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Ditching Russia: time to boost investment in oil and gas drilling and renewable energy

Thursday 17 Mar 2022

The human tragedy unfolding in Ukraine is having dramatic ramifications across the world, not least in the energy market. The US has banned the import of Russian oil, LNG (liquefied natural gas) and coal. Europe is not able to turn the taps off overnight as it is more reliant on Russia to meet its...

This sell-off is unlike any other and so are the opportunities

Thursday 17 Mar 2022

In past periods of market stress, we have been able to look back at previous sell-offs and predict with reasonable accuracy which sectors were likely to perform best when sentiment recovered. However, both major declines since the start of this decade have been very different to previous episodes...

Gold could protect your wealth in difficult times such as now

Thursday 17 Mar 2022

Gold is on the cusp of setting a new all-time high amid rampant inflation, fears of an economic downturn and war in Ukraine. The precious metal is proving its ‘safe-haven’ credentials in a crisis yet again. In this article we discuss the prospects for gold, how it compares with other assets, and...

Does a 60/40 portfolio work in the face of rampant inflation?

Thursday 10 Mar 2022

For much of the past five decades a conventional balanced portfolio made up of 60% shares and 40% bonds has served its purpose. The rationale behind this approach has been that bonds cushion volatility and provide income, and act as a counterbalance during a bear market. Conversely stocks provide...

How bond fund managers protect against rising inflation

Thursday 10 Mar 2022

How can your bond fund manager protect your income from rising inflation? Most investors have some exposure to bonds through holdings in diversified funds and investment trusts. Traditionally bonds have provided good diversification and a secure income. A bond is essentially an IOU issued by a...

More UK stocks have exposure to Russia than you think

Thursday 10 Mar 2022

The advent of globalisation has helped to drive considerable earnings growth for companies on the UK stock market thanks to them doing business with an ever-growing number of countries. Unfortunately, widespread geographical expansion means the list of UK stocks with exposure to Russia is bigger...

FTSE 100: Its time is now

Thursday 10 Mar 2022

After years in the wilderness the FTSE 100 is finally coming into its own as some of the key features of the index go from being liabilities to advantages. Our analysis suggests that, in a world of inflation, rising interest rates and surging commodity prices, many of the big names which dominate...

6 great stocks for your ISA

Thursday 03 Mar 2022

The deadline for using up this tax year’s £20,000 ISA allowance is fast approaching. You have until 5 April to use it or lose it, so now is the time to think about topping up your account. Clearly there are reasons to be nervous as an investor amid rising inflation and tensions in Ukraine, but you...

Your portfolio could be over-exposed to Microsoft, Alphabet and Amazon

Thursday 03 Mar 2022

There are many advantages to running a concentrated portfolio over a diversified portfolio, but sometimes investors may have too much concentration in their holdings if they aren’t aware of what is in the different funds they own. A screening of the top holdings in some of the most popular global...

Funds and trusts that helped people become ISA millionaires

Thursday 03 Mar 2022

Becoming an ISA millionaire isn’t an easy task. It requires a steadfast commitment to making the most of your ISA allowance each year, but you also need to invest your money wisely. Only 14 funds and 22 investment trusts would have made you an ISA millionaire if you had invested your full ISA...

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