Jeff Salway

Revealed: the best-value platforms for investment trusts

More than 150 years after the first investment trust came into existence, trusts are still gaining popularity among direct investors. However, the investment environment today is very different from that in 1868 when the Foreign & Colonial trust was launched to offer private investors access to international investment opportunities.

Top up your portfolio with alcoholic drinks stocks

As welcome as a decent bottle of something might be for Christmas, a clinking sound is a bit of a giveaway. But there’s a less predictable way to delight the wine, whisky or beer hobbyist in your life, and for longer than a bottle of red or four-pack of beers usually will – a slice of ownership in their favourite brand.

The best Sipp platforms for your portfolio - 2018

The subject of investment platform costs and charges featured prominently when the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the City regulator, published the outcome of its year-long study of the platform market in July. The FCA found that charges and the range of available investments on offer were the most important factors for DIY investors when comparing platforms, while lower charges were identified as the main motivation for investors switching platforms.