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Top 10 most popular investment funds – March 2018

Once again Terry Smith’s Fundsmith Equity sits at the top of the most-bought fund list on our sister website Interactive Investor for the month o

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Give every 25-year-old £10,000 to reduce wealth inequality

Young people should be handed a minimum inheritance of £10,000 in order to reduce wealth inequality, a think tank has proposed. 

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Positive returns 81% of the time since 1970 for stock market in April

Since 1970 the FTSE All-Share index has fallen in April in just nine years. This is quite remarkable and, not surprisingly, makes April the strongest month of the year for equities.

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US economy surprises on upside, but trade war risk looms

The US economy grew at a faster rate than previously thought last year, according to the latest data. 

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One in three fund investors hold most expensive share class

One in three fund investors are holding the most expensive share class of their fund, rather than cheaper commission-free or ‘clean’ share classes.

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Stocks and shares Isa beats cash Isa two-thirds of the time

Since 1999 the average stocks and shares Isa fund has beaten the average cash Isa rate in 12 out of 19 tax years. 

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One year to Brexit: How to protect you finances

Brexit is officially one year away and the impact it is having, and will continue to have, on our financial lives is filling the pages of our newspapers and TV screens daily.

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The three threats that are keeping investors awake at night

The threat of a trade war has returned to be the most cited risks by professional investors for the first time since January 2017, according the Bank of America Merrill Lynch's latest survey with 176 global fund managers.

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Here’s proof the state pension is too heavily relied upon

Prudential’s annual ‘Class of 2018’ study reveals that women are twice as likely as men to have no pension savings, with some 18 per cent of those set to retire in 2018 having no retirement savings in place, compared to 7 per c

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Investment trusts have never been more popular with financial advisers

Investment trusts continue to gain popularity among financial advisers. New research from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) shows that purchases by advisers reached a record £990 million in 2017.

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Final salary transfer charges face regulatory shake-up

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering banning ‘contingent charging’ for final salary pension transfers, as part of a wider move to tighten up rules and guidance on pension transfer advice. 

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Opting out of auto-enrolment rise could cost £250,000

Pension savers who opt out of the auto-enrolment increase from April 6, could lose a quarter of million pounds, according to figures from Fidelity International.

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