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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, SavingsChampion.co.uk asserted that experts have been warning NS&I [...]

Will UK investors profit from the falling Swiss market?

15 January 2015

The Swiss stock market collapsed on Thursday morning as the country’s central bank dropped its peg against the Euro. As a result the Swiss market fell by around 10% as [...]

Star fund manager Neil Woodford on UK energy policy‏: “Good politics, bad economics”

15 January 2015

Manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund, Neil Woodford, explains how the political interference in the UK’s energy industry has actually meant households are paying more for their utilities… [...]

New pensioner bonds from NS&I paying up to 4% interest now on sale

15 January 2015

National Savings & Investment (NS&I) has today launched a range of savings products aimed at those aged 65 and over – and given that they pay up to 4% in [...]

Fund sales fall in November, but UK equity income triumphs for sixth consecutive month

14 January 2015

Investment in retail funds fell to £1.3 billion in November, down from £2 billion in October, new figures reveal. The data, from the Investment Association (which has recently re-branded from [...]

Morrisons ditches chief executive, but it’s still a ‘hold’ for some

13 January 2015

Morrisons hit the headlines today as it booted out chief executive Dalton Philips, but The Share Centre is still recommending the supermarket as a “hold” for investors. The broker said [...]

Reasons to be bullish as global growth starts to accelerate

12 January 2015

Improving economic momentum and the prospect of further central bank monetary support should benefit equity markets says Luca Paolini, chief strategist at Pictet Asset Management… Developed economies are showing a [...]

Private investors sell out of UK equities to the tune of £9.1bn in a mere matter of months but who are these retail individuals anyway?

8 January 2015

Capita Asset Services has caused quite a furore this week calculating that the UK market saw some £9.1bn of retail money moving out of equities between September to November last [...]

What should investors expect from the technology sector in 2015?

8 January 2015

Walter Price, manager of Allianz Technology Trust, provides his outlook for the technology sector in 2015 and reviews the top technology trends of 2014… In terms of the key themes [...]

Don’t delay: Why it pays to get your investments in order this January

6 January 2015

Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions and getting your investment portfolio in order this January could make you thousands of pounds better off than those who leave it late in [...]

“Between Scylla and Charybdis” – Neil Woodford on the UK’s European dilemma

5 January 2015

CF Woodford Equity Income fund manager Neil Woodford offers his views on the UK’s European Union dilemma and its investment implications… I believe the UK is fast approaching the point [...]

Will UK commercial property produce double digit returns again in 2015?‏

5 January 2015

Experts are gearing up for another stellar run for UK commercial property funds following a very strong year for the asset class. During 2014, property funds delivered a market beating [...]

Five New Year’s resolutions for investors

5 January 2015

Much of investing is focused on short term noise and events which clutter investors’ minds and get in the way.  Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA Wealth suggest five [...]

Euro plummets to nine-year low against the US dollar as ECB suggests QE is on the way

5 January 2015

The euro has collapsed to a nine-year low against the US dollar as investors anticipate the European Central Bank (ECB) may take further action to prop up the region’s embattled [...]

How did your investments fare in 2014?

2 January 2015

Last year was a rollercoaster ride for investors, who had to deal with mergers, oil prices and problems in Europe, but if you were invested in India you’ll have done [...]

What were the biggest surprises of 2014?

29 December 2014

The past 12 months have been a period of change and then some. The fall of oil and iron ore prices, the collapse in Russia’s fortunes and Tesco’s accounting irregularities [...]

Five asset classes that should perform strongly in 2015

23 December 2014

This year has seen an oil price slide, the collapse of the Russian stock market, and a continuation of the rally in core government bond yields. With China’s debt mounting, [...]

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 [...]

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