Developed economies

Two winter portfolios post market-beating gains

January was a stunning month for both of the ii winter portfolios, one of which generated a 14% return.

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Brace yourselves: when politics and markets collide

What are the implications of a currently chaotic political order for investors? Thomas Becket analyses the global landscape.

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Unsung funds: alternatives to the most-popular funds

The most-bought funds and trusts of the past two years may be less successful in 2019, so here are some promising alternatives offering better value or a more defensive approach.

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How to tackle and profit from volatile markets

Investors are looking for safety but – with the usual safe havens also hazardous – unsure where to find it. Cherry Reynard has some suggestions.

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How to protect equity returns from below-par performance

With equities struggling to stay bullish, this could be a good time to seek out vehicles that deliver positive returns even when the markets are falling.

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How to profit and protect your investments from macro noise

David Prosser runs through the major political and economic factors that will affect returns in 2019, and outlines some promising investment ideas.

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Europe: can this all-weather trust shelter investors amid bleak forecasts?

We size up the credentials of Fidelity European Values - an all-weather trust that should hold its own in the difficult macroeconomic conditions.

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Europe: how a potential crisis has crept up on the Continent

With tension in France, Germany and Italy, the final shape of Brexit could be the key factor that determines whether the eurozone tips into recession this year or not, says Victor Hill.

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US shares post best January in 30 years

While fears over global growth and the trade wars still hang heavily, the market saw a bump following the Federal Reserve’

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