Insights

Editor’s Comment: buylists can be helpful, but know what you’re looking at

Buylists, such as Money Observers 2019 Your Fund Choices, are a good starting-point for investors who want clear guidance, says Faith Glasgow.

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Why Japan offers the best hunting ground for value investors

The pressure building in developed equity markets last year was felt most keenly in Japan, which now looks poised to make the strongest rebound.

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Steve Webb: when it pays to exceed the annual and lifetime allowance

Pension Clinic: it is perfectly legal to exceed both your annual and lifetime tax-free pension saving limits, and it can make financial sense to do so.

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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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Top 10 tips if you’re retiring in 2019

Jonathan Watts-Lay offers a financial checklist for those in the run-up to retirement this coming 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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Four red flags to break up with a wealth manager  

Lee Goggin runs through the key reasons to change wealth manager and highlights how to go through the process.

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Henderson’s Laura Foll: Brexit takes up most of my thinking time

The fund manager outlines her plans for what is likely be a tough year ahead.

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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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Three key takeaways for investors from Davos 2019

A shadow of suspicion has been cast over China while nobody seems quite sure which direction monetary policy should be heading. 

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Two winter portfolios post market-beating gains

January was a stunning month for both of the ii winter portfolios, one of which generated a 14% return.

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I like China. Seriously.

Seema Shah explains her sunny outlook on the Asian country and why she envisages the US trade war switching to a tech war.

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Hammond blames Brexit uncertainty as economy stalls

There’s no sign yet of an economic dividend ahead of Britain leaving the European Union at the end of next month. 

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