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Global market outlook: “Battling the headwinds”

26 November 2015

While markets have rallied very strongly from the August correction, the nature of the rally appears to be different from previous rallies. David Jane, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range [...]

Autumn Statement 2015 round-up: What it means for your investments & pensions

26 November 2015

Fund Calibre boss and Chelsea Financial Services managing director Darius McDermott, takes a look at what 2015’s Autumn Statement means for your pensions and investments… There was very little change [...]

Investors cheer positive results from pub group Marston’s as group profits rise by 10%

26 November 2015

Marston’s enjoyed a 4% share price lift in early trading on Thursday as the pub group reported its full-year results. The FTSE 250 listed firm said for the year ended [...]

Will the end of the 2015 kick-start a ‘Santa Rally’?

23 November 2015

One of the most statistically reliable stock market trends is the so-called “Santa rally” where since 1984 the FTSE 100 has averaged a  2.4% return during December. Over the last [...]

Price of financial advice remains a major obstacle for consumers

23 November 2015

UK consumers are unwilling to fork out for financial advice until they have an investment or pension pot totaling some £121,000 – four times the £30,000 advisers believe is required [...]

Mindful Money’s shares watch: Compass Group, Kingfisher & Marston’s

23 November 2015

Compass Group delivers its full-year results on Tuesday and pre-tax profit is forecast to have edged higher with the firm’s North American business likely to be the main contributor. Keith [...]

Investors need to be “Fed ready” ahead of the US central bank’s next meeting warns wealth manager

16 November 2015

Global investors must ensure they are “Fed-ready” before mid December, when the US central bank next meets, the boss of independent financial advice group has urged. The market now expects [...]

Expert comment: Are energy stocks set to rebound?

16 November 2015

We have written extensively about the new energy industry writes David Jane, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range… This week, we consider the merits of the established major oil companies [...]

Buy, sell or hold? Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Easyjet, Royal Mail & Centrica

16 November 2015

With Easyjet reporting its full-year results on Tuesday shareholders will be keen to hear if the firm can live up its bullish statement in September when it raised its full [...]

Record numbers of pension savers are looking to emerging markets to boost their retirement pot

16 November 2015

Nearly one in five, or 18%, of non-retired people say they are likely to consider investing in emerging markets in the next year in respect of their retirement planning, claims [...]

Global dividends bounce back as US payouts rise “at an astonishing pace”

16 November 2015

Following three quarters of consecutive declines global headline dividends rose 2.3% on an annual basis in the three months to the end of September. According to the latest Henderson Global [...]

“Hypochondriac Markets” – Why investors should not lose faith despite 2015′s woes

10 November 2015

2015 is looking like another dreary year but Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens believes investors should not lose sight of the longer-term attractions of equity investing… This time last week [...]

Nearly a third of UK investors have changed strategy as a result of upcoming vote on European Union membership

10 November 2015

Almost a third, at 31%, of UK personal investors have changed their investment behaviour or are planning to do so in the run up to Britain’s referendum on European Union [...]

Expert comment: “Sentiment turning positive towards emerging markets”

10 November 2015

Improving investor sentiment, lack of supply and favourable technical factors are creating selective opportunities in emerging market debt and equity according to Luca Paolini, Chief Strategist at Pictet Asset Management. [...]

Is India the brightest light amongst emerging markets and where should you invest?

10 November 2015

Attention will turn to India this week as an official state visit from India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, coincides with Diwali – India’s festival of lights.  For investors, India has [...]

Bank of England “to continue treading with caution‏”

5 November 2015

Anna Stupnytska, global economist at Fidelity International, comments on today’s Bank of England inflation report…  The Bank of England turned increasingly dovish on Thursday’s meeting relative to its stance at [...]

Not just a gap-year for students – is Vietnam now a destination for investors’ cash?

5 November 2015

Darius McDermott, managing director of Chelsea Financial Services and Mindful Money columnist takes a look at the investment opportunities in Vietnam… In the third and penultimate blog in my mini-series [...]

The investment case for taking climate change seriously

4 November 2015

Ewen Cameron Watt, chief investment strategist at BlackRock looks at climate change as a key risk factor and an emerging investment theme… Even if you are sceptical of global warming [...]

How to navigate the fog of economic data

3 November 2015

Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens looks at data that really matter for markets in the West… This week and last week are presenting us with of a lot of important [...]

Investors turn to risky assets as central banks push the limits of monetary policy

3 November 2015

BlackRock’s Russ Koesterich looks at how global markets are responding to central bank tactics… With the possibility of a December hike in US interest rates back on the table, bond [...]

Will Christmas come early for financial markets?

2 November 2015

Anthony Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, looks at the possibility of an early Christmas present for investors from central banks… In the main, economic data continues to disappoint [...]

Fidelity offering up to £1,500 cashback to savers who transfer into its SIPP

2 November 2015

Fidelity Personal Investing is offering a cashback sweetener of up to £1,500 to investors who move their pension savings into its SIPP before 18 December 2015. The group, in a [...]

Ashmore’s Jan Dehn: Four important developments in China

29 October 2015

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore, examines how there have been four important developments in the world’s second largest economy… Four important developments have taken place in China. Firstly, [...]

Expert comment: US Federal Reserve meeting and the bond market implications

29 October 2015

Nick Gartside, chief investment officer, fixed income at JP Morgan Asset Management, reacts to yesterday’s US Federal Reserve meeting and the bond market implications…  The Fed slightly altered the language [...]

New ISA rules set to drive more withdrawals and boost investment

26 October 2015

One in seven ISA investors are set to take advantage of new rules, which will enable them to withdraw money and reinvest without affecting their tax-free allowance, research from Yorkshire [...]

Which? attacks IFAs for not disclosing fees on their websites

24 October 2015

Consumer group Which? has criticised IFAs for not being up-front with potential customers by giving no idea of their fees on their websites. Which? analysed the websites of 500 UK [...]

New wave of investment scams involving parking spaces

22 October 2015

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a new trend in consumers being targeted for investment opportunities in parking spaces at locations close to major airports. The scam involves [...]

Investors warned on commodities trap

20 October 2015

Colin McLean, managing director of SVM Asset Management looks at how metal and mining stocks can impact investors’ portfolios… With the recent collapse in the shares of many mining companies, [...]

UK dividend payouts reach a new third quarter record

19 October 2015

UK company shareholder payouts hit a new record for a third quarter, with continued strong growth, according to the latest UK Dividend Monitor from Capita Asset Services. The July to [...]

China’s slowing economy: The real story behind the figures

19 October 2015

Douglas Turnbull, head of Chinese equities at Neptune Investment Management takes a look at what the latest statistics from the world’s second largest economy means for investors…  As investors, we [...]

Over 70% of Junior ISA accounts risk poor returns

19 October 2015

A massive £405m of the £582m subscribed into Junior ISA in 2014/15 went into cash according to numbers form HMRC, leaving many unlikely to enjoy decent long-term growth. Official stats [...]

Economic growth in China pulls back to 6.9%

19 October 2015

Economic growth across China during the third quarter eased back to its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. GDP expansion slowed to 6.9% during the July to end of [...]

What the currency clash means for investors

13 October 2015

Alan Cauberghs, senior investment director for fixed income at Schroders looks at whether or not investors should be concerned about the currency tactics of global powers… The summer months of [...]

How to position your investments ahead of corporate earnings season

9 October 2015

Corporate earnings season is upon us and in preparation, Miton’s Anthony Rayner is reducing stock-specific risk in the US and taking a more defensive approach.   Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s [...]

Actively managed funds dominate investor portfolios, highlights new survey

8 October 2015

Actively managed funds still make up the vast majority of advisers investment portfolios, according research from Schroders. At a recent conference it found that in contrast passive investments remain a [...]

Teachers struggle to explain money issues to pupils

8 October 2015

Teachers are struggling when it comes to being able to explain basic personal finance to students, with over half, at 53%, admitting they can “just about get by’” according to [...]

Markets look to central banks for more help as stocks struggle, says BlackRock’s Koesterich

6 October 2015

BlackRock’s Russ Koesterich looks back on another week of stock swings… It was another volatile week, but stocks managed to end this one slightly higher. Evidencing the extent of last [...]

US interest rate hike is likely to boost equity markets, highlights new report

5 October 2015

Recent market volatility has rattled investors but the global economy continues to grow and the likelihood of a US rate rise may not be as problematic as many believe, experts [...]

Why the price of oil has “changed for a generation”

5 October 2015

Chris Taylor, investment director and head of research at Neptune Investment Management, explains why he believes sub-$50 oil could be the norm for investors for the next decade or two… [...]

Lloyds shares to be offered to the public at a discount

5 October 2015

The government is gearing up to sell-off £2bn worth of shares in Lloyds to the retail market at a cut price rate. The Treasury said in an announcement on Monday [...]

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 [...]

Fed rate rise could be positive for emerging markets, says Mobius

23 September 2015

Dr Mark Mobius of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust explains why a Fed move could be good news for emerging markets… After months (if not years) of speculation and debate, [...]

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 [...]

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