Investments

How fund management fees gobble up a quarter of your returns

Fund management fees are still taking a huge bite out of investor returns. And while they may have fallen in recent years, they need to come down even further, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How Jack Bogle transformed the investment industry for the better

As founder and chairman of Vanguard Group, Jack Bogle, who died last night, pioneered index funds and democratised investing. John Stepek examines his legacy.

What May’s massive Brexit rejection means for your money

What happens after Parliament’s resounding rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit deal is anyone’s guess. Here, John Stepek outlines some scenarios, and explains what it all means for your money.

Good news for gold mining investors – merger mania is gripping the sector

Newmont Mining is merging with Goldcorp to become the world’s largest gold miner. Dominic Frisby looks at what it mean for the sector, and for investors.

"2019 will be the year of the stock-picker” – and other nonsense to ignore

One popular idea right now is that 2019 will be the year that actively managed funds trump passive funds. It sounds good, says John Stepek. But it’s nonsense. Here’s why.

Gold is back in a bull market – it’s time to buy

The equity bull market is over, says Charlie Morris. But gold’s is just starting.

Why investors are looking east towards Japan

Exciting things are happening in Japan, and they should be of interest to anyone looking for investment opportunities in 2019.

Bonds and fixed interest - back to fight another day?

When Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, markets soon applauded him as a tax-cutting, regulation-slashing, business-focused President. The welcome mat was withdrawn during 2018, however, as trade wars started to unnerve investors and stall business spending.

Responsible investing is here to stay

The movement towards more sustainable investment opportunities in 2019 is driven by both big institutional investors and millennials, and this theme is reinforced by the findings of our recent survey of high net worth individuals.

From FAANGs to CRAABs - the era of investment in new technology

Within 10 years the FAANGs could well have been replaced by a portfolio of CRAABs – cryptocurrency, robotics, artificial intelligence, automation and biotech companies.

Why we believe in convertible bonds for 2019

A convertible bond is a fixed-rate instrument that can convert into shares at a specific share price, which is preset by the issuing company at a premium over the current share price.

Could Latin America be a great investment opportunity in 2019?

While there are challenges to overcome, we believe the investment outlook for Latin America as a whole is quietly encouraging, making it one of our key investment themes in 2019.

The five megadeals to expect in 2019

Matthew Lynn’s crystal ball is in pretty good nick. Here, he makes five predictions for the year ahead.

The charts that matter: a big bounceback – but can it last?

John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to find out what’s behind the market’s latest rally, and how long it can last.

Will the market rally last?

Markets around the world are rallying after their wobbles over Christmas. And as is usual these days, it’s all down to one thing. John Stepek explains.

The investment trust tops and flops of 2018

2018 was a lousy year for equities, but some investment trusts managed to produce positive returns.

Ignore the new year stockmarket predictions

Analysts have rated more than 70% of stocks in the S&P 500 as a “buy” or “strong buy” rating. The only trouble with that is that analysts usually get it wrong.

How the tipsters fared in 2018

Alex Rankine assesses the performance of the UK media’s share tipsters over the last 12 months, and looks at what they’re tipping for the year ahead.

Time to venture into venture capital trusts

Professional investor Alex Davies, founder of high net worth investment service Wealth Club, picks his top venture capital trusts.

Investors have high hopes for Brazil

Brazil’s Ibovespa index was one of the world’s top-performing stockmarkets at the start of the year, while the Brazilian currency, the real, has climbed against the US dollar. So what’s got the bulls so excited?

The “Powell put” comes to the markets' rescue

2018 was the worst year for US stocks since the financial crisis. But the Federal Reserve has said it is willing to suspend quantitative tightening if the situation worsens.

JD Sports is ready to run

Retailer JD Sports could buck the sector trend and looks attractively valued, says Matthew Partridge.

Landlords: claim what you can

Landlords should ensure they are up-to-date on what they can deduct from property income.

Jeremy Siegel: get ready for the rally

Stockmarkets could be getting ready to rally from their recent sharp sell off, reckons investment guru Jeremy Siegel.

A pivotal year for Indonesia

The Jakarta stock index has soared and Indonesia’s economy could now accelerate. But will corruption and religious tension spoil the story? We’ll soon know, says Jonathan Compton.

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