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Investment Trust Watch: BlackRock's 'shocking' 10% yield

by Gavin Lumsden on Oct 02, 2015 at 16:25

A dividend cut at BlackRock World Mining looks unavoidable but some investors are buying shares in the battered investment trust.

Diary of a Dumb Investor: I thought Centrica was safe!

by Dumb Investor on Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00

I'm not surprised my portfolio is down over the last few months, but I hadn't expected Centrica would be one of my worst performers.

Investment Trust Watch: UK’s worst fund gets Woodford fee

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 25, 2015 at 12:29

Shares in poorly performing Aurora trust spike on proposals for a new manager adopting Neil Woodford's no-performance, no-fee approach.

Diary of a Dumb Investor: bailing out of StanChart

by Dumb Investor on Sep 21, 2015 at 15:42

The time has come to sell a stock that has caused me more pain than any other: I'm finally giving Standard Chartered the chop.

So when will the Fed raise rates? October, December or 2016?

by James Phillipps on Sep 18, 2015 at 13:51

That was fun. We now get to go through it all again next month and the next, until the Fed eventually bites the bullet.

Investment Trust Watch: Woodford's glittering Crystal

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 18, 2015 at 12:00

Crystal Amber, the activist investment fund backed by Neil Woodford, has had a good week following its annual results.

Lat Am trusts my worst call yet, but I'm not quitting

by James Carthew on Sep 17, 2015 at 08:00

China has grabbed all the headlines recently but the impact of its slowdown on Latin America has been dramatic, says James Carthew. 

Investment Trust Watch: Micky Breuer-Weil's new fund

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 11, 2015 at 14:04

Volatile stock markets continue to throw up interesting opportunities such as Menhaden Capital, a new fund advised by the former manager of RIT Capital.

Student property trusts pass the test as income funds

by James Carthew on Sep 08, 2015 at 08:00

Investing in halls of residence can be tricky though high yielding Empiric Student Property and GCP Student Living have made it work.

Investment Trust Watch: can British Empire strike back?

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 04, 2015 at 15:14

Shares in British Empire Securities slip to a wide discount as the global value fund drifts towards a third year of underperformance.

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