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All the latest news on funds, ITs and ETFs

UK's 'great unsung' ethical firms will make you money

by Robert St George on Apr 15, 2014 at 12:08

Chris Wright, the Citywire AAA-rated manager of the Premier Ethical fund, says cynics are wrong to dismiss ethical investing.

Beagles & Lowen sell Aberdeen shares 'reluctantly'

by Chris Sloley on Apr 14, 2014 at 15:42

JOHCM's James Lowen and Clive Beagles made several changes to their UK Equity Income fund last month in response to market uncertainty.

Annuity shake-up could demand for boost investment trusts

by Max Skjönsberg on Apr 14, 2014 at 13:25

Fund management group BlackRock thinks the Budget's pension reforms could increase pensioners' use of investment trusts.

Ruffer dismisses Japan naysayers

by Robert St George on Apr 10, 2014 at 15:29

Managers of the Ruffer investment trust argue that the case for Japan has not been dented by the country’s consumption tax rise.

Star bond manager slashes shares exposure

by Matthew Goodburn on Apr 09, 2014 at 13:13

Richard Woolnough says shares no longer at the ‘ridiculously cheap’ levels they reached last year and believes investors have become too pessimistic about bonds. 

David Kempton: why I've turned to risky growth stocks

by David Kempton on Apr 08, 2014 at 15:49

Experienced private investor is turning to risky growth stocks as share prices elsewhere become prohibitively expensive.

Top fund manager says cheap Russia now a 'frontier' market

by Chris Sloley on Apr 08, 2014 at 12:23

Citywire AAA-rated manager Matt Linsey believes Russia offers an intriguing alternative to frontier markets favourite Nigeria.

Bond managers warn against complacency amid low defaults

by Max Skjönsberg on Apr 08, 2014 at 12:07

Global default rates may be low, but that should not blind investors to the risk of companies issuing high-yield bonds going bust, according to fund managers.

Why a star loan investor is reshaping his fund

on Apr 07, 2014 at 10:29

Geoff Miller, chief executive of GLI Finance, explains how and why he is reshaping a portfolio that has delivered exceptional returns.

The growth story in California's Big Data and tech stocks

by Matthew Goodburn on Apr 07, 2014 at 10:00

San Francisco's cutting-edge technology, media and healthcare companies are in expansionary mode, reports Matt Goodburn.

Where did active funds beat trackers last year?

by Robert St George on Apr 04, 2014 at 13:39

Analysis in the US suggests actively-run funds did best against passive funds when picking medium-sized, 'mid cap' stocks.

Should Invesco drop names of Woodford's old funds?

by Gavin Lumsden on Apr 04, 2014 at 12:53

Neil Woodford's biggest fund at Invesco Perpetual is changing sector, proof that investment income wasn't what the star was all about. 

St James's Place shifts £3.5bn funds to Neil Woodford

by Gavin Lumsden on Apr 03, 2014 at 16:23

The St James's Place financial sales force deals a blow to Invesco Perpetual as it tries to cope without former star Neil Woodford.

Ignis ups commercial property forecast return to 15.5%

by Dylan Lobo on Apr 03, 2014 at 12:21

Fund manager George Shaw says demand for offices and shops is underpinned by solid UK economic data and an improving global economy.

Shiozumi: Japan isn’t even halfway through its bull market

by Robert St George on Apr 03, 2014 at 11:10

Legg Mason manager claims Japanese stocks should return 10%-15% this year and next.

7% yielding GCP Infrastructure turns down £20m

by Gavin Lumsden on Apr 03, 2014 at 08:19

Stephen Ellis, manager of GCP Infrastructure, explains why the investment company curbed a fund raising at £80 million last month. 

Convertibles: bonds that let you invest in exciting companies!

by Gavin Lumsden on Apr 02, 2014 at 14:32

Convertibles are bonds that can turn into shares at maturity. Antony Vallee of JP Morgan Asset Management explains their appeal. 

Gervais Williams trust looks to cut costs with £50m fundraising

by Robert St George on Apr 02, 2014 at 11:10

The Diverse Income Trust managed by Gervais Williams is eyeing plans to raise £50 million in order to cut its premium and costs.

Investors pull out of US and Asia funds

by James Phillipps on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:59

Investors are moving out of North America and Asia funds at a record pace, new figures show.

Technical Analysis: how to use a 'cup and handle' to buy funds

by Gavin Lumsden on Apr 01, 2014 at 09:01

Stephen Sutherland, author of 'How to make money in ISAs and Sipps', discusses a technique for deciding when to buy a fund.

House builders have further to go, says Mercantile

by David Sandham on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:56

House builders are not yet near the top of their cycle, says Guy Anderson, co-manager of the Mercantile investment trust.

Alliance Trust hopes rest on Di Bon to revitalise performance

by Max Skjönsberg on Mar 31, 2014 at 08:00

Fund manager Ilario Di Bon has overhauled the £2.6 billion Alliance Trust but will performance of the global trust improve before activists strike?

Many Euro stocks could blow up in investors' faces

by Chris Sloley on Mar 28, 2014 at 10:00

Lee Freeman-Shor, manager of the Old Mutual European Best Ideas fund, compares some European stocks to hand grenades with their pins pulled out.

Why Germany doesn’t fear a Chinese slowdown

by Chris Sloley on Mar 28, 2014 at 09:30

Robert Smith, manager of the Baring German Growth Trust, expects demand for the country's goods to remain strong.

Neptune's Wintle jettisons US biotech 'while going is good'

by Matthew Goodburn on Mar 28, 2014 at 09:00

Manager exits three biotech stocks, dropping exposure by almost half, but hints at imminent return.

Pacific Assets: top Asia trust is also China-averse

by James Carthew on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:43

Being light on China and resources stocks has allowed this First State run investment trust to perform well in an out-of-favour region.

JP Morgan backs Help to Buy to drive returns

by James Phillipps on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:24

Managers of the JPM UK Dynamic and Mercantile funds see opportunities in housebuilders and remain overweight in the sector.

Why Brewin Dolphin is a Budget winner

by Dylan Lobo on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:02

Fidelity's Alex Wright believes wealth manager Brewin Dolphin and Bingo operator Rank will benefit from the chancellor's changes. 

ISA 2014: 5 good funds for global income

by Gavin Lumsden on Mar 26, 2014 at 05:48

Fund experts pick their favourite unit trusts, investment trusts and exchange traded funds for global equity income.

QE has not created ‘dangerous euphoria’, says Savvides

by Chris Sloley on Mar 25, 2014 at 15:21

JO Hambro's Alex Savvides dismisses concerns over the impact of quantitative easing has had on stock markets.

Income investing: how much should go abroad?

by Gavin Lumsden on Mar 25, 2014 at 08:43

Experts discuss how much of an income portfolio should invest outside the UK and give their views on currency risk.

Lessons learned: veteran investor Richard Peirson's 5 top tips

by Dylan Lobo on Mar 25, 2014 at 00:01

Richard Peirson this month celebrates 20 years of running the AXA Framlington Managed Balanced fund.

Standard Life in talks to buy Ignis for £400m

by Alex Steger on Mar 24, 2014 at 09:38

Standard Life is in exclusive talks over a £400 million deal to acquire fund manager Ignis Asset Management.

Buxton: investors overly obsessed with Barclays' bonuses

by Robert St George on Mar 24, 2014 at 09:29

Old Mutual's Richard Buxton feels Barclays is entitled to raise staff incentives while lauding the improvement in its baits balance sheet.

The best income markets in the world

by Gavin Lumsden on Mar 24, 2014 at 09:23

There is a world of dividend opportunities outside the UK for income investors.

Should strategic bond funds resist the lure of high yield?

by Robert St George on Mar 21, 2014 at 13:52

Strategic bond managers can invest in a wide range of fixed interest stocks. They've done well from holding risky high yield bonds but is it time they locked in some profits?

Budget gives fund managers £6bn business opportunity

by Dylan Lobo, Max Skjönsberg on Mar 20, 2014 at 16:58

While insurance shares flounder, the prospects for big UK fund managers look rosier following the Budget pension reforms.  

Income Investor 2: ISA 2014 – how to invest for income across the world

by Chris Marshall on Mar 20, 2014 at 12:06

The second issue of Income Investor explains how the global market for investment income has widened and how you can take advantage.

Fidelity cuts China Special Sits fee ahead of Bolton departure

by Robert St George on Mar 19, 2014 at 12:25

Fidelity has reduced the charges on its China Special Situations and Japanese Values investment trusts.

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