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.
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
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
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. Article by Nick Green.
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.
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
The carol singers are here! But wait, don’t hide in the house pretending to be out – this time they have some festive financial wisdom to share with you. Let’s face it, gold, frankincense and myrrh don’t come cheap… We three kings of Orient are Keen to make our money go far Bonds or
The only way is ethics – that’s what many smart investors now think. The growing popularity of green and ethical investment reflects a belief that sustainability and social acceptability have become necessary for long-term growth. If you’re tempted by the notion of cash with a conscience, here’s your guide to getting started. ‘I’d like to
Low interest rates may be great for borrowers, but savers and investors have been in the doldrums for years. Frustration might drive you to look at alternative investments, with a popular one today being peer-to-peer (or crowd) lending. But how does this work – and is it worth the risk? For a long time, savers have
On Monday, frantic stockbrokers in China were staring at screens of green figures (green in China means falling prices). The resulting slump in global markets could affect us all to some extent – but not necessarily in a bad way. We should be used to stock market slumps by now – they happen regularly enough,
Whether it’s a barbecue summer or not, here are some tips for fanning the flames of your portfolio – without getting your fingers burned. Over to Sally, our al fresco investor: Hi! Lovely to see you, come on in. Ooh, you made couscous salad! Just pop it on the table. Lovely day for a barbecue,
What’s the real secret of investment success? Jason Butler of Bloomsbury begins with a question so simple that most people don’t even think to ask it. The question is, ‘How do you make a decision?’ Investment doesn’t have to be confusing – although you could be forgiven for thinking that it is. Some investment professionals believe
In recent years, bonds have become one of the go-to investments – because they do best when interest rates are at rock bottom, like now. But with so much money tied up in them, this begs the question of what could happen if interest rates begin to rise as predicted. Jonothan McColgan of Combined Financial