Five things to watch out for in the rest of 2021

The economic restart is well under way, with buoyant economic data emerging from most major economies. However, the world can only reopen once and we are entering the ‘post-restart’ era, with potentially slower growth. What do investors need to look out for in this new environment? Inflation running hot It’s the obvious choice, but it … Continue reading “Five things to watch out for in the rest of 2021”

Global Market Review – June 2021

  Global Market Review Growth and inflation are on the rise Prospects for inflation and interest rates continued to garner headlines during June as investors digested news of rising prices alongside a more hawkish tone from the US Federal Reserve (Fed). Share prices were knocked by speculation that gathering inflationary pressures could encourage central banks … Continue reading “Global Market Review – June 2021”

Looking back at the markets through May 2021

A selection of articles looking back through the markets last month.   Global Market Review Markets gripped by inflation fears Although global equity markets generally ended May in positive territory, investor sentiment during the month was affected by growing concerns that mounting inflationary pressures could lead to higher interest rates. “The shadow of Covid-19 is … Continue reading “Looking back at the markets through May 2021”

Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness

The inclusion of ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues within mainstream investment strategies has been gaining in prominence during the pandemic, according to new research – and it’s a trend that’s set to continue. The global rise of ESG – a megatrend here to stay ESG investment has been increasingly catching the interest of investors … Continue reading “Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness”

Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021

Nine out of 10 investors are beginning to move their capital into ‘greener’ investments in response to the threat of climate change – and are increasingly avoiding assets with a big environmental impact. There’s nothing investors like to see more than a steadily rising line on a graph – unless, that is, the graph is … Continue reading “Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021”

ESG – investor interest piqued?

According to recent figures1, UK-based ESG funds saw record inflows between March and July this year. In July, £362m was invested. Investing according to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles has been a fast growth area, but you may be left wondering – what does it all mean?  ESG refers to three factors used by … Continue reading “ESG – investor interest piqued?”

Inventive investors led the way

We hear a lot about the need to diversify investments; the lesson involving eggs and a basket could become tedious if it weren’t so important. Even savings accounts may need to be spread if you’re placing money in excess of the limits for deposits covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The need for … Continue reading “Inventive investors led the way”

What is ethical investing?

Ethical investing has crossed over into the mainstream, as more investors choose to allocate their money toward companies whose practices and values align with their personal beliefs. These beliefs can be environmental, social, political or religious, for example. Investors may wish to exclude certain industries or allocate their funds to sectors which match their ethical … Continue reading “What is ethical investing?”

Woodford funds to wind down – what it means for investors

The UK’s most celebrated fund manager, Neil Woodford, has been sacked following a string of poor decisions. His fund’s failure leaves investors and pension fund members with potentially heavy losses – and many questions. The investment funds managed by Neil Woodford are to be wound up, some five months after their trading was suspended. The … Continue reading “Woodford funds to wind down – what it means for investors”

Investment Risk and Volatility – Keep Calm

If you’re new to stock market investment, adjusting to a world where stock prices can rise and fall, often by a wide margin on just one day, can take a bit of getting used to and volatile markets can feel like an unsettling roller-coaster ride. So, what is the key to managing your investment portfolio … Continue reading “Investment Risk and Volatility – Keep Calm”