2017: a record-breaking year for global dividends

It’s been a bumper year for dividends so far. According to the latest Global Dividend Index from Janus Henderson, $328.1 billion has been paid to shareholders around the globe in the past three months alone. The total for 2017 is forecast to reach nearly $1,250 billion, representing an increase of more than 7% compared to […]

27 November 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Pensions – perhaps Nanny really does know best

For most of the last decade pensions – and pension savings – has been a really big political topic. At the 2015 General Election pretty much every major political party gave over large sections of their manifestos to the subject, yet less than two years later and the topic of pensions was most notable by […]

6 November 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Will the Japanese stock market stay above the 21,000 hurdle?

With an election looming, Clive Hale, director at FundCalibre, looks at the prospects for the Japanese market. (Darius McDermott is currently away) Having reached its peak at the end of 1989, the Japanese equity market spent the next two decades in decline. Back then, the Imperial Palace and its grounds in Tokyo was valued at […]

19 October 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Investors behaving badly: five mistakes and tips on how to avoid them

We all like to think we are rational and considered investors, but in reality, most of us fall into at least a few behavioural traps. We are only human after all… Here are five examples of behavioural investing mistakes and some tips (and funds) to help you avoid them. Anchoring This is when we fixate […]

28 September 2017 by Darius McDermott

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All change in the car industry but how should investors react?

The car industry is undergoing profound change right now. The rise of electric vehicles, fuel-efficient cars and automation represent three trends to watch closely over the coming years. The combination of all three suggest the automotive industry has reached an inflection point. The growing popularity of electric cars is underpinned by Volvo’s recent announcement that […]

31 August 2017 by Darius McDermott

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The Taylor Review: Poor timing?

Despite slowing economic indicators – and the many uncertainties of Brexit just over the horizon – the UK’s employment figures have been rather impressive of late.  The official ONS figures in June this year show a record employment rate of 74.8%.  So how is this being achieved? There are many factors at play here, but […]

9 August 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Brexit – Changing our outlook?

Despite being very British in my world outlook, I am not blinkered to some of our national shortcomings.  And I admit to being more than a little concerned about the Brexit journey ahead, and the nation’s apparent lack of progress to prepare for this challenge. I have long suspected that part of the problem is our national […]

31 July 2017 by Steve Herbert

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What to do when your investment style goes out of fashion

Juliet Schooling Latter, research director, Chelsea Financial Services considers the issue of investment style. Flicking through Vogue magazine the other day, I was astonished to come across a page dedicated to fuchsia ensembles (for the colour-challenged, think extremely bright pink). I recall donning something in that shade only once in my life, in a moment […]

18 July 2017 by Darius McDermott

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One year on from Brexit should you invest in the UK or the EU?

Brexit negotiations begun this week, almost exactly one year on from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union last June. In the past 12 months, UK companies have largely trod water, waiting to see which way the negotiating winds would blow. Many European companies, however, have been ramping up as their economy shows signs […]

20 June 2017 by Darius McDermott

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After the election, what now for tax relief on pensions?

I must admit that I really didn’t see the election result coming.  I’m still rather stunned that the Conservatives managed to lose both a commanding lead in the polls, and a workable majority in the House of Commons, in the space of just a few weeks. Whilst we are on the subject of unexpected outcomes, […]

13 June 2017 by Steve Herbert

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