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Investors look to gold as profitable alternative

Hedging EM risks? Think gold, is one of a series of papers published last week by the World Gold Council, highlighting how gold can be used by investors to mitigate systemic risks and act as a cost-effective currency hedge...

Thorntons Investments appoints Chief Investment Officer

Tayside and Edinburgh investment firm Thorntons Investments Services has appointed a new Chief Investment Officer...

Global growth on track, but downside risks compounded by Ukraine crisis

Schroders Chief Economist, Keith Wade, comments on global growth indicators and how the downside risks could be compounded by the crisis in Ukraine:   Signs that the weather is turning bring increased optimism that the world economy will rebound in the spring...

Santander UK fined £12.4m for investment advice failings

Santander UK Plc was last week fined £12,377,800 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) after the regulator uncovered serious failings in the way it offered financial advice from its bank...

The true costs of portfolio turnover exposed by Fitz Partners

Since July 2011, when the first Key Investor Information Documents (KIIDs) were published, investment funds’ literature in the UK have not disclosed Portfolio Turnover rates, enraging many financial advisors and commentators...

Property is back!

We’ve all seen the figures and read the endless reports about the property market coming back to life...

London Stock Exchange observes increase in retail IPO activity

The London Stock Exchange has welcomed seven new retail companies to its markets, raising £2...

Standard Life Investments combines macro and micro investment opportunities with new product

Standard Life Investments has this week announced the launch of Global Focused Strategies (GFS) an absolute return portfolio that aims to generate high, positive returns irrespective of market conditions...

Is it time to acknowledge emerging markets again?

By Jade Fu, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management   Following the recent sell-off in emerging markets, there is a view developing that now is the time to invest...

New head of investment banking appointed by FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has appointed Julia Hoggett as head of investment banking in its supervision division, starting in early May...

Last minute ISA ideas for 2013/14 Tax year

By Adrian Lowcock, senior investment manager at Hargreaves Lansdown Adrian offers his last minute ISA ideas as this year’s deadline approaches...

Investors invited to get involved in major Birmingham development scheme

International investors at the world’s largest real estate show MIPIM were last week offered the chance to become part of the biggest Brownfield residential site in Birmingham...

Square Mile Investment strengthen with appointment of head of risk based solutions research

Square Mile Investment Consulting & Research (Square Mile), the research and consulting company, have announced the appointment of Alex Farlow, as Head of Risk Based Solutions Research...

Housa investors earn 3.1% growth in first month

Investors in Castle Trust’s unique Protected Housa investment product have seen capital growth of 3...

Crowdfunding investors will be better protected, says FCA

People looking to lend money or invest through crowdfunding will be better protected under new rules confirmed last week by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)...

Emerging market dividend yield highest since 2009

Dividend yield in the emerging markets are at their most attractive in 5 years, ING Investment Management International has highlighted...

Diversifying savings could increase returns, says Zurich Investment Manager

Last week marked the sixth anniversary of the Bank of England’s implementation of the 0.5 per cent interest rate, and Zurich Private Capital’s UK-based Investment Manager has advised savers to look to advancing economies in order to achieve higher returns...

Adviser confidence grows year-on-year

Eighty-six per cent of financial advisers are more confident of the prospects for their firm compared to a year ago, whilst 71 per cent have a more optimistic outlook for the wider financial services industry, according to a poll conducted for Bankhall...

Pensioners face 55% tax penalty for excessive saving

People who are saving significant amounts towards their retirement through a pension will be penalised with a 55 per cent tax rate when the lifetime allowance threshold (LTA) is reduced from £1...

Investment update on Ukraine and Russia from Baring Asset Management

By Baring Asset Management   The premature exit of the pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich in the Ukraine came amid a wave of popular protest, creating a political vacuum in the country where there are longstanding political and ethnic divisions...



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