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Private equity investing: three myths debunked

Investors looking for attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long term might consider private equity, which has strong credentials and can offer significant diversification benefits when added to a wider portfolio of assets.

Why investment trusts are a great place to look for income

Recently, investors reliant on dividends from UK equities have been dealt a blow, with dividend cut announcements from blue-chip companies such as Vodafone (a -40% cut) and Marks and Spencer (-25%).

In addition, there are other blue-chip stocks, for example, Centrica (9.5%) and BT (7.7%), where the seemingly high yields on offer may not be sustainable owing to the poor state of their finances.

Are tobacco companies still a good play for investors?

Disruption, whether as a result of new tech, stricter regulations, or changing consumer habits is affecting all sectors of the global economy. 

For many years, tobacco stocks were the ultimate safe haven, providing shareholders and fund managers with a steady, and largely predictable, flow of earnings.

What does the future hold for the Brics?

The Brics emerging market economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - were expected to lead world economic growth, and for a number of years, with the exception of South Africa, they did.

China and India put in particularly stellar performances. As a group, the countries have increased their share of world GDP from 8% to 23% and, according to IMF projections, by 2021 the Brics will have accounted for almost half of world growth.

I’ve paid into a Sharesave plan for the full savings term – now what?

Sharesave plans, also known as Save As You Earn or SAYE, are a great way for employees to save and, possibly, take their first steps into the world of investment by providing an easy way for them to buy and hold shares.

If the plan is offered by your employer, you contribute between £5 and £500 a month over a fixed three- or five-year period.

Three Brexit-proof small-cap stocks

The UK’s forthcoming departure from the European Union has placed one of Europe’s largest economies under a cloud of uncertainty since the June 2016 referendum. This uncertainty has claimed more than one British prime minister’s job.

Three forces behind the tech revolution

A little more than a decade ago, the investment universe of the tech sector was composed primarily of personal computers and software companies. However, this has changed in a relatively short space of time.

Strong rally in first half of 2019, but what’s ahead?

The first half of 2019 was unusual in that it was characterised by a strong rally that encompassed both risk-on and risk-off assets. However, this is very reminiscent of quantitative easing at its height, as the material driver of the cross-asset rally was central banks turning dovish in response to slowing economic growth.