The number of companies listed on public stockmarkets is falling, while private equity is on the rise. Matthew Partridge talks to Helen Steer of PE house Pantheon about the sector’s advantages.
There are two main types of fund out there for investors to invest in. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how they work, and which is her favourite.
The rise of the low-cost investment platform has changed the shareholder base of investment trusts – and it’s having a dramatic effect on how the sector operates, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Sceptics were wrong about the fund’s new strategy, says Max King – the performance speaks for itself.
In the early days of investment trusts, managers knew nothing of benchmarking. How things have changed, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And not necessarily for the better.
Whether you own active funds or ETFs, you must pay attention to which investment styles are working, says David Stevenson.
There’s no need to snap up overpriced shares in newer property funds when two heavyweight reits are so cheap, says Max King.
Utilities make sense if you’re looking for income, says David Stevenson. But regulators and politicians can ruin the attractions. Make sure you diversify your holdings.
Bored with gold? Uninspired by silver? Platinum too cheap for your tastes these days? Perhaps, says Chris Carter, you need to find a more intriguing metal – here’s one that fits the bill.
With buy-to-let an increasingly unattractive option, residential funds may appeal to more investors, says Emma Lunn.
Personal Assets Trust is braced for disaster, says Max King. Long-term investors should do well with it.
Auto-enrolment means many more workers are now paying into a pension – but the default funds are often a poor choice. Take the time to pick your own, says Cris Sholto Heaton.