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WHAT a year it has been. It’s true to say the past 12 months have thrown us some curveballs. But it is always good to take a look back at what Fidelity customers have been buying and selling over the past months.

The top five stocks most actively traded by customers on the Fidelity platform in 2021
1.    Rolls-Royce
2.    International Consolidated Airlines Group
3.    Argo Blockchain
4.    BP 
5.    Lloyds Banking Group

Source: Fidelity International, data correct at 23 December 2021

The top five most actively traded stocks have been largely consistent throughout the past year, with aircraft engine company Rolls-Royce (RR.), British Airways-owner International Consolidated Airlines (IAG), oil giant BP (BP.) and Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) four of the top five making an appearance, month after month.

As a traditionally solid dividend payer BP is to be expected. Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) also popped up on a semi-regular basis in the top five over the year, although not enough to make it an overall 2021 top five constituent. 

The twists and turns…and trends of 2021

The twists and turns of the pandemic and indeed non-Covid related ‘trends’ have also made their presence felt in the top five most actively traded stocks as we have gone through the year.

Argo Blockchain (ARB), the first crypto-mining service provider to gain admission to the main market of the London Stock Exchange through a standard listing, makes into the year-end top five. The company, based in the UK, which operates a global data centre providing a low-cost and consumer-friendly service for the mining of leading crypto-currencies, comes in at number three.

And it is not the only ‘trending’ stock to make an appearance. Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKine (GSK) popped up in the top five twice - presumably on the back of talks/hopes that it might produce a viable vaccine.

And one especially notable stock is Braveheart Investment Group (BRH), arguably something of a speculative punt, which takes the number one spot overall in 2021 for stocks that our customers have been investing in for their SIPPs. 

Top 5 most actively traded stocks for Fidelity SIPP investors
1.    Braveheart Investment Group
2.    Rolls-Royce
3.    Argo Blockchain
4.    BP
5.    International Consolidated Airlines Group

Source: Fidelity International, data correct at 23 December 2021

Braveheart Investment Group’s subsidiary Paraytec is working on developing a more accurate, efficient and low cost Covid-19 test, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield.

Braveheart owns a 42.6% stake in the Nottingham-based business, which is eyeing up potential growth across the EU and the US and which recently reported its plans to expand production facilities in early 2022 to meet anticipated demand for its tests.

AIM-listed Braveheart itself just this month posted soaring profits for the first half. Pre-tax profits came in at £2.8 million in the six months to 30 September 2021, up from £449,157 in the same period last year, on income that increased from £895,000 to £3.3 million.

A hint at what’s to come

Interestingly, in the past few weeks there has been a flurry of trading activity and a big shift in the stocks being most actively traded, with a number of ‘new arrivals’ knocking Argo, BP and Lloyds out of the top five for December to date.

They are Smiths Group (SMIN), which started in 1851 as a family clock and watch business, before pioneering both the milometer and the first British speedometer at the beginning of the 20th Century and is now on investors’ radar as a ‘smart engineering’ company. The FTSE 100 mini conglomerate has been described as “making everything”, from airport baggage scanners to satellite parts.

Another is online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group (BOO) and last but not least, Genedrive (GDR), a Covid-19 test-maker which has just filed for approval to sell its product in the UK, after new testing regulations came into effect last month.

No one knows yet just what 2022 will bring, but we will be here throughout the year to bring you daily insights and all the information you need to help you make smarter investment decisions today and for your future.

For now though, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Important information: Investors should note that the views expressed may no longer be current and may have already been acted upon. Reference to specific securities should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell these securities and is included for the purposes of illustration only. When you are thinking about investing in shares, it’s generally a good idea to consider holding them alongside other investments in a diversified portfolio of assets. Investors should note that the views expressed may no longer be current and may have already been acted upon. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to one of Fidelity’s advisers or an authorised financial adviser of your choice.

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