Weekly Investment Ideas

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Here, our investment specialists help you select funds for your portfolio. Each idea is taken from the Barclays Funds List, which has been created by Barclays’ investment specialists to represent a shortlist of funds that we believe have built solid reputations. With thousands of different funds to choose from, it can seem like a big task to build the portfolio that’s right for you. Hopefully these ideas will help you in building your diversified investment portfolio.

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The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice.

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Three growth funds for Spring

We take a closer look at the Jupiter UK Alpha Fund, Montanaro European Smaller Companies, and the Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainable Equity Fund.

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Asia funds to consider

We take a closer look at the Fidelity Asia Fund, the Janus Henderson Asian Divided Income Fund, and the Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Fund, what they do and the kind of companies they invest in.

Three funds to fall in love with

We take a closer look at the JO Hambro Global Emerging Market Opportunities Fund, Merian UK Smaller Companies, and the Janus Henderson Global Sustainable Equity Fund.

Findlay Park American Fund

We take a closer look at the Findlay Park American Fund, what it does and the kind of companies it invests in.

BlackRock European Dynamic Fund

We take a closer look at the BlackRock European Dynamic Fund – investing in Europe’s winning companies.

Jupiter Ecology Fund

We take a closer look at the Jupiter Ecology Fund – a pioneer in a fast changing market.

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Views on the News

A weekly round-up of the leading business, personal finance, investment, savings and pensions stories in the press from the past week, including analysis and opinion from our experts.

COVID-19 – Worse than the Great Financial Crisis?

We discuss the gathering economic and societal impact of COVID-19. What can policy makers do? Is the bottom of the bear market near?

How to have a great investment experience

The common perception of a successful investor has little to do with investing for the long term. In fact, by following a few simple rules, we explore how you can increase your chances of a happy experience.

Taking comfort from the impact your portfolio makes

Staying invested during periods of uncertainty can be hard. Here, we explore how impact investing can help you to stay invested, and reap the associated financial rewards.

Why not gold?

While the price of gold has soared in the last few months, we explore why the safety apparently on offer may be illusory.

Why there’s no such thing as a typical year

While better reporting may help investors form an expectation of the typical returns they can expect from an investment, here we explore why anchoring on typical returns can lead to regular dissatisfaction.

How to invest in the fourth industrial revolution

Humankind’s undiminished ability to invent, apply and get better at using new technology suggests that pessimism with regards to the future may be misplaced. Here, we explore how some diversified exposure to the world’s share and bond markets represents one way to express a little of this entirely rational optimism in portfolios.

The tricky business of forecasting investment returns

Forecasting investment returns is a tricky business: there’s always going to be an element of uncertainty, but how much? The bad news is that there’s no crystal ball. The good news is that long term investors might not need one.

Profiting from uncertainty

The future will always be unknown. Here, we consider what investors should do to cope with the uncertainty.

Why diversification is the holy grail for investors

‘Diversification’ is the mantra of the investing world but to what end is diversification the means? And, can we tell what kind of diversification is actually worthwhile?

We always want what we don’t have

Fear of loss and fear of missing out leave us in a perpetual state of wanting to be the other person. The trick is to use fear to make you do something actually useful.

Is the slowing Chinese economy a cause for concern?

Chinese economic activity has slowed over the last few quarters but what comes next and what should investors do?

Are the house price rises of the last couple of decades normal?

How property compares to other types of investment.

Investing lessons from the last 1000 years

What can the past teach us about the underlying drivers of long-run stock returns?

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