Alternative Investments

Introducing Alternative Investments

Other than ‘conventional’ holdings in shares, bonds, property and cash, there are a whole range of alternative investments available that vary greatly in terms of risk and reward.

Technology admits the DIY investor to markets that were previously difficult to access such as foreign exchange trading, and the relatively new peer-to-peer lending and equity crowdfunding sectors are just a click away.

Other investments available include, inter alia, buy-to-let, fine wine, art, stamps, commodities, coins, gemstones and land.

Alternatives may be where your interests meet your investments, adding some fun to part of a balanced portfolio.

 

About Alternative Investments

  Choice – an almost limitless choice of investment opportunities. Variety – invest in parking spaces, solar energy, commodities, fine art, stamps, films, woodland and pretty much anything that can be valued and traded.gold bar Diversification – add something out of the ordinary to a small corner of your portfolio. Technology – trading technology now delivers access to global FX markets, peer-to-peer lending platforms and international equity crowdfunding. Personal – trade assets and commodities in which you have a personal interest or insight. Illiquid – without a recognized market or exchange, it may only be possible to sell an alternative investment when a buyer comes along. Valuation – without a market to regulate prices, valuations may rely upon experts whose opinions may vary. Risk – few alternative investments will be covered by the FSCS. Tax – certain private equity investments may qualify for EIS or SEIS tax relief. Caveat emptor – a place where the unwary could fall victim to the unscrupulous; cold calls from carbon credit salesmen may be less unpalatable than some of the scams that were reported following changes to pension rules.

 

Inside Alternative Investments

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Inside Alternative Investments

  DIY Investor considers investment opportunities that lie beyond traditional shares, bonds, property or cash and looks at some of the more unusual and potentially lucrative opportunities that could be considered as part of a diversified investment portfolio. As with any investment strategy, understanding and managing risk is a key consideration and with alternative investments that is all the more relevant as it may not always be possible to make apples and apples comparison of products and many will not be bound by the rules that deliver transparency and protection to other asset classes. Investments such as peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding are becoming a much more familiar part of the investment landscape and they are considered herein as well as some more esoteric opportunities such as stamps, parking spaces, student accommodation, films or even fine wine, which may admirably fulfil the brief of a liquid asset that suggests a perfectly palatable exit strategy should the market move against you! Read more  

Risks of Alternative Investments

  With stockmarkets taking a tumble and returns on savings remaining stubbornly low, some may be tempted by alternative investment opportunities they might not otherwise have considered. Whilst alternative investments may vary greatly from forestry to carbon credits and from micro-brewery to gold bullion, they often carry similar risks; here are some of the key things to consider before making an alternative investment.   risky   Read more  

Trading Foreign Exchange

  Foreign exchange (FX or forex) is the world’s biggest financial market, with individual traders, businesses and central banks all taking part in order to speculate for profit, maintain money supply or facilitate international trade. There is no central exchange for FX and there are few limits to trading 24 hours a day with a high degree of liquidity via a global network of banks, dealers and brokers. FX trading is how individuals and businesses convert one currency to another and prices are influenced by a range of different factors, including interest rates, inflation, government policy, employment figures and demand for imports and exports; currency prices tend to reflect the state of the issuing country’s economy. Because of the sheer volume of currency traders and the amount of money exchanged, price movements can happen very quickly, making currency trading not only the largest financial market in the world, but also one of the most volatile. Currency-Pairs 2         Read more      

What is Peer-to-Peer Lending?

  The perpetually low interest environment has caused many savers to seek alternative ways of achieving better return on their cash and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is an increasingly popular option. P2P websites enable investors, or savers, to lend directly to borrowers thereby cutting out traditional lenders such as banks or building societies. Borrowers may benefit from lower loan rates than they’d get from a bank or building society and savers get better returns than they would on a standard savings account. P2P lenders have been around since 2005 when the UK’s first lender, Zopa, launched and it has lent out £600 million of savers’ money in the decade since then. The growing number of P2P sites means that there is increasing choice for savers in terms of who they can lend to and the associated risk and reward; originally designed to provide an alternative source of personal loans, it is now possible for the DIY investor to lend to small and medium-sized businesses or even property investors and generate regular income.p2p computer 2     Read more    

What is Equity Crowdfunding?

  Equity crowdfunding allows a large number of people to provide money to a start up or early stage business in return for shares in the company. There are now a huge range of peer-to-peer lending, reward and equity crowdfunding opportunities available to the DIY investor with minimum investments as low as £100 and a large number of platforms to choose from. Unlike buying shares that are listed on a stock exchange via a broker a whole new industry has been created by platforms and aggregators looking to deliver access to private equity investment. Equity crowdfunding does have the potential to deliver huge returns and online technology opens up a world full of ‘local’ investment opportunities at the click of a mouse.acorns 2       Read more  

Investing in Equity Crowdfunding

  Some of the phenomenal successes such as Facebook and Dropbox demonstrate the fantastic returns that can be achieved from early stage investing but a very small proportion of deals are responsible for delivering the vast majority of profitable returns. If you are considering equity crowdfunding there are some essential guidelines that can help to mitigate what are undoubtedly considerable risks associated with this type of investment. Risk Reward       Read more    

What is Impact Investing?

  The Social Stock Exchange was established in London in 2013, with a mission to create an efficient, universally accessible marketplace where impact investors and impact businesses of all sizes can come together. Impact investors don’t just want a financial return from the businesses that they invest in, they want to see a positive social impact too; think the complete opposite to the type of investing that caused the near cataclysmic credit crisis. But it’s not about philanthropy, although philanthropists do make impact investments; it’s about investing in business that are trying to make a difference to society, but also want to financially reward the investors who back them. Investing for impact doesn’t necessarily mean compromising your returns; the theme has historically been popular with high net worth individuals and private equity houses, but with greater understanding what was once the playground for the rich and retired has now gone mainstream. SSE     Read more      

Introducing Hedge Funds

  One of DIY Investor’s key objectives is to demystify fund management to ensure that the lay investor can grasp the core tenets of a particular fund and make a value judgment about its underlying investments and its overall strategy. If fund managers make things tough, the hedge fund industry appears to have opacity down to a fine art; here are a few of the basics and some of the terminology associated with this sector. Hedging is the art of trying to reduce your exposure to a particular asset or risk, often by selling something you don’t own – this is called shorting. The term hedge fund can cover a multitude of different investment strategies and they tend to be structured as limited liability partnerships or companies. A few will allow an investor to enter or exit on a daily basis but most commonly this will be monthly or quarterly, some are even longer. They invest in all sorts of assets. They will often include an element of hedging within the investment strategy, which is essentially taking an equal and opposite position to a particular investment. A short position is a negative holding in an investment – for example, by borrowing shares in a company and then selling them. A long position is a positive holding – i.e. buying an investment in the hope and expectation that it will go up in value.   diy investor hedge funds   Read more    

Investing in Trade Finance

  Everything we consume, wear, and use forms part of global trade, much of which is subject in some way to financing. Trade finance is a loan that funds the sale or purchase of goods, often across borders; it is one of the oldest forms of banking, and still today forms a large and stable part of global banks lending. Unlike corporate debt, trade finance is tied to a specific transaction, for example, the shipment of soya beans from Brazil to the US, therefore trade finance loans can be collateralized with the underlying commodity itself and they are self-liquidating – once the sale is complete, the loan is paid off. Trade finance loans are often short term, between 90 to 120 days depending on the sector, decreasing the duration risk for investors.globe2       Read more        

Property Crowdfunding 101

    In the last few decades, crowdfunding in all sorts of industries and investments has really kicked off, becoming an incredibly popular way to make a bit of money in an area that would normally be impossible to invest in alone.   house keys     Read more        

Cryptocurrency 101

    To date, there are well over 1000 cryptocurrencies in the market attempting to change every industry from bananas to finance. However, a few coins have consistently been on top in a race to be named the world’s number one cryptocurrency. This article analyses some of the competitors and outline why they have the potential to be number one.   bitcoin suit     Read more        

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Financial Conduct Authority Issues Warning to Cryptocurrency Exchange

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26th


May

A change of flow in global water

The challenges of providing a safe and reliable water supply; better use of data gives cause for

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24th


May

Investing in gold mines with ETFs

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May

Electric Vehicle Outlook – growth, policy and net zero

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Apr

What is Bitcoin mining?

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Mar

Alternative Investments: Japanese Whisky Investment

For those interested in diving into the alternative investment of whisky, the Japanese market

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Mar

Riding the booms and avoiding the busts

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28th


Feb

The future of commercial property post-Covid

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8th


Feb

How to Invest your Money Ethically in 2021

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Nov

Where the ESG rubber meets the road

Why ESG reporting is necessary and culture is crucial and not to be neglected

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26th


Oct

Alternative investments: Wine investing report

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Oct

Alternative investments to slake the dividend drought

Venture capital, PPPs, infrastructure funds, and social housing all offer investment opportunities

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20th


Oct

The Stock Market Almanac: Bubbleomics

Almanacist catalogues bubbles from tulips to crypto, Beanie Babys to......?

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14th


Oct

Thinking of buying a buy-to-let with your pension? Think again.

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Sep

Property Funds: How much longer will investors be trapped?

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Sep

Is Elon Musk’s Spacex technology’s next ten bagger stock

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Aug

ESG in COVID times: doing the REIT thing

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16th


Aug

Automated Solution for Millennials Seeking Ethical Investment Opportunities

Investors are increasingly looking for ways to make a positive impact on the world with their money

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31st


Jul

What is the case for gold?

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29th


Jul

Cannabis sector set to benefit from US Presidential election

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18th


Jul

Buy retail…maybe selectively

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16th


Jul

How to invest in residential property without buying a home

A wide range of options exist for those looking to benefit from property investing, including P2P

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13th


Jul

Short and leveraged exposure to US tech giants for sophisticated investors

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10th


Jul

Dangers of using social media for money matters

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27th


Jun

Staying liquid isn’t good-or bad; it’s cheap or expensive

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9th


Jun

The True Cost of Buy-to-Let Property

Recent changes have altered the tax treatment of those investing in property and this infographic

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8th


Jun

Explaining: Lithium

The price of lithium is falling as stocks in producers is rising; invariably an investment

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5th


Jun

Price is what you pay, value is what you get

The listed private equity sector has seen discounts widen markedly, but does this present an

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5th


Jun

My World in June 2021: The Global Fund Manager

Part of a series of articles, Phil Clark describes how he thinks things will look a year from now.

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2nd


Jun

Should you invest with an IFISA?

How do they work, who are they designed for, and are they actually worth investing in?

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23rd


May

Libra Coin – A New Digital Currency Developed by FACEBOOK

A new global currency designed for the digital world; money should be fast for everyone from any

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5th


May

Mind the gap: Bridging the gender investment divide

Brickowner - identifying the main causes of the gender investment gap and suggesting some solutions

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4th


Apr

Mini-bond Investors Face Another Hammering as Basset & Gold Goes Bust

£36m at risk after issuer follows payday lender into administration

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29th


Mar

Is the IFISA ‘the perfect middle ground’ between poor returns and volatility?

The Innovative Finance ISA could suit those looking to beat poor Cash ISA rates, but avoid the

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21st


Mar

Poll Indicates Strong Inflows in IFISA Season

Innovative Finance ISA expected to accelerate despite the new marketing restrictions imposed by FCA

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12th


Mar

A bull market for precious metals

Edison Exhibits - The bull market for precious metals remains intact, with gold and silver prices

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26th


Feb

Building a long-term real estate strategy

How ASI's UK Commercial Property REIT targets strong, sustainable and rising income return and

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21st


Feb

Why private equity could boost your portfolio

Listed private equity offers clear diversification benefits for investors - but not all LPE trusts

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19th


Feb

LC&F Bondholders Turn up the Wick as FSCS pays out just £2.7m

Legal action has been started to challenge the decision that just a fraction of the 11,600

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10th


Feb

Ethical Investing: ESG Investments Deliver Strong Returns

Previously, investors putting their money where their values were may have missed out on returns;

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6th


Feb

Direct lending – a new asset class for fixed income investors?

David Beacham explains Goji's term based diversified lending product

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2nd


Feb

More concerns for mini-bond investors as auditors question Wellesley Finance

Nerves for savers who ploughed £94 million into savings bond company founded by Graham Wellesley,

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28th


Jan

Passion Investing: Classic Cars

A look at the state of the classic car market and introducing fractional ownership

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20th


Jan

Property: Stable Doors and Gated Funds

Amid concerns over illiquidity, property funds are now holding higher levels of cash

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14th


Jan

FCA bans marketing of mini-bonds ahead of ISA Season

Regulator clamps down on promotion of unregulated products in wake of LCF scandal

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13th


Jan

Anger as majority of LCF bondholders may miss out on compensation

FSCS says that just 159 out of 11,600 bondholders will definitely receive compensation after LCF

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9th


Jan

Grow Rich Slowly with REITs

Long-term property returns derive from income and its compounding potential – that’s precisely

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6th


Jan

What is Ethereum?

Guest post from Promising Trader re the 'Wild West Age' of cryptocurrencies

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26th


Dec

Property Market 2020: New Cycle Ahead

After a difficult year for the global economy, James Roberts asks is the turning point drawing

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21st


Dec

Investors in property funds take flight after M&G portfolio is suspended

Investors pulled out almost £200m as UK property funds suffered their worst period of redemptions

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17th


Dec

Beta clockers

Investors can hold physical gold alone, or enjoy the beta benefits of broadening their reach.

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12th


Dec

The UK Election and an Anatomy of the Coming Sterling Crisis

Matein Khalid has called it correctly in the past; he believes the currency's 18% undervaluation

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11th


Dec

Chilango ‘Burrito Bonds’ may not be worth a hill of beans; founders try to save troubled chain

Company proposes to convert 8% mini-bonds into preferred equity in CVA

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22nd


Nov

Cryptocurrencies vs Local Currencies: Pros And Cons

Cryptocurrencies divide opinion in the finance industry - here is a look at the benefits and

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27th


Oct

Parklife! There’s plenty of life in retail parks

The internet has transformed our shopping habits and despite the 'death of the high street' retail

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23rd


Oct

Is Bitcoin money? Almost…

The cryptocurrency continues to hit the headlines; is there a solution for those nervous of

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23rd


Oct

Financial wellness: AI-powered Multiply delivers holistic financial advice

FCA approves 'next gen' platform delivering automated financial advice to small-time investors

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10th


Oct

3 things you should know before introducing P2P lending to your investment portfolio

Guest post from Lending Works explaining the basics of marketplace lending

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9th


Oct

Mini Bond – Max Risk?

How RM Funds uses two separate structures to deliver liquidity and disclosure in its alternative

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6th


Oct

Fears of Illiquidity cause funds to shun alternative assets

FCA and the Bank of England act to prevent funds gating, but will investors be scared off?

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18th


Sep

Commodity Investors: how to hedge your US dollar exposure

Low interest rates have prompted investors to look for investments with the potential to deliver

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9th


Sep

Buy to Let: Why Proposed Right to Buy in the Private Sector is Theft

Landlords Could Face Ruin as John McDonnell proposes Right to Buy at Below Market Price

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1st


Sep

Grand Designs – on Mini-bond Investors’ Money

Investors face wipe out as property guru Kevin McCloud's business flounders

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18th


Aug

Alternative investments: signs of life in the wine market

The wine market is slow – but stirring and Bordeaux might be coming into its own

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8th


Aug

Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin & Ethereum – Blockchain Technologies To Adapt To A Better World

Guest post from Global Prime heralds the visionaries driving the world toward digitisation

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5th


Aug

How the Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) is helping solve investor challenges

The IFISA is moving far from its peer-to-peer roots and is now being used across the asset

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15th


Jul

Diversification: Investing into UK residential property without a mortgage

Collective funds can give you exposure to property investing, without the hassle

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15th


Jul

High hopes for investors in medicinal cannabis as flurry of IPOs expected

The legalisation of medicinal cannabis in the UK last November has seen London emerge as a new hub

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15th


Jul

Open-ended funds and liquidity – Vorsprung durch Technik ?

As Woodford fund is gated Cedric Bucher asks if we can learn anything from the Germans

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Jul

The end of the UK interest rate cycle

Reassessing the relationship between UK interest rates and REITs

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21st


Jun

Could Purplebricks go bust? Apparently not

Motley Fool analyst says five key financial ratios suggest online estate agent is in rude health

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20th


Jun

5 reasons to invest in property abroad

That investment property in the sun might be great for your tan, but is it a sound investment?

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14th


Jun

P2P: Direct lending set for rapid growth – will DIY investors miss out?

As FCA sets new rules for promotions, marketplace lenders target institutional investors

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9th


Jun

New FCA rules on marketing to peer-to-peer investors change the ethos of direct lending

Orca chief warns that over-regulation could stifle P2P innovation

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7th


Jun

What makes Portugal attractive to investors?

Portugal currently has the world’s top residence-by-investment program. But why?

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4th


Jun

Does Lendy capsize call P2P sector into question?

FCA investigates as investors join those in LC&F mini-bond in sweating over their cash

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21st


May

EPIC for income

Ediston Property Investment Company delivers monthly income with firm foundations

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17th


May

Why should investors consider specialist REITs?

Real estate investment trusts can be a great way of investing in property

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29th


Apr

Younger investors: Millennials embrace peer-to-peer lending

Survey suggests that more than half of all P2P lenders across Europe are millennials

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15th


Apr

IFISA gathers momentum in the face of Brexit uncertainty

P2P lending increasingly seen as an alternative to poor returns on cash and stock market volatility

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11th


Mar

Income is hard to find; don’t lose interest in ISA season

Cash ISAs are beaten by inflation - where are there better returns to be found

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8th


Mar

RM Funds: Making the case for alternatives in uncertain times

Alternative Income Fund uses alternative investments to target capital preservation, income

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22nd


Feb

Losing interest in Cash ISAs – how does an IFISA compare?

Many ISA savers are losing out to inflation - the IFISA could deliver better returns at acceptable

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18th


Dec

RM Funds: Targeting long term, stable and predictable returns

James Robson explains how RM Funds use lower risk real estate, infrastructure & alternative

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12th


Dec

Ediston Property Investment Company – investing in retail warehousing

Calum Bruce of EPIC on the attraction of investing in retail warehousing to generate income

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6th


Nov

Platforms for High Net Worth Investors in Israeli high-tech

Yarom Romem looks at options ranging from traditional VC funds to angel investing

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20th


Oct

Investing in agricultural commodities: Rising prices and volility

Carl Atkin says the most successful farmers will be the ones with robust risk management processes

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15th


Oct

Blockchain: Technology is about innovation, not disruption

Guy Halford-Thompson of BTL Group looks at the transformative potential of Blockchain

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14th


Oct

Property investing: Whither the open-ended funds?

Adrian Elwood discusses alchemy in finance and the illusion of liquidity

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18th


Sep

P2P Aggregator Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Seedrs

Orca is fundraising to support ambitious growth and expansion plans

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15th


Sep

Rethinking sustainable investing in the age of disruption

How do you build a long-term investment strategy whene technology and politics keep changing the

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7th


Aug

Idealism and control: Why young people invest in cryptocurrency

Survey indicates that younger investors favour cryptocurrencies over what they see as a broken

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3rd


Aug

Why gold is becoming the hottest investment today

Sylvia Carrasco of Goldex explains why the 'ultimate cryptocurrency' is taking the finance world by

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2nd


Aug

Bitcoin and its possible impact on insurance

Hogan Injury considers Bitcoin and its potential to change the insurance world

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10th


Jul

Buy to Let

Cambridge Property Lettings explain the attraction of the city for investors

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17th


Jun

A blockchain that facilitates the ‘right to be forgotten’

Dominic McCann of BTL Group explains how to be truly GDPR compliant with blockchain

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15th


Jun

Ethereum 101

Julian Goldie of King Passive with everything you need to know about Ethereum

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10th


May

Broaden your market exposure: a time for alternative assets?

James de Bunsen asks if its time to look beyond the staples of equities and bonds

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11th


Apr

Thoughts from SaltyDog Investor

Douglas Chadwick explains how investors can benefit from changes to the law - from alcohol to

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9th


Apr

Property crowdfunding 101

Millennials engage with property crowdfunding as UOWN makes it simple

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29th


Mar

Is investing in blockchain dead following crypto crash?

Angus Campbell explains that cryptos rely on blockchain but blockchain does not rely on cryptos

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10th


Mar

Exploring Possibilities: The Innovative Finance ISA in action

Although regulation restricted its launch, the IFISA has been around for a year; this is how it

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3rd


Mar

Off to the Races: Cryptocurrency 101

Steven Buchko of US Bitcoin and Blockchain leviathan Coin Central looks at the four coins competing

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24th


Feb

Why microinvesting has the potential to transform the wealth management industry

With robo advice targeting cash strapped millennials, microinvesting seeks to change behaviour

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15th


Feb

Take AIM for opportunities

James Henderson considers the dynamic young companies on 'the world's most successful growth

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13th


Feb

How to use the Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) to manage risk & return

Andrew Adcock of Crowd for Angels looks at tax-efficient investing in P2P loans

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20th


Jan

Student accommodation – the UK’s strongest property sector

Why investors should pay attention to purpose-built student accommodation

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27th


Dec

Bitcoin: emerging asset or speculative mania?

Paul O'Connor of Janus Henderson Investors looks at Bincoin following the appearance of a futures

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15th


Dec

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin - money of the future

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15th


Dec

Introducing Blockchain, the technology that powers Bitcoin

Angus Campbell of Stature PR introduces a technology that could revolutionise transactional business

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29th


Nov

Buying a property: Fancy a bedsit or an island?

Money Transfer Comparison looks at the price of property around the world

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24th


Nov

Taking robo advice from 100,000 clients to 10 million

Dan Tammas-Hastings reports on the Robo Advice and Innovation Conference

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31st


Aug

Are we facing 2008 Mark II? Investing in hard assets for desperate times…

Philip Gilbert has that feeling of deja vu - again - and considers a potential solution

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14th


Jul

Democratising real estate investing via blockchain

By Kok Keong Tan How of 'proptech' start up FundPlaces - crowdfunding for real estate investors

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1st


Jun

Will Brokers Give DIY Investors Access to Direct and Marketplace Lending?

Institutional investors have embraced peer-to-peer lending, as have 170,000 direct retail investors

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1st


Dec

The Quest for Income: Market Place Lending Comes of Age

The launch of the Innovative Finance ISA has taken P2P lending into the mainstream

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16th


Nov

Getting More out of Your ISAs

Crowdstacker Explains the Innovative Finance ISA

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27th


Sep

Robo-advisers Stake Their Claim as Active Meets Passive at Money Farm

Land grab as robos find their niche - platforms vary in terms of sophistication and target

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12th


Sep

Fintech Boom: RiskSave hits Target in Just Four Days

disruptive technologies set to fundamentally change our relationship with banks, asset managers and

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2nd


Aug

Fixed Income for the Retail Investor?

Introducing Invoice Finance - Peer-to-peer or Crowdlending

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11th


Jul

AIM Gets the Key to the Door; City Grump Says if you Love it let it go.

The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) turned 21 in June, it’s time to think about its future;

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1st


Jun

Can Crowdfunding Beat Annuities?

8% p.a. available to peer-to-peer lenders in Innovative Finance ISA wrapper

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5th


Apr

Crowdfunding – Don’t let Recent Hiccups Scare you Away

While crowdfunding has received negative press recently the industry continues to grow strongly.

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4th


Apr

Regulation Stymies Innovative Finance ISA Providers

With a planned launch date of 6th April many would-be IFISA providers await permission

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17th


Mar

Returns that Stand out From the Crowd

Crowdnetic's Adam Braggs explains the three flavours of crowdfunding - rewards, equity and debt.

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5th


Mar

What is Peer-to-Peer Lending?

DIY Investor's introduction to P2P for savers and investors

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5th


Mar

Is the Crowd Indifferent to Financials?

CrowdRating report shows the crowd’s investment decisions are largely driven by non-financial

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2nd


Mar

Inside Alternative Investments

DIY Investor looks at investment opportunities beyond traditional stockmarket investments

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16th


Jan

Spotlight on Equity Crowdfunding

Adam Braggs of Crowdnetic believes that 2015 was the year crowdfunding came of age

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10th


Jan

What is Forex Trading?

Speculate and profit on the future direction of currencies by buying or selling the exchange rate

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23rd


Nov

Is There an Alternative for Investors Starved of Retail Bonds?

Demand for retail bonds has outstripped supply; Philip Gilbert looks at a potential alternative.

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4th


Nov

Seeking Income in a Low Interest Rate Environment

Some lateral thought in the pursuit of reliable income.

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1st


Nov

Does Wheatley’s Removal from FCA Signal a new era in Investment?

City Grump contends that 'different leadership' can be the catalyst to take British companies

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26th


Oct

The Future is Small: Why AIM will be a World Beater

Gervais Williams, author of The Future is Small: Why AIM will be the world’s best market

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26th


Oct

Boost Your Returns, Limit Your Risk

Using leveraged trading to reduce capital at risk and protect your portfolio

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17th


Oct

Introducing Crowdcube

Darren Westlake, CEO, Crowdcube

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1st


Oct

AIM Comes of Age with ISA Admission – How Was it For You?

Caveat emptor in the search for jewels in the world of diggers and drillers

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26th


Sep

Can AIM aim Higher?

Jon Levinson concludes that the contribution of AIM far outweighs that suggested by a FTSE AIM All

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28th


Feb

Property investors bullish for the year ahead despite lingering challenges

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25th


Feb

Investing Basics: Investing in Trade Finance

'World can run without money and currencies but not without business and trade'

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23rd


Feb

 Insights on India’s housing market

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22nd


Feb

Investing Basics: Foreign Exchange Trading

DIY Investor's introduction to trading foreign exchange

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20th


Feb

Why the extension of the Sunset Clause has ignited interest in VCTs and EIS

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15th


Feb

Rise of the machines

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15th


Feb

A new sort of investment: reselling in millennial culture

Younger generations have been branded as poor financial handlers but doesn’t fit the reality

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13th


Feb

Positive momentum for risk assets in Q1

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12th


Feb

Energy transition – investment megatrend of 2024?

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12th


Feb

Comment: Emerging markets manager on China property sector

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11th


Feb

Investing Basics: Security Lending and ETFs

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11th


Feb

‘Why investors should turn to fixed income annuities’

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9th


Feb

European Assets: A distinctive recovery play

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9th


Feb

ESG: More than the Guardian-reading, TikTok-wielding, tofu-eating ‘Wokerati!’

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8th


Feb

Monthly markets review – January 2024

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6th


Feb

Tesla And The Future Of Electric Cars

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3rd


Feb

iBonds: a major breakthrough in bond ETFs?

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3rd


Feb

Crypto: ‘The end is nigh’

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2nd


Feb

QD view – VIP access at bargain prices

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1st


Feb

6 predictions for fintech in 2024

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31st


Jan

Gold’s returns: Prof Lizieri responds

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31st


Jan

What investors can learn from the football transfer market

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30th


Jan

Nuclear power resurgence energises these three funds

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28th


Jan

Alternative investments: The surprising renaissance of vinyl records

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28th


Jan

Investing Basics: How to invest in gold with ETCs

Gold has been a valuable commodity for thousands of years, here's how DIY investors can access it

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26th


Jan

QD view – the REIT entry point

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25th


Jan

Higher interest rates led to UK banks paying more dividends than any other sector

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21st


Jan

Why understanding the sequence of investment returns is so important

The last lap is critical; for long term savers with a fixed time horizon, the final years are key

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18th


Jan

The Big Issues: Social ventures and charities

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16th


Jan

Financial advisers plan to increase clients’ exposure to AIM

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16th


Jan

Investment expert:’why you should invest in SMEs’

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14th


Jan

Investing Basics: How to invest in real estate with ETFs

How to invest in property or diversify your portfolio: REIT ETFs deliver exposure to global and UK

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13th


Jan

SEC approves Bitcoin ETFs: Experts respond

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13th


Jan

OPINION: Ethical investment – not just a tick in a box

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11th


Jan

Investing Basics: A complete guide to investing in alternative assets

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10th


Jan

Retail investors boost cash holdings to capitalise on peak rates

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9th


Jan

The sector that dominated the Santa rally

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9th


Jan

Outlook for 2024: Life sciences – where has the conviction gone?

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7th


Jan

Ditching the crystal ball

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5th


Jan

Probably better asking an octopus…

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5th


Jan

Investing in Agriculture – what should you think about?

If agriculture needs subsidies to be viable, don’t go there - David Sackett, Growth Farms,

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3rd


Jan

Royal Mint reports ‘flight to safety’

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2nd


Jan

Does your side hustle need insurance?

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1st


Jan

Outlook 2024: Private markets strategy

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30th


Dec

This time it’s different

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30th


Dec

Alternative investments: A comic collector tells a funny story

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29th


Dec

The future is here: Megatrends shaping the investment landscape

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27th


Dec

Private Markets: A Closer Look at Infrastructure and Renewables

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26th


Dec

Investing Basics: Introducing Hedge Funds

DIY Investor attempts to demystify the complex and diverse world of hedge funds

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24th


Dec

TRIG – Renewables Infrastructure Group

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24th


Dec

The risks of renewables:Top five risks of wind energy

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21st


Dec

Green shoots are appearing: HICL Infrastructure

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20th


Dec

Investing Basics: Multi-manager investment trusts

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20th


Dec

Employee Share Plans Update – December 2023

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18th


Dec

Continuing to deliver on its unique strategy: CT Private Equity

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18th


Dec

The top 10 most popular stocks averaged a return of 67% over 2023

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16th


Dec

Commentary – outlook for emerging markets and Latin America

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14th


Dec

Passion Investing – Vintage Guitars 

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14th


Dec

Precious-metal investors fear banking failures

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12th


Dec

ChatGPT Generation: AI Tech is helping Brits make sense of our finances

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12th


Dec

Which investment approach is best for me – App and hybrid investing explained

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12th


Dec

AI – opportunity or threat?

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11th


Dec

The art market & luxury goods outperform the FTSE 100

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10th


Dec

Investing Basics: Investing in technology with investment trusts

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5th


Dec

Alternative Investments: The 2022 Bordeaux

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30th


Nov

What does the healthcare sector hold for investors in 2024?

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29th


Nov

DIY Investor Magazine Issue 39

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28th


Nov

Built to last

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23rd


Nov

Returns directly linked to inflation: BBGI Global Infrastructure

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18th


Nov

The Asian century

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16th


Nov

Some thoughts on how to make the ‘non-saver to basic investor’ journey engaging to young people

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14th


Nov

Banking sector: a stock market opportunity for 2024?

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12th


Nov

Investing Basics: Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts

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10th


Nov

Disruption – opportunities in change

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9th


Nov

What Makes Currencies Rise and Fall in Value?

Infographic from All Finance Tax outlining the various reasons as to why the value of currencies

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1st


Nov

We’re going to need a bigger boat

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30th


Oct

The Pros and Cons of Holding Cash: A Prudent Strategy for Uncertain Times 

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29th


Oct

An attractive yield, and a unique strategy: CT UK High Income

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29th


Oct

Investment trusts: 6% returns on cash – too good to resist?

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27th


Oct

QD view – Back an alpha hero

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25th


Oct

Mobius Investment Trust: the top-performing emerging markets trust over its first five years

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24th


Oct

Warning: The anti-ESG movement could hit your wealth

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20th


Oct

US REITS: When to buy

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15th


Oct

Investing Basics: Shorting strategies

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12th


Oct

Shades of the 1970s

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5th


Oct

Social investment fund tackling UK social inequality hits £1m with latest investments

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4th


Oct

Evergrande is still 99% off its trading highs

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4th


Oct

Achieving net zero: abrdn Property Income Trust’s new reforestation project

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3rd


Oct

Infographic: What is a co-investment?

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3rd


Oct

AI revolution: who’s profiting now from generative AI?

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2nd


Oct

‘Why India is 40% of our portfolio’

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30th


Sep

This fund region is in a rich vein of form

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30th


Sep

QD view – the retail REIT defying the doom and gloom

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29th


Sep

China: Multi-Asset Perspective Sept 2023

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28th


Sep

Comment: ‘Is India expensive? We don’t think so’

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28th


Sep

Investors seek alternative investments

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27th


Sep

Guide to Laddering as Searches For “How To Maximise Savings” Increase 263%

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25th


Sep

Can private equity valuations be trusted?

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25th


Sep

Investing Basics: Investing in micro-caps with investment trusts

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Sep

Comment – why you need AI investments

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24th


Sep

What the Sopranos tells us about valuing records

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22nd


Sep

Why China’s real estate crisis should make the global travel industry nervous

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22nd


Sep

QD view – Opportunities in commodities?

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21st


Sep

Investing Basics: Introducing Alternative Investments

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20th


Sep

Investing Basics: Investment types

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19th


Sep

Investing in European soccer: Buffett vs. Sotheby’s

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18th


Sep

UK Savings Week: Increasing interest in ISAs

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16th


Sep

Undercover Investor: Propcos on sale

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12th


Sep

Funds and sectors we use to protect our portfolios

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11th


Sep

Investing Basics: Investing in UK small caps with investment trusts

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11th


Sep

Is there anything positive about China?

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10th


Sep

Plotting a soft landing

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4th


Sep

The sustainable investment opportunity in emerging markets

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4th


Sep

Has ESG gone off the rails?

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27th


Aug

Four snapshots that show how engagement can add value in credit investing

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24th


Aug

China and the fear of deflation

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23rd


Aug

QD view – Renewables – an inevitable part of our future?

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20th


Aug

Investing Basics: Megatrends – How to align your investment portfolio with global developments

How your ETF investments can surf the major global forces disrupting and reshaping our world

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19th


Aug

The Bluffer’s Guide to Hydrogen

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13th


Aug

Investing for meaningful impact in private markets

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13th


Aug

Investing Basics: Exchange-traded commodities: What is an ETC?

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13th


Aug

Calling emerging markets

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11th


Aug

Should I stay or should I go?

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9th


Aug

Tradition and innovation can rub shoulders – Part 2

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Aug

Energy transition and energy security – complementary or conflicting?

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6th


Aug

The best of both worlds?

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5th


Aug

“I’m a total coke addict…”

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4th


Aug

Where pro footballers learn about investing in football

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31st


Jul

From Risk to Opportunity: Integrating Supply Chain Emissions Management into Financial Decision-Making 

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27th


Jul

Tradition and innovation can rub shoulders

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26th


Jul

Investing Basics: What is a Smart Beta ETF?

Smart Beta ETFs aim to beat the market or to match it while taking less risk

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25th


Jul

Japan’s value shift

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22nd


Jul

Investment in Africa is investment in the world

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19th


Jul

Real estate tokenisation: Where bricks meet blockchain 

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19th


Jul

Tradition and innovation can rub shoulders – Part 1

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13th


Jul

Many hands make light work

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11th


Jul

Hoping interest rates will fall is not a strategy

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11th


Jul

Hunt announces pension fillip: Comments 

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9th


Jul

ChatGPT: a disruptive force for investors

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8th


Jul

A committed growth vehicle on a wide discount: Fidelity Japan

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8th


Jul

QD view – University challenge

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6th


Jul

The Changing Face of Emerging Markets

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4th


Jul

Optimism and Balanced Portfolios

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Jul

Well placed to benefit from tight commodity markets: BlackRock World Mining

BlackRock World Mining Trust plc believes the inherent strength of mining companies has been widely

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Jul

QD view – University challenge

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Jul

A high yield which could hedge inflation: abrdn Latin American Income

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Jun

Commodities and Inflation

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27th


Jun

Fine Wine – the ‘passion asset’ in most demand

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24th


Jun

Three ways in which the energy industry must change and what this could mean for investors

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24th


Jun

Buffett likes Japan, and so do I…

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24th


Jun

Time for a small dose of smaller companies

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23rd


Jun

Has the sustainable revolution gone into reverse?

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19th


Jun

Investing Basics: What is Impact Investing?

Tomas Carruthers explains impact investing and why it’s growing in popularity so rapidly

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18th


Jun

Spotlight on emerging markets

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17th


Jun

Emerging Markets: A changed asset class – More quality, less risk?

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16th


Jun

UK CRE investing

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14th


Jun

With cash earning 5%, why risk money on the stock market?

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14th


Jun

Results analysis: Foresight Sustainable Forestry

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13th


Jun

Electric Vehicles Driving Significant Growth in the Automotive Market  

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13th


Jun

Defensive investing in troubled markets

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11th


Jun

QD view – AI mania driving tech recovery

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10th


Jun

Alternative Investments: Classic and vintage motorcycles

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9th


Jun

Why real estate is falling out of favour

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9th


Jun

Artificial intelligence in drug discovery

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7th


Jun

Record retail trading in AI-associated tech stocks

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6th


Jun

Pension funds slow to invest in biodiversity

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5th


Jun

The four pillars of impact investing and how they work in the real world

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3rd


Jun

Dazed and confused

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31st


May

Francis Bacon to be the first artist traded on ARTEX 

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30th


May

Private markets: three ideas for 2023

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27th


May

‘Why we won’t invest in Turkey’

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27th


May

Dark Star and the artificial intelligence debate

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26th


May

Will Ethereum dethrone Bitcoin?

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25th


May

QD view – Time to buy Scottish Mortgage?

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25th


May

Five alternatives for income investors

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23rd


May

Do the hustle

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22nd


May

Treasure hunters

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21st


May

Alternative Investments: Understanding Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

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May

AllianzGI strengthens its sustainable approach

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20th


May

More UK M&A

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19th


May

Alternatives for income investors

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16th


May

Comment: Will India overtake China as an investment powerhouse?

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14th


May

Essential advice for curating a classic car collection

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10th


May

Alternatives for income investors – 15-19th May 2023

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May

The UK’s Most Exciting Growth Tech Companies in 2023

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9th


May

Experienced Investor: Investing in private equity with investment trusts

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7th


May

Investing Basics: Investing in the UK with investment trusts

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6th


May

Alt-right or alt-wrong?

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5th


May

In AU of gold

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5th


May

Can property developers reclaim VAT?

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3rd


May

Build Your Dream in China like Warren Buffett

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May

Sustainable debt moves into the spotlight

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30th


Apr

Hope springs eternal

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28th


Apr

Geopolitical trends: Increasing defense spending

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Apr

The help-to-buy bubble may be about to burst

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Apr

Hardman Talks: Intellectual property

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Apr

India: ‘If you build it, they will come’

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Apr

Navigating inflation with infrastructure assets

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Apr

Three very British ‘shocks’ and a uniquely British upturn

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Apr

The opportunity in smaller struggling companies

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Apr

ETC Group and HANetf launch metaverse ETF

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Apr

Commodities and crypto out of favour as investors seek stability

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Apr

Critical minerals: The investment vacuum

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Apr

China’s self-sufficiency opportunity

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Apr

QD View – Discount opportunity on digital disruptor, DGI9

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Apr

Why the green subsidy race is a “win-win” situation for climate investors

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9th


Apr

Blackstone reminds us to look below the bonnet

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8th


Apr

China and the post Covid era

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5th


Apr

UK economy’s nature-related risk to be assessed for the first time

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Apr

Top Tips for Tax Efficiency Before the End of the Year

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Apr

ISA Event: And now for something completely different

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Apr

Piece by Piece

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28th


Mar

True engagement will move the dial on climate targets

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24th


Mar

When the REIT opportunity knocks

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Mar

A Step-By-Step Guide to Budgeting for Your Next Car

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Mar

 Crypro, are you dead yet?

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17th


Mar

QD view – Nadir point close for property values

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Mar

The next supercycle

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Mar

Customer wins for UK vehicle finance company as inflation remains near a 40-year high

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Mar

Beware risk assets

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Mar

Solving the Rubik’s Cube: Investment Trust Ratings 2023

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Mar

The emerging market opportunity

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7th


Mar

The Parlous State of ESG

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7th


Mar

Asia multi-asset insights

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6th


Mar

Defence, discipline and downside mitigation

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21st


Feb

Strong return for Structured Products despite volatility

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Feb

Inflation and Gold: The case for holding Gold in difficult times

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Feb

Investing in biotech with investment trusts

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18th


Feb

Three ways to tell if a company is a genuine climate leader

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Feb

Never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity

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16th


Feb

Guest post: Trading Gold? Runaround Now!

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12th


Feb

Alternative Income Rating 2023: Greencoat UK Wind

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Feb

Soccer and ESG

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12th


Feb

How Fintech Innovations Have Affected the Financial Industry 

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10th


Feb

Here comes the sun

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9th


Feb

Is the Chinese rabbit ready to hop again?

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9th


Feb

So You Want to Buy a Football Club? 

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9th


Feb

The most Googled investment questions – and the answers to them

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8th


Feb

Guest Post: Climate change’s unprecedented opportunity for wine investors?

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25th


Jan

Drug delivery platforms

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23rd


Jan

Industries That Flourish & Fade During Economic Downturn

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7th


Jan

Quarterly markets review – Q4 2022

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3rd


Jan

The future for oil prices

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3rd


Jan

Crypto winter wipes out 70,000 Bitcoin millionaires

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30th


Dec

2023 Outrageous Predictions: The War Economy

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30th


Dec

‘It is the time for Chinese stocks to shine’: Outlook 2023

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20th


Dec

A new uranium bull market is underway, driven by the race to net zero

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19th


Dec

Metaverse ETFs exceeding sub-theme classification

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14th


Dec

What’s that coming over the hill?

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10th


Dec

How To Set Realistic Career Goals To Speed UpYour Retirement Efforts

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Dec

The multi-trillion dollar crypto bubble

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26th


Nov

Should you invest in football?

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24th


Nov

Guns n’ roses

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23rd


Nov

China’s ESG journey – still on track?

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22nd


Nov

The Future of Equity Investment: Part Two 

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21st


Nov

What You Need To Know About Letting Multiple Properties

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18th


Nov

The Future of Equity Investment: Part One

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14th


Nov

How are Smart Cards Useful in Financial Application

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12th


Nov

Greatest dry white wines in the world?

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10th


Nov

QD view – India, the new darling of emerging markets?

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4th


Nov

Why tech investors should keep an eye on China and the Fed

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2nd


Nov

Changing Winds: When Will Institutional Investors In Crypto Be Placing Their Bets?

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29th


Oct

The metaverse: is it real?

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25th


Oct

The fund making money as markets fall

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24th


Oct

Top three tips for investing in watches in 2022

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23rd


Oct

QD view – has logistics been oversold?

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21st


Oct

Practical application of ESG and investment strategy

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15th


Oct

QD view – Sweet Harmony

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14th


Oct

A manifesto for tech

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10th


Oct

Investment Theme: The Digital Economy

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7th


Oct

House Prices

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30th


Sep

The state of crude oil

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30th


Sep

Investing Basics: Investing in sports

Over the long term, a successful sporting team should be able to grow its revenue from an

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28th


Sep

Why Use Explainer Videos for Cryptocurrency and Blockchain?

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21st


Sep

The ‘G’ in ESG under the spotlight

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9th


Sep

Guest post: Breaking down the barriers between private investors and VC funds

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6th


Sep

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) – with cannabis

The latest 'next big thing' is slightly different as SRI investors target medicinal marijuana

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6th


Sep

How to Capitalise on Unused Land

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6th


Sep

Investing in a sip: An insider’s guide to wine investment

Last year, wine was the best-performing of all passion asset classes says Jonathan Reeves

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3rd


Sep

Backing the startups of tomorrow

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2nd


Sep

Go nuclear and go large!

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25th


Aug

O Brave New World

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24th


Aug

Guest Post: Content is King!

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19th


Aug

Three renewable energy investment trusts to watch

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15th


Aug

Why invest in Physical Carbon EUAs?

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7th


Aug

Mind the gap

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6th


Aug

Sense and Sustainability – Facing the heat

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30th


Jul

QD view – more power to battery growth story

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14th


Jul

Ready Player One

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14th


Jul

Wine Investment Adviser Q2 Report

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2nd


Jul

Books as investments

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Jul

Investing Basics: 9 Investment Options Every Millennial Should Consider

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28th


Jun

Is criticism of ETFs justified?

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27th


Jun

QD view – Discounted opportunity – Not all private equity is exuberant growth plays

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26th


Jun

A new paradigm for space

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20th


Jun

Over 65s go green as DIY investors embrace sustainable investing

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19th


Jun

QD view – riding out stagflation

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16th


Jun

Wine Track – The next generation wine index

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11th


Jun

Catch a tiger by the tail…

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Jun

Solving climate change can be the investment opportunity of our lifetime

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Jun

Access relatively high-yielding retail warehousing: Edison Property Investment Company

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Jun

Digital Assets- Bitcoin irrational hype or financial revolution?

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Jun

Investing Basics: A Beginners Guide on Options & Options Trading

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Jun

Alternative investments: Q&A with The Motorcycle Broker

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Jun

The history of cryptocurrency: A timeline

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Jun

Alternative Investments: Treasures in the toy cupboard

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May

Investing in property through Real Estate Investment Trusts – REITs

Property is generally underrepresented in the DIY investor's portfolio; here is why you should

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23rd


May

Investing Basics: Investing in Equity Crowdfunding

What to look for in an early stage investment and how to spread the risk

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23rd


May

Targeting a £1m pot with an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA)

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May

Investing Basics: Income investing 101

More and more are taking control in pursuit of financial independence; here is an introduction to

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23rd


May

Investing Basics: Factors that impact currency exchange rates

Phillip Konchar at My Trading Skills says explaining exchange rate movements is a challenging task

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23rd


May

Micro-investing: Just Don’t do Nothing

DIY Investor looks at the way wealth mangers are trying to engage millennials

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23rd


May

Investing Basics: Risks of Alternative Investments

DIY Investor considers the risks associated with alternative investments

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23rd


May

Blockchain 101

A comprehensive and accessible introduction to blockchain technology

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23rd


May

Investing Basics: What is Equity Crowdfunding?

DIY Investor's introduction to investing in start-up and early stage companies

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20th


May

Guest Post: ‘Real estate vs stocks. Why I chose real estate’ 

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19th


May

Property Investment: Is it still worth it?

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19th


May

Investing Basics: A simple guide to derivatives

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18th


May

New ETF Invests in Companies ‘Building the Digital Economy’

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16th


May

Getting in on the act: Private markets

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15th


May

QD view – Is logistics a house of cards? 

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12th


May

Are more sustainable companies more expensive?

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7th


May

DIY Explains: An A-Z of sustainability terms

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5th


May

Commercial property: the post-pandemic landscape

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May

Edison Explains: Software-as-a-service

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Apr

Impact drives returns for sustainable infrastructure fund

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26th


Apr

Investing in space

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26th


Apr

As commodity investing gains momentum, industrial metals may offer better opportunity

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26th


Apr

Podcast: the future of crypto and digital assets

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24th


Apr

Bonds are back

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22nd


Apr

QD view – Are you still watching?

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19th


Apr

Has the commodities ship sailed?

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18th


Apr

Using AI to discover Asia’s environmental leaders

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16th


Apr

How to get others to go against the flow

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10th


Apr

We are the (ESG) champions

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9th


Apr

QD view – To B or not to B

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8th


Apr

Is Bitcoin simply unlicensed gambling?

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7th


Apr

A differentiated approach to building long-term value

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2nd


Apr

Q&A: will the gold price surge continue?

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1st


Apr

Guest Post: How DIY Investors Can Manage Their Alternative Investments

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28th


Mar

How climate leaders will trump complacent companies

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27th


Mar

How green bonds can bolster the transition towards a more sustainable future

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27th


Mar

JETS: A Dynamic, Rules-Based ETF

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26th


Mar

How does ESG and financial performance stack up?

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25th


Mar

Real or Crypto?

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