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The three key themes for fixed interest in 2015

22 December 2014

It is currently a very volatile period for fixed income markets with severe weakness in high yield (HY) and emerging market (EM) sectors. Chris Iggo, head of fixed income for [...]

The quest for the gold standard for European entrepreneurs – Mindful Money Q&A with Ariadne Capital’s chief executive Julie Meyer

18 December 2014

Venture Capital firm Ariadne Capital’s chief executive Julie Meyer says her firm is on a journey towards establishing the gold standard for financing entrepreneurship in Europe. Despite being US born, [...]

Extraordinary times…winners and losers in the oil game

18 December 2014

Mark Burgess, chief investment officer at Threadneedle Investments analyses the extraordinary backdrop investors are presently facing and what it means going forward in 2015… We are living and investing in [...]

What does 2015 hold for the world’s developed markets?

17 December 2014

Investment Quorum’s chief executive Lee Robertson looks at the challenges facing investors next year. Clearly we experienced an extremely mixed year with the first three months being plagued by geo-political [...]

Will the Santa stock market rally happen at all this year?

15 December 2014

So far in December, the UK market has been anything but full of Christmas cheer with the so-called Santa Rally remaining very much elusive. To date December has been a terrible [...]

UK plc dividend growth set to improve in 2015 despite the absence of any bumper Vodafone-size payouts

15 December 2014

Take away Vodafone’s special £15.9bn payout earlier this year and it becomes clear that the past 12 months are far from covered in glory in terms of dividend growth. In [...]

Five markets to consider for investment success in 2015

15 December 2014

Next year  is set to start with investors a lot less confident than 12 months ago and the outlook for global growth has been downgraded for 2015.  Adrian Lowcock, head [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Imagination Technologies, Dixons Carphone, Serco & Carnival

15 December 2014

Following a number of profit warnings investors will be hoping for some Christmas cheer from Imagination Technologies when it updates the market with its second quarter results on Tuesday. The [...]

Investors warned to reassess their risk appetite in 2015

15 December 2014

Over the coming 12 months investors will need to get to grips with how much investment risk they wish to take on, Tom Elliott international investment strategist at advisory firm [...]

The impact of the strengthening US dollar on global economies‏

11 December 2014

As the dollar goes from strength to strength, John Chatfeild-Roberts, head of the Jupiter’s independent funds team, asks what this might mean for the US and other economies… Over the past decade, we have [...]

Gluttons for punishment – the only fun bit about value investing is the potential return

11 December 2014

Why would anybody want to be a value investor? It is a difficult, grim and – almost by definition – lonely existence. Take a glamorous area of investing such as [...]

Sports Direct shares are a ‘buy’ as retailer brushes off unseasonal weather and early UK World Cup exit

11 December 2014

Analysts at stockbrokers The Share Centre have cheered the latest market update from retailer Sports Direct International. The firm, owned by billionaire Mike Ashley brushed off any market worries to [...]

Emerging market stock valuations do not reflect the region’s potential claims Franklin Templeton’s Mark Mobius

11 December 2014

Veteran investor and manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust  Dr Mark Mobius believes ongoing economic reform in many emerging markets could positively influence economic growth trends and corporate [...]

Five New Year’s resolutions for investors

9 December 2014

As we near the end of 2014 and the financial forecasters begin to pen their predictions for what will happen to the markets next year, it is a good time [...]

“Sell Brazil and buy India,” says Brewin Dolphin

9 December 2014

Investors should consider selling Latin American funds and switching to India, Brewin Dolphin has urged. Ben Gutteridge, head of fund research at the wealth management business said that positive changes [...]

2015 outlook for UK commercial property

8 December 2014

Following an exceptionally good year for UK commercial property, Duncan Owen, head of real estate at Schroders outlines what trends he expects to emerge in 2015… This year has been a [...]

Despite huge rebound in popularity UK property funds still struggle to outperform

8 December 2014

The recent resurgence in the attraction of commercial property funds belies that fact that over the past 10 years they have failed to beat their very own index highlights new [...]

Five ways to be financially savvy this Christmas

8 December 2014

Christmas is a time of good cheer and festivities, but for some the sheer cost of this time of year can be a stark reminder of the need to keep [...]

Woodford Equity Income tops the league tables just six months after opening its doors for business

8 December 2014

Last week marked six months since the Woodford Equity Income fund opened its doors to investors. Below Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at fund broker Hargreaves Lansdown assesses how the fund has [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: ASOS, Sports Direct, Whitbread & Bunzl

8 December 2014

Given that ASOS shares have endured a caustic fall over the past 12 months investors will be very keen to hear some upbeat news when it updates the market this [...]

Beware the evil temptress of shares with high but unsustainable yield

6 December 2014

Invesco Perpetual’s Income and High Income fund manager Mark Barnett warns of the dangers of stocks with high but unsustainable yield. Looking for high yield? Has someone told you this [...]

Welcome for maintainance of entrepreneurs’ relief when reinvested in shares under EIS scheme

3 December 2014

Tina Riches, national tax partner at Smith & Williamson considers the business tax changes in the Autumn Statement. Entrepreneurs’ relief and venture capital schemes The Government has announced that Entrepreneurs’ [...]

Supermum Nicola Horlick’s in P2P lending mailshot

1 December 2014

“Supermum” Nicola Horlick – so dubbed for her ability to juggle a large number of children with City roles ranging from unit trust manager to film financier – wrote to [...]

Chelsea picks investment premier league – and lists relegation contenders

1 December 2014

The headlines scream doom and gloom – from Ebola, the Ukraine, and Islamic State hate crimes to the Chinese slowdown, the end of US Federal Reserve tapering and problems in [...]

Indian funds are top performers while resource funds are badly hit by oil price

1 December 2014

Indian funds remain in the ascendancy in 2014 to date, while resource funds have been hit by the oil price slide says Laith Khalaf, Senior Analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown. Gilt funds [...]

The falling oil price – good news for consumers, businesses and the economy

27 November 2014

After remaining stubbornly high throughout the financial crisis, the price of oil has dropped by almost 30% in the past six months boosting hopes that its slide will help drive [...]

UK commercial property provides the top 12-month returns for investors

27 November 2014

Of all the key asset classes UK Commercial Property has delivered the best investment returns over the past year according to a report from Lloyds. The latest Lloyds Bank Private [...]

The new pension reforms are only months away – is your financial adviser looking after your needs?

24 November 2014

With the pension reforms coming into effect in April next year, now is a good time to consider and review your investments. As the IFP’s Financial Planning Week begins, the [...]

Financial Planning Week: Five tips to get your finances back on track…

24 November 2014

The 23-29 November marks the Institute of Financial Planning’s seventh Financial Planning Week – the purpose of which is to help consumers take action to improve their financial health. Adrian Lowcock, [...]

Opportunities in a recovering Japan – what shares could benefit?

24 November 2014

Chisako Hardie, manager of the AXA Framlington Japan fund, discusses the factors behind Japan’s recovery and highlights stocks that are benefiting from this change… Since Shinzō Abe was elected two [...]

General Election 2015: What it might mean for investors…

20 November 2014

The UK economic recovery appears to be holding its own and wage growth is beginning to come through. However, the uncertainty over the outcome of next year’s general election is [...]

Taking a longer view of investment returns…

20 November 2014

Investment expert and director at Seven Investment Management Justin Urquhart Stewart explains why investors need to play a longer game… Time to take a longer view I think. The papers seem [...]

More than £41m of premium bond prizes remain unclaimed

20 November 2014

Across Britain more than 928,000 Premium Bonds prizes worth over £41m have yet to be claimed. As a result NS&I are calling for Premium Bonds holders to come forward to [...]

Generalist VCTs dominate as trade body publishes the top 20 performers of the last decade

19 November 2014

The Association of Investment Companies has published the statistics for the top 20 performing Venture Capital Trusts in the last ten years. The top 20 performers have paid out average [...]

Japan and Korea offer insight into the future‏ – comment from Ashmore

19 November 2014

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses why taking a look at Japan and Korea could help form a view about the future, with both countries offering great insight [...]

More than $2bn ploughed into Chinese stocks in a single day

18 November 2014

A massive $2.1bn poured into Chinese stocks in a single day this week as restrictions were lifted on the domestic A-share market. This release of demand was possible due to Monday’s [...]

Following disastrous GDP figures Japan’s prime minister calls snap election and delays sales tax hike

18 November 2014

Following the news that Japan has slipped back into recession the country’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe has decided to call a snap election and delay the anticipated sales tax hike. [...]

Neil Woodford: “I suspect there is a 50/50 likelihood that Pfizer will approach AstraZeneca again”

18 November 2014

Following Pfizer’s failed attempts to secure a deal with AstraZeneca earlier this year, Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund looks at whether the US pharmaceutical giant [...]

“Your starter for tenure” – How important is a manager’s experience in fund selection?

17 November 2014

When it comes to evaluating funds, just how important a consideration is fund manager tenure – that is to say, the length of time somebody has been at the helm [...]

New fund to allow UK investors access to Britain’s buy-to-let market

17 November 2014

Investors who wish to gain exposure to the buy-to-let market without taking on the full cost of a property have a new opportunity to do so via the Mill Residential [...]

The launch of China’s Stock Connect scheme – expert reactions

17 November 2014

Today marks the opening of the first trading link between Shanghai and Hong Kong. The scheme dubbed, Stock Connect, gives China the ability to open up its equity capital market [...]

Parents betting on high-risk funds to secure their childrens’ financial future

13 November 2014

When it comes investing for their children’s future, parents are opting for investment funds at the higher end of the risk spectrum. According to statistics from broker Chelsea Financial Services [...]

Five reasons why it may be time to scoop up US high yield bonds

12 November 2014

A leading US bond fund manager says it may be time to snap up high yield bonds after a period of painful repricing. Western Asset, an affiliate of giant US [...]

Invesco Perpetual’s Mark Barnett: “Opportunities and risks in the UK market”

10 November 2014

With the British economy having improved over the past 12 months, Mark Barnett, head of UK equities at Invesco Perpetual looks at whether that rate of improvement can be maintained… [...]

Cheap oil: The impact on the economy and markets

10 November 2014

The price of oil has dropped sharply in the last month as lukewarm global growth has reduced demand expectations even as supply remains steady. Erik Knutzen, chief investment officer, multi-asset [...]

Two “highly competitive” savings deals hit the streets

30 October 2014

Challenger banks Aldermore and Julian Hodge are hoping to pull more customers away from the old guard with the launch of two new savings vehicles. Aldermore has increased its three-year [...]

Selling may not be the best policy when a star fund manager quits

29 October 2014

Investors who decide to sell out of a fund on the departure of a star fund manager have been warned that they could be sacrificing returns as a result. Research [...]

Halloween stock picks which could be winners but are still not for the faint hearted‏

27 October 2014

With Halloween fast approaching, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks four high risk stocks that have the characteristics to give investors a fright… Modern Water A [...]

Market leading savings rates are being pulled after just days on offer

27 October 2014

Given there is a growing throng of consumers always on the look out for a decent savings accounts, it now means that the best deals are disappearing rapidly, sometimes just [...]

The average working Briton enjoys some £500 a month in spare cash says Lloyds

27 October 2014

Despite many people still feeling the pinch of austerity, research from Lloyds Bank claims that many in full time employment are still accumulating spare cash each month. After paying bills [...]

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