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Books for the garden

Escape lockdown summer with a brilliant book for the garden

Budget 2020: At a glance

What the coronavirus Budget means for your investments

In a turbulent week for health and wealth – we give you the lowdown on how the interest rate cut and Budget could affect your savings and investments.

Potential Covid-19 market meltdown

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How to invest in property

Commercial property funds promise investors a relatively uncorrelated source of returns and income to equities and bonds, but what do investors need to know about this alternative asset class before investing?

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How changing oil prices can affect your investments

Oil prices have fluctuated sharply 2019. We examine what this could mean for your savings and investments.

The pros and cons of fixed income investments

Investors seeking to generate an income may turn to fixed income investments. Here, we examine the outlook for this type of investment, alongside its benefits and drawbacks.

10 tips to help build wealth in the New Year

Maximising returns from your investments may be on your New Year to-do list. Here are ten tips that could help.

What are Dividend Aristocrats?

Which shares would take the crown as the most highly prized dividend payers? Well, there’s a small group of companies who have consistently increased their dividends year after year. These companies are known as the Dividend Aristocrats.

Why is Fundsmith the most popular fund?

Michael Haslam, Head of Funds Distribution at Barclays Investment Solutions, explains the popularity of the Fundsmith Equity Fund.

Four lessons for investors from the collapse of Thomas Cook

Major insolvencies can be deeply worrying for investors. We explain what happens when a company goes into administration and look at ways to manage investment risk.

What next for sterling?

Sterling has had a bumpy ride in recent months, not helped by political uncertainty. We assess the outlook for the pound.

Five timeless investing principles

Designers showcase new collections at London Fashion Week, but when it comes to investing there are some principles which never go out of style.

Four reasons to consider long-term investing

Investing over the long-term may increase your prospects for returns. Here, we explore why this strategy might work.

Should you sell in May?

The ‘Sell in May’ effect is an alleged seasonal pattern in equity markets, where it’s claimed that returns from November to April are stronger than the other half of the year. But is it true, and what should investors do?

Meet the 2019 dividend heroes

A total of 20 investment trusts have delivered dividend increases for at least the past 20 years, according to the Association of Investment Companies. Here, we reveal the 2019 dividend heroes.

How currency movements can affect 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.

An ISA way to invest in your future

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?

Five things you need to know about gold

Gold is often perceived as a safe haven during turbulent times, although it can itself be very volatile. We look at five things you need to know about the precious metal.

Books for the beach

Looking for inspiration for your holidays? Our Investment experts share the books they are reading this summer.

Four differences between active and passive investing

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?

The pros & cons of investing in smaller companies

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.

How can women overcome the barriers to investing?

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.

How risk-targeted and risk-rated funds differ

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.

What is contrarian investing?

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.

How new regulatory changes affect you

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.

Are you happy with your investments?

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.

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