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James Skinner

James Skinner is a finance and investment writer. He began his finance career as an FX salesperson with a city brokerage house, before moving into equity research sales with a leading private research firm. It was here that he gained his first taste of life working on a research desk. Today James is a freelance writer with Motley Fool UK. Along with covering a number of mid and large cap stocks, he also writes regularly about both the national and global economies. James holds the Investment Management Certificate, awarded by CFA UK.

Pfizer Inc & Allergan Inc Have Fallen Out Of Love, But What Does This Mean For Astrazeneca Plc & Shire Plc?

Could the split between Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFI) and Allergan Inc (NYSE: AGN), mean that Astrazeneca Plc (LON: AZN) is back in play, or... More »

Barclays Plc: After The Kitchen Sink, Here Come The Tea Towels, Aprons & Cutlery!

Management have thrown the kitchen sink, the tea towels, the aprons and the cutlery at Barclays Plc (LON: BARC) investors, but here is another... More »

What Does Today’s News Mean For Card Factory Plc, Tate & Lyle Plc And Gulf Keystone Petroleum Plc?

Here is my take on what today's news means for Card Factory Plc (LON: CARD), Tate & Lyle Plc (LON: TATE) And Gulf Keystone... More »

Russian Investigation Of Mondi Plc Could Spell Trouble For Imperial Tobacco Plc & Polymetal International Plc

My take on Russia's investigation of Mondi Plc (LON: MNDI) and what this could mean for Imperial Brands Plc (LON: IMB) & Polymetal International... More »

Trading Losses At Credit Suisse AG: A Warning Shot For All Investors!

A warning shot across the bow for investors as Credit Suisse AG (NYSE:CS) reports more losses on bond holdings. More »

FTSE 100: Bear Market Or Blip?

My take on the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) and the "bear market or blip" question. More »

Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc & Lloyds Banking Group Plc: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

Wondering what to do about Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LON: LLOY) & Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc (LON: RBS) shares? Here are some... More »

Legal & General Group Plc And Aviva Plc: Can They Turn It Around?

For those still waiting on a turnaround from Aviva Plc (LON: AV) and Legal & General Group Plc (LON: LGEN) shares, there could be... More »

Could Heavyweights Old Mutual Plc, Standard Life Plc & St James’s Place Plc Boost Your Portfolio In 2016?

My take on heavyweights Old Mutual Plc (LON:OML), Standard Life Plc (LON: SL) & St James's Place Plc (LON: STJ). More »

What Will Today’s News Mean For WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc And Amazon Inc?

An overview of the proposed tie-up between WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc (LON: MRW) & Amazon Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN). More »

Standard Chartered Plc: Just How Bad Is It?

Two pence more for the melting pot of opinion on Standard Chartered Plc (LON: STAN), this week's beleaguered banker. More »

Is The Game Up For Bovis Homes Group Plc, Barratt Developments Plc & Persimmon Plc?

An important question to ask yourself about thouse builders Bovis Homes Group Plc (LON: BVS), Barratt Developments Plc (LON: BDEV) & Persimmon Plc (LON:... More »

Saudi-Russia Oil Agreement Will Be No Panacea For BP Plc Shares

BP Plc (LON: BP) shareholders beware, the Saudi Russia agreement will be no panacea. More »

Anglo American Plc & Rio Tinto Plc: Value Plays Or Value Traps?

A tale of temptation: Rio Tinto Plc (LON: RIO) & Anglo American Plc (LON: AAL). More »

Barclays Plc & Deutsche Bank AG Shares: How Much Lower Can They Go?

After a tumultuous week for global banking, here are some worthwhile considerations for those looking at Barclays Plc (LON: BARC) and Deutsche Bank AG... More »

Vodafone Plc, TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc or Sky Plc: Which Should You Buy For 2016?

My two pence for the melting pot of opinion on Vodafone Plc (LON: VOD), Sky Plc (LON: SKY) and TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc (LON:... More »

Could Randgold Resources Ltd, Fresnillo Plc and Petropavlovsk Plc Be Among 2016’s Winners?

Gold miners like Randgold Resources Ltd (LON: RRS), Fresnillo Plc (LON: FRES) and Petropavlovsk Plc (LON: POG) are rallying! Here's why and what you... More »

What You Really Need To Know About Lloyds Banking Group Plc Shares

Here's what you really need to know if you're considering buying Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LON: LLOY) shares in 2016. More »

HSBC Holdings Plc & Standard Chartered Plc: What You Need To Know For 2016

Some points to consider about HSBC Holdings Plc (LON: HSBA) & Standard Chartered Plc (LON: STAN) in 2016. More »

Astrazeneca Plc And GlaxoSmithKline Plc: Double Or Quits?

After lagging the global pharma sector persistently over five years. is now time to go double or quits on GlaxoSmithKline Plc (LON: GSK) and... More »