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All the latest news on funds, ITs and ETFs

What does 2015 hold in store for dividends?

by Jennifer Hill on Dec 19, 2014 at 00:01

Growth of UK dividends virtually ground to a halt this year, but fund managers see brighter prospects for 2015.

Super Mario Kart helps lift Lindsell Train

by James Phillipps on Dec 18, 2014 at 14:04

Games giant Nintendo has given the top performing Lindsell Train (LTI) investment trust a boost after a difficult year.

Oil stocks to back (if the slump doesn't last too long)

by Dylan Lobo on Dec 18, 2014 at 08:00

Jonathan Waghorn of the Guinness Global Energy fund goes through his holdings that will do well if the oil price recovers in the second half of next year. 

How to float from trouble when interest rates rise

by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:01

Rising interest rates are bad news for most bond investors. We explain how funds investing in floating rate bonds could provide a defence.

FTSE recovers as Moscow rescues rouble

by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 17, 2014 at 17:06

The FTSE 100 made another late rally to close five points up after Russia's government intervened to shore up the rouble.

Why you can't beat investment trusts for income

by Daniel Grote on Dec 17, 2014 at 07:00

For investors in need of steady and growing income, investment trusts are hard to beat. We take a look at some of the 'dividend heroes'.

Income Investor 9 is out now! Get your free copy

by Daniel Grote on Dec 16, 2014 at 08:00

Why investment trusts are great for income seekers, bonds that can float above interest rates and dividend prospects for next year.

Woodford: the bond market had it right

by Dylan Lobo on Dec 15, 2014 at 17:16

Fund manager Neil Woodford believes the bond market is a better reflection of the economic impact of low oil prices than share markets. 

Woodford and Barnett back Mercia Technologies' debut

by Danielle Levy on Dec 12, 2014 at 17:10

Rival fund managers Neil Woodford and Mark Barnett have both backed the stock market flotation of Mercia Technologies.

Judgment day: are high yield bonds worth the risk?

by Jennifer Hill on Dec 11, 2014 at 16:34

Fund managers have warned of a looming 'judgment day' for the swollen high yield bond market.

High-yielding fund groups catch eye of income investors

by Danielle Levy on Dec 09, 2014 at 14:40

Rising markets have boosted free cashflow levels at fund groups, and shareholders are reaping the benefit.

Paul Niven: dividend prospects look brighter for F&C

by David Sandham on Dec 08, 2014 at 11:41

Foreign & Colonial investment trust's new manager says dividend cover will improve once it repays £110 million of expensive debt this month.  

Top Trusts Review: funds you can trust

by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 08, 2014 at 10:37

We've updated our Top Trusts list of favourite investment trusts. Find out who is in and out of our 'circle of trust'!

The Accumulator: China surges ahead as our table turns red

by Daniel Grote on Dec 05, 2014 at 16:15

China shares recorded their best week in more than five years on stimulus hopes, but there wasn't much good news elsewhere.

Invesco's Barnett warns on lure of yield traps

by Jonathan Yarker on Dec 05, 2014 at 11:40

Citywire AAA-rated manager says investors continue to be lured by 'high but unsustainable' dividends.

Investment Trusts: what is the best Junior ISA?

by Jennifer Hill on Dec 03, 2014 at 08:00

How to get the best deal on holding an investment trust inside an individual savings account for a child.

Russia on 'brink' of collapse, warns Newton's Pidcock

by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 02, 2014 at 16:00

The risk of president Putin doing something 'silly' to protect Russia hangs over next year, says Jason Pidcock of Newton.

John Laing fund prepares £1bn bid for Balfour assets

by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 01, 2014 at 16:30

(Update) John Laing Infrastructure Fund wants to buy private-public partnership projects from struggling construction firm Balfour Beatty. Analysts fear it may pay too much. 

Aviva compensates cash fund investors who lost money

by Daniel Grote on Dec 01, 2014 at 13:17

Savings and pensions provider pays out £2 million to investors in its Deposit fund, after admitting its marketing literature was misleading.

River & Mercantile raises £51m for Rodrigs' Micro Cap trust

on Nov 28, 2014 at 16:50

First investment trust focused on UK 'micro cap' companies is off the ground but will start small (appropriately enough).

Quindell quashes rumour it has lost major contract

by Danielle Levy on Nov 28, 2014 at 09:12

Shares in the embattled claims processor rise after stating its customer relations remain strong. 

Miton issues profit warning as outflows hit £500m

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 27, 2014 at 10:06

Miton Group blames the departures of fund managers Bill Mott and Martin Gray for a fall in assets under management.

Anguilla issues alert over Venables' football fund

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 26, 2014 at 16:21

The Football Talent Fund backed by former England and Tottenham Hotspur manager Terry Venables is in trouble with regulators in the Caribbean.

Woodford's new biotech could be the next Amgen

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 26, 2014 at 14:13

Fund manager Neil Woodford has snapped up shares in Northwest Biotherapeutics. We speak to the boss of the US firm on her hopes.

The big new trust betting property party isn't over

by James Carthew on Nov 26, 2014 at 08:00

KWE, 2014's biggest investment trust launch, is betting that Europe's property market still has further to recover from credit crunch lows.

Trust tells Train: you're a key man!

by Dylan Lobo on Nov 24, 2014 at 11:16

Lindsell Train investment trust has taken out £6 million 'key man' insurance on its fund manager Nick Train.

Why medium-sized companies are due a resurgence

by Daniel Grote on Nov 21, 2014 at 15:37

Medium-sized companies have been in the doldrums this year, but Georgina Brittain argues they are poised for a revival.

Abenomics isn’t working: let’s turn activist!

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:42

Curtis Freeze, the Hawaii-based manager of a Guernsey-based investment company, plans a raid on corporate Japan.

Ex-Plackett trust on liquidation knife edge

by Jonathan Yarker on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:45

An unnamed third party has launched a last-ditch attempt to save the BlackRock Hedge Selector from liquidation.

Fund managers tip stocks for special dividends

by Jonathan Yarker on Nov 20, 2014 at 08:00

With special dividends set to hit £18.9 billion for the year, here are the stocks fund managers are tipping as the next to pay out.

Income star sells two insurers but keeps faith in sector

by Luca Rossi on Nov 19, 2014 at 15:56

AAA-rated Richard Hughes has sold Aviva and Jardine Lloyd Thompson after strong runs for their shares.

M&G's Dobell on Quindell: 'We made a mistake'

by Danielle Levy on Nov 19, 2014 at 15:23

(Update: adds analyst exit news) M&G Recovery manager Tom Dobell has said he regrets backing  insurance claims processor Quindell.

Royal Mail sends FTSE lower on Amazon pain

by Daniel Grote on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:32

Royal Mail warns online retail giant Amazon's delivery service will slash growth rates for parcels business.

Woodford: why Astra should reject another Pfizer bid

by James Phillipps on Nov 18, 2014 at 16:19

Will Pfizer resume its pursuit of AstraZeneca? Fund manager Neil Woodford hopes the drugs company will remain independent.

Fidelity's Greetham adds to Japan after recession shock

by Jonathan Yarker on Nov 18, 2014 at 15:43

Fidelity's head of asset allocation took advantage of a buying opportunity when Japan's stock market fell on Monday.

Smith & Williamson scoops former M&G euro chief

by James Phillipps on Nov 18, 2014 at 09:38

Smith & Williamson has hired Giles Worthington, M&G's former head of European equities to run its European Growth fund.

Quindell ousts founder as investors bail out

by Dylan Lobo, Gavin Lumsden on Nov 18, 2014 at 09:25

Rob Terry leaves the claims processor after controversial share dealings angered investors, including fund managers Fidelity and Miton.

Ruffer: brace yourself for more volatility

by Jonathan Yarker on Nov 17, 2014 at 14:22

The managers of Ruffer Investment Company expect more turbulence as stock markets adjust to the end of an easy money era in the US.

Consumer Panel calls for higher all-in fund charges

by Daniel Grote on Nov 17, 2014 at 13:46

Panel calls on fund groups to levy a single charge and stop taking additional investment expenses from funds.

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