Category: Investment

Why do I own bonds which do not pay me much?

In today’s markets, bond yields are low and those of high-quality bonds are the lowest. In addition, they could quite feasibly crash too with interest rate rises. So why have bonds in a portfolio? It is quite straightforward. Imagine you only hold equities with a portfolio of £200,000. The economy takes a turn for the

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Why is diversification so important?

Building an investment portfolio requires a mixture of investment science and common sense. The evidence suggests timing when to be in and out of markets (or sectors, or companies) is extremely difficult. It also suggests identifying a manager who can persistently beat the market is very hard to do in advance. We, therefore, focus on

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What is your approach to investing?

We sometimes refer to the way we invest as mostly being a ‘systematic’ approach. It is our duty to do what is right for our clients. When investing, we build on a foundation of facts. This is because we believe we would be doing our clients a disservice if we did it any other way.

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What does my portfolio invest into?

What is an equity (or share)? An equity (or share) represents ownership of part of a company. This gives you a right to your share of any dividends paid and a claim on the company’s assets. Returns from equities come from changes in the price of the shares and dividends paid out. Are all equities

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What is investing?

This may seem an obvious question with an obvious answer. In some ways it is. We believe investing to be the means of building wealth to fund lifestyle and personal choices. It is a slow, emotional, and sometimes painful process requiring a robust plan, patiently executed over many years. Anyone hoping to get rich quick

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What are dog funds?

The number of underperforming, or “dog”, funds has risen by a third this year, new data has shown. This is partly due to the gulf between the performance of different styles of investing. The pandemic has exacerbated this, but value and income investing have lagged behind growth investing for a while. How bad could having

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Do I have too much in cash savings?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused massive job losses across the country. But some households have been saving more money than ever [1]. For these households, they have a choice which could have a big impact on their future wealth. This is the choice between saving or investing. More money to invest than usual The

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Why do you believe dividend investing is flawed?

We have written a post previously about focusing on income when investing. I wanted to go into some of the evidence behind focusing on income when investing not being the best strategy. When looking at this, there is probably no more famous theory in Finance than Modigliani/Miller. Known as the Dividend Irrelevance Hypothesis it says investors

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Can I buy property with my pension?

All registered pension schemes can (in theory at least) invest in property, including land, either in the UK or overseas. Pension schemes can invest directly in property, but many choose to invest indirectly using pooled vehicles. These include unit trusts, open-ended investment companies (OEICs) or real estate investment trusts (REITs). As well as allowing smaller

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Is my money locked away if I invest?

It is always important to manage expectations when investing. We often get questions about whether there is an explicit time someone must invest for how accessible the money is. How long do I have to invest for? If you are investing in an investment account or an ISA, then technically you could invest the money

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How could the US Election affect my portfolio?

Many investors are worried about the US election’s effect on the stock market. One school of thought is a Biden victory could lead to measures that would hit businesses. Another asserts the stock market prefers Republican victories. What does the data say? The logic of efficient markets is that anticipated events do not impact prices.

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What has NS&I done to its savings rates?

National Savings & Investments has significantly cut the rates it offers to savers. Savings analysts have long kept one eye on NS&I’s next move. The bank helps to fund the Government’s spending, so it has to balance the rates paid to savers with the cost to the Treasury. NS&I had planned cuts earlier this year.

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Should I invest my money or pay off my debts?

You may have some spare money some surplus income. Either way, you might be thinking about what is best to do with this. Is it better to invest or repay your debts early? Paying off your debt could mean means reduced stress, and a greater ability to withstand personal emergencies, recessions, and depressions. Investing means

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Should I still be investing in Commercial Property?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is floating the idea of new rules designed to improve investor experiences in open-ended UK Commercial Property Funds. Most are currently suspended due to uncertainties on the value of the properties because of the COVID pandemic. In the past, they have placed restrictions on withdrawals due to a lack of

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How can invest for a child?

Investing for the financial future of children and grandchildren are key areas of concern for parents and grandparents. This can be for various reasons including funding education or helping them to buy a house in the future. There are special rules to consider when investments are made for the benefit of, or on behalf of,

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Could we soon see negative interest rates?

Something happened yesterday which has never happened before. The Debt Management Office (DMO), the Treasury arm charged with the task of selling government debt, sold £3.8bn worth of gilts at a negative yield. The stock concerned was 0¾% Treasury 2023 and the average yield was -0.003%. There was no shortage of market interest as they could have

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Is gold something I should be investing in?

There is a debate about whether gold makes for a good way to protect portfolios against stock market declines or rising inflation. When I was at school the currency of the playground was premier league stickers. If you had a “shiny” you could command a higher price than the standard card. Deep down, there is

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How does rebalancing my portfolio help?

Watching your portfolio’s returns go up and down can be an emotionally trying experience. Rebalancing to a predetermined, diversified asset mix makes it so you do not have to worry about market instability as much. Having a suitable mix of assets in your portfolio can serve as a buffer against extreme swings in the market.

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What is a Lifetime ISA?

Lifetime ISAs aim to help people aged between 18 and 40 save for their first home or retirement. A Lifetime ISA (LISA) lets you save up to £4,000 per year. At the end of the tax year, the Government will top up your ISA with a 25% bonus. These bonuses are available on LISA contributions

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What is an ISA?

Anyone, who is a taxpayer and has money to save or invest, should look at Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs). These are “wrappers” in which someone can hold a range of savings and investment products. They are free of UK income and capital gains tax by anyone aged 18 or over (16 or over for cash

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What are Junior ISAs?

Junior ISAs (JISAs) became available from November 2011. Both cash and stocks and shares JISAs are available. Children can hold one of each at a time (two accounts in total). Who is eligible? All UK resident children under the age of 18 who do not have a Child Trust Fund (CTF) are eligible for JISAs.

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What returns can I get?

The returns you can get from your money can mean different things to different people. To some, getting better returns is something to boast about. We believe returns are meaningless unless they go towards making your life better in some way. This can be being able to retire earlier or being able to help loved

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Is investing risky?

Over time, those who have invested money into the world equity markets have generally done best. However, investing our hard-earned money, and the risks involved, can make any of us feel nervous. Any decision you make involves risks. The decision to invest is no different. Whatever you invest will go down in value as well

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