With the rise and rise of index tracker funds and baskets of exchange traded futures, it is now easy and cheap to get broad investment exposure to the UK equity market. A FTSE 100 tracker will give you coverage of roughly 85% of the FTSE All-Share index, yet the IA UK all companies sector still offers a choice of over 250 open-ended general UK equity funds, most of which would call themselves active.
Tumult, turbulence and turmoil are just the words beginning with the letter T used by commentators to describe the behaviour of stock markets in October. I think it’s always good to look at the definition of the words we are being asked to accept. For example: turmoil, noun: a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty . synonyms: confusion, upheaval(s), turbulence, tumult, disorder.
Despite optimism over global economic prospects, veteran fund manager Peter Spiller has deep concerns. Will investors realise what's happening before it’s too late?
Investors should focus on companies that will not be impacted by political interventions such as privatisations and government subsidies.
After a long period of being ignored by investors, small-cap stocks now offer some of the greatest performance potential.
With the tapering of quantitative easing, UK gilts are set for another poor year in 2014, especially if US bond yields rise once more.
Alastair Mundy of Investec says investors must choose between negative real returns from bonds and unattractively priced equities.
Trevor Greetham of Fidelity, one of our 'original thinkers', says we are currently in the Recovery phase of the investment clock cycle - and this economic upswing could last for years.