investing

Fear keeps savers in cash accounts

More than half of savers are seeing the value of their cash eroded by inflation because they are too scared to invest. Research from Scottish Friendly suggests savers are suffering from ‘investophobia’, avoiding putting their money in the stock market for fear of losing any.

Some 53 per cent of 2,000 savers surveyed say they would not consider investing in stocks and shares, with 49 per cent citing fear of potential losses as the main thing holding them back.

New study reveals female investors pick the best-performing shares

When it comes to picking the best-performing shares, women outperform their male counterparts by 1.8 per cent a year and beat the FTSE 100 index returns by 2 per cent, according to a new study.

The study analysed the investment returns of 2,800 Barclays Smart Investor customers over a three-year period. It was carried out by professor Neil Stewart at Warwick Business School, who found that annual returns on investments for men are only 0.14 per cent above the performance of the FTSE 100 in comparison.

Inside Money: Don’t get left in the lurch in emerging market crisis

Are investors in emerging markets in for a nasty shock? The omens do not look good. Emerging market currencies are in the throes of the worst sell-off since 2015; the rising oil price and a resurgent dollar are strong headwinds against growth; Argentina’s right-wing reformist government is seeking a credit line from the International Monetary Fund (barely a year after selling global investors a 100-year bond that was more than three times oversubscribed); and the continuing threat of a US/China trade war hangs over the Asia Pacific region.

Tactical Asset Allocator: US sets pace but risks hard to weigh

Stock markets can be perverse. Having been braced for the fallout from the US administration’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal and impose severe sanctions, the S&P 500 index has surprised everyone by surging ahead. In fact, while the market plummeted during president Trump’s speech announcing the move, it finished the session higher.