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Fresh insight into what's moving global markets, from shares and bonds to currencies and property

Is student accommodation a good investment?

Is student accommodation a good investment?

27 Feb 2015

Many investors will have been offered the chance to invest in the suite of high-end student accommodation flats being developed around the country and promising a good, and optically, a guaranteed return. 

Neil Woodford: Quantitative Easing hasn't helped the economy, and won't help Eurozone investors now 

Neil Woodford: Quantitative Easing hasn't helped the economy, and won't help Eurozone investors now 

23 Feb 2015

Neil Woodford, the top-performing manager of the £4.7 billion Woodford UK Equity Income fund has cautioned investors against investing in the Eurozone in order to capitalize on anticipated gains from Quantitative Easing (QE) in the economic bloc. 

Is now the right time to get a fixed rate mortgage?

Is now the right time to get a fixed rate mortgage?

18 Feb 2015

With residential mortgage rates hitting an all-time low at 1.5% it is not surprising that one would think it might be time to remortgage, upsize or add to your portfolio.

Hargreaves Lansdown: The deflation that is coming to the UK is 'two thirds good deflation, one third bad deflation'

Hargreaves Lansdown: The deflation that is coming to the UK is 'two thirds good deflation, one third bad deflation'

17 Feb 2015

The announcement this morning by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that the CPI inflation rate in the UK has fallen to a record low of 0.3 per cent, and Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s view that the UK will enter deflation later this year, is good news for the UK economy, according to Ben Betrell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

Mark Carney declares UK deflation to be 'unambiguously' good news, but warns on interest rates

Mark Carney declares UK deflation to be 'unambiguously' good news, but warns on interest rates

12 Feb 2015

Bank of England governor Mark Carney sent sterling on an upwards trajectory as he declared that while deflation is likely to happen in the UK this year, it will be temporary and definitely positive for the economy. 

Stephanie Flanders: Why it is time for investors to turn negative on the US stock market 

Stephanie Flanders: Why it is time for investors to turn negative on the US stock market 

11 Feb 2015

Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC economics editor who is now chief market strategist at JP Morgan Morgan Asset Management, believes that the recent decline in the oil price and the likely continuing strength of the dollar mean that investors should be cautious about the prospects for the US stock market.

What is binary option trading 

What is binary option trading 

10 Feb 2015

It must at times be frustrating, if you have a strong view on a topic, and yet cannot find a way to invest in it that outcome directly, all of the investment options you are offered involve exposure to other factors in the market than just the one on which you have a view.

Artemis: The two best stocks for investing in US fracking

Artemis: The two best stocks for investing in US fracking

3 Feb 2015

The fall in the oil price in recent months has resulted in negativity engulfing several US stocks which will actually benefit from the onset of fracking and have been made cheaper by the market volatility, according to Simon Edelsten, manager of the Artemis Global Select fund. 

Hargreaves Lansdown: What Eurozone QE means for investors in European funds 

Hargreaves Lansdown: What Eurozone QE means for investors in European funds 

23 Jan 2015

While the long-term capacity of the central bank policy known as QE to deliver sustained improvements to the economies in which it is deployed is debatable, the instigation by the European Central Bank (ECB) of its own QE programme should be beneficial for Eurozone equities, according to Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

Equity markets will see inevitable boost from oil price fall in 2015, agree top fund managers

Equity markets will see inevitable boost from oil price fall in 2015, agree top fund managers

21 Jan 2015

Whilst UK equity investors have experienced a tumultuous start to 2015, the fall in the oil price will lead to improved prospects for developed equity markets in the coming year, according to a host of top performing fund managers.

Old Mutual: Why China could be the best investment in the world for the next 'three or four years'

Old Mutual: Why China could be the best investment in the world for the next 'three or four years'

21 Jan 2015

John Ventre, manager of more than £2 billion of assets at Old Mutual Global Investors, believes that while there is rapid change occurring within emerging markets, China could be the world’s best investment in the coming years.

Thailand versus Indonesia: why Asian equities shouldn't be lumped together

Thailand versus Indonesia: why Asian equities shouldn't be lumped together

14 Jan 2015

The Asian region tends to get lumped together by equity investors, but investors could benefit from taking a more discriminating approach, writes Josh Crabb, head of Asian equities at Old Mutual Global Investors.

Schroders: Deflation is looming in the UK, but it is definitely good news 

Schroders: Deflation is looming in the UK, but it is definitely good news 

13 Jan 2015

The announcement this morning from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that the rate of CPI inflation fell to 0.5 per cent in December, down from 1 per cent the previous month, may mean that the UK is on the cusp of deflation, but the impact for the economy should be positive, according to Azad Zangana, senior European economist at Schroders. 

How to tell when a UK property crash is on the way

How to tell when a UK property crash is on the way

9 Jan 2015

Investors hoping to spot the early signs of another crash in the commercial property market should keep their eyes on UK ten-year gilt yields, according to Jonathan Webster-Smith, fund of funds manager at Brooks McDonald.

Market now 'pricing in' no UK interest rate rise until 2016

Market now 'pricing in' no UK interest rate rise until 2016

8 Jan 2015

Following the confirmation this morning by the Bank of England that it is leaving interest rates at the current 0.5 per cent level for another month, the bond market is currently ‘pricing in’ no interest rate rises until 2016, according to Kathleen Brooks, research director at Forex.com.

Eurozone deflation is here, but it doesn't make bonds or equities good value, say top analysts

Eurozone deflation is here, but it doesn't make bonds or equities good value, say top analysts

7 Jan 2015

The confirmation this morning by the European Central Bank (ECB) that the euro area entered deflation in December should not be viewed as an investment opportunity for either equities or bonds, agree a range of industry professionals.