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Why Brazil’s Bovespa index is buoyant

Thursday 29 Aug 2019

The election of the perceived market-friendly Jair Bolsonaro as president in October 2018 has proved a strong catalyst for Brazilian equities in 2019. The flagship Bovespa index is up a healthy 13.2% so far this year, compared with an 11.1% advance for the FTSE All-World, according to data from...

The FTSE 350 stocks making our lives better

Thursday 29 Aug 2019

Invest in what you know is the golden rule for first time investors. This advice has stood the test of time and is a great way for people to get to know what investing is all about. Fortunately, there are many companies on the FTSE 350 which are household names. But when you get more comfortable...

Emerging markets: Views from the experts

Thursday 29 Aug 2019

1. For the first time in more than a decade, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) cut the policy interest rate by 25 basis points. While the cut was widely expected, the market was disappointed by the reference to the rate as a ‘mid-cycle adjustment’ and not likely the beginning of a prolonged easing cycle...

Should you snap up the income on offer from retail bonds?

Thursday 01 Aug 2019

Income-seeking investors have had a notoriously difficult time in recent years. As interest rates have remained at rock-bottom and quantitative easing sparked a flood of money into fixed income assets, the yields paid by bonds collapsed. As a result, investors have been forced to move up the risk...

Emerging markets: Views from the experts

Thursday 25 Jul 2019

1 . The United States and China agreed to resume trade talks at the G20 summit in late June. The United States also decided against imposing new tariffs and easing some restrictions on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, while China agreed to substantial purchases of agricultural and other...

Middle East investing moves into the mainstream

Thursday 25 Jul 2019

The elevation of the Kuwaiti stock market from frontier to emerging market status is the latest sign that the region is moving steadily towards the mainstream in investment terms. Index providers FTSE Russell and MSCI both welcomed Saudi Arabia to the emerging markets club earlier this year in a...

Franchise firms can earn you tasty capital gains and juicy income

Thursday 11 Jul 2019

Companies with franchise business models have often been very good investments over the years. Many have been able to pay generous dividends as well as deliver capital growth for shareholders. Well-run franchises provide investors with defensive characteristics as well as growth opportunities, and...

Our 2019 picks are beating the market hands down

Thursday 04 Jul 2019

At the halfway point of the year our key selections for 2019 are doing superbly. Our average gain of 18.3% compares with an 11.2% gain for the FTSE All-Share over the same time period. Pleasingly not a single selection is in negative territory and four names are up by more than a quarter on our...

What are preference shares and should you buy them?  

Thursday 04 Jul 2019

A little understood part of the market, preference shares could be worth a look for some investors. A hybrid financial instrument with characteristics of both equities and bonds, they might appeal to older investors looking for a steady and reliable yield. WHAT ARE PREFERENCE SHARES? There are two...

Emerging Markets: Why Russia has outperformed

Thursday 27 Jun 2019

Russian growth has proved to be fairly robust of late despite the pressure from volatile oil prices, international sanctions and structural issues in the economy. The country’s flagship Russian Trading System (RTS) index has outperformed both the US S&P 500 and the UK’s FTSE 100 over both a one...

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