plc Could Now Be A Strong Buy, Is Unilever plc A Sell?

Unilever plc (LON:ULVR) and BAE Systems plc (LON:BA) have ambitious plans for 2015. Find out why this Fool is excited about one and nervous... More »