20 February 2015
Although there is an election not far away, you might have blanked out all discussion of it because a) in your constituency it will not make much difference anyway who you vote for, and b) the actual colour of the next government depends upon a series of ifs and buts which makes predicting the result almost impossible.
13 February 2015
Is that it? Is the great oil crash of 2014/15 really over as Brent prices crawl back above $55 a barrel?
09 February 2015
Gold prices may have bounced back in 2014 – surviving a brush with the all-important $1,100 barrier – but it is hard to find much enthusiasm for the precious metal among mainstream investors.
30 January 2015
You couldn’t hear a car crash from space, but I’m fairly certain that, with the right satellite, you could peer down at it, especially if the celestial object was positioned directly over the UK on 6 April.
26 January 2015
The wonderful thing about the plunging oil price is its utter unpredictability. It is the greatest ‘Black Swan’ of this decade so far.
15 January 2015
What happens next in the eurozone? It seems like the great investment debate of 2015 has already been decided, helped along by that frequent companion, recent events.
08 January 2015
I have never quite understood why January is such an important month.
11 December 2014
On paper, UK equities – especially those within the FTSE 100 – should be tearing away right now. The UK economy, despite being a tad lopsided (much too focused on consumer spending and its housing market), is growing strongly.
04 December 2014
Call me old fashioned, but I had always thought the pinnacle of material aspiration for young wannabes was investment banking or running a hedge fund. Apparently I am wrong. The hot new profession is fund management, or so I was told by a long line of young, smart, potential interns who all wanted to get a top job in the City, and somehow had ended up talking to me.
27 November 2014
"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again." Japanese Prime Minister Abe seems to have taken this old adage to heart over the last few weeks, calling a snap election in order to give his LDP government yet another mandate to kickstart Japan.
21 November 2014
Theme-based funds appeal to the intellectual in all investors. Shares may have the pattern and regularity of a fly trapped in a bottle, but I suspect we like to think we can spot big patterns, key trends, processes that will change our lives.
13 November 2014
One has to admire the courage of David Baker and Trevor Steel at resources-focused fund manager Baker Steel.
07 November 2014
Gervais Williams is an excellent investor. Over the last few decades, in various perches at big houses, Miton’s managing director has made his investors a great deal of money.
30 October 2014
I have very sad taste in holiday reading. Last week, while sweltering in the glorious autumn heat in Morocco, my travelling companions idled away their spare afternoon hours reading pacey thrillers, while yours truly was transfixed by a book on energy policy (The Carbon Crunch by Dieter Helm), and a longish report on ESG investing.
27 October 2014
The ‘glide path’ idea informs not only the intellectual core of most financial planning, but also shapes a large part of investment practice.
China’s global reach could widen if the MSCI China Emerging Markets index is opened up to domestic stocks and the IMF decides to include the renminbi in its special drawing rights currency basket this year. Nitesh Shah, associate director, research, at ETF Securities, analyses what the two events could mean for investors.
Like Investment Week, the fixed interest team at Invesco Perpetual is celebrating 20 years since they began to manage money. Here, the group's fixed interest team give an overview of running a bond fund through two decades of change.
Fidelity's Leigh Himsworth is investing in wealth management companies as a key theme within his UK Opportunities fund, in the hope M&A and pension reforms will boost the sector.
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