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Expert investments insights to help you preserve and grow your wealth to reach your financial objectives.

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Buying a property

We look at the process for purchasing a property, giving you an overview of what you need to consider and how to prepare for it.

Four mistakes you can make in a market downturn

We look at four mistakes you can make as an investor in a difficult market.

What can we expect after a very tough first half?

Will the next six months be even more challenging?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the first half of the year and what to expect from the next six months.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you originally invested. Tax rules can change in future. Their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

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A challenging summer ahead?

As temperatures rise, markets set to cool

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the US, Europe, and China and what the future may hold.

Time to invest?

Most would-be investors share a common concern: should I invest now or should I wait?

Getting to know buy-to-let mortgages

Is investing in rental properties right for you?

What you may need to consider if you are looking to enter the buy-to-let market.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire

Can rising interest rates curb inflation?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about recent interest rate rises, the latest on Ukraine, and China's coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

A focus on joint mortgages

Buying property with someone else

Know your mortgage options when you're buying with someone or want to help them get their first property.

From war in Ukraine to fears of a recession

What next for investors?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about Ukraine, inflation, Covid, and the US yield curve inversion.

Introducing offset mortgages

Will using your savings ease your mortgage costs?

Could an offset mortgage help your savings work harder for you?

The impact of the pandemic and war in Ukraine

Is the world prepared for what lies ahead?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the economic and market impacts of recent events and on-going war in Ukraine.

The return of interest-only mortgages

With house prices rising, more people are looking at interest-only mortgages – but are they right for you?

Ukraine, Covid, Brexit, inflation, and a ‘she-cession’

What do investors need to keep an eye on in 2022?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about some of the things at the forefront of investors’ minds.

What lies ahead for property in 2022

Could we see a drop in house prices?

Following a volatile 2021 that saw property prices hit all-time highs, what can we expect in the coming year?

Review of this year

Preview of the next

We take a look back over 2021 and consider what we can expect from the year ahead.

The science and art of manager selection

Our skilled managers support your financial ambitions

The Barclays Investment Solutions team discusses how it identifies the most capable managers.

The final sting in the pandemics tail?

Should inflation and a new variant worry markets?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about how the new Omicron variant and rising inflation could affect markets going into 2022.

Will an interest rate rise mean lower house prices?

During a year dominated by lockdown restrictions, furlough schemes, and empty high streets, few could have predicted that in this environment, UK house prices would reach record levels.

What do we mean by ‘green’?

The transition to a ‘greener’ economy

We explore what green investing can mean and consider what governments, investors, and companies are doing to cut emissions and help the transition to a ‘greener’ economy.

Are mortgage rates getting ready to rise?

With energy, petrol, food and even toy prices all beginning to soar this year, every household budget is feeling the pinch.

Learning to coexist with the pandemic

Can we afford to be optimistic for 2021?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about recent market performance and what to expect from the last quarter of the year.

Are UK property prices at their peak?

Now that tax reductions are tapering off, will the expected drop in demand mean prices will finally start to fall in the run up to Christmas?

Will inflation and stock prices put off investors?

Is now still a good time to buy?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about what we have seen in the first half of the year and what the rest of the year may offer investors.

Is the UK property market about to choke?

As prices continue to soar, why aren't sellers selling?

With nowhere to move to, many sellers have decided against selling up. However, for those prepared to cash in on rising prices, the future is uncertain.

When should we expect the all-clear?

Is the UK’s recovery on track?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the latest market movements, future inflation expectations, and what to expect from the second half of the year.

Will rising property prices curtail demand?

Transactions remain above pre-coronavirus levels

As property prices continue their inexorable rise, can supply keep pace with demand, and what impact, if any, will the end of the stamp duty holiday have?

Pandemic drives prime property price surge

Research highlights ‘hot’ property market

While the pandemic has certainly caused widespread disruption to businesses across the UK, it has proved something of a boon for some parts of the UK property market.

Sell in May and go away?

Is it wisdom or whimsy that’s behind the adage?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the latest interest rate and inflation expectations, and whether investors should stick to the old adage to ‘sell in May and go away’.

Can stock markets continue to rise?

Is the optimism about global growth justified?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the first quarter of the year and what might lie ahead.

Go (south) west

City dwellers want to relocate to the south west after lockdown

We explore why so many people appear to be moving away from urban areas to rural communities and what impact this may have on UK property prices.

Too much of a good thing?

Is the US stimulus a boon or bust?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about market developments in February and what to expect from the month ahead.

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What makes a good fund?

Ten factors to consider

We look at ten factors you should consider when choosing a fund.

Understand risk, and ourselves

What does investment risk mean to you?

We explore what is meant, and understood, by the concepts of risk and market volatility when it comes to investing.

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Fund selection in the time of coronavirus

Do you actually need to meet a manager?

Would you entrust your hard-earned savings, or those of your clients, to someone you had never met? Surely you have to meet them first – after all, we all hope we are good judges of character.

Asset Allocation

How we build investment portfolios for clients

Asset Allocation is the mix of assets that an investment portfolio will hold.

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2021 – a new normal?

How has 2020 prepared us for the year ahead?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about a most unusual 12 months and what we can expect from the year ahead.

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Market update

Our report on what’s happening in the UK and beyond

We examine market movements as the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

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Vaccine and Brexit breakthroughs?

What the recent market rally really means

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the US election result, a potential coronavirus vaccine, and the latest on Brexit.

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Is your money in safe hands?

How we’re keeping pace with disruptors to help safeguard portfolios

We examine the impact that an increase in regulation and the emergence of competition from passive investing has had on the markets.

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Charity investment

What we’ve learned from the pandemic

Robin Reynolds, Head of Charities at Barclays Wealth Management, looks at some important considerations for charity investment during the global pandemic.

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Consumption to the rescue… so far

How long will the market rally last?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the recent rally in stock markets and the latest changes in portfolio positioning.

Coronavirus challenges

The Fund Managers working from the kitchen table during the lockdown

Find out how Barclays’ Fund Managers have continued to manage investors’ money during one of the most fraught periods of market volatility in history.

An unprecedented policy response

What are the long-term effects of this pandemic?

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about the long-term effects of the pandemic and the latest changes in portfolio positioning.

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Disentangling stock market moves

What investors need to know

The March sell-off was driven by both effects – lower growth expectations, and elevated investor risk aversion.

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The worst British recession ever?

The contraction described by incoming statistics in the UK and wider world these last few weeks has few, if any, peers. The bald statistics are certainly staggering.

Sustainable Investing

Can your investments help to build a better tomorrow?

Sustainable investing is an expanding area which is becoming increasingly popular with many investors. Here, we consider what impact investing is, dispel a few common myths, and discuss sustainable investing products.

Dialling down the risk

How can markets keep staying so positive?

Our Chief Investment Officer discusses the rising markets in the face of mounting geopolitical tensions and global crises.

How to invest

Selecting the people to manage your money

We recap the key components in our approach to managing our clients’ money.

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Oil price drop

A boon for buyers?

Our Chief Investment Officer discusses the historic drop in oil price and what signal this sends to investors.

The impact of investing

How can investors actively invest for good?

Interest in making a positive societal and environmental impact is starting to be reflected in growing investor appetite for investment strategies that can help.

Coronavirus – the latest

Our experts share their thoughts

A global pandemic looks to be about to end the longest US expansion in well over a century, with a global recession now expected by many. Difficult times lie ahead for the world.

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Buying when others are selling

Has investor pessimism gone too far?

While markets have suffered greatly during the global lockdown, we believe investor pessimism has gone too far and have redeployed cash to seek out new investment opportunities.

Our Chief Investment Officer discusses the continuing impact of the coronavirus and recent changes in portfolio positioning.

Will the virus outbreak lead to a global recession?

The impact is beginning to be felt around the world

The risks of a recession have increased, as more consumers elect to stay at home and restaurants, pubs, and factories shut up shop.

Our Chief Investment Officer discusses the likelihood of a global recession as the world braces for the impact of coronavirus.

UK Budget 2020

Large spending boost

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, made his Budget speech to the House of Commons, on Wednesday 11 March. In the summary below, our investment team reflects on the likely economic impact of the Budget announcement.

Coronavirus and markets

Is recovery in sight for flu-hit markets?

With the coronavirus dominating the newsflow, how worried should investors be as markets begin to feel the strain from the effects of the viral outbreak?

Impact Investing past, present and future

Where has this trend been and where might it be going?

Concern about the outlook for the world’s fragile environment is starting to be reflected in growing investor appetite for investment strategies that can help.

Investment Outlook 2020

Our investment themes for the year

Our Investment Outlook videos feature commentaries from members of our senior investment team on the global investment outlook for 2020

A lot of noise

Tune out the clamour and staying focused on investments

Our Chief Investment Officer talks about market performance, impeachment proceedings in the US, the continuing US-China trade war, Brexit uncertainty, and the upcoming general election in the UK.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you originally invested. Tax rules can change in future. Their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

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