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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Looking for consistently good fund management firms

Most of us have a favourite restaurant. You know, a place we like to go where the food is always good, the staff are friendly and we’re happy to recommend it to our friends. The key is consistency. If we went some nights and waited an hour only to get cold food – well, that […]

21 February 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Five thrifty tips to help you start saving and investing

One of the common barriers to saving and investing is that people simply don’t have any spare cash at the end of the month. Their wage is used up on the necessities in life – like feeding their family and putting a roof over their heads. It’s hard to argue with those priorities! With inflation […]

25 January 2017 by Darius McDermott

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