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Investing Strategies

Learn more about the world of investing and what’s happening in it with helpful knowledge, ideas, tips and articles from industry experts

Investing Strategies

Learn more about the world of investing and what’s happening in it with helpful knowledge, ideas, tips and articles from industry experts.

  • Five places to invest your money

    Cash tucked away in a deposit account will offer very limited interest on your hard-earned savings. To generate a return ahead of rising prices it is worth considering putting your money to work in the financial markets instead.

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  • Trading fast and thinking slow: Thinking outside the herd to give you the edge

    In US history, James Marshall is a name forever linked to the story of the Californian Gold Rush. Deciding to move from his hometown of New Jersey, in 1844 Marshall rode the wagon train west to California with the ambition to make his fortune. After being embroiled in the failed revolt to seize California as an independent republic, he retreated to part-owning a sawmill along the American River.

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  • Lower risk investing

    Investing your money always involves an element of risk but investors have a wide variety of both higher risk and lower risk investments to choose from.

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  • The case for investing your cash

    A run of disappointing economic data from the UK is undermining the chances of the Bank of England hiking interest rates in the near feature.

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  • What are the best performing funds over five years?

    A performance horizon of five years is generally accepted as a good barometer for a fund’s overall success. A one-year time scale isn’t long enough to judge whether a fund looks like a good long term bet for your money.

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  • How do tipsters react to share consolidations?

    Stockomendation is pleased to introduce ‘Stocko Says’, a concise weekly round-up of broker and professional tipster activity across the UK financial markets. Using our unique dataset of over 36,000 stock tips tracked on the Stockomendation platform, we provide insightful commentary on any company, sector and broader market trends that we identify, and make it easier for retail investors to distinguish the signal from the noise in the financial media.

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  • Trading fast and thinking slow: Staying humble can give you the edge

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  • The best funds to invest in now

    Here are four of the best funds that focus on some of the big themes which are dominating the market and why you might considering investing in them.

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  • Trading fast and thinking slow: how knowing your brain can give you the edge

    Have you recently been smiled at when driving? Not from a flirty passer-by or an appreciative pensioner, but from one of the new speed indicators appearing all over the UK which flash a smiley face when you’re travelling under the speed limit, and an unhappy face if you’ve gone too fast.

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  • What you need to know about impact investing

    Impact investing (so-called because the stocks and funds on offer have a positive impact on society, or the environment, or both) is fast gaining followers, not just for its morally virtuous stance, but for the returns, too.

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  • Investing in the face of inflation

    For a saver, the past decade has been fraught with difficulties. Interest rates have been stuck at historical lows, the value of sterling has plummeted against major currencies like the Euro and the US dollar, and now rising inflation is a real prospect.

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  • Commodity Investors: how to hedge your US dollar exposure

    For quite some time now, low interest rates have prompted investors to look for investments with the potential to deliver yield.

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  • Investing for the long term

    Even for the most experienced investor, it is almost impossible to pick the perfect moment to enter or leave a market, let alone to select the perfect investment to hold during that period.

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  • Cash ISA versus Stocks and Shares ISA

    It can be tricky to work out how to organise your investments to make the best use of tax allowances and optimise returns.

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  • Investment ideas to get the most out of your ISA

    In a lot of ways, setting up an ISA is the easy part. Once you’ve selected the right account for you, you can fund it with a lump sum if you have one at your disposal, or drip-feed cash into it on a monthly basis.

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  • The importance of investment diversification

    When you’re looking for help with investing for later life, having a diverse portfolio can be a great option for managing risk and benefitting from long-term value. Get yourself on the right path for your investment management journey by providing exposure to a diverse range of asset classes in one go.

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  • How to invest for income using an ISA

    For many people, the ability to achieve a regular income from investments is important. This may be particularly relevant for people who are retired and no longer have a monthly pay packet to rely on and are looking to achieve financial freedom, while other people require their investment to pay out regularly to cover a regular commitment such as school or university fees.

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  • How to provide an early inheritance for your family

    If you have assets you always imagined you’d pass down to family members, perhaps so that your grandchildren could buy a first home or pay for university education, you could be in for a wake-up call.

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  • Investment trusts Vs Mutual Funds

    While most funds on the market are what are known as open-end funds, or mutual funds, there is another option that has become exceptionally popular in recent years.

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  • Why diversification is an investors best friend

    At its most basic, having a diversified portfolio is simply the investment version of the phrase ‘don’t put all of your eggs in one basket’.

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  • What are different types of ETFs

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a specific type of fund that, as their name indicates, can be traded like individual shares on a stock exchange such as the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

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  • Letting Income Funds do all the work

    If you are new to investing or not yet confident in picking your own investments, then the idea of investing in a fund probably seems a step too far. When in fact, one of the easiest and quickest ways to start investing and generate a regular income is to invest in an income paying fund.

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  • Why should I invest in an IPO?

    Companies choose to make an Initial Public Offering (IPO) mainly to raise funds for future growth but sometimes it can also be to increase the awareness or stature of the company.

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  • Active versus Passive Funds

    Both active and passive funds allow you to buy a basket of different investments in one single purchase. However, they do have one important difference.

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  • Investment Fund Managers

    Entrusted with billions of pounds of other peoples’ money, fund managers have some big responsibilities. It’s no surprise they mostly have a long list of qualifications, not to mention years of experience and oodles of acumen.

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  • Understanding ETFs trading

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can be a low-cost way for investors to gain diversified exposure to financial markets.

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  • How to balance investment risk and reward

    One of the biggest questions you must ask yourself before deciding to invest in the financial markets is..

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  • Can you build a fortune on property?

    As an asset class it took a battering after Brexit but there are a number of reasons why investors might consider property as part of a diversified portfolio over the long-term.

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  • Investing strategies without emotion

    Emotion is often quoted as being the enemy of reason with investors being encouraged to check their emotions at the door when they trade the stock market.

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  • Five ways to diversify your portfolio using ETFs

    With so many exchange trade funds (ETFs) to choose from, sometimes it helps to have the choices narrowed down.

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  • How exchange rates can affect investment returns

    Since the Brexit vote last June, you will probably have noticed your pounds don't buy as many euros and dollars at the Bureau du Change before you head off on holiday. The cost of household stalwarts like Marmite has gone up in supermarkets and the price of filling your car with petrol has also increased.

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  • LISA or Pension, which is right for you?

    For younger people who want to save for their futures, there is now a new kid on the block.

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  • What is a passive mutual fund

    Keep more of your return with trackers. In the last two decades it has become possible for the likes of you or I to gain exposure to the markets without facing the hefty charges involved in buying actively managed funds.

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  • The value of gold

    Gold, which has limited industrial applications, tends to be in demand during periods of economic or geopolitical strife when inflation threatens paper currencies or there are significant falls in bond and equity markets.

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