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Editor's Comment: brokers’ platform exit fees should be shown the door

Our sister company interactive investor quietly waived exit fees in 2017 and permanently scrapped them this month. Will other platforms follow suit?

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Spot the difference between skill and luck in active funds

Managers’ short-termism is blighting active funds. Those adding value should stand up and be counted as part of a campaign that could help sort the wheat from the chaff, says Andrew Pitts.

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Steve Webb: the new state pension - will I get the new flat rate, and if not, why not?

Pension Clinic clarifies the complex rules relating to a confusing state pension transition that may affect what you get.

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Contrarian Investor: Three trusts for value in an overvalued world

Few pockets of value remain for contrarians to exploit. David Liddell suggests three trusts that should prove resilient.

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How to minimise tax at retirement

With careful planning, it’s possible to pay little or no tax when you come to retire. Jonathan Watts-Lay outlines three examples to show you how.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall - who's the best fund manager of all?

There is a belief that people with psychopathic traits do well in the financial industry – but is this justified?

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Black Friday: three investment trust bargains not to be missed

Ahead of Black Friday (on 23 November), we pick out three investment trusts that can be snapped up on the cheap.

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Increased volatility strengthens the case for infrastructure

Infrastructure came into its own in the last quarter of 2018 as investors rotated out of growth stocks that have soared in value in search of more defensive assets.

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Richard Penny: Hunting for mispriced UK stocks that will beat Brexit blues

The top-performing fund manager is relishing the task of shaping his new Crux UK Special Situations fund and a fresh opportunity to test his eye for undervalued UK companies.

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Murray International’s Bruce Stout: tech obsession will end badly for passive investors

The trust has raised its dividend in each of the last 15 years, but 2018 has not been easy. Bruce Stout talks predictions, FAANGs and trade wars.

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Little miracles: the large advantages of small companies

Chris Gannatti of WisdomTree Europe reviews the attractions of investing in smaller companies in the US, Japan, Europe and the emerging markets.

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Bank of England warns no-deal Brexit will crush the UK economy

Leaving the EU without a deal could spell major disruption for the UK economy. Markets, however, may have already priced that in. 

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Increased volatility strengthens the case for infrastructure

Infrastructure came into its own in the last quarter of 2018 as investors rotated out of growth stocks that have soared in value in search of more defensive assets.

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How US policy could benefit emerging markets

As America’s influence over emerging markets wanes and China develops its consumer economy, there are opportunities for investors.

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Richard Penny: Hunting for mispriced UK stocks that will beat Brexit blues

The top-performing fund manager is relishing the task of shaping his new Crux UK Special Situations fund and a fresh opportunity to test his eye for undervalued UK companies.

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