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Inheritance tax review questions AIM IHT perk

Thursday 11 Jul 2019

Many people invest in certain types of AIM stocks for their inheritance tax (IHT) benefits, however an adviser to the UK Government has questioned whether the tax perk is still necessary. Withdrawing the IHT benefit could prompt many investors, including a large number of wealth managers, to sell...

Will the market’s good mood last?

Thursday 04 Jul 2019

US President Donald Trump’s apparently constructive meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is setting a positive tone for the second half of 2019. As we write the FTSE 100 is back above 7,500 and in the US the S&P 500 hit a new record high and moved close to the 3,000 level. But just...

Don’t hitch a ride with newly-listed Trainline

Thursday 27 Jun 2019

Train and bus ticket seller Trainline ( TRN ) is the latest ‘app’ or ‘platform’ business to see its shares soar upon making its stock market debut. Investors appear to be treating Trainline as if it is the latest in a long line of modern, disruptive companies. This could be a mistake. It isn’t a...

How bad is the rain for soft drinks firms?

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

The UK soft drinks industry could be crying into its hands at the state of this summer’s weather. A washout June is disaster territory for the sector, particularly as last year was boosted by an unprecedented amount of sunshine and high temperatures which lasted for most of the summer. Drinks...

Can you trust your fund manager?

Thursday 13 Jun 2019

The Woodford fund debacle has triggered a thousand articles about how a single investment product has not lived up to its hype, and how currently investors across the country are barred from cashing out of the fund if they so wish. The significant amount of media attention is likely to lead some...

Helping children to develop important money skills

Thursday 06 Jun 2019

Last week I attended a social gathering where a five-year-old boy was commanding the attention of a large group of people. He was asking them to perform magic tricks which inevitably resulted in a coin appearing behind someone’s ear or underneath their foot. The audience were scrambling around for...

Why it is worth getting excited about these stock market stars

Thursday 30 May 2019

Its easy to get sucked into the noise about uncertainty in the UK created by Brexit and the impact this is having on the markets. This is clearly a live issue, and no-one would deny it is having a tangible impact on market and business confidence. However, there are still lots of excellent and...

Helping you find the best sources of income

Thursday 23 May 2019

Income is highly desired by investors but it not always easy to find sustainable dividends. This week’s edition of Shares dives into this theme and looks at income choices from the perspective of three different product classes: shares, exchange-traded funds and investment trusts. We’ve analysed...

Why aren’t investors buying stocks with 9% yields?

Thursday 16 May 2019

The market seems to be fed up with many of the classic high yield stocks on the London market. Once-popular income plays like Centrica ( CNA ) , Imperial Brands ( IMB ) and Royal Mail ( RMG ) continue to fall in value despite offering very attractive dividend yields. There used to be an argument...

Understanding the impact of inflation on your investments

Thursday 09 May 2019

Many investors fail to factor in the impact of inflation when thinking about what their money can buy and the true value of their investment returns. This isn’t wise as individuals are potentially overestimating the power of their money. It is easy to see why inflation is overlooked as rates have...