Insights

Mixed assets

Saltydog: Trump's tariffs won't resolve global trade issues

The trade tariff war is a little like putting dirty fuel into your car and then wondering why it won’t run, says Douglas Chadwick

United Kingdom

Share Sleuth: time to reflect on comfortable positioning

The portfolio's biggest holdings are good firms at reasonable prices, but what about the others?

Commodities

Bitcoin: is it the new gold?

There are signs that bitcoin could be taking over from gold as a safe haven.

United Kingdom

Top 10 most popular investment trusts – August 2017

Emerging markets have enjoyed a spectacular recovery over the past 18 months or so, but remain cheap compared to developed markets.

Insights

Mixed assets

Saltydog: Trump's tariffs won't resolve global trade issues

The trade tariff war is a little like putting dirty fuel into your car and then wondering why it won’t run, says Douglas Chadwick

United Kingdom

Share Sleuth: time to reflect on comfortable positioning

The portfolio's biggest holdings are good firms at reasonable prices, but what about the others?

Commodities

Bitcoin: is it the new gold?

There are signs that bitcoin could be taking over from gold as a safe haven.

United Kingdom

Top 10 most popular investment trusts – August 2017

Emerging markets have enjoyed a spectacular recovery over the past 18 months or so, but remain cheap compared to developed markets.

Top Performing Funds

Name 1m Sort descending 1yr Sort ascending 3yr Sort descending 5yr Sort descending
CFP SDL UK Buffettology Inst Inc -0.91 % 22.4 % 70.78 % 118.3 %
Baillie Gifford UK Equity Alpha B Inc -0.35 % 22.29 % 52 % 58.45 %
CFP SDL Free Spirit General (Inc) -1.58 % 17.67 % N/A N/A
TB Saracen UK Alpha B Acc -0.08 % 15.43 % 36.38 % 78.6 %
Standard Life UK Opportunities Platform 1 Inc -0.86 % 15.28 % 31.82 % 64.54 %
Data provided by Morningstar.
Name 1m Sort descending 1yr Sort ascending 3yr Sort descending 5yr Sort descending
Smith & Williamson Far Eastern Inc&Gr B -0.22 % 6.66 % 65.15 % 85.9 %
Fidelity Emerging Asia W Acc -1.39 % 6.38 % 65.77 % 93.23 %
Fidelity Asia W Acc -2.28 % 5.89 % 73.54 % 92.14 %
Janus Henderson China Opportunities I Acc -4.82 % 5.89 % 75.24 % 108.07 %
Old Mutual Asia Pacific R Acc -1.26 % 5.18 % 87.31 % 98.9 %
Data provided by Morningstar.
Name 1m Sort descending 1yr Sort ascending 3yr Sort descending 5yr Sort descending
Manchester & London Ord -2.49 % 37.57 % 130.74 % 103.77 %
Crystal Amber Ord -1.05 % 23.25 % 50.43 % 80.81 %
Artemis Alpha Trust Ord -2.11 % 20.61 % 30.91 % 36.33 %
Henderson Opportunities Ord -5.07 % 17.83 % 9.78 % 69.44 %
JPMorgan Mid Cap Ord -5.86 % 17.09 % 33.3 % 103.59 %
Data provided by Morningstar.

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Mixed assets

A ‘Geoff Boycott’ approach to Investing

Andrew Craig of Plain English Finance asks whether investors could learn from the English cricket legend’s highly defensive but effective batting strategy. 

Global Emerging Markets

Russia: down but not out

Russia has been revelling in the success of hosting the World Cup, but its latest brush with US sanctions remains fresh on investors’ minds.

Mixed assets

Why we are strengthening portfolios with hard assets

Infrastructure and other hard assets should benefit from a stronger economy and play a defensive longer-term role

Top Performing Sectors

Name 1yr Sort ascending 3yr Sort descending 5yr Sort descending Funds
North American Smaller Companies 23.81 % 72.15 % 103.54 % 19
Technology and Telecommunications 22.62 % 89.03 % 134.6 % 19
North America 18.2 % 67.26 % 108.93 % 122
Personal Pensions 17.38 % 27.3 % 14.17 % 0
Japanese Smaller Companies 14.08 % 83.96 % 118.96 % 8
Data provided by Morningstar.
Name 1yr Sort ascending 3yr Sort descending 5yr Sort descending Funds
Sector Specialist: Litigation 207.22 % 19.45 % -22.19 % 1
Sector Specialist: Tech Media & Telecomm 36.7 % 138.02 % 103 % 4
Sector Specialist: Utilities 31.16 % 19.32 % 19.32 % 4
Japanese Smaller Companies 26.66 % 106.2 % 158.75 % 3
North American Smaller Companies 25.32 % 79.95 % 79.78 % 3
Data provided by Morningstar.