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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.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BG Group Plc: To Be Or Not To Be?

Some important points to consider before shareholders vote on Royal Dutch Shell Plc's (LON: RDSB) takeover of BG Group Plc (LON: BG). More »

Where Next For Glencore Plc, Anglo American Plc & BHP Billiton Plc?

My thoughts on Glencore Plc (LON: GLEN), Anglo American Plc (LON: AAL) & BHP Billiton Plc (LON:BLT) during the months ahead. More »

FTSE 100: Why 2016 Is The Year Of The Active Investor!

My thoughts on what 2016 has in store for the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) and why it is time to get back to active... More »

Shire Plc And Baxalta Inc: A Habitual Sceptic’s Perspective

Everything a Shire Plc (LON: SHP) shareholder needs to know about the Baxalta Inc (NYSE: BXLT) transaction. More »

Tensions Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Could Boost BAE Systems Plc

BAE Systems Plc (LON: BA) could benefit as increasing Middle East tensions protect defence spending in Saudi Arabia. More »

BP Plc And The Big Questions Around Oil Prices In 2016

Here's my take on the big questions for BP Plc (LON: BP) - will oil prices mean good news or bad in 2016? More »

Tesco Plc: How Much Worse Could It Actually Get?

Thinking about buying Tesco Plc (LON: TSCO) shares? How bad can it really be? More »

Are BT Group Plc & Sky Plc Shares Good Value?

After this year's gains, do BT Group Plc (LON: BT.A) & Sky Plc (LON: SKY) shares still offer good value? More »

Should You Buy Barclays Plc?

The winds are changing at Barclays Plc (LON: BARC), here is why. More »

United Utilities Group Plc & SSE Plc: What Do Recent Results Mean For Shareholders?

Here is my take on what to expect from United Utilities Group Plc (LON: UU) shares and from SSE Plc (LON: SSE) shares. More »

Why I Wouldn’t Buy Imperial Tobacco Group Plc Or British American Tobacco plc

Here is my view on Imperial Tobacco Group Plc (LON: IMT) shares More »

Where Next For Lonmin Plc?

Here is my take on Lonmin Plc (LON: LMI) and the shares More »

Interest Rates & Inflation: Is Your Portfolio Ready?

Here I explain what I will be buying, holding & selling when interest rates do begin to rise. More »

GlaxoSmithKline Plc: Is The Dividend Safe?

Here I explain my own view on the implications of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's (LON: GSK) investor day, along with my assessment of the dividend outlook More »

What To Make Of M&A Activity At London Stock Exchange Group Plc, ICAP Plc & Tullett Prebon Plc

Here is what current M&A activity could mean for shareholders in London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LON: LSE), ICAP Plc (LON: IAP) and Tullett... More »

National Grid Plc: Why I’d Disregard Talk Of The Dividend & Dump The Shares

Here is what you need to know about National Grid Plc's (LON: NG) first-half results and why it may pay to walk away. More »

HSBC Holdings Plc: A UK-Listed Bank Really Worth Buying!

Here is why I believe that HSBC Holdings Plc (LON: HSBA) is the only London bank worth buying or holding at the moment More »

Why Tullow Oil Plc Is Surging Today

Here is what today's news means for Tullow Oil Plc (LON: TLW) shareholders! More »

Where Now For Standard Chartered Plc?

Wondering what to do about your Standard Chartered Plc (LON: STAN) shares? What are the bull and bear cases? More »

What You Need To Know From Standard Life Plc & Aviva Plc’s Q3 Results

A few key points and observations from Standard Life Plc (LON: SL) & Aviva Plc's (LONL AV) Q3 Results! More »