The assets to buy now – March 2014

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

Property

The boom continues

British house prices are rising at the fastest rate in four years, up 9.4% year-on-year in February. London prices are climbing even faster.

With mortgage approvals at their highest level since late 2007, houses that are already expensive are likely to get even dearer – although in the unlikely event of a crackdown on Russian oligarchs’ assets, much of the air could hiss [...]

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