City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority has said investment firms Artemis Investment Managament, Hargreave Hale, Newton Investment Management and River & Mercantile Asset Management ‘may have broken competition law.’
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There are 900,000 licensed anglers in the UK, while many more unofficial dabblers also enjoy the odd day on the water. All told, angling is a top five pastime in Britain and Angling Direct is ideally placed to benefit. The largest specialist fishing tackle retailer in the UK, Angling floated in the summer at 64p. The shares are 78p today and are likely to increase as the company expands. Angling's founders, Martyn Page and William Hill, started out in 1986, acquiring fishing tackle shops in Norfolk. Keen anglers both, they expanded over the years and in May 2000 launched the website Angling Direct.
Hammond to tighten rules handing VCT and EIS investors tax breaks to ensure they don't back safe firms
Wealthy people can get substantial tax relief for backing young and adventurous businesses, but the Chancellor wants to stop them milking the system using investments that aren't all that risky. In today's Budget, Hammond said he would double investment limits to an annual ￡2million for those putting money in 'knowledge intensive' companies, while ensuring schemes are 'not used as a shelter for low-risk capital preservation schemes'.
I think a crash is coming so I want to stick my ￡70k pension pot into cash, but are there risks and hidden fees?
I am almost 55 and have a pension pot totalling ￡70k over four policies. I wish to remove the risk and have them put into cash for now, as I believe there is going to be a crash. Is there any risk to me doing this, such as some hidden fee or it not really going into cash but some other vehicle which is worse than what I had?
What does a rate hike mean for investing in bonds? We explain and look at five of the best funds to dial down the risks
Super-low interest rates and quantitative easing sent bond prices soaring after the financial crisis - and led to countless warnings that they are no longer such as safe investment.With interest rates heading up,?the environment has got a whole lot tougher for both government and corporate bonds. We pick five of the best bond funds for rising rates.
Japan's stock market has hit a 21-year high: Has Abenomics recreated the economy or will political uncertainty and North Korea end the party?
As has been extensively documented, Japan's economy has been stuck in the slow lane for well over 20 years with very limited or even non-existent growth. There are some signs though that it has picked up pace this year and is worth a fresh look for investors.The latest of which came this week as upbeat sentiment sent Japan's best known stock index the Nikkei 225 up to a 21 year peak of 20,881 on Wednesday, a gain of 57 points or almost 0.3 per cent.
Andrew, 45, is a web developer who has no investments outside of an endowment mortgage at present. He wants to start putting aside ￡5,000 a year out of his income into an ethical fund portfolio. Andrew is particularly interested in investing in green technologies. His time horizon is at least 10 years, probably longer. In the latest in our series Money Pit Stop, we asked an investing expert to give him a free portfolio makeover.
MINOR INVESTOR: Is it time to buy into the UK - and profit from the unloved stuff in this unloved country?
When investing it often pays to do the opposite of what others are doing. So what should we make of the seemingly contrarian investing opportunity staring us in the face - UK shares? Britain's investors have made it abundantly clear that their home market is not for them but that could mean that looking for unloved companies in our unloved country could pay off.
The 13 investment trusts that pay more than 4% revealed: From the dividend hero, to the Asian income star... and one that pays 6.7%
Good sources of income are hard to come by and analysts at Stifel have compiled a list of 13 investment trusts that invest in shares with a yield of at least 4 per cent. The names on it range from dividend hero City of London, with 50 years of rising payouts under its belt, to Aberdeen Asian Income and European Assets Trust, which yields 6.7 per cent.
Investment giant Fidelity tears up its fund fees to charge investors more for success but less for failure
Investing giant Fidelity International is tearing up its existing rule book on active fund fees to replace them with a new performance-linked charge. The new 'fulcrum' structure reduces the flat management fee, which investors are charged regardless of performance, in favour of bringing in a variable one which will be lower if a fund fails to perform but higher if it does well.
Would you put your money on another Trump bump? New ETF invests in Republican Party backers that could benefit from the President
After riding on a tax-cutting ticket in the US election almost a year ago, President Donald Trump has finally outlined plans for the biggest overhaul of America's tax system since Ronald Reagan's times. That announcement has proved timely for a new ETF launched to?give investors easy exposure to some of Trump's biggest corporate backers. The Point Bridge GOP Stock Tracker ETF invests in companies that have given more than $25,000 (￡18,500) to a Republican candidate in any of the past two election cycles.
Retiring today brings much more freedom in terms of what you do with your pension pot. But with that choice comes a tricky task: investing in retirement and making sure your pension doesn't run out. We have written a series of articles that aim to help you navigate your way through the maze. Read them here.
Why can't we admit that girls ARE different? Fund manager and mother of NINE, Helena Morrissey makes a plea to encourage female investors
Helena Morrissey is on a mission to persuade more women to invest in the stock market. They are at least as good at picking shares as men, she says, but far less likely to try their hand. 'Only around half as many women as men invest in shares through an Isa. Roughly about 17 to 18 per cent of men have a stocks and shares Isa but only about 9 per cent of women,' she says.
How much money do you need before you start investing? Experts reveal when you should take the first steps
Would you lose sleep over the amount you plan to invest if it got wiped out in a market crash? If your answer's 'yes, it would cripple me emotionally and financially', think again about whether you're ready to invest. So, what amount of seed money is ideal, how long should you be prepared to lock it away, and what should the general state of your finances be before you enter the world of investing.
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INVESTING SHOW: What if it happens again? How investors can learn from Black Monday and other crashes
Does the financial world of 1987, a time before the internet, have anything to teach us today - and what can we also learn from the dot com bust and the financial crisis crash? On this episode of the Investing Show, Simon Lambert, of This is Money, Ben Kumar of 7IM, Richard Hunter, of Wilson King, discuss how investors can learn from the past for the next time a crash arrives.
Should you open a Lifetime Isa? How they work, and what's on offer to young savers hoping to get on the housing ladder
New Lifetime Isas allow under-40s to save for a home and retirement at once, and the Government is offering free top-ups worth up to ￡32,000 if you max out your fund. For those weighing up whether to open one, we look at the benefits and pitfalls of the new products, and what's available from providers.
Britain's biggest banks axed or scaled back investment services following a clean-up of the financial industry that banned cosy backdoor commission deals four years ago. But now most banks are bringing back investment options for customers under the new regime. We round up what the top players are offering and what it costs.
How to invest your pension and live off it in retirement: A 12-step starters' guide - and the pitfalls to avoid
While many people dislike the idea of an annuity, the alternative means keeping your pension invested in retirement and managing it yourself - a process that can be confusing and full of pitfalls. So here's a checklist, from investing, to income, taxes, the state pension, inheritance, illness, financial advice and much else.
Alpha, focus, dynamic, optimal, what do all these cryptic fund names actually mean? Read our jargon buster
Investment fund names are often a baffling mixture of impressive but vague words, which mean little to people who aren't already clued up on financial jargon. People hoping to boost their savings by buying a fund or trust face a steep learning curve, unless they're lucky enough to have a friend in the know or are willing to fork out fees to a financial adviser. We offer a short cut, and explain what all the fancy terms really mean.
I have just had a call out of the blue from someone claiming to represent an escrow firm. I was told my dealings with brokers Square Mile Securities ten years ago entitle me to ￡9,442 compensation. I was also informed I will receive paperwork in the next few days and once I have paid fees of ￡1,416 the money will be released. This looks like a scam you wrote about some months ago. Is there anything I can do to help bring these blaggards to justice?
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Acc: Accumulation - any income generated by the fund like dividends or interest is automatically reinvested.
Inc: Income - any income generated is distributed by the fund instead of being reinvested.
Dis: Distribution - any income generated is distributed by the fund instead of being reinvested.
R: Retail - the fund is aimed at ordinary investors.
I/Inst: Institutional - the fund is aimed at corporate investors like pension funds.
A, B, M, X etc: Different fund houses use letters for different things. Check with them what they stand for.
NT/No trail: Some fund houses use this name on clean funds which carry no commissions for financial advisers, supermarkets or brokers, just the fee levied by the fund manager. But other fund houses use different letters - I, D or Y, for example - so you need to find out for yourself which are clean funds.
Gr: Stands for gross.
GBP/￡: Fund denominated in pounds.
EUR: Fund denominated in euros.
USD/$: Fund denominated in US dollars.
Compiled with online stockbroker The Share Centre