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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 [...]

Is the bull market in shares now under threat?

23 October 2014

Keith Wade, chief economist and strategist at Schroders, gives his views on equities in the current economic environment… Equity markets have experienced a setback recently and this has led many strategists to [...]

As Junior ISAs mark their third birthday, Child Trust Fund savers need to weigh-up their options

23 October 2014

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are growing-up fast as not only will 1 November mark their third birthday but next year should see their popularity increase markedly. Like the pensions [...]

Annuities: accept no substitutes?

23 October 2014

In light of the upcoming pension system overhaul, Ian Sayers director general at the Association of Investment Companies, looks at the annuity conundrum… If you order shopping from a supermarket [...]

Equity market volatility: A simple correction or the beginnings of a bear market?

23 October 2014

Fund management veteran and Liontrust head of multi-asset John Husselbee examines the hefty bout of volatility investors have endured over recent weeks and considers what might happen next… My favourite [...]

Is India presently enjoying a “Goldilocks moment”

20 October 2014

A stable government, a can-do prime minister and a recovering economy may prove to be the best recipe yet for Indian stocks, according to Avinash Vazirani, manager of the Jupiter [...]

Weak corporate earnings and the strength of sterling drags UK dividend growth to a standstill

20 October 2014

UK dividend growth practically ground to a halt in the three months to the end of September as the strong pound, weak corporate earnings and a sluggish global economy took [...]

FTSE 100 in ‘technical correction’ territory as it falls 10% from recent high

16 October 2014

The FTSE 100 index of the UK’s top firms fell a further 100 points on Thursday, taking it into technical correction territory. The blue-chip index hit a recent high of [...]

City watchdog launches campaign to warn consumers over investment fraud

15 October 2014

The City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has launched a National campaign aimed at educating those most at risk from investment fraud. The regulator will use funds recovered from [...]

Is gold starting to shine once again?

15 October 2014

Martin Arnold, director of global FX & commodity strategist at ETF Securities comments on the upcoming Swiss Referendum explains how it could impact the gold price… Gold is recovering alongside [...]

Yet another emerging market sell-off due to faltering US growth despite strong EM fundamentals

14 October 2014

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses Emerging Markets asset prices and currencies, which have been buffeted by the shifting sentiments about the US, Europe and Japan, although, he [...]

Fed begins to worry about the rest of the world

9 October 2014

Keith Wade, chief economist at Schroders, comments on the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes released on Wednesday… The minutes of the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting took a [...]

European bonds: Forget Spain and Italy, check out Slovenia, Iceland, Lithuania and Romania instead

9 October 2014

As sovereign yields in Europe continue to slide to unprecedented lows, many investors have become sceptical on whether value can still be found on the continent. However, by looking further [...]

Big supermarkets are not going to go away but margins are set to be lower

8 October 2014

Tesco has the greatest scope to sacrifice margin as it bids to fight off its discount rivals says Andrew Herberts, Head of Private Investment Management, Thomas Miller Investment. In a [...]

Following some lacklustre numbers is Japan a ‘buy’ once again – and what are the recommended fund plays?

6 October 2014

Japan may have been throwing out of some sluggish economic data of late but some experts believe the ‘land of the rising sun’ represents a good buying opportunity for the [...]

Time to switch funds? Research shows almost £47bn of investors’ cash is languishing in under-performers

6 October 2014

UK investors need to start voting with their feet as new research shows that there is a massive near-£47bn languishing in under-performing funds. The study dubbed the Chelsea RedZone, which is [...]

Is a sustained market correction on the way?

2 October 2014

Darius McDermott, managing director at fund broker Chelsea Financial Services looks at the current market backdrop and assesses whether or not it is time to batten down the hatches… In [...]

Three stock picks from F&C European Small Cap manager Sam Cosh

29 September 2014

Sam Cosh, manager of the F&C European Small Cap Fund highlights three stocks he is currently finding attractive Profiting from pints The recent Scottish referendum has highlighted the strong patriotism [...]

Following the success of Alibaba’s listing‏, what’s next for IPOs?

25 September 2014

Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing, looks at the possibility of a surge in IPOs following the success of Alibaba’s listing… Bankers who sat on their hands during [...]

The Royal Mint launches bullion trading service

22 September 2014

UK coin maker The Royal Mint has launched its very own online bullion trading service for retail investors. At Royalmintbullion.com individuals can buy gold and silver through the site which [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Carnival & United Utilities

22 September 2014

Investors will be hoping the more benign economic backdrop will mean some good news is forthcoming when cruise operator Carnival updates the market with its third quarter results on Tuesday. [...]

The thing we definitely know about the Scottish vote – sterling will react one way or another

18 September 2014

Alex Plester, senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial considers the implications of tomorrow’s vote in Scotland. With only one day left before the Scots decide whether to leave the [...]

Is volatility imminent? Investors must not believe the benign backdrop will persist indefinitely…

18 September 2014

As investors, we are in many respects living through some pretty gentle times. Those who would counter that view by pointing to the bleak news emanating from areas such as [...]

The thing we definitely know about the Scottish vote – the pound will react one way or another

17 September 2014

Alex Plester, senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial considers the implications of tomorrow’s vote in Scotland. With only one day left before the Scots decide whether to leave the [...]

“Scotland could be next Greece,” warns Alan Miller

16 September 2014

They might already call Edinburgh the “Athens of the north”, but an independent Scotland would be at risk of becoming the next Greece, Alan Miller has warned. Miller, who is [...]

Junior Isas: Are parents being too cautious when it comes to saving for their children?

15 September 2014

Parents could be denying their children a more prosperous future warns accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, as just a quarter of the money saved in junior Isas is invested in [...]

Neil Woodford on the Scottish referendum: “The UK has already crossed a constitutional Rubicon”

15 September 2014

Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund discusses the potential impact of this week’s referendum… Later this week, Scotland votes on whether to remain part of the [...]

Hargreaves Lansdown cuts minimum regular investment to just £50 a month

9 September 2014

Hargreaves Lansdown’s new Vantage Service have gone live today with new, lower minimum investment amounts, which permit investors to start saving with smaller sums of money. The minimum regular savings [...]

Sterling steals ugly stick from single currency

9 September 2014

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with City firm VFX Financial plc, examines the turbulent events in the currency markets as polls show a surge of support for Scottish [...]

Chinese internet giant Alibaba hits the road ahead of $162bn float

8 September 2014

Chinese internet giant Alibaba is launching its investor roadshow in New York this week ahead of its stock market flotation with an anticipated valuation of up to $162 billion (£98 [...]

Sterling plummets as Scotland’s ‘yes’ campaign gathers further pace

8 September 2014

Brenda Kelly, chief market strategist at IG Group, comments on the upcoming Scottish referendum’s impact on the pound… The level of complacency in financial markets surrounding the Scottish referendum became [...]

Investors who “sold in May” miss out on the majority of 2014′s best returns

8 September 2014

Cautious investors who “sold in May and went away” would have missed out on the majority of 2014’s gains says new research. According to the trade body the Association of [...]

‘Euro sinks, dollar surges with sterling somewhere in the middle’

8 September 2014

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial, takes a look at the big developments in the currency markets last week. Last week’s events have seen currency markets [...]

Should investors be shifting their portfolios because of the global political crises?

3 September 2014

Kleinwort Benson’s chief investment officer Mouhammed Choukeir asks whether investors should be adjusting their portfolios to cope with global political risks. He notes that historic crises – even those as [...]

A year on from Fed tapering, emerging markets have proved their resilience unlike their developed market peers

3 September 2014

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses the resilience of emerging markets and why developed markets are sustained by deliberate policies of asset price inflation instead of reforms below. [...]

Could markets be heading towards a 60% crash?

28 August 2014

Two analysts have warned that markets could be facing a collapse of up to 60%. Speaking to CNBC David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear [...]

What are the implications for emerging market investors of a ‘Cold War in miniature’?

27 August 2014

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses current geopolitical issues and the implications for emerging markets investors The transformation of finance, economic policy and global politics that was sparked by [...]

Britons’ household savings jump by 500% in the past 40 years

21 August 2014

Despite the UK’s personal debt tally hitting £1.4 trillion the value of household savings in Britain has surged by more than 500% over the past four decades. According to research [...]

Does a ten year bund yield of 1% mean deflation?

20 August 2014

Michael Krautzberger, Head of European Fixed Income at BlackRock, comments on German 10-year Bund yields crossing below 1% and provides some graphs for his analysis too.  German short-dated yields have been low for several [...]

Is it time for investors to once again look at UK banking stocks?

18 August 2014

The UK’s banking sector has been vastly under-owned in recent years but with good reason. Almost six years on since US banking giant Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, many investors [...]

Randgold Resouces tipped for investors willing to ride the volatility of bullion

18 August 2014

As the price of bullion enjoys a rebound broker interest in African gold mining and exploration group Randgold Resources is accelerating. Following a caustic period in 2013, the price of [...]

European real estate could return 7% a year but deflation remains a threat

18 August 2014

Aviva Investors is forecasting that the European ex-UK real estate market could return up to 8.2% a year over the 2014-2016 period and 7% per annum over the longer term [...]

Risky AIM shares prove to be a young investor’s game

18 August 2014

Just 12 months down the road since the Chancellor George Osborne opened the gates for investors to put AIM stocks into ISAs, new research shows it is the younger generations [...]

Eurozone should bounce back says Schroders’ Zangana

14 August 2014

The Eurozone should bounce back from disappointing economic numbers says Schroders European economist Azad Zangana. In a note issued today, he writes: “Within the eurozone, Germany surprised most by posting growth [...]

Bond funds a ‘hold’ not a ‘sell’ warns broker

12 August 2014

Brewin Dolphin’s head of fund research Ben Gutteridge explains why investors should not sell their fixed income holdings in haste… The chorus of Western policy makers calling for tighter monetary [...]

Investors warned over threat of Russian recession

12 August 2014

The Russian economy is in severe danger of falling into recession as the European Union sanctions against the nation are likely to hit hard. The latest flash estimate suggests that [...]

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