How to invest

Footsie dividend yield still strong

Investors should not write off the UK stock market in their search for income, with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone and FirstGroup boasting high dividend yields and strong balance sheets, according to Killik & Co.

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Tactical Asset Allocator: lessons learnt from investing in ‘star’ economies

As we bid farewell to this portfolio, we reflect on the fortunes of a key theme in the portfolio and flag up macro risks that investors will need to keep an eye on.

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If value makes a comeback, these are the investment trusts to buy

The catalyst that will transform the fortunes of value-oriented trusts is difficult to pinpoint, but several appear well-positioned to come good for long-suffering investors.

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Tactical Asset Allocator: lessons learnt from investing in ‘star’ economies

As we bid farewell to this portfolio, we reflect on the fortunes of a key theme in the portfolio and flag up macro risks that investors will need to keep an eye on.

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ETF demand: Americans are the hares to Europe’s tortoises

The benefits of ETFs have fuelled a surge in their popularity in the US over the past decade, but European private investors are harder nuts to crack.

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Why women have an eye for ethical investing

Aberdeen Standard Investments Amanda Young reflects on findings that women in particular are highly receptive to clearly defined ethical investment propositions.

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How to strike a better balance in an era of lower returns

The days of achieving steady, inflation-beating income from a mix of shares and bonds are gone. We explore how investors can strengthen their portfolio using alternative assets.

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Purposeful Portfolio Higher Income: the fund winners and losers

The Higher Income portfolio is now being dissolved. We review its performance.

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Woodford Patient Capital: bargain or falling knife?

We examine the prospects for Neil Woodford’s badly leaking investment venture as investors get the jitters.

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ETF demand: Americans are the hares to Europe’s tortoises

The benefits of ETFs have fuelled a surge in their popularity in the US over the past decade, but European private investors are harder nuts to crack.

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Drawdown investors have profited since start of pension freedoms, but must learn to live with volatility

Those who opt for drawdown need to be comfortable with the idea that the value of their pension will rise and fall over time.

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Tactical Asset Allocator: lessons learnt from investing in ‘star’ economies

As we bid farewell to this portfolio, we reflect on the fortunes of a key theme in the portfolio and flag up macro risks that investors will need to keep an eye on.

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What can a Victorian book about investing teach us?

fin de siècle tome about an anonymous womans investing experience in the 1890s reveals what has changed in 129 years - and what hasn’t, says Jenna Barnard.

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How to strike a better balance in an era of lower returns

The days of achieving steady, inflation-beating income from a mix of shares and bonds are gone. We explore how investors can strengthen their portfolio using alternative assets.

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Over half of Help to Buy users could have bought a home without help

National Audit Office report has revealed that more than half the people using the government's Help to Buy initiative would have been able to purchase a home without the scheme's help.

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