Investment

investing in cryptocurrency

Investing in cryptocurrency

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There’s not a day goes by at the moment without so-called cryptocurrency hitting the headlines. But what’s it all about? And with tales of people making stacks of money investing in them, should you jump on board? What is cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is a digital money system. Unlike regular money, it has no physical presence. Cryptocurrency…
Fixed interest securities

Fixed interest securities and interest rate rises

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Fixed interest securities make up part of most investor’s asset allocation. They’re considered low risk; second lowest after cash. But if interest rates continue to rise, should you continue to invest in them? We take a look. What are fixed interest securities? A fixed interest security is basically a loan from investors to a government…
Why do shares fall on good news

Why do shares fall on good news?

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Last month, Samsung announced it is expecting profits to hit record levels in the third quarter – almost three time as much as the same period last year. Following the announcement, their share price dropped. That might seem counter-intuitive. But there were other factors at play. At the same time as announcing this anticipated profit…

Investing in infrastructure

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What do we mean by investing in infrastructure? The Cambridge Dictionary defines infrastructure as “the basic systems and services, such as transport and power supplies, that a country or organisation uses in order to work effectively”. Basically, infrastructure is the foundation upon with our economy operates. It includes schools, airports, windfarms, hospitals… In the past, infrastructure was generally funded by the government. But pressure on the public purse has led to…
Long term investing

Investors: Trust us to take care of the long term

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With technological advancement comes new ways for people to manage their money. We’re all in favour of people taking an active interest in their finances. Part of our ethos is providing financial education so people can do just that. However, we also feel it’s our duty to just share a few gentle words of warning……
Foxdog Property

Guest blog: Investing in Property

Steve and Sharon have been investing in property since early 2000s and set up their current business, Foxdog Properties, in 2012. They draw on their previous professions, Steve in engineering and Sharon as a senior programme manager with a FTSE 100 company, to effectively manage a growing portfolio and team. Their business specialises in providing…

The landscape for Brexit following the general election

Even those who claim no interest in politics whatsoever can’t fail to have noticed the waves created by last month’s general election. In case you’ve been in hiding, the details in a nutshell are: MP Theresa May called a snap election, dubbed “The Brexit Election”, with the aim of strengthening her position in negotiating the…

The election of Emmanuel Macron and the impact on the markets

Last month, Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron was elected as France’s new president. The result wasn’t a great surprise, although it was perhaps more of a decisive victory than expected. We take a look at what this result is likely to mean for the markets. The pre-election landscape Macron, a strong advocate for Europe, was up…

What is ethical investment?

Ethical investments can be a great option for people who want to make a financial return, but not at any cost. By investing ethically, you are choosing to align your investments with your principles. So you can make money, and feel good about it! A brief history of ethical investments Ethical, or socially responsible, investments…

Asset Allocation in 5 minutes

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What is asset allocation? Asset allocation is the process of deciding how to divide investment money across different asset categories. The aim of asset allocation is to reduce your risk whilst maximising the return on your investment. In broad terms, there are four main types of asset categories: cash, shares (also called equities), property and…