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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 […]
In a previous blog post we dealt with the impossibility of avoiding risk altogether when investing and the importance of working out your own personal tolerance to risk and then diversifying your assets. In this post, I’d like to highlight the different types of risk involved in investing. Inflation risk Inflation is a silent thief […]
If you have strong political, religious or environmental beliefs, it makes sense to invest in companies which don’t go against your principles. If you think Amazon is the work of Satan because of its reputation for tax avoidance and unfair treatment of its employees then you will probably avoid investing in shares in the company. […]
Investment involves risk. Always. The important thing is to manage that risk in a way which is suitable for each individual. In order for financial planners to be able to find the best level of investment risk for each client, they need to work out the individual’s risk profile. This involves three elements: Risk capacity […]
On 24th August, the Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) fell 8% in a single day, plummeting 40% from its peak just a few short months ago in June 2015 after heady gains in the first half of the year. Black Monday not only affected investors in the country itself but has sent shockwaves around the world […]
Any financial guru will tell you that the most important element of any investment plan is diversification. Putting all your investment eggs all in one basket is the riskiest strategy you could take and is to be avoided at all cost. Diversification can be achieved in various ways and at different levels. The first and […]
The financial crisis of 2008 has a lot of bad things to answer for but here’s one positive outcome. According to a study recently released by Scottish Widows, the UK is turning into a nation of savers. Apparently three quarters of Brits are now saving on a regular basis, over a third of them claiming […]
There are a great many enjoyable aspects to being a financial adviser. Building a rapport with clients, helping them to set goals and, even better, to achieve them is what keeps many of our advisers here at Infinity motivated and happy in their work. However, as with any job, there are also some challenges. In […]
If you are investing for your retirement, you are apparently in the minority and can give yourself a big pat on the back. However, one huge risk that retiree investors face is running out of money. If you spend all your working life accumulating enough wealth to have a comfortable retirement, it would be a […]
We are all familiar with Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare, in which the plodding tortoise challenges the bragging hare to a race and is mercilessly ridiculed until the over-confident hare takes a nap mid-race only to wake up and find that the tortoise has beaten him across the finish line. The moral […]
Polling day in the UK is almost here and it is the tightest election in decades. The manifestoes have been published, the party leaders have slogged it out on national TV and are now resorting to last minute promises to woo voters who are as yet undecided. But it is anyone’s guess as to how […]
Over the last two decades the financial landscape has undergone significant changes which have had a profound effect on how small investors engage with the market. One big trend is a move towards a mix and match approach to investing known as the multi-asset fund. Traditionally many investors were fixed on stocks and shares and […]
For anyone wishing to build wealth, an understanding of the power of compounding will provide a huge incentive to get you started investing and encourage you to keep on adding to your nest egg. Put simply, compounding is the process of earning interest on interest so if in year one your $1000 investment earns 6%, […]
Our investment partner, Tilney Bestinvest, is in the dog house again. Not from investors, I hasten to add, but from investment fund managers whose performance is in question. The reason is the recent publication of the spring 2015 edition of ‘Spot the Dog’, a publication which publicly names and shames the worst performing funds which […]
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