Alternative Investments

How should investors play the oil rally?

Unless global growth tails off or US shale production ramps up and floods the market, oil prices should stay strong

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Peer-to-peer Isa: a beginner's guide

Innovative Finance Isas (IF Isas) were introduced in April 2016, and attracted attention as a tax-free route into the peer-to-peer lendin

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How to invest using ETFs: a beginner's guide

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) may not be quite the newest kids on the block, but they are certainly experiencing a growth spurt.

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Gold: how to buy, sell and store gold coins, bars and jewellery

Ron, an 84-year-old retired engineer, decided to rebalance his investment portfolio last year. He sold his investment properties and looked for a new home to save his £850,000.

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Enterprise investment schemes: a beginner's guide

There’s no doubt that Isas and pensions are tax-efficient homes for your cash, but there are other investments that can keep the taxman at bay.

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How to invest in commodities: a beginner's guide

Commodities are physical assets and include metals such as gold, silver and copper, oil and gas, and so-called ‘soft’ commodities such as wheat, sugar and cocoa beans.

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How to invest in VCTs: a beginner's guide

Venture capital trusts (VCTs) are collective funds that take stakes in small companies that investors would generally regard as high-risk (with gross assets of no more than £15 million), and that have been hard pressed to acces

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How to invest using structured products: a beginner's guide

A structured product is a generic term to describe a type of investment that usually has a fixed term, offers some capital protection and, subject to various conditions being met, pays a predetermined return on capital.

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Ethical investing: a beginner's guide

It’s no longer necessary to choose between profit and principles: you can now invest in ethical funds, take out a green mortgage or open a savings account according to socially responsible values.

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