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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented his Autumn Budget to Parliament. We examine some of the key announcements which could have implications for savers and investors.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented his Autumn Budget to Parliament. We examine some of the key economic announcements which could have implications for investors.
Public awareness of the impact of plastic pollution is growing, boosting demand for products and solutions to help tackle the problem.
Tax changes announced in the Budget are more bad news for buy-to-let property owners. We explore ways investors may still invest in property, without purchasing physical bricks and mortar.
The Good Money Week campaign takes place every autumn and aims to grow and raise awareness of sustainable, responsible and ethical finance opportunities. Barclays is a lead sponsor of this campaign, reflecting our commitment to support clients that want investment options that align to their financial, social and environmental objectives.
We look at how sustainable, responsible and ethical finance 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 society or the environment doesn’t necessarily have to mean sacrificing financial returns.
With the US diverging from the rest of the world, can investors expect a reversal of this trend?
Fewer women than men invest, yet female investors often produce better returns. We offer tips for novice investors.
Government reforms mean Barclays has set up a new ring-fenced bank. We explain what this means for you.
We speak to Sabina Raza, Portfolio Manager of multi-manager strategies at Barclays Investment Solutions, to find out about her role and what motivates her.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. We explore ways investors can effect change.
We explore how today’s healthcare challenges are being tackled, and where opportunities may lie for investors.
Global water supplies are under pressure, but there are innovative companies aimed at helping to efficiently preserve, treat, and recycle water. Here, we examine how you can invest.
The renewable energy sector is seeing rapid growth, driven by falling costs and global energy demands. We examine the outlook for the sector.
The Japanese economy is experiencing a long period of growth. We examine the pros and cons of investing in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Low returns on bonds and deposits mean that investors are often keen to explore other ways to secure a steady income. We look at three alternative income sources.
Funds investing in international markets are proving popular with investors. We explore some of the reasons why a global approach might appeal.
September 15 marks the 10-year anniversary of Lehman brothers filing for bankruptcy, sending shockwaves across global financial markets. We examine how investors responded.
We consider some of the questions you might want to ask before investing in a fund.
Smaller companies tend to particularly benefit from favourable economic conditions. We explore some of the reasons why.
It can be easy to slip into bad investing habits which could have a negative effect on your portfolio. We look at how to overcome them.
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.
Unemployment continues to fall and investment rise in Europe, although escalating trade tensions are among potential headwinds facing the region.
The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the second time in a decade. Here, we take a look at what rising interest rates could mean for your investments.
August 5 marks five years since Alternative Investment Market (AIM) shares first became eligible for inclusion in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs). Here, we weigh up the pros and cons of holding them.
We take a look at some of the stocks that are at the top of fund managers holdings and why they might prove to be successful long-term investments.
With impact investing growing in popularity, younger people are showing the most interest and enthusiasm in investing to make a positive impact on the world.
An ongoing period of political uncertainty can be unsettling for many investors. We look at some of the ways investors can plan for any potential storms that may lie ahead.
As part of our aim to keep clients informed of our current investment views and how these themes are impacting your discretionary portfolios, Toby Cross, Portfolio Management Specialist, talks to Arne Hassel, Chief Investment Officer, about increasing trade tensions, Italian politics and worries about certain emerging markets.
Behavioural finance can help us to understand human behaviour. We explore how our relation to others in society impacts on our financial decisions.
We explore why the economy still looks likely to reward investment portfolios tilted towards stocks.
Universal Basic Income is a proposed welfare system which guarantees everyone an income. We explore some of the pros and cons of such a system.
Ongoing trade tensions may be among the greatest concerns for those investing in the US. We consider the impact of President Donald Trump’s recent announcements, and the outlook for investors.
More people than ever before are contributing to a pension, now that employees are automatically enrolled into company schemes. We explain why it’s vital to plan for retirement.
William Hobbs, Barclays’ Head of Investment Strategy for the UK and Europe, reviews the markets during the second quarter of 2018, including rising interest rates and the political scene in Italy.
We believe that global economic expansion will continue, and explain the thinking behind our current recommended investment asset allocation.
UK equity income funds have seen significant outflows this year, but income-seeking investors are starting to move back into the sector.
June 23 marks the two-year anniversary since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Here, we consider the impact on UK investors.
Arne Hassel discusses May’s market performance, including concerns over trade negotiations between the US and China, and the political scene in Italy.
As fans consider England's chances in the World Cup, investors could also apply a similar outlook when it comes to appraising their investments.
Germany doesn’t just hold potential on the football pitch. Here, we examine its appeal for investors and where opportunities may lie.
The thought of losing some of our hard earned cash when markets are volatile can illicit fear and anxiety. However, it’s not just about the risk of being in the market, investors also need to think about the risk of being out.
Investors seeking to generate an income may turn to fixed income investments. Here, we examine the outlook for the asset class, alongside its benefits and drawbacks.
Technological innovations made it easier for referees to give quick and clear decisions and improved the viewing experience for those watching football on TV.
A series of major insolvencies recently may be causing concern among investors. We explain what happens to assets when a company goes into administration and look at ways to manage investment risk.
We explore some of the factors vexing oil markets in a little more detail and what they might mean for the global economy and stock markets.
Impact investing aims to have a positive social or environmental impact and to generate positive returns for investors. We explore some examples of how funds adopt an impact approach.
The political situation in Italy may be prompting concerns among investors. Here, we consider our outlook, and what this means for the eurozone.
Multi-asset funds offer investors exposure to a range of assets within one fund, and they are becoming increasingly popular.
We speak to Arne Hassel, Barclays’ Chief Investment Officer, about market performance throughout April, including how positive signals from strong economic growth are being offset by concerns that higher interest rates will upset stock markets.
We take a deep dive into the emerging market economies to assess which countries are most vulnerable to rising US yields.
Dr Peter Brooks, Head of Behavioural Finance, explains why it’s the time you spend invested which will largely determine your return.
William Hobbs, Barclays' Head of Investment Strategy, reviews the markets during the first quarter of 2018 including the threat of trade tensions, swings in stock markets and the return of inflation.
Have you considered how your investments will influence the world around you?
Even the most successful investors make mistakes sometimes, which may impact on returns. Here, we consider three common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Investment trusts are celebrating a major anniversary this year. We examine its reputation as an attractive option for income-seeking investors.
India is expected to be the fastest-growing economy in the world in 2018, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Here, we consider the investment opportunities.
Why aren’t more people saving and investing via ISAs? And what can be done to encourage more people to use ISAs to prepare for their financial futures?
We speak to Arne Hassel, Barclays’ Chief Investment Officer, about market performance throughout March including the recent reaction to trade tariffs.
The government has pledged millions of pounds in funding for artificial intelligence. We examine whether there are opportunities for investors from the growth of this sector.
If you haven’t reviewed your finances for a while, here are five steps that could help you get into better financial shape.
The start of the new tax year on April 6 is a great time to review your investment portfolio and ensure changes in the market, or within your investments, haven’t shifted away from your aims.
Here’s our guide to some of the changes in the next tax year that you might want to be aware of.
Investors seeking ways to add value to their portfolio in an uncertain economic climate may take various approaches. Here, we consider some of the options.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented his Spring Statement to Parliament, responding to the latest UK economic forecasts. We look at the key points.
Toby Cross, Barclays’ Portfolio Management Specialist, talks to Arne Hassel, Barclays’ Chief Investment Officer, about what lies behind the recent bumpy market performance and what it means to investors.
There are various ways to seek returns from specialised and adventurous sectors, if you’re prepared to accept the risks involved.
Fewer women than men invest, with male ISA investors outnumbering women in all age groups. We explore some of the reasons why, and how these might be overcome.
When it comes to investing, women often get better results than men. We explore some of the possible reasons behind their success.
There are several ways you can make the most of annual allowances before the end of the tax year, but there are also some things you may want to avoid doing.
William Hobbs, Barclays’ Head of Investment Strategy, explores the prospects for inflation and capital markets, amidst diminishing economic slack and a surprisingly timed dollop of fiscal largesse in the US.
Working out the right time to sell a fund can be a challenge and will either mean banking profits or crystallising losses.
The Chinese New Year begins on February 16, 2018, marking the start of the Year of the Dog. We examine China’s prospects for growth.
South Korea’s economy is expected to benefit from hosting the Winter Olympics, and may provide opportunities for investors.
Growing demand for streaming services means media and entertainment companies are exploring new ways to expand the reach of their content. We look at whether this changing landscape may create opportunities for investors.
It’s understandable to feel nervous about investing when markets are very high, as there’s always the risk they could suffer a sudden reversal of fortunes.
Investing is never an exact science, but there are certain rules which may help investors achieve their goals.
There are several ways investors can gain exposure to the potential growth of Britain’s rail network, airlines and electric cars. We examine where they may be opportunities for investors.
It is possible to invest intentionally to protect and grow your assets and to make a positive contribution to our world. We explain how.
It has been a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States of America, and during this period US markets have shown solid gains.
It can be easy to lose confidence as an investor, particularly during uncertain times. We offer some strategies that may help.
Frontier markets are markets in the very early stages of development and are less established than emerging markets. Although there may be potential for growth as their economies mature, there are significant risks involved in investing in these fledgling markets.
Investors seeking to make a positive contribution to the society or environment have several options. Here, we consider how ethical and impact investing differ.
We look at some common investment obstacles, and how to manage these in the hope of long-term gains.
Reviewing your investment portfolio regularly can help you work out if you’re on track to meet your goals.
Financial resolutions often top the list of things people would like to change or improve in the New Year.
Arne Hassel, Chief Investment Officer, considers the five key themes for 2018 and how investors may benefit.
World stock markets have enjoyed strong performance in 2017, despite economic and political events that threatened to cause turbulence. Here, we look at how some of the biggest investment sectors have fared over the past year.
There were plenty of surprises in 2017, not least how markets responded to political events. William Hobbs, Barclays’ Head of Investment Strategy, looks at the lessons that can be learnt.
Funds may be divided into two main types - active and passive. Both aim to make money from their underlying assets, but how do they differ?
Around $94 trillion is expected to be required for global infrastructure investment by 2040. We examine whether the growth of this sector presents opportunities for investors.
In a climate of economic uncertainty, many investors are opting for targeted absolute return funds to limit any potential losses, but how do these work?
If you’re investing for long-term growth, you may want to consider reinvesting income. We weigh up the pros and cons.
Smaller companies are outperforming the wider market, but can this winning streak continue? We consider the outlook, and the risks involved for investors.
As the global population ages and amasses more spending power, companies providing services ranging from healthcare to cruises look well placed to profit.
A series of measures announced in the Autumn Budget may provide a long-term boost to housebuilders. Here, we consider the outlook for the industry, and whether it might be time to invest.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has presented his Autumn Budget to Parliament. We examine some of the key economic announcements which could have implications for investors.
Impact investing aims to protect and grow investors' money, while at the same time having a positive social or environmental impact. Here’s what you need to know.
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.
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.
With 2017 in the rear view mirror, we start to examine what this year has in store. William discusses why 2017 was a positive year for investors and whether we can be expecting more of the same in 2018.
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?
Periods of market volatility, like those we have seen in February, will undoubtedly be unsettling times for most 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.
The Chancellor pledged millions of pounds of funding for electric vehicles in the Budget. 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.
Ready-made Investments could offer a one-stop solution for investors who lack the time or knowledge to choose from a wide range of assets.
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?
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.
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.
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 was cut to £2,000 in April 2018. The reduction means that tax-efficient wrappers such as ISAs will become more important for investors with dividends in excess of the allowance who are 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.
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.
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.
UK smaller companies have held their own since the vote to leave the EU in 2016 but investing in this sector carries its own particular set of risks.
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 2018, 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.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
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, but investors who put their faith in this pattern risk being caught out. Here’s what you need to consider.
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.
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.
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 companies and investments 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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