The Chinese stock market – the ultimate battle between capitalist fear and communist government

In just over one month $3 trillion has been wiped off Chinese stock markets. The collapse follows a 150% rise in the Shanghai composite over the past 12 months – a state sanctioned government rally, fuelled by borrowed money and margin-based financing (borrowing money to buy stocks). The regulator was asleep and, by the time […]

30 July 2015 by Darius McDermott

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Five fund managers you should have followed

In the asset management business there’s a lot of competition to attract star fund managers. A fund group will do just about anything to steal a great manager from their rival. This means fund managers often move from one group to another. That’s fine if you’re the fund manager but it makes it very difficult […]

24 June 2015 by Darius McDermott

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Premium bonds – what are the merits of investing in them?

With June seeing the limit on Premium Bonds rising from £40,000 to £50,000, we look at the merits of investing in them and see what sensible alternative investments there are. Premium Bonds are a government-backed savings scheme. You buy some premium bonds and, instead of interest accruing, you are entered into a monthly draw to […]

15 June 2015 by Darius McDermott

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Convertible bonds – an underappreciated asset class

In today’s low interest rate environment, investors need to make maximum use of all available asset classes when they construct their portfolios. One, often under appreciated asset class are convertible bonds. A convertible bond is simply a bond which can potentially be converted to shares. Advantages of convertible bonds The attraction of convertible bonds is […]

21 May 2015 by Darius McDermott

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Investing in gold – it could surprise on the upside but it’s only for the brave

There are few assets that divide opinion in quite the same way as gold. In fact the man considered to be the most successful investor of all time, Warren Buffet, said if Martians could see the way we behave around gold they would wonder what on earth was going on. After all, we dig it […]

9 January 2014 by Darius McDermott

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Are UK banks now a ‘buy’?

Banks are back in the news again, but this time not as the result of yet another scandal. Instead, there is the possibility that we could all become private shareholders once again. Ahead of his Mansion House speech on Wednesday 19th June, when the Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce plans to sell off […]

14 June 2013 by Darius McDermott

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Which markets and funds have performed best and worst since 2003’s market low?

On 12th March 2003 the FTSE 100 bottomed at 3.287, its lowest level for 15 years and a level not seen again in the last decade, even in the midst of the global financial crisis. Back then investors were still raw from the technology bubble having burst and the consequent losses suffered from the sharp […]

5 March 2013 by Darius McDermott

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Will Japan prove to be the contrarian’s market in 2013?

Japanese equities are my contrarian bet for 2013. We’ve had many a false dawn with the asset class. Much is written about the country’s low-growth economy and unfavourable longer-term demographics, and it is extremely cyclical as a market, which can make investing tricky. But I’ve been invested in Japanese equities for a few years now […]

2 January 2013 by Darius McDermott

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Eurozone: Investors switching to cash

So another week has passed with the markets rising in relief at some good news (Spanish banks being bailed out or ‘Spailout’ as someone suggested on Twitter) only to fall again, within minutes it seemed, as reality set in. And the same pattern after the Greek elections. Hope, excitement, relief, more nervousness and disappointment, all […]

20 June 2012 by Darius McDermott

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Is Africa the next Asia?

Africa Day falls on 25th May and has been an annual celebration of the hard-fought achievement of African nations to obtain their freedom from European colonial powers for many years. Nowadays, these celebrations are also used around the world to highlight African unity, diversity and success, as well as the cultural and economic potential that […]

23 May 2012 by Darius McDermott

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