Insights

Editor's Comment: DIY bespoke portfolios will soon be a convenient reality

As final salary pensions decline over the coming decades, growing numbers of people are likely to be taking income from an investment portfolio in retirement.

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We ignore what’s happening in China at our great peril

The US/China trade war is bad news for markets, but China’s faltering consumer and overheated property markets could really raise the pressure.

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Pension Clinic: The importance of a pension MOT

Leave your pension planning too late, and you risk damaging your retirement prospects. Here's what to do. 

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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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Pensions cold call ban – how to avoid losing your pension to scammers

Jonathan Watts-Lay, director of WEALTH at work explains how individuals can avoid losing their pension to scams and fraudste

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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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Bargain Hunter: Top trust slips to 12% discount

There’s a shortage of bargains at the moment, but this trust’s discount has become unduly wide.

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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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BlackRock Frontiers manager explains his contrarian approach

Marina Gerner talks to Sam Vecht about his contrarian approach to investing in frontier markets and how they differ to emerging markets. 

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Why Investors can’t afford to miss India’s juggernaut economy

While comparisons with China make India look sluggish, reforms should boost its stock market.

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How to prepare for the next taper tantrum

Matthew Yeates at Seven Investment Management outlines the most attractive alternative asset opportunities offering protection against the risk of further bond and equity volatility.

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Interest rates reach highest level in nearly a decade

Bank of England raises base rate of interest to 0.75 per cent. 

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Neil Hermon: my ‘four Ms’ stock checklist

Neil Hermon, manager of Henderson Smaller Companies trust, on the four considerations that shape his portfolio choices

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Russia: down but not out

Russia has been revelling in the success of hosting the World Cup, but its latest brush with US sanctions remains fresh on investors’ minds.

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What will Brexit mean for UK residential property?

The housing market has stagnated over the past year, but opinion is divided on whether or not it is because of Brexit. 

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