The world may be changing at a rapid pace but all of us still need some form of banking service. As well as being Europe’s largest bank, Londonlisted HSBC (HSBA) is also heavily exposed to faster growing markets in Asia. Operating across areas from high street to investment banking as well as wealth management, 90% of global GDP, trade and capital flows are covered by the company’s footprint. (TS)
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL
Fossil fuels still play a crucial role in the global economy and London-listed Royal Dutch Shell
(RDSB) is one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers as well as being actively involved in the marketing and sale of petroleum products.
Since its £47bn acquisition of BG the company has a leading position in the rapidly growing liquefied natural gas market and has targeted natural gas more generally as part of its long-term strategy. (TS)
Payment processing giant Visa, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is arguably so central to modern life that you hardly even notice it. Visa processes more than 100bn transactions every year in more than 200 countries. Contactless payments mean the company is now picking up a bigger share of the small purchases which until recently would typically have been paid for in cash. (TS)
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
With well-known products such as Johnson’s baby wipes and Listerine mouthwash, we are confident Johnson & Johnson will always be an integral part of everyone’s lives.
The company also develops medical devices and treatments to tackle the likes of cancer, infectious diseases and cardiovascular conditions. Its shares are listed in New York and can be bought through most UK investment platform providers or stockbrokers. (LMJ)
The South Korean electronics giant is best known for its Galaxy smartphones and flash TVs. Owning its shares is great way to cover loads of different electronics bases in a single company.
It isn’t resting on its hands as competition is tough from Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Huawei. The vast, if lesserknown, computer chip business is ultimately propping up overall revenue growth and profit.
Investors can get exposure via a multitude of funds or directly via its London-listed GDRs,
Samsung (SMSN). (SF)
Founded in Arkansas by Sam Walton in the 1960s as a small discount retailer, New Yorklisted Walmart has become the world’s biggest retailer, operating thousands of stores in the US and internationally. It also operates e-commerce websites including Jet.com and Flipkart, a majority stake purchased for nearly $16bn to take on archrival Amazon in India.
Walmart’s ‘Every Day Low Price’ mantra is the cornerstone of a successful strategy that has powered 45 consecutive years of dividend increases. Outside of the US, Walmart’s international business operates a staggering 6,360 stores spanning Africa and Brazil to Canada, Central America,
Japan and China. (JC)