Marina Gerner

Sustainable investing: should you go active or passive?

A row of solar panels may still be the image that pops into most people’s minds when they think of sustainable investing. But the socially responsible investment sector is in fact much broader, and it is steadily becoming more mainstream. Two thirds of investors would like their money to support companies that are profitable but also make a positive contribution to society and the environment, according to Triodos Bank.

What are the best ways to find lost pension pots?

There are many things we half-expect to lose – umbrellas, sunglasses and socks may im­mediately come to mind – but we don’t typically anticipate losing pension pots from pre­vious jobs. However, insurer Aegon recently estimated that more than seven million people have misplaced one or more of their pension accounts. Similarly, wealth man­ager Tilney found that one in five people admit to having lost a pension, often because they failed to notify pension providers when they changed address.

Should savers be seduced by peer-to-peer’s strong returns?

Innovative Finance Isas (IF Isas) were launched in April 2016, providing investors with a halfway house between the low-risk, minimal return cash Isa arena and the stock market risk of stocks and shares Isas – but they got off to a slow start. So what sort of choice is now available, and what risks and attractions are attached to these products?

FTSE 350 companies’ dividend cover doubles over 12 months

Average dividend cover – a measure of how sustainable dividends are – has doubled since this time last year among the FTSE 350 companies, according to research by The Share Centre.

Dividend cover is the ratio produced by dividing profit after tax by the total dividends paid out to shareholders. A higher ratio suggests the company has the cash to sustain dividends more comfortably and affordably.

Mirror, mirror on the wall - who's the best fund manager of all?

There is a belief that people with psychopathic traits – like aggression, cold charm and a ruthless lack of empathy – do well in the financial industry.

So a team of academics, led by Leanne ten Brinke, a social psychologist at the University of Denver, set out to investigate if that’s the case.

Her team studied the video interviews of 101 hedge fund managers. The way each fund manager communicates was analysed for behaviour associated with the ‘dark triad’ personality traits: psychopathy, Machiavellianism and narcissism.