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Women expect to retire on £4,800 a year less than men, but the pension gender gap is shrinking

4 March 2015

Women planning to retire in 2015 are preparing themselves to live on an income 25 per cent lower than their male counterparts, according to new research from Prudential. The insurer’s [...]

What have been the best performing investment funds since December 1999?

2 March 2015

The UK’s benchmark index the FTSE 100 may have only just recovered to its 1999 high but since the turn of the century, a number of funds have made some [...]

Woodford Investment Management’s Neil Woodford: “British science is in great shape”

2 March 2015

Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund and veteran pharmaceutical company investor outlines why he believes the UK’s science sector is in rude health… I have been [...]

Oil price drop – emerging markets winners and losers

2 March 2015

There are clear winners and losers within the Emerging Markets (EM) universe as a result of the drop in oil price. However, uncertainty still remains regarding the causes of the [...]

Investment fund sales nosedive in January as investors dump UK portfolios

26 February 2015

Retail investors took a step back at the start of 2015 with net sales of investment funds collapsing. According to numbers from trade body the Investment Association retail sales totaled [...]

FTSE 100 at new high – is it time to party like it’s 1999?

26 February 2015

Is it time to party like it’s 1999? The recent rally in the FTSE 100 index from the low in October last year has been impressive given the preponderance of [...]

Following 2015′s market highs, should investors be preparing for a correction?

26 February 2015

While stockmarkets have been on fire so far 2015, with many including the FTSE 100 reaching new highs, Psigma  Investment Management has warned that a correction maybe on the way. [...]

Too many DIY investors are running high-risk portfolios

26 February 2015

With the ISA deadline fast approaching, investors are looking closely at where they should put their money but Wealth Horizon has warned that too many DIY investors are taking on [...]

Equities, commercial property, infrastructure, Europe & strategic bonds: Five income ideas for your ISA‏

23 February 2015

At a time of record low interest rates and squeezed bond yields, the search for a decent yield can seem like the quest for the Holy Grail. Indeed the hunt [...]

Time to vote with your feet? Billions languishing in underperforming investment funds

23 February 2015

Thousands of investors are missing out far better returns by leaving their hard-earned cash in funds, which consistently disappoint. Research from fund broker Chelsea Financial Services has highlighted that £34bn’s [...]

Japanese equities – four factors which could drive further gains

23 February 2015

Japanese stocks are up more than 60% in local currency terms over the last two years and there is potential for further gains this year. Stephen Cohen, chief investment strategist [...]

FTSE 100 within reach of new all-time high‏…

23 February 2015

The December 1999 all-time high of the FTSE 100 when it hit 6,930 has become a major psychological barrier for investors in recent years writes Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA [...]

Almost 40% of Britons intend to use their ISA to fund retirement‏

23 February 2015

The retirement ISA’, or ‘RISA’ is emerging as the preferred retirement savings vehicle of many Britons claims new research from fund manager BlackRock. The group’s latest Investor Pulse survey has [...]

Pension investment: are you paying over the odds for ‘closet tracker’ funds?

20 February 2015

Pension savers should review their investments to make sure they are not paying active fund manager fees for ‘closet tracker’ funds.   Hargreaves Lansdown senior analyst Laith Khalaf said that [...]

Human beings often focus on the wrong information – investors are no exception

19 February 2015

We have talked before about how people often end up focusing on the wrong information but, this time, let’s try and illustrate the point with a brainteaser writes The Value [...]

City watchdog to launch probe into investment and corporate banking

19 February 2015

The City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is to launch an investigation into investment and corporate banking in a bid to assess whether competition in the sector is working [...]

Investor confidence holding up despite threat of Grexit

19 February 2015

Despite the abundance of uncertainty clouding stockmarkets investor confidence remains relatively robust claims new research from Halifax. The lender’s Share Dealing Market Tracker found that despite the ongoing talks between [...]

What next for European shares as Greece reaches crunch time?

19 February 2015

Can Elbi, manager of the JB Europe Focus fund at Swiss & Global Asset Management looks at what investors should expect from the market as the clock ticks for Greece… [...]

Global dividends reach record $1.2 trillion: Growth investors take heed

17 February 2015

Global dividends soared 10.5% to a new record of $1.167 trillion in 2014, the latest Global Dividend Index from Henderson Global Investors revealed. Dividends for 2015 are dividends now estimated [...]

Chinese New Year and the outlook for Asian equities

16 February 2015

Ahead of Chinese New Year on 19 February, Andrew Swan, manager of the BlackRock Asia fund, comments on the outlook for Asian equities… As China celebrates the year of the [...]

Tips for first time ISA investors – what you need to know…

16 February 2015

If you are thinking about investing in an ISA for the first time, it might be seem daunting.  Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA Wealth sets out some tips [...]

Junior ISAs – an alternative to yet another Frozen dress…

16 February 2015

A Junior ISA is simply a savings account you can set up for your child. Think of it as a tax efficient savings pot for your kids. The interest on [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Sports Direct, InterContinental Hotels & Centrica

16 February 2015

When InterContinental Hotels Group publishes its full-year results on Tuesday, shareholders will be eager to hear if the better trading backdrop highlighted in its previous update has kept momentum. Sheridan [...]

Bonds as volatile as equities asserts Miton fund manager

16 February 2015

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi asset fund range, explains why he has reduced exposure to bonds… One of our most strongly held views has been our “lower for longer” [...]

UK threatened by deflation: Expert reactions

12 February 2015

Driven by falling oil and food costs UK inflation is set to fall into negative territory. In the Bank of England’s Inflation Report, governor Mark Carney asserted that inflation is [...]

The stocks to snog, marry and avoid

10 February 2015

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, suggests three stocks for investors to snog, marry and avoid… Snog -  Amec Foster Wheeler For those [...]

Government extends new ‘pensioner bond’ scheme but what about Britain’s younger generations?

9 February 2015

The Chancellor’s announcement that he was extending the new ‘pensioner bond’ scheme has been welcomed by many but others believe more needs to be done to incentivise younger generations to [...]

“Global growth should accelerate from levels of past three years”

9 February 2015

Global GDP growth should accelerate somewhat in 2015 and 2016 from the pace of the last three years because of much lower oil prices, the avoidance of special drags on [...]

Greece’s attempt to renegotiate its debts is likely to be “extremely challenging”

5 February 2015

Veteran investor and manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust Dr. Mark Mobius takes a look at what’s happening in Greece as the embattled nation tries to fix its [...]

Russia: Good value or a value trap?

5 February 2015

Hermes Investment Management head of emerging markets Gary Greenberg looks at the current outlook for Russia and examines whether now may be the time to invest… In 2014, the Russia [...]

Top 10 tax saving tips, which won’t get you on the wrong side of HMRC

2 February 2015

Recent years have witnessed a number of celebrities, including Take That’s Gary Barlow and comedian Jimmy Carr incur the wrath of  HMRC for investing in complex and somewhat morally dubious [...]

Why aren’t prices at the pump fully reflecting the slide in crude oil prices?

2 February 2015

Andrew Ramsbottom, director, research at Tilney Bestinvest discusses how the taxation of petrol in the UK means that the prices at the petrol pumps don’t reflect the scale of the [...]

Adapting to the riskier world – a multi-asset view

2 February 2015

The last few months have seen a number of conflicting and in some cases extreme data points writes David Jane, manager of Miton’s Multi Asset fund… This makes us a [...]

P2P hits £1bn milestone: what you need to know about the new investment on the block

30 January 2015

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending hit £1 billion last year as savings run from low interest rates and investors look for new opportunities: here’s how to invest in P2P sensibly.   According [...]

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 [...]

Apple posts highest quarterly profits of any public company

28 January 2015

Apple has posted the biggest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly-owned company as sales of its larger handset, the iPhone 6, soared over Christmas. The US technology giant said [...]

The top 10 investment pitfalls to avoid in 2015’s ISA season

26 January 2015

Investing does not need to be complicated. Follow a simple set of rules and avoid the pitfalls and even the most inexperienced investor can become successful. Adrian Lowcock, head of [...]

Greek elections: What to expect now – expert reactions…

26 January 2015

Syriza has obtained a strong victory in the Greek elections gaining more than 36% of votes – we highlight the expert reactions below… Paras Anand, head of European equities at [...]

Dividend payouts from UK plc worse than expected during 2014

26 January 2015

UK plc collectively paid out a headline £97.4bn in dividends to shareholders in 2014, 21% higher than 2013. But take away Vodafone’s bumper payout and underlying growth was far less [...]

European Central Bank unveils massive QE strategy: Expert reactions

22 January 2015

The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced that it will start a quantitative easing (QE) programme in March. The ECB said it will buy government bonds worth some €60bn per [...]

Has the ECB done the right thing with QE?

22 January 2015

Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment looks into on European Central Banks QE plan… As the details of the ECB’s quantitative easing plan are brought into [...]

Where next for biotechnology stocks?

22 January 2015

Martin Wales, equity analyst at M&G Investments examines the outlook for the biotech sector… The global biotech market is expected to grow 54% between 2012 and 2017. Biotechnology shares were [...]

Shop talk: Why did the market react so badly to Boohoo’s recent trading update compared with Sainbury’s?

22 January 2015

Earlier this month, two very different retailers issued very contrasting trading statements and saw their share prices react in very divergent ways writes Nick Kirrage. Nothing too surprising there you [...]

Will investors benefit from the ‘January Effect’ in 2015?

19 January 2015

January marks a fresh start for stock markets and all eyes are on how the markets will set the tone for the rest of the year. This is significant as [...]

Brokers label PR and advertising giant WPP a ‘buy’

19 January 2015

Brokers are putting their cash behind advertising and public relations giant WPP as its shares continue to rally. The FTSE 100 constituent is typically regarded as the bellwether of the [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Royal Mail, Unilever & Dixons Carphone

19 January 2015

It appears the froth has come off Royal Mail with the shares down by 29% over the past year. Currently trading at circa the 428p mark, the stock maybe still [...]

Strong dollar and weak oil price likely to boost Europe’s corporate profits

19 January 2015

The strong rise in the US dollar and the fall in the oil price are likely to provide a boost to corporate profits in Europe and Japan this year asserts [...]

US equities to flatline in 2015?

15 January 2015

Psigma head of global equities Tim Gregory argues below that following the last few year’s superb run, he is now neither a bull nor a bear. It has been a superb [...]

Crowdfunder Trillion Fund offers investors 7.5% for three-year, peer-to-peer wind turbine loan

15 January 2015

UK crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund has launched a peer-to-peer loan offering investors a rate of 7.5% if they invest before the end of February. Lenders can pledge as little as [...]

NS&I underestimate popularity of pensioner bonds as eager savers struggle to open accounts

15 January 2015

The launch of NS&I’s pensioner bonds has created panic amongst savers by underestimating the demand for the new products. Independent savings site, asserted that experts have been warning NS&I [...]

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