Asset allocation

Are ‘safe’ investments truly secure?

The days when portfolios could be protected by increasing their weighting to bonds are gone. Tom Bailey reviews today’s options.

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Where are our five experts bargain-hunting in the first quarter of 2019?

In our quarterly series, a five-strong expert panel run through the investment areas they favour and those they are avoiding.

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Bond tips: time for defensive stance as bull market struggles

We round up the bond and multi-asset choices made by our panels of fund and investment trust experts.

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

We identify the most promising asset classes, regions and sectors for income-seeking investors in the year ahead.

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Global trusts can provide defensive diversification

Trusts in the global sector can adjust their exposure to different regions – a useful defence when macroeconomic troubles loom.

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With markets looking shaky, here are alternative income options to consider

With many income investors overexposed to equities, we round up a range of ways to diversify your portfolio.

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The cracks showing in the teetering bull market

Markets worldwide have nosedived amid concerns over further US rate hikes, leading our panellists to see possible buying opportunities in the months ahead.

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Diversification in investing: the old rules no longer apply

A diversified portfolio was once a straightforward way for investors to respond to escalating market uncertainty, but not any more. We outline the new rules.

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A ‘Geoff Boycott’ approach to Investing

Andrew Craig of Plain English Finance asks whether investors could learn from the English cricket legend’s highly defensive but effective batting strategy. 

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