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Ian Cowie: dividend ‘bribe’ won’t put me off my Latin trust

The proposal of BlackRock Latin American to hike dividends with payments from capital looks good, particularly as I’m hopeful the region will enjoy a ‘melt-up’ from US economic growth.

Ian Cowie: I’m selling Russia trust as hostilities mount

The war of words between Britain and Russia after the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has led me to sell a long-standing holding in my ‘forever fund’.

Ian Cowie: the taxing task of taking profits on my winners

The chancellor’s spring statement next week may be dull but with Labour’s John McDonnell breathing down his neck investors should exploit their capital gains allowances for crucial end-of-tax-year planning.

Ian Cowie: the electric returns from backing the environment

Is it possible to do well by doing good? Yes, as the performance of one leading investor in environmental technologies, shows.

Ian Cowie: march with ‘Saints’ if tech seems out of step

Scottish American Investment Company, or ‘Saints’, hits 145 next month. Time to see what this global equity income stalwart has to offer.

Ian Cowie: tried-and-tested trusts tower above trackers

Tracker fund investors, please don’t get passive aggressive but new analysis shows nearly two thirds of actively managed investment trusts beat their benchmarks over last five years.

Ian Cowie: trust in dividends to see you through tough markets

Investment trust share prices may have been jumping up and down like yo-yos this week but their strong long-term record of dividend payments gives solace to nervous investors.

Ian Cowie: we need more superior women in charge

The sooner the rest of the City stops leering and follows the investment company sector in promoting women into senior positions the better.

Ian Cowie: take care, the view is wonderful up here!

Financial disasters happen when the last person who can remember what went wrong last time has left the building. That’s what a wise old bird told this cub reporter more than three decades ago.

Ian Cowie: Carillion crisis confirms infrastructure shares were too high

Just as Carillion’s catastrophe warns investors to beware corporate hype, collateral damage among infrastructure funds flags up risks of buying investment trusts at double-digit premia.