Banking giant Barclays delivered results that were some way ahead of expectations this morning, sending the share price lustily upwards and prompting Alastair McCaig, market analyst at stockbroker IG to declare the company ‘the most attractive of the UK banks from an investment point of view right now.’
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John Ventre, head of multi-manager at Old Mutual Global Investors, has outlined for What Investment the two commercial property funds he believes are best placed to navigate the current market conditions.
Although the rate of acceleration of UK GDP growth has slowed since last year, the economic picture remains healthy and is likely to mean that UK interest rates rise from their current artificially low levels February 2016, according to James McCann UK economist at Standard Life Investments.
Decision by BlackRock to cut fees on its tracker funds 'tremendous news' for investors, but price war likely to continue
The decision, announced yesterday, of BlackRock cut by half the fees it charges investors on its tracker funds is ‘tremendous news’ for investors, according to Adam Laird, head of passive investments at Hargreaves Lansdown.
The latest UK GDP data, released this morning, indicates that the UK economy grew 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of this year, bringing the first rise in UK interest rate sharply into view, according to Azad Zangana, senior European economist at Schroders.
The recent budget introduced a proposal to lift the tax free allowance for a couple from the current £650,000 to £1 million, which applies to the family home only. Investors with assets other than the family home have a number of considerations to bear in mind, but an increasingly popular option being deployed by private investors is to invest in companies listed on the AIM market. These are stocks that are usually the equity of companies that are relatively early stage businesses.
Whilst investing in commodities amidst the current market carnage being experienced in that sector is likely to be a brave move, there are funds that have a proven record of strong performance, according to Tom Stevenson, director of personal investing at Fidelity.
The two reasons why income investors should shun Lloyds Banking Group shares right now, despite the dividend, by veteran fund manager
Whilst Lloyds Banking Group shares have started to pay a dividend; there are two reasons why income investors should be cautious about the prospects for the company, according to Colin Morton, the veteran manager of the Franklin Templeton UK Equity Income fund.
Despite the recent raft of changes that have occurred in the pensions market, annuities should still have a place in the retirement plans for many retirees, according to Andy James, head of retirement planning at Towry.
The greatest challenge facing income investors in the UK at the present time is that many of the largest traditional income stocks do not appear to represent great value, and to meet that challenge investors smay choose to consider buying funds that are smaller in size and so may elect to swerve the CF Woodford Equity Income fund, according to Mark Shields, fund manager of the Brooks Macdonald Multi-Asst fund range.
The general deterioration in the oil price, technical problems with its project in Ghana and the elevated levels of debt means that now is the time to sell Tullow Oil shares, according to Sam Wahab, equity analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald.
The one UK income share that has had its dividend potential 'transformed' in the past month, by manager of £2 billion fund
The past month has been brutal for many parts of the FTSE, with stocks displaying both defensive and cyclical qualities suffering in equal measure as turmoil has gripped the market, but one stock has had its prospects completely revolutionized, according to Francis Brooke, manager of the £2 billion Troy Income fund which returned 9.95 per cent in 2014, compared to 3.1 per cent for the average fund in the IA UK Equity Income sector.
Eric Moore, co-manager of the £200 million Miton Income fund has revealed for What Investment the reasons why he has begun, as an income investor to dip his toes into the UK banking sector for the first time in many years.
Investors should stick with BP and Shell for the dividend, says fund manager with 7.2 per cent yield
Despite both stocks being presently mired in complication due to the concerns over the oil price, investors who have dividends as their focus should stick with BP and Shell, according to Tim Rees, manager of the Insight UK Equity Income Booster fund.
Investors in Lloyds Banking Group can expect the dividend to 'increase significantly' in the short term, but it will never be a 'boring stock'
Dan Hanbury, the experienced and high-performing manager of the River and Mercantile UK Equity Income fund has told What Investment that he believes Lloyd’s Banking Group can grow its dividend significantly in the short-term.
Income investors can expect BT shares to 'do very well' in the coming years, by manager with £25 million invested in them
BT is a business that has transformed itself in recent years and is now a tremendous opportunity for income investors, according to Stephen Bailey, manager of the Liontrust Macro Equity Income fund, which has a 4 per cent yield.
Tesco and RBS shares are both far too expensive to make good investments in 2015, says top performing fund manager
Shares in supermarket giant Tesco and banking group RBS have both started to attract the notice of investors looking for value in the UK stock market at present, but at current valuations neither company represents a good investment, according to Paul Stephany, the high performing manager of the £395 million Newton UK Opportunities fund.