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Alliance Trust Savings platform grows assets despite price increase

Alliance Trust Savings platform grows assets despite price increase

News | Banking & savings | 30 Jul 2014

Online investment platform Alliance Trust Savings (ATS) has managed to grow the assets invested on its platform despite hiking its flat fee by 87.5 per cent early this year.

Foreign & Colonial raises dividend for 44th time, but underperforms market

Foreign & Colonial raises dividend for 44th time, but underperforms market

News | Funds | 30 Jul 2014

The world's oldest investment trust Foreign & Colonial (LON:FRCL) has raised its annual dividend for the 44th year in a row.

The fund managers who still hold RBS

The fund managers who still hold RBS

News | Shares & trading | 29 Jul 2014

Less than a fifth of UK fund managers now hold RBS (LON:RBS) in their portfolios, according to data from Hargreaves Lansdown.

Investors turn cautious on stock market

Investors turn cautious on stock market

News | Markets | 29 Jul 2014

Private investors have been shunning equity funds in favour of fixed income and multi-asset mandates, according to figures from Morningstar.  

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The case for emerging market equities

The case for emerging market equities

Magazine | Equities | 28 Jul 2014

Few asset classes produce as wide a range of opinions as emerging market equities. Most agree that at least some of the countries which fall into that category will grow significantly in the coming years, but views vary on how to access that growth.

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Top investment trusts trading at deep discounts

Top investment trusts trading at deep discounts

Magazine | Investment trusts | 28 Jul 2014

Finding an investment trust trading at a hefty discount to its net assets can be like spotting a shilling in a swamp.

RBS 'still the least investable of all UK banks' despite profit rise

RBS 'still the least investable of all UK banks' despite profit rise

News | Shares & trading | 25 Jul 2014

Despite Royal Bank of Scotland (LON:RBS) revealing that profits for the second quarter of this year had almost doubled, sending the share price up 14 per cent, RBS remains an unattractive investment relative to its rivals, according to Robert James, banking analyst at Old Mutual Global Investors.

Latest UK GDP data supports case for interest rate rises, but 'caution' still warranted

Latest UK GDP data supports case for interest rate rises, but 'caution' still warranted

News | Markets | 25 Jul 2014

The announcement this morning that the UK economy has grown past its pre-crisis peak, with GDP for the second quarter confirmed as 0.8 per cent, gives Mark Carney and his colleagues at the Bank of England ‘the signs they have been looking for’ to raise interest rates, according to Azad Zagana, European economist at Schroders.

Stephanie Flanders: Now is the time to invest in commodity stocks

Stephanie Flanders: Now is the time to invest in commodity stocks

News | Markets | 24 Jul 2014

Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, believes that now is the time for investors to back commodity companies.

'Extreme complacency' means that capital preservation is key for investors this year: Stout

'Extreme complacency' means that capital preservation is key for investors this year: Stout

News | Funds | 24 Jul 2014

Bruce Stout, manager of the £1.4 billion Murray International (LON:MYI) investment trust, continues to hold a robustly bearish view of the global economy, warning investors that in the current market ‘capital preservation is key'.

Schroders: Long-term confidence required to invest in new technology companies is 'not reasonable'

Schroders: Long-term confidence required to invest in new technology companies is 'not reasonable'

News | Markets | 23 Jul 2014

It is not reasonable to expect investors to make the leap of faith required in order to make an investment in a new technology company, according to James Gautrey, telecoms and technology analyst at Schroders.

Mike Prentis: The best UK smaller companies for private investors today

Mike Prentis: The best UK smaller companies for private investors today

News | Shares & trading | 23 Jul 2014

Mike Prentis, high performing manager of the BlackRock Smaller Companies (LON:BRSC) investment trust, which has returned 411 per cent in the past ten years compared to 237 per cent for the AIC UK Smaller Companies sector, has outlined for What Investment the smaller company stocks he feel offer the best value for UK private investors right now. 

Gervais Williams: Why I am sticking with Quindell, despite the criticisms

Gervais Williams: Why I am sticking with Quindell, despite the criticisms

Opinion | Comment & Analysis | 23 Jul 2014

Gervais Williams, the veteran small-cap fund manager, has outlined for What Investment his reasons for continuing to own insurance software business Quindell (LON:QPP), despite market sentiment dramatically shifting against the company. 

M&G: BP is a better investment than Shell right now

M&G: BP is a better investment than Shell right now

News | Shares & trading | 22 Jul 2014

Mike Felton, manager of the £720 million M&G UK Growth fund, believes that investors should prefer BP (LON:BP) to Shell (LON:RDSB) at the present time.

New Burford Capital retail bond 'too risky' for the typical private investor

New Burford Capital retail bond 'too risky' for the typical private investor

News | Funds | 22 Jul 2014

Bryn Jones, head of fixed income at Rathbone Unit Trust Management, has told What Investment that the new retail bond issued by litigation financier Burford Capital is only suitable for investors with a higher than average risk profile.

Hargreaves Lansdown: Tesco shares a 'sell', despite CEO change

Hargreaves Lansdown: Tesco shares a 'sell', despite CEO change

News | Shares & trading | 21 Jul 2014

The announcement this morning that Tesco (LON:TSCO) is to change its chief executive should not immediately change investors' view of the stock, which remains a ‘sell’ according to Keith Bowman, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.