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Mar 27
How much should you keep in cash?

Is cash still king? The twin pressures of inflation and low interest rates are making cash savings less attractive – but what are the alternatives, and do they suit your needs? Our guest article from Armstrong Watson Financial Planning reconsiders the case for cash.

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Mar 20
How to be an unbiased investor

Making investment decisions is a lot more complex than it seems. Even with experience and knowledge on your side, there are other factors than can sway your judgement without you even noticing. Jonathan Young of Gresham Wealth Management reveals the fascinating world of ‘investment bias’ – and how to overcome it.

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Jan 16
10 tips for building your investment portfolio

Warren Buffett once said, ‘Investing is simple – but not easy.’ Carolyn Gowen of Bloomsbury Wealth offers ten simple tips to make investing that little bit easier – whoever you are. In investing there are no absolute right or wrong answers, only better or worse solutions.  Better solutions are founded in a process that encompasses

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Dec 14
Investors: never go shopping when you’re hungry!

Dean Mullaly of Mark Dean Wealth Management on the pressures – and temptations – facing savers and investors as 2016 draws to a close. We have all heard the old saying ‘Never go shopping when you’re hungry’. Well, the same motto certainly holds true in today’s low interest market. With worthwhile returns on cash savings

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Aug 23
Your two-minute guide to dividends

Dividends can be the secret weapon in the investor’s armoury. What are they, what are the benefits and drawbacks, and – most importantly – what role can they play in your portfolio overall? Here’s a quick introduction to these tantalising payments. When you’re new to saving and investing, there seem to be two main avenues

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Aug 09
Revealing the mystery of investment trusts

Cash savings have their limitations. For a realistic chance of generating an income from your capital – especially in retirement – your adviser may recommend investing on the stock market. Investment trusts are one way to go about this – but what are they, and how do they work? An investment trust is a type

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Jul 06
Had a bad day on the stock market?

So you had a bad day, as the song goes. The Brexit vote has reminded investors that the stock market is not for the faint of heart – but nor is it for the impulsive or impatient. It’s time to take a step back and examine the EU Referendum’s lessons for investors. ‘Rollercoaster ride’ is a

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Jun 28
The best investments to protect you from Brexit

As the pound tumbles and stock markets slide in the wake of the UK’s vote to Leave the EU, is there anywhere safe for the risk-averse investor? We examine the best bolt-holes available. Everyone expected this to be a rough ride, but the shockwaves from the EU Referendum have taken even the pessimists by surprise.

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Jun 27
Cash vs shares – which would you put money on?

A controversial study has appeared to turn a long-accepted piece of financial wisdom on its head. Is there really a way to make safe cash outperform riskier shares? The answer is, maybe… but that it’s very much a case of horses for courses. The run-up to the EU referendum saw investment fund managers shovelling assets

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Feb 23
8 Investment Strategies for Beginners

Everyone hopes to save if they can, but not so many of us feel ready to invest. You may think investment seems a bit too close to gambling to be worth the risk. However, if you go about it in the right way, investing doesn’t have to be a scary prospect. The popular perception is