first_imgWhen it comes to finding the best shares to buy, I like this company yielding 3.5% Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Enter Your Email Address Investment banking company Numis Corporation (LSE: NUM) has been a big Covid winner. And at 338p, the shares have risen by just over 100% since the spring plunge. But even now, I reckon it’s a share I might buy.Today’s full-year results report covering the period to 30 September 2020 revealed the figures driving the stock’s progress. Revenue rose by almost 39% compared to the prior year. And that led to a 240% increase in earnings per share. On top of that, the cash performance was good with the net cash balance increasing by nearly 49% to just over £125m.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Why I think Numis is a share to buy nowIt’s expensive for companies to list on the stock market as a plc. And it’s expensive every time a company wants to raise extra capital by, for example, issuing new shares. But Numis benefits from corporate market activity. It’s a recipient rather than a payer of the often eye-watering fees common in the world of finance and the stock markets.But big fees are attractive if I own shares in an investment banker such as Numis. Indeed, to access the markets, other companies must deal with Numis or one of its competitors. Meanwhile, a quick glance at the strength of the financial position at Numis shows how lucrative the firm’s position can be.Numis said in the report that capital markets deal volumes increased “significantly” during the second half. Many of the firm’s corporate clients accessed the market for funding because of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Almost £102m of the company’s nearly £155m revenue came from investment banking activities in the period. And around £77m of that was taken via capital market fees.However, the directors reckon “material” declines in M&A and IPO volumes offset the increased activity. And that happened because of companies pausing strategic plans while firefighting to keep their balance sheets healthy through the Covid crisis. But towards the end of the year, companies began to access the markets again “in support of revised growth strategies.” Either way, I reckon Numis wins.A positive outlookLooking ahead, revenue continued in the first two months of the current trading year “in line with the strong second-half performance of FY20”. The directors said investors reacted to the latest vaccine developments “providing a favourable environment for our Equities business”. So, in the other arm of the Numis business, execution commissions and trading gains have been “strong”. On top of that, the company is seeing the beginning of a recovery in M&A activity. And the IPO pipeline is “stronger than it has been for some time”.Numis has held the shareholder dividend flat since 2016 and didn’t miss a payment because of the pandemic. With the share price near 338p, the dividend yield is just over 3.5%. And I’m tempted to buy and hold some of the shares as we move forward into what could be a buoyant period ahead for economies, companies and the stock market. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Kevin Godbold | Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 | More on: NUM Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img