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Max King

Max was for nearly 30 years a fund manager at Finsbury Asset Management, JO Hambro and Investec Asset Management. Responsibilities in the first two included the management of ten investment trusts; at IAM, he managed multi-asset funds. These funds were to a greater (Invested Managed Growth) or lesser extent investors in investment trusts and other closed end funds across the market spectrum. Before fund management, he qualified as a chartered accountant, worked in corporate finance and in risk arbitrage. He retired from full time work in late 2016.

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Investing in Russia: risky but rewarding?
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Investing in Russia: risky but rewarding?

The only investment trust focusing on the world’s cheapest stockmarket is worth a look, says Max King.
14 Jul 2021
Two investment trusts that have proved their worth
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Two investment trusts that have proved their worth

These two investment trusts have earned investors’ confidence since their flotations and remain solid bets, says Max King.
25 Jun 2021
Why “black swan” events are even rarer than you might think
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Why “black swan” events are even rarer than you might think

Common parlance has it that “black swan” events, such as a financial crisis or global pandemic, are impossible to predict. But as it turns out, most r…
24 Jun 2021
Bank on financial stocks with this investment trust
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Bank on financial stocks with this investment trust

Banks, though not British banks, look set for a strong rebound, making this investment trust worth researching.
22 Jun 2021
Under new management: how change can be good for investment trusts
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Under new management: how change can be good for investment trusts

Change isn’t always for the better, but recently funds opting for new stewards have profited from the move, says Max King
15 Jun 2021
Stockmarkets are due a breather
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Stockmarkets are due a breather

Inflation jitters look overdone, but high valuations mean equities will still tread water for a few months, says Max King
7 Jun 2021
Unlocking Hansa Investment Company
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Unlocking Hansa Investment Company

Hansa Investment Company looks cheap given that it could eventually restructure, says Max King.
1 Jun 2021
Why we’ll all be better off when the commodities curse is dispelled
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Why we’ll all be better off when the commodities curse is dispelled

The existence of substantial fossil fuel resources in a country has often proved a curse for its population, says Max King. The end of the oil era wil…
25 May 2021
Two bond funds to buy in case inflation doesn't take off
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Two bond funds to buy in case inflation doesn't take off

We could well avoid sustained price rises, in which case these bond funds look a solid bet, says Max King
18 May 2021
Micro-cap stocks: how to get huge returns from tiny firms
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Micro-cap stocks: how to get huge returns from tiny firms

Micro-cap stocks are often overlooked, but the British market has plenty of them and their potential is massive. Max King picks the best two investmen…
3 May 2021
What do investment trust directors do?
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What do investment trust directors do?

When you buy an investment rust you may not think twice about its directors. But they are an important part of what makes investment trusts such a suc…
27 Apr 2021
Renewable energy: how to cash in as the US goes green
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Renewable energy: how to cash in as the US goes green

A rapidly growing emphasis on renewable power in America will boost investors’ portfolios. Max King outlines the best ways to invest.
26 Apr 2021
Get decades of growth at a discount with this healthcare investment trust
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Get decades of growth at a discount with this healthcare investment trust

Healthcare is set for strong long-term expansion but looks cheap. That makes this investment trust worth buying, says Max King.
19 Apr 2021
Private equity funds: get strong returns from these bargain investment trusts
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Private equity funds: get strong returns from these bargain investment trusts

Private-equity investment trusts are a way to buy into a high-performing sector that’s out of reach for most individual investors. Many of these funds…
2 Apr 2021
What I learned from 15 years of investing in small companies
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What I learned from 15 years of investing in small companies

Max King spent 15 years managing funds in the small-companies sector. Here he reveals the secrets of long-term investment success
2 Apr 2021
Why you should ignore the pessimists and invest now
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Why you should ignore the pessimists and invest now

There is widespread fear that massive fiscal stimulus will result in uncontrollable inflation. But don't worry, says Max King. Use the current market …
30 Mar 2021
Four of the best investment trusts for investing in emerging markets
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Four of the best investment trusts for investing in emerging markets

Investors need to tread very carefully in this risky sector. Here are the best ways to approach it
22 Mar 2021
Where to find value in the commercial property sector
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Where to find value in the commercial property sector

Commercial property – notably shopping centres and offices – has struggled due to Covid-19. But there are several promising real estate investment tru…
8 Mar 2021
Investing beyond China: how to buy into wider Asian markets
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Investing beyond China: how to buy into wider Asian markets

There are several reasons to be sceptical about China’s development, says Max King. What’s more, there is vast potential in other regional emerging ma…
26 Feb 2021
Why you should pay attention when investment trusts raise new money
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Why you should pay attention when investment trusts raise new money

There was a time when buying into an investment trust public offering was a bad idea. But things have changed, says Max King. Investors need to keep a…
23 Feb 2021
Cash in on the potential of US small-cap stocks with this investment trust
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Cash in on the potential of US small-cap stocks with this investment trust

There is ample scope for the American market’s small-cap stocks to close the valuation gap with blue chips. Max King picks an investment trust perfect…
22 Feb 2021
Decimalisation: Britain’s “new pence” turn 50 years old
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Decimalisation: Britain’s “new pence” turn 50 years old

In 1971 the UK adopted a decimal currency. The shift was widely thought to be a step towards joining the Common Market, but there was more to it than …
15 Feb 2021
UK stocks: how the FTSE 100 is finding its feet again
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UK stocks: how the FTSE 100 is finding its feet again

The FTSE 100, Britain’s blue-chip stockmarket index, has undergone constant churn in the 37 years since its inception, says Max King. But it is now …
12 Feb 2021
Finsbury Growth & Income: an excellent example of why you should let your winners run and run
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Finsbury Growth & Income: an excellent example of why you should let your winners run and run

Nick Train’s Finsbury Growth & Income Trust finds top stocks for the very, very long term, says Max King.
8 Feb 2021
Should you risk buying into venture capital trusts (VCTs)?
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Should you risk buying into venture capital trusts (VCTs)?

Venture capital trusts (VCTs) are risky, but they are tax-efficient and focus on fast-growing private companies. David Stevenson picks a few to consid…
3 Feb 2021
Forget rebalancing – ditch your losers, not your winners
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Forget rebalancing – ditch your losers, not your winners

Investors are often told to regularly rebalance their portfolio and take profits from their winning holdings. But that can be a mistake, says Max King…
26 Jan 2021
Buy into the “contrarian” appeal of US growth stocks
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Buy into the “contrarian” appeal of US growth stocks

Investors should ignore the shift towards value stocks, says Max King, and stick with fast-growing American tech stocks. Here are two of the best inve…
26 Jan 2021
Four of the best funds for mining profits in gold
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Four of the best funds for mining profits in gold

The gold-price upswing is set to endure, says Max King. These funds look the most promising.
13 Jan 2021
Six investment trusts to tuck away now – and six to sell
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Six investment trusts to tuck away now – and six to sell

Max King presents his round-up of the “lame ducks” of 2020 and highlights six “Cinderella” trusts: strong performers that have not received the recogn…
29 Dec 2020
Where to find sustainable growth in renewable energy
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Where to find sustainable growth in renewable energy

The renewable energy sector has come a long way, but there is still plenty of momentum in funds and utility stocks.
21 Dec 2020
Can you afford to ignore investment trusts?
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Can you afford to ignore investment trusts?

As this year has decisively shown, says Max King, the simplest route to outperformance has been via investment trusts. Here’s why you should invest in…
8 Dec 2020
A fund that can profit from insuring the risks we all face
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A fund that can profit from insuring the risks we all face

The insurance sector is embarking on an upswing and boasts steady long-term returns, says Max King. This fund could help you profit.
7 Dec 2020
What today's investors can learn from the bear markets of the past
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What today's investors can learn from the bear markets of the past

Several key patterns emerge from a look at previous downturns, says Max King. The upshot is that fortune favours the brave – but don’t panic if you mi…
4 Dec 2020
Looking for income? Buy these three solid property funds
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Looking for income? Buy these three solid property funds

Apparent high-yielding bargains often turn out to be value traps. But these three property funds look like solid buys for income investors.
23 Nov 2020
Five top investment trusts to buy and forget until 2040
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Five top investment trusts to buy and forget until 2040

Picking winning long-term stocks is extremely difficult but, with a sensible spread of solid funds, investors can look forward to maximum gains with m…
6 Nov 2020
Does politics matter for investors?
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Does politics matter for investors?

Generally speaking, says Max King, markets don’t seem to care much about politics. But every now and again, politics really does matter quite a lot.
3 Nov 2020