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Managing your pension in your 20s and 30s

Thursday 06 Aug 2020

Pensions offer people of all ages the opportunity to grow their hard-earned savings tax efficiently, providing an upfront incentive via tax relief and tax-free investment growth. Furthermore, when you reach age 55 you can access 25% of your pot tax-free and have total flexibility over how you draw...

5G revolution: How to invest in the new era of communications

Thursday 06 Aug 2020

Imagine if you were to jump straight from bashing the keys on a typewriter one day, to using the latest laptop the next. The speed and ease would undeniably improve your workday, and make you a significantly more productive, efficient and happy person. With 5G adoption we are on the cusp of a...

Emerging markets: Views from the experts

Thursday 30 Jul 2020

1. Geopolitical risk returned to the forefront as border tensions between China and India heightened, with the latter imposing economic measures including banning 50 Chinese apps and cancelling government contracts with Chinese contractors. While geopolitical headlines relating to China have...

The growth of China’s consumer economy

Thursday 30 Jul 2020

In the last decade or more the Chinese economy has undergone a significant transition as it moves away from an infrastructure-driven and export-reliant economy to one fired by domestic consumption. This change can be tracked by looking at how the country’s current account surplus has moved to a...

Why growth and income are both big in Japan

Thursday 30 Jul 2020

Although the Japanese economy and its corporates haven’t escaped the effects of coronavirus, the number of COVID-19 cases has been relatively contained in Japan and the government has not had to resort to the extreme lockdown measures seen elsewhere. This likely explains why the Japanese stock...

Protect your portfolio from the next downturn

Thursday 30 Jul 2020

In recent weeks US indices have traded higher than at the start of the year, almost as if a global pandemic never happened. A few other markets have recovered nearly all of this year’s lost territory, such as Germany’s DAX index. Markets are forward looking and are now eyeing the prospects for...

Tech stock mania: everyone wants a slice of the digital world

Thursday 23 Jul 2020

Investors have been piling into technology stocks this year in volumes not seen since the dotcom bubble of 1999/2000. Things did not work out very well for investors back then, so it is quite reasonable to ponder whether we are headed for a similarly disastrous outcome. Managing to limit losses...

20 small caps where analysts are upgrading earnings forecasts

Thursday 23 Jul 2020

Small caps may have fallen further than large caps in March, with the FTSE Small Cap index losing 40% in value from the highs compared with 35% for the FTSE 350. But contrary to popular perception they have recouped more of the losses and are down 15% year-to-date compared with 18% for the FTSE 350...

The reasons why inflation could make a comeback

Thursday 23 Jul 2020

In its latest report on 14 July the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the country is on track for the largest decline in gross domestic product ( GDP ) for 300 years with a 2020 contraction of 12.7%. GDP is a measure of the total value of goods and services in the economy. It says...

What a looming UK jobs crisis means for stocks

Thursday 16 Jul 2020

The UK is on the cusp of a serious unemployment crisis. In recent weeks thousands more job cuts have been announced by major employers and the real pain is probably still to come with the conclusion of the furlough scheme in October. Widespread unemployment, expected to hit levels not seen since at...

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