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Broker view: Severn Trent recommended as a “hold” on trading update

3 February 2016

As Severn Trent reports a Q3 trading update, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, utility company Severn Trent reiterated [...]

Don’t panic! Why investors should sit tight right now

22 January 2016

Investors spooked by stockmarket turmoil should hold tight as the rest of the year is predicted to be better.   Charles Stanley chief executive Paul Abberley said investors shouldn’t be [...]

Will global property shares win out in 2016?

4 December 2015

Rising interest rates will not temper the growing interest in real estate investments, according to Tom Walker, manager of the Schroder Global Property Securities fund. Below he explains why… While there [...]

How to become a more self-aware investor

30 November 2015

Legal & General Investment Management’s head of multi-asset funds John Roe takes investors on a whistle-stop tour of eleven biases that can influence and – unfortunately – undermine their investment [...]

Value or ‘value trap’ in the world’s unloved sectors

29 November 2015

Tom Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma looks at a dilemma facing investors as they seek value in unloved or even hated assets. I was recently asked by an investment [...]

UK investors get defensive when it comes to funds

27 November 2015

UK investors are still ploughing money into equity income funds but there is growing demand for safe haven assets.   Sales data from fund supermarket FundsNetwork shows the UK Equity [...]

Investing for income: 3 pitfalls to avoid

20 November 2015

The race for income is intensifying following pension freedom but there are three pitfalls that investors need to be aware of.   Justin Onuekwusi, lead fund manager on the £700 [...]

Billions languishing in ‘dinosaur funds’, adviser warns

18 November 2015

Billions of pounds of investors’ money is languishing in expensive and unsuitable “dinosaur” funds, an adviser warns. Today the Financial Conduct Authority announced it would be reviewing whether the asset [...]

The era of ‘lower for longer’ bond yields is over, says Miton’s Jane

19 June 2015

The era of consistently falling bond yields is over and we are now more likely in a rising trend, Miton multi-asset manager David Jane has said.   The ‘lower for [...]

Hargreaves Lansdown launches ready-made portfolios for investors not seeking advice

2 June 2015

Hargreaves Lansdown has launched six ready-made portfolios featuring its multi-manager funds aimed at non-advised investors. The range is called Portfolio + and it will be managed and rebalanced by Hargreaves’ [...]

UK equity income sector provides 4.82% annual dividend growth

21 April 2015

The UK equity income sector has delivered 4.82% annual dividend growth, the latest figures from the Association of Investment Companies reveal. Over the past 20 years  the income paid out [...]

Four AIM company picks for your Isa

4 March 2015

As the end of the tax year approaches Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks four AIM companies for ISA investors… Electronic technology company, Stadium continues to change its [...]

Five fund picks for income investors

3 March 2015

As the tax-year draws to a close and investors look to take advantage of their remaining Isa allowances before it is too late, Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal [...]

Which investment companies are boosting dividends?

24 February 2015

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) looks at five-year dividend growth rates to see which companies have made the most significant increases… The AIC’s calculations are based on dividend growth over the [...]

Look to UK not Europe for income opportunities, says Schroders

20 February 2015

Those looking for good investment opportunities this year should stick to the UK, where consumer cyclicals and financials are providing income.   Michael Scott, manager of the Schroder Monthly High [...]

How investors could generate a £40,000-per-year tax-free income

18 February 2015

Investors can earn up to £40,000 per year tax-free by making use of legitimate allowances, a financial advisory firm has shown. In recent days the issue of tax avoidance by [...]

L&G closes with-profits fund to new business

30 January 2015

Insurer Legal & General has announced has announced the closure of its with-profits fund to new investors.   The with-profits fund will close tomorrow to new business but there will [...]

Eurozone set to be the winner in the ‘currency war’ this year, says AXA IM

23 January 2015

The eurozone quantitative easing (QE) program means the euro area is set to ‘be the winner in the currency war’ this year, according to AXA Investment Management fund manger Jonathan [...]

Burberry is a ‘buy’ says The Share Centre

14 January 2015

Fashion house Burberry  has been branded a ‘buy’ by The Share Centre,  as sales at the group rose by 15% to £604m in the third quarter. The business, which features [...]

New ‘pensioner bonds’ to pay up to 4%

12 December 2014

New government-backed NS&I ‘pensioner bonds’ will pay up to 4%, beating the market rates currently on offer. Pensions minister Steve Webb has announced the rates for a new bond, that [...]

Why you should look to Asia to diversify dividend income

12 December 2014

For investors searching for income, the UK has been the go-to region but Mike Kerley of Henderson Global Investors believes Asia is playing catch-up in the dividend stakes.   UK [...]

Departures at the top of Woodford’s fund venture

10 December 2014

Two top executives are standing down from Neil Woodford’s new fund management venture less than a year after its launch. The start up fronted by the star fund manager, Woodford [...]

Autumn Statement: Pass your ISA investments to your spouse or civil partner tax free

3 December 2014

Isa investors will be able to pass on their ISAs tax free to their spouse of civil partner under plans announced in the Autumn Statement. Julie Hutchison, Savings and Tax [...]

Schroders to launch fund for retirees using new pension freedoms

26 November 2014

Schroders is launching a global multi-asset income fund  targeting investors who plan to take advantage of the new pension freedoms being granted by the Government and who are seeking an [...]

Vodafone to launch into home broadband and TV as Share Centre says “hold”

11 November 2014

Vodafone has announced it will enter the competitive home broadband and television market next year. The Share Centre has recommended Vodafone as a hold for investors as the mobile company [...]

M&S is a “buy” after better-than-expected results, says Share Centre

5 November 2014

The Share Centre is recommending Marks and Spencer as a ‘buy’ as its first half results beat expectations. The shares rose 33p to 437.8p on Wednesday. Half-year pre-tax profit fell [...]

Disappointment as Government’s Pensioner Bonds will not pay monthly income

22 October 2014

Older savers looking forward to the launch of the Government’s Pensioner Bonds in January have learnt that it will not provide a monthly income. The Chancellor announced the launch of [...]

Investors warned against going “too big” on bonds

7 October 2014

The risks of taking too large a position in bonds “have never felt greater,” a joint research note by Threadneedle Investments and Columbia Management has warned. The note by Jim [...]

Forget Hollywood, look to Bollywood bonds to make your fortune

26 September 2014

Indian film company Eros International, responsible for Bollywood blockbusters, has launched a retail bond offering interest of 6.5% for seven years. The bond will pay interest (a coupon) of 6.5% [...]

Neil Woodford: fund managers cost too much and deliver too little

26 September 2014

Influential fund manager Neil Woodford has criticised the fund management industry for overcharging customers and paying managers too much. Woodford (pictured), who left Invesco Perpetual last year after more than [...]

Insurer Skandia U-turns on plan to stop Invesco Perpetual investment

5 September 2014

Insurer Skandia has u-turned on its controversial decision to stop investors money being put in Invesco Perptual income funds in favour of veteran fund manager Neil Woodford’s new fund. In [...]

Redrow profits jump 91% boosted by Help to Buy

2 September 2014

The housebuilder Redrow has revealed its pre-tax profits jumped by 91 per cent to £133 million in the year to June, boosted by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. Redrow [...]

UK equity funds prove popular with investors

1 September 2014

UK equity funds have proved the most popular with clients since the launch of New Isas (NISAs) in July, according to Tilney Bestinvest. Since the new Isa limit of £15,000 [...]

Woodford sells out of HSBC due to “fine risk”

1 September 2014

Influential fund manager Neil Woodford has revealed he is selling out of HSBC because of the “unquantifiable” risk of regulatory fines. He believes regulators are setting fines according to banks’ [...]

Savers put record amount in stocks and shares ISAs

29 August 2014

The introduction of a super-sized ISA and pitiful cash savings rates led to record subscriptions to stocks and shares ISAs. A record £18.439 billion was invested into stocks and shares [...]

Global share dividends top $1trillion

31 July 2014

Investors have long understood that much of the overall return from an equity portfolio arises from dividend income – the more so if it is reinvested.  Studies indicate that dividends [...]

High Street banks out of favour with income share and fund investors, but is it time to reassess?

29 July 2014

The number of direct investors holding high street bank shares has fallen by up to 54% says The Share Centre’s investment research analyst Graham Spooner. Investors favour HSBC and Standard [...]

Investors beware corporate bond liquidity risk

18 July 2014

Investors in corporate bonds may face a shock as they try and exit the asset class due to liquidity ‘concerns’. Morningstar OBSR investment strategist Andy Brunner has warned of the [...]

Bill Mott, veteran income fund manager, to retire

15 July 2014

Bill Mott is to retire from fund management stepping down from the PSigma Income fund. The current co-manager, Eric Moore will become co-manager alongside Gervais Williams. Mott will retire from [...]

Neil Woodford reveals new fund’s top 10 stock picks

7 July 2014

Former Invesco Perpetual star fund manager Neil Woodford has revealed the top 10 holdings in his new fund with his old picks AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline both present. Woodford Investment Management’s [...]

Mencap launches first charity retail bond

27 June 2014

Charity Mencap has launched its first retail charity bond offering a return of 4.375% over seven years. The housing arm of the learning disability charity, Golden Lane Housing, plans to [...]

Savers, borrowers, investors and pensioners: just how will an interest rate rise affect you?

13 June 2014

Speculation about when interest rates will rise has been rife in recent months and Bank of England governor has added fuel to the fire, warning a rise could happen sooner [...]

Should investors be shopping for income at Sainsbury?

21 May 2014

Mindful Money contributor Edmund Shing, of BCS Asset Management, says that despite the tail of woe in the supermarket sector, one high street name may hold appeal for income investors. UK Food Retailers [...]

Crowdfunder Landbay aims to open up buy-to-let market to frustrated savers

17 May 2014

A new entrant to the crowdfunding market is providing finance to landlords and allowing savers to invest their money into buy-to-let without the hassle of owning a property. Peer-to-peer platform [...]

Investment trusts and unit trusts – ten big differences

29 April 2014

Hargreaves Lansdown has put out a comparison of investment trusts versus unit trusts to mark the launch of its new investment trust research website. The site is available at [...]

High yield corporate bond funds – all you need to know and some expert recommendations

18 March 2014

High yield bonds offer a higher income than conventional bonds – hence the term junk bonds and as that name suggests investors must be willing to take a higher risk [...]

Dividends have made up 42% of equity returns for Europe since 1973 says Allianz Global Investors

11 March 2014

Dividends have contributed 42% of equity returns in Europe since 1973 a study by Allianz Global Investors has revealed. In a report issued today, the fund manager says that on a [...]

Sterling corporate bond funds for this year’s Isa? Advisers prefer strategic funds but offer some suggestions

10 March 2014

Should you put the Sterling corporate bond funds in your Isa? Investment journalist Cherry Reynard examines the sector for Mindful Money and asks some experts for their recommendations. The sterling [...]

Mark Barnett takes over Neil Woodford’s Invesco Perpetual Income and High Income funds seven and a half weeks early

6 March 2014

Mark Barnett has taken over Neil Woodford’s funds several weeks early Invesco Perpetual has confirmed. Barnett has taken over the £13.1bn Invesco Perpetual High Income and £8.4bn Invesco Perpetual Income funds, as well [...]

The “Snog, marry or avoid” emerging markets according to Psigma’s Tom Becket

24 February 2014

Psigma’s chief investment officer Tom Becket has offered his views on which emerging markets he would ‘Snog, Marry or Avoid’. He says this is in response to an investment partner’s question [...]

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