Investment


What drives investment returns?


One of the most influential people in the field of finance is Eugene Fama, a professor at the University of Chicago and Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences. He and other academics have devoted their careers to understanding what drives investment returns. A philosophy based on decades of evidence Their aim is to identify what information […]

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2015: In Summary and in Context


2015 in Summary After several years of seemingly uninterrupted growth, 2015 was marked by increased volatility. The year got off to a good start with many markets around the world reaching record highs in April, but stocks fell dramatically in August, led by a sharp decline in Chinese share prices. Developed markets returned 4.9%, emerging […]

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Which hat are you wearing?


Most of us have multiple roles in life such as: Business owners Professionals Workers Consumers Citizens Students Parents Investors So our views of the world can differ according to whatever hat we’re wearing at any one time. This complexity of people and their range of motivations, depending on their circumstances, highlight the inadequacy of cookie-cutter […]

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Volatility: What a drag!


Volatility’ is perhaps one of the more commonly used words in the investment dictionary. Put simply, volatility drag is a function of the cruel maths that govern the difference between average returns and compounded returns. Volatility: The Maths The idea is very simple, if a portfolio falls in value, it needs to work harder to […]

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Video – Power of the Markets


The Stock Market explained This short, easy to watch video explains how stock prices are set and change based on the collective knowledge of buyers and sellers.   Armed with this information, investors can be more confident about the power of the financial markets. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Invest more successfully Once you understand […]

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What should investors make of bitcoin mania?


Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, no paper notes or metal coins are involved. No central bank issues the currency, and […]

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8 Key Questions for the Long Term Investor


Focusing on what you can control can lead to a better investment experience. Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you’ll likely ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these questions may be intimidating, but know that you’re not alone. We […]

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Planning for Long Term Care


In our experience, planning and funding for the payment of Long Term Care sits high on peoples lists of concerns and priorities. We had the recent furore regarding the so called Dementia Tax, alongside the ongoing confusion about assessment and eligibility for the State’s (NHS) Continuing Health Care funding. Finally, we are often asked about […]

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Worried about the Pension Lifetime Allowance?


What is The Lifetime Allowance? Since its peak of £1.8m in the 2011/12 tax year and three subsequent reductions since then to its current £1m level, the Pension Lifetime Allowance (The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is a limit on the amount of pension benefit that can be drawn from pension schemes – whether lump sums or […]

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