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Hargreaves Lansdown: we will review our prices

by Gavin Lumsden on Apr 16, 2014 at 14:30

The UK's biggest funds supermarket holds out the prospect of more price cuts as it strives to remain competitive in the DIY investor market.

Why do trust accounts say so much and say so little?

by James Carthew on Apr 14, 2014 at 14:06

Long-winded investment trust report and accounts aren't doing anybody a favour, writes James Carthew. 

'Ullo John, got a new ISA?

by Gavin Lumsden on Apr 11, 2014 at 14:56

Anyone who can spend thousands of pounds on a new car that will definitely lose money can probably gamble on stocks and shares.

DIY Income Investor earns 20% in one year

by Income Investor on Apr 09, 2014 at 12:14

Our income-seeking columnist analyses his portfolio of shares and exchange traded funds after a good performance in 2013/14.

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.

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. 

Keep your balance when investing in the stock market

by Gavin Lumsden on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:54

A sense of balance is important when investing your stocks and shares ISA. Don't fall into the trap of being too bullish or bearish.

A Budget for savers to get excited about!

by Gavin Lumsden on Mar 19, 2014 at 16:51

At last, after years of low interest rates, savers and pensioners know the government is thinking of them ahead of the next election.

Z-Scores: prepare for surprises when analysing trusts

by Gavin Lumsden on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:58

Two examples of how the Z-score can help you assess an investment trust trading on a discount or premium. 

The Lolly guide to clean fund share classes

by Gavin Lumsden on Mar 14, 2014 at 14:46

The investment industry is cleaning up its act with new 'clean' fund share classes. This video explains what's going on.

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