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Editor's View

Should regulators be doing more to help investors?

Thursday 28 Nov 2019

On 25 November ride-hailing app Uber became the latest company to feel the bite of the regulator as Transport for London withdrew its licence to operate in the capital. We have previously written about the growing trend for regulatory bodies to bare their claws where they see corporate failings or...

It could get harder to find reliable and growing dividends

Thursday 21 Nov 2019

The search for reliable income remains a tough challenge for investors and unfortunately that quest is becoming even harder as corporate profit warnings rise, potentially leading to dividend cuts. The UK’s FTSE 100 index offers one of the highest yields in the world at 4.6% which is attractive...

Tracker funds win a greater share of investors’ money

Thursday 14 Nov 2019

The latest data from the Investment Association (IA) shows that investors are increasingly taking money out of actively-managed equity funds and putting cash into tracker funds and bond funds. This could possibly be explained by investors becoming increasingly frustrated at many fund managers...

How do we get people to read pension statements?

Thursday 07 Nov 2019

Once a year anyone saving into a defined contribution pension plan receives an annual statement to show how much they’ve got and what their pot might be worth at retirement. The purpose is to keep people informed so they can work out if they might have adequate money in retirement to live the life...

Why stewardship really matters with investing

Thursday 31 Oct 2019

The introduction of a new UK Stewardship Code by the Financial Reporting Council will look to raise the bar on how big investors hold the companies in which they invest to account. A lot of the headlines around the news focused on the climate change angle but there is more to the code than...

Look beyond FAANGs and Unicorns to tech’s enduring strengths

Thursday 24 Oct 2019

The technology sector feels a bit tarnished right now as many of its constituents prepare to report their third quarter earnings. The famous FAANGs – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (whose parent company is Alphabet) are struggling. Some, namely Amazon, Facebook and Google, are under...

Don’t let your money get caught in stranded assets

Thursday 17 Oct 2019

Weighing up the impact of being invested in stranded assets could be on the agenda for many investors in the coming years, particularly those with money in the energy and property spaces. Action to address climate change will see a large number of companies having to write down the value of assets...

Getting your head round Greggs’ share price slump

Thursday 10 Oct 2019

To be a good investor you must be able to understand why shares are moving in a certain direction. Greggs’ ( GRG ) 12.5% share price drop on 1 October upon publishing a new trading update is a perfect example to study. At first glance, the trading update looked very positive and so the large fall...

Planning for bad times can make you stronger

Thursday 03 Oct 2019

Investing involves some big decisions that can only be made if you think about the good and bad points. You need to think about how much money you could lose as well as make. And when it comes to saving in general you must also think about squirreling away adequate money to cope with difficult...

Shareholders feel the pain of Thomas Cook’s demise

Thursday 26 Sep 2019

The demise of travel operator Thomas Cook is not only awful for its customers and staff but also for shareholders who have lost all their money. While its customers should be able to get a refund for any holidays booked and not yet taken, via the ATOL scheme, travel insurance cover or debit/credit...