Simon Thompson small-cap quartet, Phil Oakley's shares round-up, building cash and cutting holdings & more

In Simon Thompson’s column today, he highlights a quartet of small-cap investment opportunities including a radiation detection technology company, financial services group, maker of critical components and services to energy, medical and industrial sectors and a lowly rated and high yielding currency manager.

Simon also made an appearance on the latest Companies & Markets Show to talk about how a shift in US monetary policy could give markets a lift, and why he's spotting plenty of UK share bargains. Harriet Russell explains why some retailers have had a better Christmas than many expected. Click here to listen to the podcast for free.

Phil Oakley can see pockets of value in shares that were heavily beaten up in 2018 and a lot of pessimism has been baked into their prices. Could 2019 be a year for contrarian value investors? Click here to find out which companies Phil is talking about in his weekly Alpha round-up.

This week’s portfolio clinic features a reader who hopes to retire early so is invested for high growth. Our experts – Chris Dillow, Danny Cox and Rory McPherson – explain why despite his desire to increase his assets he needs to have a decent allocation to cash and why his wife shouldn’t forget to use her tax allowances.

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