The problem with contingent charging
Contingent charging is controversial. Should advisers consider another approach?
The majority of advisers still use contingent charging, but does it fit with a new post-RDR world?
30th Nov 2017
Schroders | 60 seconds on the case for gold exposure
Gold is under-owned but some exposure may be needed as inflation is building alongside other risks.
29th Nov 2017
The Week: Gloom and gloomier
If the Chancellor’s Budget predictions for UK growth were not gloomy enough, the OECD made some even gloomier ones this week.
28th Nov 2017
Global dividends show rapid growth
Global dividends are buoyant, suggesting that companies are optimistic about the economy even if investors are getting nervous.
Global dividends grew at their fastest pace in three years in the...
21st Nov 2017
What does Single’s Day tell us about emerging markets?
As well as some eye-popping numbers, Single’s Day in China helped bust some pervasive myths around emerging market investment.
Single’s Day was a great success, breaking sales record...
16th Nov 2017
How well does the Low Volatility Factor work in Downturns?
The low volatility factor is becoming more popular as investors look for a potential safe haven in troubled markets, but has the low volatility factor provided protection in previous market crashes? T...
14th Nov 2017
Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his latest Budget
Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his second Budget as Chancellor on 22 November. He needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but it's proving very difficult to catch.
9th Nov 2017
Market briefings looking back at October
A selection of articles written by our expert investment writers, covering the markets looking back through October.
7th Nov 2017
US indices reach fresh highs
Strong corporate earnings announcements from leading American technology firms helped to drive US equity indices higher during October. US Federal Reserve (Fed) policymakers maintained the key federal...
Slow progress in Brexit negotiations
The FTSE 100 Index hit a new all-time high in October, reaching 7,556.24 points during the month. However, the spike was caused primarily by wider enthusiasm towards global economic developments than...
Profit warnings rise in Q3
UK equity indices generally rose over October; however, this was driven more by rising optimism about global prospects than by confidence about the UK’s economic outlook. The number of profit wa...
Higher interest rates beckon for the UK
Stronger-than-expected economic growth data fuelled expectations of an imminent increase in UK interest rates, creating some short-term volatility in gilt yields. Consumer price inflation reached 3% Y...
Global update: Politics dominate in October
Politics grabbed the spotlight during October, and global investor sentiment was affected by mounting political crisis in Spain, General Elections in Japan and Austria, and continuing developments &nd...
Central banks’ policy continues to shift
A widespread shift in central banks' monetary policy is helping to reduce the attractions of bonds. During October, the ECB announced that it would extend its bond-buying programme until at least...
Spain’s political crisis continued
Although European investors welcomed further evidence of a strengthening economy during October, sentiment was dampened by mounting political turmoil in Spain and wider concerns surrounding Brexit. Th...
President Xi hails China’s economic transition
China's annual economic growth rose from Rmb54 trillion to Rmb80 trillion, contributing more than one-third of total global economic growth, according to the country's President Xi. He hailed...
Nikkei 225 Index reaches two-decade high
The Nikkei 225 Index posted steady growth during October, underpinned by a strengthening domestic economy, and reached levels last seen in 1996. Investor sentiment was boosted by the victory of incumb...
So interest rates are going up for the first time in a decade. How do you feel?
The Bank of England has announced a hike in interest rates for the first time in a decade
The base rate will rise from 0.25% to 0.5%
With the economy fragile, is Carney making a mistake?
2nd Nov 2017
Do MiFID II and GDPR contradict one another?
Miles Reucroft of Intelliflo discusses whether these two legislative initiatives are in conflict
There have been persistent questions on whether MiFID II and GDPR contradict one another
North Korea dominates news flow
Global markets generally ended September in positive territory, despite an intensifying war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea. The UK was an exception, however; the FTSE 100 I...
1st Nov 2017
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