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Hargeaves Lansdown: The new Royal Mint gold account is too expensive compared to the alternatives

Hargeaves Lansdown: The new Royal Mint gold account is too expensive compared to the alternatives

News | Banking & savings | 22 Sep 2014

The plan announced this morning by the Royal Mint to allow private investors to buy gold coins is a ‘pricey’ way to invest in the asset class, according to Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

Now is the time for private investors to exit bonds, says fund manager

Now is the time for private investors to exit bonds, says fund manager

News | Funds | 22 Sep 2014

Investors who have poured £4.5 billion into bond funds in the IMA sector so far in 2014 are hoping to cash in on a '35-year bull market’ in bonds, but this may be a forlorn hope, according to Alan Borrows, manager of the CF Seneca Diversified Income fund. 

FTSE 100 'could top 6,900' after Scottish no vote in independence referendum

FTSE 100 'could top 6,900' after Scottish no vote in independence referendum

News | Markets | 19 Sep 2014

The decision of the Scottish people to vote no to independence from the United Kingdom has caused sterling, gilts and certain shares to rise this morning, and kindled renewed optimism around the UK stock market.

Scottish house prices could suffer if there is a yes vote

Scottish house prices could suffer if there is a yes vote

News | Markets | 18 Sep 2014

Christopher Down, chief executive at residential property investment firm Hearthstone Investments told What Investment today that house prices in Scotland could 'stagnate' if the country votes in favour of independence today.

The five best frontier market stocks for investors today

The five best frontier market stocks for investors today

News | Markets | 18 Sep 2014

Simon Edelsten, who recently took over the management of the Mid Wynd International investment trust, has identified for What Investment the five frontier market stocks he believes represent value for private investors right now. 

Investors should 'wait and see' before buying Alibaba shares

Investors should 'wait and see' before buying Alibaba shares

News | Shares & trading | 17 Sep 2014

Investors might be better off waiting a few months to buy shares in Chinese technology giant Alibaba, according to Chris Beauchamp, market strategist at stockbroker IG.

Hargreaves Lansdown: UK interest rates unlikely to rise until after the general election

Hargreaves Lansdown: UK interest rates unlikely to rise until after the general election

News | Markets | 17 Sep 2014

The fact that inflation remains considerably below the Bank of England’s own target, with wage growth also stagnant, means UK interest rates are unlikely to rise until after next year’s general election, according to Ben Bretell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

Scottish independence could see sterling 'fall 10 per cent on Friday'

Scottish independence could see sterling 'fall 10 per cent on Friday'

News | Markets | 17 Sep 2014

The biggest immediate impact for investors in the event of a Scottish vote for independence tomorrow would be on sterling, which could fall 10 per cent in the aftermath of the vote, according to George Godber, manager of the Miton UK Value Opportunities fund. 

Neil Woodford: What the Scottish referendum means for UK investors - whatever the outcome

Neil Woodford: What the Scottish referendum means for UK investors - whatever the outcome

News | Markets | 16 Sep 2014

High profile fund manager Neil Woodford has described the significant impact he believes the Scottish referendum will have on investor returns in the coming years, regardless of whether the Scottish people vote to stay within the UK or not.

Legal and General: The best value UK mid-cap and technology stocks for investors today

Legal and General: The best value UK mid-cap and technology stocks for investors today

News | Shares & trading | 15 Sep 2014

Richard Penny, whose L&G UK Alpha fund has returned 17 per cent in the past year, compared to 6 per cent for the IMA UK All Companies sector in the same period, has outlined the UK mid-caps and technology stocks which he believes represent value for private investors at the present time. 

Woodford's new fund is best performing UK income fund in three months since launch

Woodford's new fund is best performing UK income fund in three months since launch

News | Funds | 15 Sep 2014

The CF Woodford Equity Income fund, which has attracted £2.6 billion of investor capital since launch in June, is the best performing fund out of 89 in the IMA UK Equity Income sector, according to data from FE Trustnet. 

Stephanie Flanders: What investors should worry about if Scotland votes for independence

Stephanie Flanders: What investors should worry about if Scotland votes for independence

News | Banking & savings | 12 Sep 2014

Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC economics editor who is now chief market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, has outlined the likely consequences for investors of a 'yes' vote in the Scottish independence referendum. 

Demand for UK residential property 'declines' for second consecutive month

Demand for UK residential property 'declines' for second consecutive month

News | Markets | 11 Sep 2014

The latest survey of its members by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed that ‘buyer demand declined’ in the UK housing market in August.

Hargreaves Lansdown: Morrisons shares remain a 'sell' despite dividend increase

Hargreaves Lansdown: Morrisons shares remain a 'sell' despite dividend increase

News | Shares & trading | 11 Sep 2014

Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, believes that while supermarket group Morrisons (LON:MRW) has ‘confounded its doubters by raising its dividend in contrast to Tesco’s recent cut’, the shares should still be sold.

Standard Life Investments vows to 'protect' customers in the event of a yes vote in the Scottish referendum

Standard Life Investments vows to 'protect' customers in the event of a yes vote in the Scottish referendum

News | Funds | 10 Sep 2014

Standard Life Investments, which apart from running pensions and savings products for UK investors also manages billions of pounds of investor capital through a range of funds including Harry Nimmo’s UK Smaller Companies fund, has vowed to ‘protect’ customers and move the business to England if Scotland votes yes to independence. 

The picture is bright for UK house building stocks as 'earnings soar'  

The picture is bright for UK house building stocks as 'earnings soar'  

News | Shares & trading | 10 Sep 2014

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, believes that the strong earnings growth of companies in the house building sector is likely to mean that momentum stays with the sector for the foreseeable future.