Andy Parsons, head of investment research, identifies six funds across a breadth of investment risk that may prove attractive for investors to include in an ISA.
Bull and Bear – an optimistic and pessimistic view of investment news. Today’s stories include: Global debt passes $100 trillion, but does it matter? US jobs do better than expected. Markets fret over spate of bad news from China and Japan. Good news from Iceland. Inflation may be below target, but that’s not what Joe Public thinks. BCC calls end of downturn in the summer
Sheridan Admans, investment research manager at The Share Centre, picks Sports Direct as share of the week and explains why it has been added to our ‘buy’ list.
There is a new way of doing business, and banks are so out of touch it’s a wonder they are still with us
The way business is done these days is just different. Or to be more precise the way it is being done by the latest generation to join the world of business, is as different from the traditional accepted way of doing things, as their methodology was different from the business practices applied by medieval barons, and the Kings and Queens of the Middle Ages. Banks alas, and I am thinking in particular about Barclays with its latest bonus package for its CEO, are looking increasingly irrelevant to this new way.
Bull and bear: China’s Boo moment and seven trillion reasons why mobile technology is set to explode
In May 2000 boo.com went bust, and in the process triggered the dotcom crash. It is unclear when the logic of applying the story of the emperor with no clothes was first applied to finance, but if it had been in the aftermath of the collapse of Boo.com it would have been most apt. For the first time ever, we may be seeing a Chinese corporate bond default today. Some are saying this is a good thing. And in the long run, they are probably right, but it may just mark the occasion when someone first looks at Chinese debt, and says: “Look the Chinese finance emperor has no clothes.” The result may be China’s answer to what happened in the West in 2008, or perhaps to dotcoms in 2000. Also today Seven trillion reasons why mobile technology is set to explode, US household net wealth close sin on record high, The value of the pound has crashed, Oh no, I’ve got HTML
The FCA is limiting investment into crowd sourced funding type projects to 10 per cent of an investor’s assets. Some are calling it a sensible move; they say the FCA has found the middle ground. I, on the other hand, am furious. The FCA applies the logic of defeatism. If the FCA wanted to be an entrepreneur, it would never get past the first brainstorming session. If it had been around when we still lived in the trees, today we would still live in the trees. It is so hopelessly out of touch with the 21st century ideas, thinking and technology that it is a wonder that it doesn’t pass a rule banning all financial organisations that use computers. But its latest move takes the biscuit.
Bull and Bear – an optimistic and pessimistic view of investment news. Today’s stories include: Who will financial sanctions hurt most: the West or Russia? Weather gets in the way yet again. Eurozone sees recovery continue. House price inflation madness?
Is it perhaps the most important question relating to the UK economy right now? The answer will determine when interest rates will rise, whether or not inflation is around the corner, and whether the UK economy is set for above trend growth, or whether it is set to see many more years of lacklustre performance. So what’s the question? How much spare capacity is there in the UK economy?
Bull and Bear – an optimistic and pessimistic view of investment news. Today’s stories include: Smart retailers, John Lewis forms technology incubator, A smart grid, UK stumbles in February, but job creation storms
Some people look smart when they wear a new suit. It is often a word we use to describe the attire of our kids. New shoes, “oh, you look smart.” But these days the word often means something else. Our phones can be smart, but that does not necessarily mean they look chic, stylish, or even smart. So in the digital age being smart and looking smart are quite different. This morning saw new announcements that will each have a pretty profound effect on two sectors most investors follow with rapt attention. They both involve the word smart, but neither have anything whatsoever to do with fashion.
It’s time for a face-off. The end of the tax year is close. That means you are running out of time to find the most tax efficient homes for your savings. It begs the question: which one is best? Is it saving for a pension or putting your money in an ISA?