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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
The Chinese stock market is trading at a valuation that is historically cheap, but there is a need to be cautious, according to Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.