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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.

What You Need To Know From BP Plc’s Q3 Results

Today's BP Plc (LON: BP) results and what they mean for investors. More »

Lloyds Banking Group Plc & Barclays Plc: What To Look For In This Week’s Updates

Key points to focus on in this week's updates from Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LON: LLOY) and Barclays Plc (LON: BARC). More »

If The House Always Wins, Buy The House! (IG Group Holdings Plc, ICAP Plc & Hargreaves Lansdown Plc)

Buying the house with ICAP Plc (LON: IAP), Hargreaves Lansdown Plc (LON: HL) and IG Group Holdings Plc (LON: IGG). More »

What Does The Future Hold For Randgold Resources Ltd, Fresnillo Plc, Centamin Plc & Petropavlovsk Plc?

Observations on Randgold Resources Ltd (LON: RRS), Petropavlovsk Plc (LON: POG), Centamin Plc (LON:CEY) and Fresnillo Plc (LON: FRES) More »

Avon Rubber Plc, Chemring Group Plc, QinetiQ Plc and BAE Systems Plc: Is Now The Time To Buy Defence Companies?

Some key points on BAE Systems Plc (LON:BA), Chemring Group Plc (LON:CHG), QinetiQ Plc (LON:QQ) and Avon Rubber Plc (LON:AVON). More »

Talktalk Telecom Group plc, BT Group Plc, Sky Plc & Vodafone Group Plc: Which Should You Buy?

Notes and observations on TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc (LON: TALK) , BT Group Plc (LON: BT), Sky Plc (LON: SKY) and Vodafone Group Plc... More »

GlaxoSmithKline Plc: Deep Value or Dud?

Are GlaxoSmithKline Plc (LON:GSK) shares worth holding onto or better avoided? More »

Is Now A Good Time To Buy Astrazeneca Plc And Shire Plc?

After this year's losses, is now the time to buy shares in Astrazeneca Plc (LON:AZN) and Shire Plc (LON: SHP)? More »

HSBC Holdings Plc: Here’s Why Analysts Are So Bullish!

Here is why the analyst community is becoming more bullish on HSBC Holdings Plc (LON: HSBA) shares. More »

Tesco Plc H1 Results Explained: What They Mean For You…

The English language translation of Tesco Plc's (LON: TSCO) first half results. More »

What Should You Do About Your Vodafone Group Plc Shares?

Are you wondering what to do with your Vodafone Group Plc (LON: VOD) shares? More »

Here’s What You Need To Know About Barclays Plc!

Here is what you need to know about Barclays Plc (LON:BARC) before you make your next move. More »

Should You Be Selling Lloyds Banking Group Plc Shares Along With The UK Government?

Can Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LON: LLOY) live up to your expectations? More »

Are BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc & BG Group plc Worth Holding In Your Portfolio?

Do you have BP Plc (LON:BP), Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) or BG Group plc (LON:BG) in your portfolio? More »

Are Imperial Tobacco Group Plc & British American Tobacco Plc Running Out Of Puff?

Here is why I believe that the tide could be about to turn for British American Tobacco Plc (LON: BATS) and Imperial Tobacco Group... More »

Here’s What You Need To Know About Aviva Plc And RSA Insurance Group Plc!

Here is why I believe that shares in both RSA Insurance Group Plc (LON: RSA) and Aviva Plc (LON: AV) could be worth holding... More »

Here’s Why I’m Reluctant To Hold National Grid Plc, SSE Plc and Centrica Plc

Here is why I am shunning defensive stocks National Grid Plc (LON: NG), SSE Plc (LON: SSE) and Centrica Plc (LON: CNA) despite the... More »

Play The UK Housing Market In A Rising Rate Environment With Countrywide Plc, Foxtons Group Plc, Zoopla Property Group Plc & Rightmove Plc

Countrywide Plc (LON: CWD), Foxtons Group Plc (LON: FOXT), Zoopla Property Group Plc (LON: ZPLA) and Rightmove Plc (LON: RMV) will help you to... More »

Do Companies Like Galliford Try Plc, Redrow Plc & Barratt Developments Plc Present A Threat To Your Portfolio?

Can Galliford Try Plc (LON: GFRD), Redrow Plc (LON: RDW) and Barratt Developments Plc (LON: BDEV) still drive portfolio returns, or are they a... More »

5 UK Stocks Set To Profit From The Fed Raising Rates: ICAP PLC, Tullet Prebon Plc, Barclays Plc, Hiscox Ltd & Beazley Plc

If you’re worried about interest rates then ICAP PLC (LON: IAP), Tullett Prebon Plc (LON: TLPR), Barclays Plc (LON: BARC), Hiscox Ltd (LON: HSX)... More »