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HSBC

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)

VISA

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)

SAM­SUNG

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)

WAL­MART

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)

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