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Five top funds tips for a low-growth world

28 September 2015

Tom Stevenson, investment director, at Fidelity Worldwide Investment examines the present market backdrop and highlights five funds investors might want to add to their portfolio… Janet Yellen’s caution about pulling [...]

Investors collectively have more than £101bn in under-performing funds

28 September 2015

Investors collectively now have more than £101bn languishing in under-performing funds, according to research from Chelsea Financial Services. The amount of funds in the broker’s RedZone, which names and shames [...]

UK plc dividend cover plummets as profits nosedive

28 September 2015

Dividend cover for 350 leading UK companies has fallen to a near six-year low as a result of disappointing profits, according to new research. The analysis from stockbroker The Share [...]

As VW boss resigns, which funds are likely to be hit by the emissions scandal?

23 September 2015

Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn has resigned over the emissions scandal that has hit the firm. In a statement delivered in Wolfsburg, Professor Winterkorn said: “I am shocked by the events of [...]

Impact of the Fed decision on five asset classes

23 September 2015

Thomas Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma considers the decision by the Fed not to raise rates and its impact on five asset classes. The Federal Reserve opted against their [...]

“Time to capitalise on volatility” and three shares to do it with…

21 September 2015

Despite a sharp sell-off in European markets over the summer period, the fundamentals for many companies remain the same, according to Tim Crockford co-manager of the Hermes Sourcecap Europe ex-UK fund. [...]

Which fashion brand stocks are best positioned for growth?

21 September 2015

As London Fashion Week kicked off with designers showcasing their spring/summer 2016 collections, Scilla Huang Sun, manager of the JB Luxury Brands fund at GAM, highlights the fashion brands best [...]

“Glencore in serious breach of shareholder protection principles” say The Investment Association and the NAPF‏

17 September 2015

Two trade organisations have hit out at mining giant Glencore, accusing the firm of not considering its shareholder interests when it completed a US $2.5bn equity placing to bolster its [...]

US Federal Reserve interest rate rise should result in positive market returns

17 September 2015

Market returns tend to be positive and volatility low when the US Federal Reserve (Fed) starts to raise interest rates, according to analysis of historical market data by Exchange Traded [...]

Rich pensioners the most likely target for con-artists warns the Financial Conduct Authority

17 September 2015

MPs have been warned by the Financial Conduct Authority that well-heeled investment-savvy Britons are the most likely group to be duped into “exotic” pension scams, according to BBC News. Since [...]

Fed rate rise would bring risk of capital controls from Malaysia and other emerging markets says Axa IM

16 September 2015

Eric Chaney, Head of Research, and Laurent Clavel, Senior International Economist, at AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM), discuss the potential for and implications of a possible Federal Reserve (Fed) interest [...]

“Equity investors should not fear a US rate hike”

14 September 2015

Stephen Jones, chief investment officer at Kames Capital, analyses the likelihood of a US rate rise next week and explains why a move to hike rates would not spell disaster [...]

Could just saving just £20 a week cover your child’s university fees?

14 September 2015

Squirreling away just £20 a week could help pay for a student’s university costs according to new figures from Fidelity Personal Investing. Over the coming weeks, thousands will head to [...]

How far down the road to recovery are Lloyds and RBS?

14 September 2015

Believe it or not, there was once a time when you could make an upbeat comment about a UK bank and people would not bat an eye, yet in recent [...]

Investor confidence dives following recent volatility

14 September 2015

Following the recent market turmoil investor confidence has plummeted to its lowest level in more than two years, new research has shown. According to the Lloyds Bank Private Banking Investor [...]

Octopus launches £50m raise for VCT backing high growth start-ups

11 September 2015

Venture capital trust (VCT) provider Octopus Investments has launched a new £50 million raising for its Titan VCT allowing more people to invest in high-growth, early-stage companies.   Octopus has [...]

Will the Living Wage just be “the tip of the iceberg for UK employers”?

10 September 2015

Retailing giant Next has become the latest group to anticipate that the Living Wage will increase costs in its outlets, expecting prices to rise 6% in total by 2020. But [...]

“The end of Modi magic? Has India has finally caught up with its own hype?”

10 September 2015

Rathbones’ asset allocation strategist, Edward Smith, looks at the current state of play in India for investor and asks if the emerging market has finally caught up with its own [...]

Volatility shows developed markets are sitting on a timebomb when rates rise says Ashmore’s Jan Dehn

8 September 2015

Quantitative easing has exerted a gravitational pull on developed market assets but it means they are sitting on an interest rate timebomb argues Jan Dehn, head of research at fund [...]

Should you bet on the St Leger Day adage as a sure-fire tactic for investment returns?

7 September 2015

Should you place your bets on the St Leger Day adage as a sure-fire tactic for investment returns? Not always, urges Fidelity Personal Investing. With the famous St Leger Day [...]

Why shares in services group Bunzl are a ‘buy’ for lower risk investors

7 September 2015

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why he is backing Bunzl… Amidst recent market instability, support services group Bunzl is one for lower risk investors to [...]

China spreads uncertainty but European high yield in favour says Pictet Asset Management

3 September 2015

The world is currently focused on the slowdown in Chinese growth which can be mainly attributed to falling manufacturing production though some of the impact is mitigated by expansion in [...]

Sales of equity funds soar to 15-year high in July

3 September 2015

UK retail investors ploughed more than £2bn in equity funds during July marking the highest sales tally for the asset class since April 2000 according to new figures from The [...]

Top 10 tips for investors when markets take a dive

3 September 2015

Frazer Wilson, senior consultant at Thomas Miller Investment, outlines his top 1o tips for investors when markets plunge… Having seen markets gradually improve over the last six years, we have [...]

Is Iran the next big opportunity for emerging market investors?

27 August 2015

With China imploding, Latin America in heavy decline and Russia seemingly on a path of global exclusion, the emerging market growth of yesterday is looking increasingly unattractive writes Chelsea Financial [...]

Global stock market crash is “timely” for long-term investors and the economy claims financial adviser

27 August 2015

This week’s market crash is “timely” for long-term investors and the global economy, the chief executive of independent financial adviser deVere Group has claimed. Nigel Green’s comments come as global [...]

Is this the start of a bear market?

26 August 2015

Emiel van den Heiligenberg, head of asset allocation at Legal & General Investment Management explains his team’s view that we are witnessing a correction in global markets rather than the [...]

FTSE 100 closes 5% down after enduring 10-day losing streak

24 August 2015

The FTSE 100 closed 5% down on Monday, after collapsing by as much as 6% at one point, as panic selling-gripped the market over fears on China’s slowing economy. The [...]

Expert investment comment: “Stay on course in the summer storm”

24 August 2015

The usual summer doldrums have suddenly been whipped up into a ferocious storm as markets are spooked by every piece of negative macroeconomic news concerning China, Greece, global growth and [...]

“China crisis”…the implications for broader economies and financial markets

24 August 2015

David Jane, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, looks the turmoil in China and examines the parallels with financial market history… The state of the economy in China has troubled [...]

A third of over-50s are looking to stocks to boost their retirement fund

20 August 2015

One in three of those aged 50 or more have dived into the stockmarket and bought shares in a company in a bid to help them boost their income in [...]

FTSE 100 enters technical correction territory – what should investors do?

20 August 2015

It appears investors are starting to lose confidence in the UK market as Thursday saw the FTSE 100 index fall into technical correction territory having collapsed by more than 10% [...]

“China’s currency moves and market volatility”

20 August 2015

Veteran investor and manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets investment trust Dr Mark Mobius examines the volatility engulfing China’s market… After a volatile month for China’s stock market in July, [...]

FTSE 100 closes at lowest level since January despite Germany approving Greek bailout

19 August 2015

The FTSE 100 closed at 6,403, the lowest level since January 14 when it closed at 6,388. This was despite the fact that the German MPs today approved a third bailout [...]

Global dividend payments retreat again but full 2015 forecast is revised up

17 August 2015

Shareholder payouts dropped by 6.7% year-on-year to $404.9bn, (£258.95) a decline of $29.1bn in three months to the end of June, according to the latest Henderson Global Dividend Index. The [...]

Investors shun gold as the precious metal loses its shine

17 August 2015

The future is still not looking much brighter for gold as research shows the precious metal has fallen firmly out of favour among investors. According to the Lloyds Bank Private [...]

Are dividends too high right now?

12 August 2015

James Klempster, portfolio manager at Momentum Global Investment Management looks at the current backdrop and state of dividends… Post global financial crisis we have, collectively, become accustomed to the extraordinarily [...]

When is diversification actually ‘diworsification’?

12 August 2015

Anthony Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, comments on achieving investment diversification beyond simple asset allocation… We recently highlighted the rationale behind our portfolios’ current positioning. We have no [...]

“Down Like a Lead Balloon”: The decline of commodities worldwide

11 August 2015

Rowan Dartington’s Guy Stephens takes a look at the decline of commodities worldwide and the reasons behind this current predicament… Almost all commodity markets have had a very painful experience [...]

China devalues yuan – what does it mean for investors?

11 August 2015

Clifford Lau, head of fixed income, Asia Pacific at Columbia Threadneedle Investments examines China’s decision to devalue the yuan to a three-year low against the US dollar… The 2% depreciation [...]

Neil Woodford’s Patient Capital Trust to issue more shares

11 August 2015

Neil Woodford’s hugely popular Patient Capital investment trust is to issue new shares to meet market demand and to manage its hefty premium. The investment trust is currently trading at [...]

Eurozone earnings set to outstrip US’s this year for the first time since 2007

10 August 2015

For the first time in eight years Eurozone company earnings will outgrow those in the US, claims asset manager NN Investment Partners (NNIP). While US second quarter earnings seasons is [...]

“Markets are right to expect a rate rise to come a little sooner than expected”

6 August 2015

Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for Europe, JP Morgan Asset Management takes a look at ‘Super Thursday’… The key message from the Bank of England is that markets are right [...]

The hunt for emerging market opportunities

5 August 2015

Enzo Puntillo, manager of the JB Emerging Markets Opportunities Bond Fund at GAM, puts the investment prospects of different world economies under the spotlight… Many investors currently view emerging markets [...]

Spot the Dog: Under-performing fund managers named and shamed

3 August 2015

UK investors collectively have £17.6bn languishing in under-performing funds, with M&G the biggest culprit, according to a new report. The latest “Spot the Dog” report from wealth manager Tilney Bestinvest [...]

The four key factors influencing the direction of European equity markets

3 August 2015

Hermes Sourcecap Europe ex-UK fund co-manager, Tim Crockford, assesses four key factors that will influence the direction of European equity markets from here… Greek drama masking European recovery While there [...]

The Chinese market: “The ultimate battle between capitalist fear and a communist government”

30 July 2015

Darius McDermott, managing director at fund broker Chelsea Financial Services and Mindful Money Columnist examines the turmoil engulfing the Chinese stockmarket… In just over one month $3 trillion has been [...]

“Volatility and risk remain top of the agenda for fixed income investors”

30 July 2015

Nick Hayes, manager of the AXA WF Global Strategic bonds explains why he is maintaining a defensive stance in fixed income investing in an “increasingly volatile market environment” and highlights [...]

Bank results season – what do investors need to look out for?

29 July 2015

One in seven UK fund managers hold no banks a survey by Hargreaves Lansdown shows. Active UK managers fund managers are 4% underweight banks, though the 30% which hold RBS [...]

BlackRock slashes charges on five tracker funds including FTSE 100 and FTSE All Share funds

28 July 2015

BlackRock has halved charges on some of its biggest index tracking funds covering the UK, US and European markets. The fund group has cut the charges on its giant £8.7 [...]

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