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Are hopes for a tax-cut boost to US corporate earnings simply (American) pie in the sky?

All four leading US stock market indices – Dow Jones Industrials, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite and Russell 2000 – all racked up a string of...

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 16:20


How to judge whether it is time to follow – or go against – the crowd

With the FTSE 100 trading above 7,700 and the FTSE All-Share also setting new highs just under the 4,250 mark, investors are off to a...

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 11:17


Three sectors to keep an eye on in 2018

After ending 2017 on a hot streak, with a string of consecutive closing record highs, the FTSE 100 stands above 7,600 and sits within barely...

Wed, 03/01/2018 - 09:58


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ISAs vs SIPPs: Which to choose

Most of us know that Stocks and Shares ISAs, Lifetime ISAs and Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) are ideal wrappers for holding investments...

Wed, 20/12/2017 - 12:38


Five themes that look set to shape portfolio returns in 2018

After last week’s attempts to learn key lessons from 2017, this column will now turn its attention to the year ahead. In the (unfortunate) absence...

Wed, 20/12/2017 - 11:45


Five themes from 2017 that could influence 2018

There can be no denying 2017 was an eventful year and making money was not entirely straightforward, even allowing for Bitcoin’s surge into the stratosphere....

Thu, 14/12/2017 - 15:01


Why commodities’ stale performance looks odd in 2017

One intriguing trend of note this year is the turgid performance of the Bloomberg Commodities index, a basket of 22 raw materials, encompassing energy, industrial...

Fri, 08/12/2017 - 09:24


World Investment Outlook - Chapter one: UK

March 2019 is drawing ever nearer but the Brexit picture is still unclear, even after Prime Minister Theresa May’s intervention in the Brussels-based negotiations with...

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:26


World Investment Outlook - Chapter two: USA

It is hard to believe but President Donald J. Trump will be almost half way through his first term in office by November 2018,...

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:26


World Investment Outlook - Chapter three: Japan

With the Nikkei 225 and Topix stock benchmarks touching twenty-year peaks, the yen rising against the dollar and the economy putting together its best streak...

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:25


World Investment Outlook - Chapter four: Asia

It is hard to believe that the 19th Communist Party Congress in China, the fall and arrest of a President in Seoul and a hung...

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:24


World Investment Outlook - Chapter five: Western Europe

While by no means conclusive in laying to rest the threat posed by anti-EU parties, the Dutch, French and German elections of 2017 are encouraging...

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:24


World Investment Outlook - Chapter six: Emerging Markets

Elections in Mexico and Brazil will help to set the tone in Latin America in 2018, especially if those countries follow Argentina’s political drift to...

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:23


Three quick tests to make sure the US stock market isn’t a turkey

A relentless series of new all-time highs in benchmark stock indices such as the Dow Jones Industrials, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite mean that America’s...

Thu, 30/11/2017 - 14:17


How to assess whether infrastructure funds can be a useful portfolio asset

The concrete word “infrastructure” is regularly bandied about in conversations that cover the more nebulous term “productivity,” as economists and analysts alike try to fathom...

Wed, 22/11/2017 - 10:15


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