Phil Oakley on profit problems, investment platform Sector Focus & is Superdry coming in from the cold?

A company’s profits should be easy for people to understand. This week Phil Oakley looks at how companies try to pull the wool over investors’ eyes. He explains reported profits versus adjusted profits, the abuse of the latter, common exceptional costs that companies want you to ignore and more. Click here to read the full story.

In this week's News Spotlight Harriet Russell reports on Superdry. The clothing chain has fallen on hard times, but is the answer to bring back one of the company's co-founders, Julian Dunkerton? Do shoppers even want the goods anymore? Click here to see what Harriet suggests investors should do.

Our latest Sector Focus looks at online investment platforms. They've reported a reduction in new business during the third quarter as volatile equity markets unnerve investors, and Emma Powell asks whether this slowdown is here to stay.

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