Expert Opinion: 2017: a record-breaking year for global dividends

27 November 2017 by Darius McDermott

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It’s been a bumper year for dividends so far. According to the latest Global Dividend Index from Janus Henderson, $328.1 billion has been paid to shareholders around the globe in the past three months alone. The total for 2017 is forecast to reach nearly $1,250 billion, representing an increase of more than 7% compared to […]

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Expert Opinion: Pensions – perhaps Nanny really does know best

6 November 2017 by Steve Herbert

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For most of the last decade pensions – and pension savings – has been a really big political topic. At the 2015 General Election pretty much every major political party gave over large sections of their manifestos to the subject, yet less than two years later and the topic of pensions was most notable by […]

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Expert Opinion: Will the Japanese stock market stay above the 21,000 hurdle?

19 October 2017 by Darius McDermott

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With an election looming, Clive Hale, director at FundCalibre, looks at the prospects for the Japanese market. (Darius McDermott is currently away) Having reached its peak at the end of 1989, the Japanese equity market spent the next two decades in decline. Back then, the Imperial Palace and its grounds in Tokyo was valued at […]

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Expert Opinion: Investors behaving badly: five mistakes and tips on how to avoid them

28 September 2017 by Darius McDermott

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We all like to think we are rational and considered investors, but in reality, most of us fall into at least a few behavioural traps. We are only human after all… Here are five examples of behavioural investing mistakes and some tips (and funds) to help you avoid them. Anchoring This is when we fixate […]

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Expert Opinion: All change in the car industry but how should investors react?

31 August 2017 by Darius McDermott

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The car industry is undergoing profound change right now. The rise of electric vehicles, fuel-efficient cars and automation represent three trends to watch closely over the coming years. The combination of all three suggest the automotive industry has reached an inflection point. The growing popularity of electric cars is underpinned by Volvo’s recent announcement that […]

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Internet savvy – 78% of over 55s managing their finances online

15 August 2017

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Finding a new partner, long lost family member or a dream house are just some of the life changing benefits of using the internet for over 55s. Research from pension provider Phoenix shows that the internet is a vital source for connecting people and finding loved ones around the world – 2.2 million over 55s […]

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Expert Opinion: The Taylor Review: Poor timing?

9 August 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Despite slowing economic indicators – and the many uncertainties of Brexit just over the horizon – the UK’s employment figures have been rather impressive of late.  The official ONS figures in June this year show a record employment rate of 74.8%.  So how is this being achieved? There are many factors at play here, but […]

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Expert Opinion: Brexit – Changing our outlook?

31 July 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Despite being very British in my world outlook, I am not blinkered to some of our national shortcomings.  And I admit to being more than a little concerned about the Brexit journey ahead, and the nation’s apparent lack of progress to prepare for this challenge. I have long suspected that part of the problem is our national […]

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Expert Opinion: What to do when your investment style goes out of fashion

18 July 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Juliet Schooling Latter, research director, Chelsea Financial Services considers the issue of investment style. Flicking through Vogue magazine the other day, I was astonished to come across a page dedicated to fuchsia ensembles (for the colour-challenged, think extremely bright pink). I recall donning something in that shade only once in my life, in a moment […]

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The twenty seven stocks that have grown their dividend every year for the past decade

17 July 2017

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Twenty seven FTSE 100 companies have grown their dividend every year for at least the past 10 years according to research from investment platform AJ Bell. Investment trust Scottish Mortgage has the longest unbroken streak of dividend increases with 34 year, one other FTSE 100 company has increased its dividend every year for over 30 […]

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