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The Accumulator: what a year in markets!

by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 19, 2014 at 16:43

Our last Accumulator table of 2014 reveals the topsy-turvy time investors had this year as US government bonds beat shares. 

Sell bonds and buy commodities in 2015

by Chris Bailey on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:08

Here's a contrarian trade few investors are talking about for next year. It might not be as painful as it looks!

Russia: Baring 'rant' has me looking but not buying

by James Carthew on Dec 11, 2014 at 08:31

Investment trust expert James Carthew considers an appeal from Baring Emerging Europe for investors to return to Russia.

What does the falling oil price mean for investors?

by Mike Deverell on Dec 09, 2014 at 08:00

Don't be one of those investors running off a cliff they cannot see. The oil price slump is serious, says financial planner Mike Deverell.

Emerging markets will punish the US one day

by Danielle Levy on Dec 08, 2014 at 15:52

The consensus view is that a strong dollar is bad for emerging markets but Jerome Booth argues it is emerging markets that hold the key to the US economy and currency.

David Kempton: Santa rally paints pretty picture now

by Gavin Lumsden on Dec 01, 2014 at 15:17

Experienced investor David Kempton thinks low oil prices will boost stock markets but is cautious about prospects after the election.

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.

Aviva: is Friends bid a rights issue in disguise?

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 24, 2014 at 15:04

Buying Friends Life, a small, weaker UK rival, could help Aviva improve its dividend. But are the insurer's shareholders paying too much?

Trust cuts Barnett price but performance fee still hairy

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 21, 2014 at 14:52

Perpetual Income & Growth, the best of Mark Barnett's three big investment trusts, has saved shareholders a lot of money, but is it enough? 

Top Trusts: what I bought in Japan this month!

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:03

Gavin Lumsden reports on the latest investment in his Top Trust portfolio. This video was recorded last week before today's news from Japan.

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