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Rosie Murray-West

  • Investment Trusts vs. Mutual Funds

    While most funds on the market are what are known as open-end funds, or mutual funds, there is another option that has become exceptionally popular in recent years. Investment trusts have traditionally been less popular than mutual funds, but this is changing. Recent figures from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) show that investments in these trusts reached record levels in the last twelve months.

  • Investment Trusts vs. Mutual Funds

    While most funds on the market are what are known as open-end funds, or mutual funds, there is another option that has become exceptionally popular in recent years. Investment trusts have traditionally been less popular than mutual funds, but this is changing. Recent figures from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) show that investments in these trusts reached record levels in the last twelve months.

  • Why diversification is an investor's best friend

    At its most basic, having a diversified portfolio is simply the investment version of the phrase ‘don’t put all of your eggs in one basket’. But true diversification is more than just buying shares in lots of different companies. A properly diversified portfolio usually includes different types of assets, as well as investments in different types of businesses from different areas of the globe.

  • How to invest for income using an ISA

    For many people, the ability to achieve a regular income from investments is important. This may be particularly relevant for people who are retired and no longer have a monthly pay packet to rely on and are looking to achieve financial freedom, while other people require their investment to pay out regularly to cover a regular commitment such as school or university fees.

  • Lifetime ISA or Pension: Which is right for you?

    For younger people who want to save for their futures, there is now a new kid on the block. The Lifetime ISA (LISA), has been available since April 2017 and comes with the alluring promise of a 25 per cent bonus on top of your annual savings. But how do eligible investors choose between this product and a pension.

  • How much research do I need before investing

    Before getting into the details of what information is available to research for certain types of investments, deciding exactly what type of investment is right for you should be the very first piece of research you do.

  • How to trade in a volatile market

    Everyone who invests in the stock market has to deal with some measure of volatility: the fact that their investments will go up as well as down. In times of global uncertainty, the possibility of volatility is higher than usual, meaning that many investors have had a rollercoaster ride.

  • Lifetime ISA or Pension: Which is right for you?

    For younger people who want to save for their futures, there is now a new kid on the block. The Lifetime ISA (LISA), has been available since April 2017 and comes with the alluring promise of a 25 per cent bonus.

  • How to invest for income using an ISA

    For many people, the ability to achieve a regular income from investments is important. This may be particularly relevant for people who are retired and no longer have a monthly pay packet to rely on and are looking to achieve financial freedom, while other people require their investment to pay out regularly to cover a regular commitment such as school or university fees.

  • How to invest for income using an ISA

    For many people, the ability to achieve a regular income from investments is important. This may be particularly relevant for people who are retired and no longer have a monthly pay packet to rely on and are looking to achieve financial freedom, while other people require their investment to pay out regularly to cover a regular commitment such as school or university fees.

  • Investment Trusts vs. Mutual Funds

    While most funds on the market are what are known as open-end funds, or mutual funds, there is another option that has become exceptionally popular in recent years. Investment trusts have traditionally been less popular than mutual funds, but this is changing. Recent figures from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) show that investments in these trusts reached record levels in the last twelve months.

  • Why diversification is an investor's best friend

    At its most basic, having a diversified portfolio is simply the investment version of the phrase ‘don’t put all of your eggs in one basket’. But true diversification is more than just buying shares in lots of different companies. A properly diversified portfolio usually includes different types of assets, as well as investments in different types of businesses from different areas of the globe.

  • Active vs. Passive Funds

    What is the difference? Both active and passive funds allow you to buy a basket of different investments in one single purchase. However, they do have one important difference. An active fund employs a fund manager to invest in stocks that might outperform the stock market as a whole. In contrast, a passive fund simply attempts to replicate the performance of an index, for example the FTSE 100, rather than outperform it. Passive funds are often known as ‘tracker funds’ because their aim is to

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