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The amount UK consumers are spending online is soaring, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday expected to boost profits for e-retailers. We examine the opportunities for investors.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index has climbed steadily in 2017, but can its winning streak continue? We examine the outlook for the sector, and explain the risks involved in investing in developing economies.
Investing can be emotionally draining, even when markets are positive. We examine why investors often worry more during less volatile periods.
The Bank of England has increased interest rates for the first time in a decade. We explain how markets have reacted and look at what rising rates could mean for your investments.
Movements in the foreign exchange markets could have an impact on your investments. We explain what investors generally might need to know about exchange-rate risk.
The renewable energy sector is seeing rapid growth, driven by falling costs and global energy demands. We examine the outlook for the sector.
Developed countries are usually described as free-market economies, where asset prices are set by supply and demand. But central banks can have a major influence on how markets determine prices. Today, their effect on the economy - and investment returns - is more important than ever.
Putting money into individual stocks can be a risky approach to investing, but there are expert strategies that might help those wanting to add specific companies to their portfolio.
New rules due to come into effect in January 2018 should provide greater protection for investors. Here, we explain what MiFID II is, and how it will affect the way your investments are managed.
Businesses, consumers and governments are becoming ever more vulnerable to hackers. So, companies specialising in cybersecurity could profit handsomely in the years ahead.
Stocks which might build wealth or provide income over a lifetime are the holy grail for many investors. We explain how to identify long-term share investments for your portfolio.
The Prime Minster Theresa May has promised to cap energy costs for consumers. We examine what a shake-up for the energy sector could mean for investors.
Angela Merkel will serve a fourth term as German chancellor following her federal election win, but now faces coalition talks to build a government. We assess how markets and currencies reacted to the result and what it means for investors.
Pessimists expecting China’s economy to crash are too gloomy: in our view, its development is on track and the long-term outlook remains encouraging.
Investors are favouring global equity funds, but which regions offer potential for profit? We consider where opportunities may lie, and how to gain exposure.
Investing in individual shares is a risky approach - but for those wanting to add specific companies to their portfolio that they believe have the potential to profit, there are some basic rules that it’s worth following.
The financial crisis was marked by a series of historic events a decade ago, including the run on Northern Rock. We consider what investors may have learnt from the aftermath.
Tensions between North Korea and the US are mounting following North Korea’s latest nuclear test, rattling many investors, and leaving markets uncertain. We explore what this could mean for investors.
When it comes to fast-growing emerging markets, Asia hogs the headlines. But there is plenty of promise closer to home – in Eastern Europe.
The Eurozone economy is growing twice as fast as the UK’s, as its recovery gathers pace. We examine the outlook for the region, and where investment opportunities may lie.
Inflation is expected to remain above the government’s 2% target for the foreseeable future. We examine the latest forecasts and what they could mean for investors.
Bitcoin has yielded astronomical returns in recent years, sparking debate amongst investors as to whether it should be treated as a regular asset class. We weigh up the pros and cons.
New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040, in a bid to reduce air pollution. We examine whether the move towards electric cars could create opportunities for investors.
Developments in the healthcare industry could provide an opportunity for investors willing to take some risk. We consider the outlook for the biotech sector.
Do you only have a small or a large amount to invest? We consider your options, whether you have £100 a month to spare or a big lump sum.
What’s going on behind the scenes isn’t always your first thought when you place a trade through your stockbroker. However, understanding more about how your orders are carried out can help to make you a more effective trader.
Recent stellar performance from many technology companies has prompted some to draw parallels with the dotcom bubble of 2000. We consider the outlook for the sector.
Investors often favour the FTSE 100 index of Britain’s biggest companies, but there are plenty of opportunities to invest outside of this, with thousands of smaller and medium-sized companies to pick from.
No-one can predict when a market correction will occur, but that doesn’t mean investors can’t be prepared. We offer tips to help, including the importance of understanding that corrections are a normal part of the investing journey.
When it comes to investing, choosing to go against the consensus can understandably be an uncomfortable decision and is not for the faint-hearted. We explain how contrarian investing works.
Sterling has had a bumpy ride in recent months, not helped by political uncertainty. We assess the outlook for the pound.
In recent years, consumers have been devoting more of their spare cash to having fun, providing a boost to companies in the ‘experience economy’. Can the party continue?
Investors are putting record amounts into ETFs, but how do these passive investments differ from trackers? We look at how these investments work, and if they might be right for you.
Changes to buy-to-let tax relief, coupled with rising house prices and the introduction of a stamp duty surcharge on second homes, mean buying a property to rent out is no longer a viable option for many. We examine how to gain exposure to the property sector, without physically owning bricks and mortar.
Income-seeking investors may profit from opportunities around the world, including Asia, where companies are increasingly paying dividends.
Income-seeking investors may profit from opportunities around the world, including Asia, where companies are increasingly paying dividends.
The general election has resulted in a hung Parliament, without any party securing a majority. We consider the impact of the election and its outcome on your investments.
Cities are growing rapidly, putting huge pressure on infrastructure and the environment. However, companies and governments are using new technology to help address some of these challenges.
The decision whether to invest for income or growth will depend on your goals. Do you need an income stream now, or can you wait for your investment to grow over the long term? Whatever your goals, our Ready-made Investments can help, offering a choice of growth and income investments which you can match to your chosen risk profile.
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Five ways Barclays Ready-made Investments can make things easier for investors who have limited time to choose their investments.
The FTSE 100 Index has reached a new record high, but can its winning streak continue? We examine the outlook for the Index and explain why it’s important for investors to take a long-term view.
The way we shop is changing, prompting many retail outlets to look at increasingly innovative ways to cater for our needs, but does this create opportunities for investors?
There are dozens of funds with a long-running history of increasing payouts to investors, according to The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) - but how can you search for your own dividend heroes, offering consistent and sustainable yields?
Net inflows into Japanese equity funds have reached their highest level in 20 months, according to Morningstar fund flows data. But is Japan’s economy really back on track after years in the doldrums? We weigh up the pros and cons of investing in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Among the most difficult decisions investors face is when to sell their shares. Many people sit on poor-performing stocks, in the hope that they will eventually recover. Here, we look at why it’s important to try to keep emotions out of your investment decisions and some of the strategies you can adopt to help.
Financial jargon can baffle even the most experienced investors, so here, we provide a rundown of some of the investment terms that could confuse you, and explain what they mean.
The generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000, now aged in their late teens to late thirties, are often choosing to stay at home longer, not get married, and to have children later, if at all. But how do these life choices influence their investment decisions? We explore what motivates millennials when it comes to their finances, what their priorities are when choosing investments, and how these choices differ from older generations.
After a hard-fought battle between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, Macron has won the French presidential election. We assess what his win means for markets and the economy.
In recent years, people have become more inclined to spoil their pets and spend thousands on veterinary care. Does this trend spell an opportunity for long-term investors?
Fears over the impact of US protectionism hit Mexican financial markets earlier this year. But the threat may not materialise – and Mexico’s long-term prospects appear bright.
The UK and US stock markets have risen to all-time highs in 2017, and some investors may consider them overvalued. However there are plenty of opportunities for returns around the world for investors willing to take some risk.
There are just a few weeks to go before the general election on 8 June, which the Prime Minister Theresa May has called for to “guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead” while the UK negotiates its way out of the EU. We consider the impact of the election and its potential outcomes on your investments.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a snap election will be held on June 8. Markets rarely like political uncertainty and often prove volatile in the run up to and after any major changes, especially if there are doubts over whether the result will benefit the economy. We look at some of the ways investors can plan for any potential storms that may lie ahead.
Dividing your investment money between the various asset classes is crucial when building a diversified portfolio. Multi-asset funds can do the job on your behalf, with a professional fund manager deciding the split of your investments and ensuring the fund isn’t overweight in one particular area.
The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on April 23, in the latest of a series of European elections that has the potential to rattle investors. We assess what the election result could mean for European equities, and whether investors should exercise caution when investing in this region.
A deal-making frenzy has accompanied the rise in global stock markets. Provided the world economy avoids a damaging outbreak of protectionism, mergers and takeover activity looks likely to remain buoyant.
Savers seeking an income from deposit accounts may find that their returns can’t keep pace with rising inflation, but there are alternative options for those willing to take a risk.
The new 2017-18 tax year started on 6 April, bringing with it several changes which could affect your finances. We look at five of the most important new rules and allowances that have come into effect, and explain the impact they could have on you.
Investors have piled into the supposedly safer areas of the market in recent months, potentially missing out on some impressive returns with stock markets reaching record highs in 2017. We consider the importance of trying to hold your nerve when investing for the long term.
New rules that took effect in April 2016 mean ISAs are more flexible than ever. You can now withdraw money and return it in the same tax year, without it affecting that year’s allowance. In this video, Clare Francis explains how the rules work, as well as what you’ll need to consider before using the new flexibility. Remember, tax rules can change and their benefit to you depends on your circumstances.
The £5,000 tax-free Dividend Allowance will be cut to £2,000 from April 2018, it was announced in the Budget. The reduction in the allowance means that tax-efficient wrappers such as ISAs will become more important for investors seeking to mitigate their increased tax exposure.
Bureaucracy and inefficiency continue to hamper development. But India is slowly getting its act together, and could remain one of the world’s fastest-growing economies for years to come.
Many people don’t make the most of their annual ISA allowance because they aren’t sure exactly how ISAs work, or because they don’t think the benefits are really worth it. Here, we dispel five of the most common ISA myths that might be preventing you from making the most of this year’s £15,240 allowance before the end of the tax year on April 5.
Star fund manager Neil Woodford has launched a new fund, aimed at paying a high income. Here’s what you need to know.
Value investing, the strategy adopted by famous investors Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett, has proved unpopular since the global financial crisis, but there are signs that this approach is making a comeback.
Watch Clare Francis, director of Savings and Investments, explore the concept of stock market volatility – what it means, why it happens and how best to deal with it. Clare is joined in the studio by Will Hobbs – Head of Investment Strategy for Europe and Dr Peter Brooks – Head of Behavioural Finance. In a critical look at volatility in changing markets, they explore why it makes investors nervous and why it’s important to think long term.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled his first and last Spring Budget, promising to build the foundations a “stronger, fairer, more global” Britain. We outline the key economic announcements made which could affect savers and investors.
Equipped with a portfolio of investments and the tools to achieve your goals, your financial fitness regime should now be well underway. However, you can’t just sit back and relax, or your efforts could go to waste. In the fourth and final part of our series on becoming financially fit, we explain why it’s vital to regularly review your investments so you can be certain your money is working as hard as possible for you.
French voters face a stark choice in this spring’s presidential election – between a centrist reformer and a far-right candidate seemingly intent on pulling the country out of the euro.
If you have been following our financial fitness plan so far you should know that by setting yourself some realistic goals and studying market conditions you can implement an investment strategy that works for you. Doing this will not only help you to make educated investment decisions, but to keep the emotion out of your trading. We have some pointers to help add some discipline to your trading regime.
Ahead of the Budget on March 8, we look at the economic backdrop against which it will have been put together and highlight some of the announcements that we know the Chancellor Philip Hammond will make.
Once you’ve worked out what your financial objectives are, your next challenge is to create a training plan to deliver your goals. Finding the right investments to help you meet your targets isn’t just a quick fix, you’ll need staying power if you want to stay on top of your game. In the second of our four-part guide to becoming financially fit, we offer our tips to help you keep on the right investment track.
Staying focused on economic fundamentals is important against the rise of protectionist policies and a noisy political backdrop.
Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, many investors opted to sell out of smaller companies and seek sanctuary in large-cap defensive stocks, but could there be opportunities for those willing to hold their nerve?
Shareholders in some of the UK’s biggest and best known companies are offered perks ranging from discounts to freebies, but while these may appear appealing, there are often catches to watch out for.
If you’re looking to whip your finances into shape in 2017, your first step should be to think carefully about exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. What are your objectives and what sort of timescale are you working to? In this, the first of our four-part guide to becoming financially fit, we look at how establishing exactly what your goals are can help you make better investment decisions.
Inflation has reached a 30-month high, with higher air fares, food costs and petrol prices fuelled by the weak pound all helping to drive up the cost of living. We examine what rising inflation means for savers and investors and look at which companies tend to fare well in inflationary environments.
The January effect refers to the supposed tendency for stock prices to rise during the first month of the year. What happens in January in theory also sets the tone for the rest of the year, according to the adage “as goes January, so goes the year.” We look at how stock markets performed at the start of 2017, and what could lie in store for the remainder of the year.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that we’re heading for a hard Brexit, and has outlined plans to pull Britain out of the single market, set up a free trade agreement with Europe, and create new trade agreements with other countries. We look at what this could mean for your investments, and why it’s important to prepare your portfolio for any potential volatility.
The financial sector has shown strong performance since President Trump’s election win last November, boosted by the prospect of rising interest rates in the US and the promise of less restrictive regulation during his administration. We examine the outlook for financials in the US, UK and Europe and assess whether the recent rally is likely to continue.
Euro notes and coins began to circulate in Europe at the beginning of 2002, three years after the single currency was introduced to world financial markets, and more than four decades after it first became a goal for the European Union. Since then, the currency has endured somewhat of a rollercoaster ride, but arguably faces some of its greatest challenges yet as we head into 2017.
The Chinese New Year begins on January 28, marking the start of the Year of the Rooster. We look at the prospects for growth in China, which last year confounded those who had anticipated a hard landing following its shock devaluation of the yuan, and assess how its changing relationship with the world could impact investors.
The region has made encouraging progress in recent years – but it is still an extremely risky investment.
Emerging markets have become more stable and less volatile, although risks remain for investors.
The FTSE 100 index of the UK’s biggest companies has enjoyed a record-breaking start to 2017, notching up 14 consecutive days of gains by the end of the second week of January. We look at the reasons why the blue-chip index is performing so strongly and some of the arguments for and against it maintaining its upward trajectory.
With Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America on 20 January, could his inauguration mark the end of a 35-year bond bull run? We explore what Trump’s entry into the White House may mean for bond markets.
While the start of a new year may be a natural time to reflect on how your investment strategy has fared over the past year, Peter Brooks, Head of Behavioural Finance, cautions against relying too much on the memories of your investing experience.
Protectionism has been increasing over the past few years – a trend that may accelerate under Donald Trump. Should investors be concerned?
This year, the stage is set for some of the most important political events in Europe for decades, with several key elections in the pipeline. We look at some of the key events happening this year and explain what potential changes in Europe could mean for investors.
Sorting out our finances is often top of the list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. There are plenty of simple ways to take control of your money this year, from making the most of new annual allowances to topping up your pension.
Rising interest rates in the world’s biggest economy have global implications, but what exactly do they mean for your investments?
Global markets face plenty of challenges in 2017, with continuing uncertainty over Brexit, the impact Trump will have as president, and key elections in Europe. Here, we consider what may lie ahead for some of the biggest investment sectors next year.
Henk Potts, Director of Global Research & Investments for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, discusses the stories that made the headlines in 2016 and highlights the key events that are likely to dominate the course of the year ahead.
Given that the value of the pound has nosedived this year in the wake of the uncertainty brought about by the Brexit vote, UK investors could look to exploit the situation by investing abroad.
World markets have suffered a bumpy ride in 2016, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the US presidential election causing plenty of turbulence. Here, we review some of the biggest investment sectors and look at how they have fared over the past year.
Enthusiasm for exploring space fizzled out after we put a man on the moon in 1969. But now the final frontier is coming back into fashion – which could be good news for investors.
There is no shortage of factors that can influence the direction markets take, but political risk can be especially unnerving, particularly during periods when there are serious concerns about global economic growth. We look at how political rhetoric can shake markets and what steps investors can take to protect themselves from volatility.
After slumping at the start of 2016, oil prices have bounced sharply back to hit a one-year high as some of the world’s largest producers have decided to slash production levels. We examine what this could mean for your savings and investments.
Shares in Britain’s housebuilders tumbled after the EU referendum. Were the sharp falls justified? We consider the outlook for the industry.
Every so often, an unexpected event happens that takes us entirely by surprise. The reaction on financial markets to these shocks can be severe, at least initially.
Recent improvements in battery technology could spell opportunity for investors.
Investing in emerging markets can be a rollercoaster ride. We explain what you need to know.
Commodities are often dubbed ‘the fifth asset class’ after cash, bonds, shares and property. They are widely considered to be part of the ‘alternative investments’ set.
China has enjoyed decades of rapid growth but some new as well as old threats to the economy look set to put the brakes on this pace of expansion going forward.
It’s our most precious resource, but water supplies are under pressure. That has spurred the growth of innovative companies who are helping to preserve, treat and recycle it.
Gold has been one of the best performing asset classes in 2016, but could recent falls indicate that it is losing its shine?
Historically there have been two types of fund available to investors - active and passive – and for decades it has been debated which is the superior strategy. But recent years have witnessed a new hybrid approach, known as smart beta, enter the playing field.
It could become the next China – but Vietnam is an investment only for the brave.
Often labelled the ‘silent assassin of savings’, inflation represents a hike in the cost of everyday living and the higher it rises, the less your cash will be ultimately worth.
The prolonged backdrop of ultra-low interest rates has meant that a greater number of people have had to look beyond savings accounts and accept the risk they could lose money if they want to try to earn a higher income from their hard-earned cash.
With interest rates at record lows, funds holding dividend-paying shares are a popular source of income for investors. Here are some things to consider if you’re adding one to your portfolio.
The festive season typically tends to be a good time for the stock market, with UK indices often enjoying a so-called ‘Santa rally’ around Christmas. But investors who put their faith in this pattern risk being caught out.
During periods of stockmarket volatility, you might be tempted to head for the supposed sanctuary of ‘safe haven’ investments such as cash, gold or bonds, but it’s vital to remember that none of these are without risk. Here, we expose some common myths about supposedly secure investments.
Investors have recently been looking more to complex funds that promise positive returns even when markets are falling.
Optimism, excitement, denial, fear and apathy are all feelings you might experience when you invest. Learn more about the cycle of investor emotions.
Growth has confounded doomsayers and recovered quickly after the referendum. But the ‘Brexit bounce’ could run out of steam.
With economies across the world facing very different kinds of challenges, how will central banks respond? We examine some of the options.
On 23 November, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Statement, providing a vital update on the state of the economy following the UK’s vote to leave the EU earlier this year. We outline his key economic announcements.
Shoppers are expected to spend billions of pounds buying presents online in the run up to Christmas. We explore some of the ways investors might be able to benefit from the seemingly exponential growth of e-commerce.
In the world of investing, there is no shortage of tips and guidance available, particularly online. But the investing arena is also full of myths too - we look at some of the biggest and highlight the reality.
Markets can often be volatile, potentially spooking investors. We explain how to remain calm and avoid making rash decisions.
The billionaire businessman shocked investors by winning the US presidential election. What impact could he have on financial markets?
When it comes to saving for your future, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure you make the most of any windfall.
After months of wrangling between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump has emerged the victor of the US presidential election.
The big issue every potential investor must face is risk – specifically, how much risk do they want to take on to get a decent return? Recent years have witnessed a number of fund providers look at ways to make this task easier via the introduction of risk-rated and risk-targeted funds.
Our hearts rather than our heads often have the greatest say in the investment decisions we make, but this approach could potentially harm your long-term returns. We look at some of the ways your emotions can impact on your investments, and what you can do about it.
Most investors know what it feels like to buy a share that drops sharply in price shortly afterwards. But some try to take advantage of such market falls. We explain what 'averaging down’ is.
Some of the methods developed by leading sports teams to stay ahead of the competition could improve your investment returns.
Good Money Week takes place every autumn, aiming to raise awareness of sustainable, responsible and ethical finance. We look at how ethical investing has grown in popularity in recent years, what sort of opportunities are available, and how putting your money into companies that make a positive contribution to the environment doesn't necessarily have to mean sacrificing returns.
Every few weeks we seem to witness the launch of a new smartphone or other gadget, but what opportunities do technological advances provide for investors?
Sterling has been exceptionally prone to sudden ups and downs this year, and has fallen sharply again on fears of a ‘hard Brexit’ from the EU. We consider how its volatility may affect your portfolio.
Prior to 5 August, 2013, you could only hold AIM shares in your ISA if they had a secondary market listing on a recognised stock exchange, but now all AIM shares are eligible, enabling investors to invest in these fledgling companies tax-efficiently.
It’s often said of Brazil that it’s ‘the country of the future, and always will be’. It has certainly been living up to its reputation for wasting its potential recently. But there may be signs of a turnaround. We examine what the outlook is for intrepid investors.
Over the years many of the world’s best-known investors have offered nuggets of wisdom in a bid to try and help individuals become smarter investors. We look at some of their quotes and what we can learn from them.
Growth investing is all about buying assets that will hopefully increase in value over time.
There are lots of myths about how to make the ‘right’ investment decision. Here are five of the most common and how you can avoid them.
The outcome of the EU referendum is likely to be a period of market uncertainty. Do these uncharted waters pose a threat or an opportunity for investors?
When markets take a tumble, you might be tempted to cut your losses and sell out but you need remember the reasons why you invested in the first place.
Picking stocks successfully is as much an art as it is a science. But successful investing is not about taking a punt on one or two shares; it’s about diversifying across a spread of stocks from a wide range of industry sectors.
Investors often worry about the impact of inflation, but deflation can also affect how your investments perform.
Newspaper sales continue to slide, while online revenues are not making up the shortfall. Amid the gloomy headlines, is there an opportunity for investors?
Learn about the latest announcement by the Chancellor, including a summary of the key points and an expert analysis of how you might be affected.
Commercial property funds tend to be very popular with retail investors but the asset class comes with its fair share of risks. We look at some of the pros and cons.
After the vote to leave the EU, we look at what happens next and consider how your investments might be affected.
While the traditional cornerstones of any diversified portfolio typically include equities, bonds and cash, these days many investors are increasingly looking to ‘alternative’ investments to bolster their asset allocation.
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