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Getting to grips with the pensions lifetime allowance

Thursday 09 Jan 2020

The pensions lifetime allowance is becoming a concern for an increasing number of the UK population. Between 2010/11 and 2017/18 – the most recent data available – the number of times savers were hit with charges for exceeding the lifetime allowance increased four-fold. The total value of these...

Megatrends: How to invest in tomorrow’s world

Thursday 09 Jan 2020

In the early 1980s, American telecoms giant AT&T asked consultant McKinsey to predict how many people around the world would be using mobile phones by the turn of the millennium. Noting the problems with devices at the time – too heavy, batteries that kept running out, patchy coverage and...

Why technology is not a bubble waiting to burst

Thursday 09 Jan 2020

Technology fund managers are hopeful that 2020 will hammer the final nail in the coffin of the cycle of venture capital-backed ‘unicorns’ – billion dollar companies that have dominated headlines in the tech space in recent years, but largely failed to create any value for stock market investors...

Top performing funds of 2019

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

With just a few trading days left to go, 2019 has been good for the markets. As we write the MSCI World index is up more than 20% since the start of January. Despite this positive backdrop there has still been considerable market volatility, making life difficult for stock pickers including fund...

What were the key themes for small caps in 2019?

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Smaller companies are often at the sharp end of positive and negative trends in the market and wider economy. A spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can help small caps be at the forefront of change. At the same time more modest balance sheets and less diversified revenue can leave them...

Big companies with big decisions to make in 2020

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Knowing what’s on the road ahead for companies can help you make better investment decisions. It can help you form a bigger picture of the potential risks and rewards for certain stocks. With that in mind, we now look at six companies in the FTSE 350 and one of the biggest names on AIM where there...

All change: an unusual period for FTSE 100 CEOs

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

More than a fifth (22) of FTSE 100 companies have either changed their chief executive this year or announced plans to do so next year. So what’s causing this turmoil at the top? ‘The FTSE 100 has not really gone anywhere for two years excluding dividends so individual CEOs have been under more...

Tracking the performance of the biggest emerging markets

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

How have the main emerging market stock indices performed in 2019? We now take a look at what’s behind the performance. RTS (Russia) +37.1% What is behind the performance? Among the key factors were Russian companies increasing dividends, as well as the country being less indebted than other...

Emerging markets: Views from the experts

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

1. MSCI completed the third phase of the 20% partial inclusion of China A-shares in its benchmark indices during November. Following the increase, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index included 472 China A-share companies with a total weighting of 4.1%. If and when all China A-shares are included in the...

Is inflation really dead and what can investors do if it isn't?

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

In April this year Bloomberg Businessweek ran the headline ‘Is inflation dead?’. Inside the magazine was a lengthy discourse on why inflation is dead and why it is likely to stay that way for some time. It’s true that expectations for inflation are about as low as they have ever been, with many...

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