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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 [...]

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 [...]

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