In the wake of Carillion – how can investors avoid a ‘value trap’ and which fund managers do it best

We all like to pick up a bargain and investments are no different. But with global stock markets around the world posting new highs on an almost daily basis, and stocks just getting more and more expensive (a bit like the last garment on the clothes shop rail in January), only the horrendously out-of-fashion investment […]

26 January 2018 by Darius McDermott

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Avoiding coal in favour of joules this Christmas

FundCalibre’s managing director Darius McDermott discusses going electric this Christmas. It’s the time of the year when carols are sung, the fairy lights come down from the attic and parents make the most of (at least temporarily) well-behaved children who are keen not to find themselves on Father Christmas’s ‘naughty list’. The prospect of receiving […]

21 December 2017 by Darius McDermott

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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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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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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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Positive political change helping Asia’s comeback

While investors eyes have been on the US and UK stock markets continuing to reach new all-time highs, Asian stock markets have also been enjoying a positive run in 2017, recording their best year-to-date performance since 2009. Encouragingly, overall, and notably for Taiwan and South Korea, earnings forecasts have been revised upwards due to stronger […]

24 May 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Adding India to your ISA now could help you save for decades

Mentioning demographics when one talks about India almost seems redundant – so obvious an advantage does that country have. Yet with a population of around 1.3 billion; a growing, youthful workforce; and a swelling middle class, it’s also impossible not to highlight the long-term potential. UK equity funds form the core of most people’s ISA […]

21 March 2017 by Darius McDermott

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