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

We look at the nuts and bolts of ETFs, what they aim to achieve and how they have become more sophisticated and nuanced.

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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

With enterprise investment schemes giving investors generous tax breaks, should you invest?

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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

Provided you are comfortable with holding shares for at least five years, the tax benefits of VCTs are substantial.

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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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