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Few people, and certainly not the opinion polls, forecasted that maverick real-estate mogul and reality TV personality Donald Trump would win the US Presidential Election. So what does the surprise result mean for the global economy and financial markets? Tilney Bestinvest provides its Economic Insight into the effect of the result which you can read […]
Savers in the UK have been getting a rough deal since the global financial crisis with interest rates held at 0.5% for a long eight years. In August 2016, when Brexit became reality, it was cut still further to a measly 0.25% and experts are predicting that the rate could go as low as 0.1% […]
FATCA – the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act that was passed in the US in 2010 – has been playing havoc with the finances of American expats. It has become extremely difficult for US expats living abroad to invest, the reason being that investment institutions and banks simply don’t want the bother of having to […]
The US government’s policy of taxing all US citizens, regardless of where they live, is almost unique (as far as I know, only Eritrea is the only other country which does it!). The draconian FATCA law which forces them to declare all overseas assets is extremely unpopular, not just with individuals, some of whom have […]
Gold is generally regarded as a safe investment in troubled times and when volatility hits the markets, investors often rush to shift funds from equities to gold. It is essentially seen as somewhere to store wealth when other asset classes appear risky. Of course that doesn’t mean that it can’t lose value just like any […]
There is nothing like a bit of volatility to undermine investor confidence but how we react to uncertainty in the markets can have a huge effect on the value of our portfolios. Faced with yo-yoing markets, investors can largely choose from one of two strategies: either try and time the markets or take a long […]
Our investment management partner, Tilney Bestinvest, has just released their latest Spot the Dog study of underperforming funds. The report is something of a bugbear for those fund managers who are destroying value for investors, leaving nowhere for them to hide. You can download a free copy here. Fund managers at M&G are top dogs […]
$26.5bn ($20bn) is an enormous amount of wealth to be responsible for but that is the value of assets under management by Infinity’s partner, Tilney Bestinvest, following the acquisition of the Towry group in a £600mn deal. The acquisition, which has increased Tilney Bestinvest’s assets under management by over 60%, was completed earlier this week […]
The terms bull and bear are buzzwords which are often used to describe different markets in the financial press and on trading floors but do you know what they mean? If you have investments, a bull market is what you want as it describes a market where prices are rising. Officially, to be a bull […]
The concept behind compound interest is very straightforward. Simply put, it is interest earned on interest. It relies on the investment of two things; earnings and time. The more important of the two could be said to be time, given enough time even smaller investments can grow substantially by the time you reach retirement. The […]
Often company shareholders are rewarded with a dividend – this is a portion of the company’s profits which the board of directors decides to share with investors when a company has performed well. It is always extremely gratifying for investors to receive a dividend cheque in the post and tempting to use the windfall to […]
Our last post featuring quotes from the world’s most famous investor, Warren Buffet, was a popular one so here’s some more nuggets from the oracle of Omaha for all you aspiring Warrens out there! ‘Do not save what is left after spending but spend what is left after saving’ This is something of a mantra […]
If you have stock market investments you have good reason to be feeling anxious in 2016. Markets are on a rollercoaster ride right now with prices careering up and down. This volatility is being driven by a variety of factors, amongst them the slump in the price of oil, slow growth in China and political […]
If you are in any way interested in investing, the chances are that you have heard of Warren Buffett, dubbed the ‘oracle of Omaha’ and considered to be the world’s most successful investor. Buffett is a regular frequenter of the Forbes Billionaire’s List and is currently at number three with net worth valued at $72.7billion […]
It was Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States who is credited as saying ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’ but is it really true? As interest rates have stagnated since the financial crisis of 2007, you could be forgiven for challenging Franklin if your money is sitting in the […]
Just as a truly great football team needs a strong defence to stop their opponents from scoring as well as the more dazzling strikers who will put the ball in the back of the net, so a balanced portfolio needs some defensive investments to counteract the riskier ones. Defensive stocks, like their footballing counterparts, are […]
It’s an extremely pertinent question given recent data released from S&P Dow Jones Indices. The figures show that funds that are being actively managed are failing on a massive scale with nine out of ten European equity funds and three quarters of UK equity funds underperforming against their benchmarks over the last decade. In addition, […]
This week – 18th to 24th October – is Good Money Week, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of ethical or socially responsible investing. We all have the possibility of using our money to invest responsibly and as our world faces the huge challenges presented by rapid population growth, scarcity of resources, increasing social inequality […]
The short answer is yes! And here’s the lowdown on why. Young people tend to take greater risks in life, which explains a lot of things including why adolescents commit more crimes than other age groups, why they are more likely to drink and smoke and why it costs a lot more to insure a […]
Investors who currently have all their money tied up in equities are having a bad time of it. The China crisis on Monday 24th August sent shockwaves around the world causing share prices to nosedive. Immediately after Black Monday the FTSE 100 was down 4.6% with £73.75bn wiped off the value of shares and a […]
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