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The Royal Bank May Regain Its Crown for Making Dosh for Shareholders

By Malcolm Stacey | Monday 7 August 2017

Disclosure: I own shares in one or more of the stocks mentioned. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Hello, Share Sippers. My Honkers Bonkers (HSBA) shares are rising nicely. But at much less than 800p, they are still way short of previous bests of 1200p. And that was so long ago that Shakespeare was still a lad.

Never mind, the divi, which is big, has rarely faltered and it keeps me in pina coladas. But what about the rest of the big British banks?

Well, the share prices have not been so perky in recent years. Barclays (BARC) can’t seem to break 110p for long, before the next whammy hits. Lloyds (LLOY) always rises on its results, which are improving, but then only to fall back to profit takers.

And RBS (RBS) is not my favourite British bank. That’s because my losses are huge - and they stay huge, as I have rather foolishly hung onto them since the 2008 crash. And, with this lot, we don’t even get a dividend.

But I’m beginning to change my mind and may even buy a few more RBS shares to add to the shed load I already have.

Its shares have tried hard to rise above 250p of late. And with the quarterly results recently out, they have motored a bit. But memories are bleak about RBS and it's hard to persuade today’s investors to have a crack at it. Yet the three-month results showed underlying profits of £1.69 billion, bringing net asset value to 300p a throw. The bank’s NatWest arm is doing particularly well. 

It must be acknowledged that many experts in the city think RBS will recover to former glory, but not for years yet. This leads many investors to try something more exciting, at least for the time being. But I really do think the 300p may well be achieved soon. And that would be a 20% boost to the share price, which is very good for a Footsie member, you must admit.

And now let’s all meet in the Punter’s Return.

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