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

News | Shares & trading | 25 Jul 2014

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

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.

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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.

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.

Shock for investors as Harry Nimmo's UK Smaller Companies fund named on 'Spot the Dog' list

Shock for investors as Harry Nimmo's UK Smaller Companies fund named on 'Spot the Dog' list

News | Funds | 19 Jul 2014

Harry Nimmo’s Standard Life Investments UK Smaller Companies fund, long a beacon for smaller companies investors, has been named on Bestinvest’s 'Spot the Dog' list of underperforming funds.

Richard Buxton: Barclays shares are 'undervalued by any long-term measure'

Richard Buxton: Barclays shares are 'undervalued by any long-term measure'

News | Funds | 17 Jul 2014

Richard Buxton, manager of the £1.4 billion Old Mutual UK Alpha fund, has told What Investment that he intends to continue to add to his fund’s holdings in banking giant Barclays (LON:BARC), despite the negativity that surrounds the company at present. 

The two IPOs Neil Woodford has bought this year

The two IPOs Neil Woodford has bought this year

News | Funds | 16 Jul 2014

High profile fund manager Neil Woodford, who raised £1.6 billion in just 13 days from investors in his new CF Woodford Equity Income fund, has bought shares in just two of the companies that have come to the market via initial public offerings (IPOs) this year.

Income investors likely to find VCTs 'very attractive'

Income investors likely to find VCTs 'very attractive'

News | Funds | 16 Jul 2014

Venture capital trusts (VCTs) are likely to hold particular attractions for investors searching for income over the coming year, according to Jason Hollands, managing director at Bestinvest.

Hargreaves Lansdown: Higher than expected inflation should not mean early UK interest rate rise

Hargreaves Lansdown: Higher than expected inflation should not mean early UK interest rate rise

News | Banking & savings | 15 Jul 2014

Despite annual UK consumer price inflation (CPI) leaping to 1.9 per cent in June, compared to 1.5 per cent the previous month, investors should not be spooked into thinking that a rise in interest rates is now nearer at hand according to Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown.