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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.

How the foreign exchange trading scandal affects you

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 12, 2014 at 17:03

The huge fines imposed on banks for currency manipulation point to a wider scandal affecting investors in funds and pensions.

British Assets reinvents itself as the pensioner's friend

by James Carthew on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:02

James Carthew looks at British Assets investment trust's aim to tap into the £9 billion retirement market created by the pension freedom reforms.

What 'War Loans' tell you about government bonds

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 07, 2014 at 16:53

What the chancellor's decision to repay some First World War debt tells you about UK government bonds, or 'gilts'.  

Is Scottish Mortgage Trust really a technology fund?

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 07, 2014 at 14:51

Half-year results illustrate how focused this leading global fund is on technology as an investment theme.

How to time markets intelligently

by Mike Deverell on Nov 05, 2014 at 08:00

Time in the market, not timing the market, that’s what makes for great investment returns, says financial planner Mike Deverell.

You take the high road and I'll take the Lowland

by James Carthew on Nov 04, 2014 at 11:20

James Carthew looks at the Lowland Investment Company, one of the best performing UK equity income trusts in recent years.

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