Insights

Editor’s Comment: what I learned when I met two financial planners

Deciding that her partners retirement meant that it was time to walk the financial planning walk, Fait

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The best performing Rated Funds in the first quarter of 2019

The bounce-back of Money Observer Rated Funds savaged at the end of last year has been remarkable, with 86 funds beating the MSCI World index benchmark.

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Steve Webb: why a ‘partial’ final salary pension transfer could be the right fit

Transferring out of a final salary pension is a big step, but extracting just a portion of your pension could offer the best of both worlds.

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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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What to review before and after April 2019 tax deadline

Jonathan Watts-Lay outlines top saving allowances to utilise before the end of the tax year.

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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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Investment trust bargains to take advantage of stockmarket wobble

Investment Trust Bargain Hunter: we run through the ‘cheap’ investment trusts that have been tipped to outperform peers on an 18- to 24-month view.

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Vodafone dividend cut highlights need for new approach to income investing

The telecoms companys dividend cut ended a two-decade run of rising payouts.

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Michael Lindsell: how I find shares that stand out from the crowd

The veteran Japan investor tells Kyle Caldwell how he finds exceptional businesses and then holds on to them as long as possible, and explains why Abenomics has failed.

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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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UK employment total hits record high as wage growth slows

The number of people in work rose by 99,000 in the three months to March to 32.7 million, although wage growth fell.

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How to find reliable dividend shares and avoid ‘value traps’

Fund manager Stuart Rhodes explains how he finds shares that grow their dividends year in, year out, and makes the case for the M&G Global Dividend fund in 30 seconds.

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Are you making this emerging markets mistake?

Many investors view emerging market economies as a homogeneous block, when they should be looking for returns at the country level, explains Gordon Fraser.

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Three years on from Brexit vote: the best-performing funds

One of the best places for investors to have been over the past three years was UK funds that buy small-sized British businesses. 

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