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The short cut to diversification

Thursday 18 Apr 2019

Low cost, instant to trade and easy to understand – it’s no wonder that exchange-traded funds are becoming increasingly popular with investors. Also known as ETFs or trackers, these low-cost investments are designed to mimic the performance of a given stock market or sector. But as ETFs have grown...

Nine ways to fill your ISA

Thursday 11 Apr 2019

You may find it odd to celebrate the start of the new tax year as 6 April often brings rising taxes and falling benefits. However, the one thing in investors’ favour is that the ISA allowance clock is reset. It means you can invest up to £20,000 over the coming tax year and not pay any tax or...

Empire building: Why does Mike Ashley want to own so many retailers?

Thursday 04 Apr 2019

Billionaire Mike Ashley has become quite a character in the business world. He has developed a reputation for being attracted to struggling companies with the aim of buying stakes in them while they are going cheap, just like the general public hitting the shops in search of a bargain. Ashley’s...

Seven great growth stocks for your ISA

Thursday 28 Mar 2019

The clock is ticking towards the end of the tax year on 5 April which means investors should take advantage of any unused ISA allowance now. Everyone is allowed to invest up to £20,000 a year across the range of ISAs and you don’t have to pay any tax on capital gains and income on investments held...

Six ways to get paid in retirement

Thursday 21 Mar 2019

Generating a steady income from the markets in retirement isn’t as hard as you might think. Doing some basic research and understanding the risks involved with certain investment products are good starting points. In this article we’ll discuss these topics and more in order to help you find that...

Five stocks in trouble

Thursday 14 Mar 2019

A contrarian investor looks for unloved assets and buys them cheaply in the expectation that sentiment will change and he or she will be able to bank a healthy profit. This is not an easy thing to do. Most of us prefer the comfort of falling in with the crowd. Sticking one’s neck out, particularly...

Taking an income in retirement: how much should I withdraw a year?

Thursday 07 Mar 2019

Changes in 2015 to the way pensions could be accessed mean you no longer have to buy an annuity with your pension, thereby opening the door to a wide range of options for retirees, and some conundrums in how to invest. You can still choose to buy an annuity to obtain a guaranteed income for life...

Electric energy plays

Thursday 28 Feb 2019

Meeting global energy demand will be a key challenge in the decades ahead but it should also create opportunities for investors. In this article we will discuss how you could benefit from some of the long-term trends in the power generation market through both funds and individual stocks. Global...

Beat the bank: how to get a better return on your cash

Thursday 21 Feb 2019

We’re a nation of cash savers, with Brits putting more than 72% of their ISA money in cash last year, rather than investing it. However, with interest rates having hit record lows over the past decade these savers are earning miserly returns on their pots. The Bank of England’s base rate is...

Premium Bonds: is it time to move on?

Thursday 14 Feb 2019

National Savings & Investment (NS&I) has just cut the minimum investment into Premium Bonds to encourage more investors to put money into one of the uk’s most popular savings vehicles. It wants to attract £9bn of new investment into its savings products. Are Premium Bonds outdated or a...