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Preaching patience amid the coronavirus crisis

Thursday 26 Mar 2020

These are extraordinary times. In a matter of weeks the coronavirus outbreak has gone from an event which was seen as having a localised impact in mainland China to a global crisis which has effectively seen the pause button hit on the world’s economy. Equity markets, slower than other asset...

Reasons to stay optimistic despite falling markets

Thursday 19 Mar 2020

The speed at which markets have fallen has left investors feeling depressed with the state of their portfolios. Even thinking about taking a look at your ISA or pension can bring on a sense of anxiety. You are not alone in feeling this way. Coronavirus has had a fast and hard impact, meaning very...

Has diversification saved your portfolio?

Thursday 12 Mar 2020

Asset diversification should have been one of the few saving graces for investors in recent weeks, potentially reducing the losses. Having a mixture of stocks, bonds and property means you spread your risks across different assets – each of which behave somewhat differently in terms of market...

From optimism to fear: how investors’ mindset has changed

Thursday 05 Mar 2020

An 11% decline in the FTSE 100 over a single week, and similar losses in many other markets around the world, has led to a change in investor mindset. There are now widespread concerns about where markets go next and large numbers of investors want to now what everyone else is thinking to help...

Should you buy safe haven assets as markets wobble?

Thursday 27 Feb 2020

The large sell-off in stock markets around the world on Monday 24 February has pushed investors towards safe haven assets as they try to avoid losing money. Natural homes for money in times of strife include US government bonds, defensive sectors like beverages, pharmaceuticals and utilities, gold...

Why a change of name is often a cheap trick

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. This colourful analogy came to mind after the news that Royal Bank of Scotland ( RBS ) plans to seek shareholder approval to change its corporate name to NatWest. This would represent the third high profile name change of a UK-listed firm in the...

What your weekly shop can tell you about Unilever and Reckitt

Thursday 13 Feb 2020

When you go to the supermarket or go online to shop for household essentials, just how much do brands matter to you? Will you pay more for a brand you know and have an attachment to, or are you prepared to pay less for a cheaper non-branded alternative? And if you’re happy to pay up, perhaps you’ll...

Plenty of shares are still rising despite coronavirus fears

Thursday 06 Feb 2020

Readers often ask if they should sell their investments in times of market turmoil, such as the current environment fuelled by coronavirus fears. The best answer is to weigh up the evidence and grasp what the market is thinking rather than going straight to panic selling. The market has currently...

Why Tesla, Blue Prism and Beyond Meat shares are soaring

Thursday 30 Jan 2020

It’s quite common to see share prices follow a certain pattern, particularly if they are prime ways to play hot themes. Their shares can soar on the hype and subsequently fall back as investors take profit and pay more attention to valuation. Occasionally you then see the shares start to move up...

Fundsmith’s annual letter is essential reading

Thursday 23 Jan 2020

In much the same way Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors is eagerly awaited every year for its pearls of investing wisdom, Terry Smith’s letter to Fundsmith Equity (B41YBW7) investors has also become an annual publication worth savouring. His tenth letter has just been...