Jennifer Hill

A round-the-world trip takes in the best income prospects

Income-seekers should proceed with caution amid growing headwinds – a mature economic cycle, rising interest rates, the withdrawal of fiscal stimulus and a return to financial market volatility.

“There has been a significant search for yield over the past few years, and as we’re nearer the end of the investment cycle than the beginning, the risks associated with a hunt for income have increased,” says Justin Oliver, deputy chief investment officer at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management.

Consistent 30: funds that deliver year in, year out

Our Consistent 30 line-up of funds across 15 leading sectors that produce not just strong but consistently reliable returns throughout a three-year period has been running for three years now. And 14 funds have retained their crowns this year, one more than last year. A further 10 funds, though dethroned by stronger contenders, retain their places in the top 10 per cent of their respective sectors, up from just five in 2017.

10 investment trusts for pre- and post-retirement portfolios

Investing during the dotcom crash? Drawing an income during the financial crisis? These were pretty hair-raising times for investors, but those who invested regularly in investment trusts in the decade leading up to the financial crisis, then withdrew the natural income in the 10 years since then have virtually quadrupled their money.

US market at serious risk of a sucker punch

The US equity market has been the star performer this year, with the technology-focused Nasdaq index performing particularly strongly, reflecting superior returns from growth stocks compared with value stocks.

In the first seven months of 2018, the Nasdaq 100 rose by 13 per cent and the S&P 500 added 5.3 per cent, compared with 2.4 per cent for the MSCI World index.

Small pot strategies: tips on how and where to invest £10,000 to £250,000

Investors with substantial Sipp or Isa portfolios – worth, say, £250,000 or more – should have little difficulty generating a decent and sustainable income from their pots, but the situation may be quite different for those with smaller portfolios.

On one hand, they are under pressure to take greater risks in order to boost their income; on the other, they are potentially more vulnerable to market corrections that could seriously erode their capital.