Topic: Investment

Inflation matters

One of the biggest threats to the health of your investment portfolio

If you’re investing – especially for major goals years away, such as retirement – you can’t afford to ignore the corrosive effect rising prices can have on the value of your assets.

2019/20 ISA allowance – use it or lose it

Maximise your wealth creation – don’t miss the deadline

Whatever you’re putting money aside for, there’s likely to be a role for Individual Saving Accounts, or ‘ISAs’. An ISA is a way of holding savings or investments without paying personal tax on interest received or on the growth of your investment.

Portfolio diversification

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Portfolio diversification is the foundational concept of investing. It’s a risk management strategy of combining a variety of assets to reduce the overall risk of an investment portfolio.

The power of diversification

Insulating your portfolio from any market uncertainty

Brexit is by no means the only cause of market volatility. Whether you believe Brexit will prove a blessing or a curse for the British economy, it’s important to insulate your portfolio from any market uncertainty.

Tax-efficient investing

Legitimate ways for higher earners to reduce a tax bill

Without a carefully developed tax planning strategy, higher-rate taxpayers run the risk of missing out on key tax benefits and paying more in taxes than necessary. A higher tax liability can diminish the value of your investment earnings over the long term.

Saving and investing for a child’s future

Make the right decisions now to help your children or grandchildren in the future

Whether you want to teach your children or grandchildren smart money-management strategies, help them pay for university or set them up for financial success as adults, it’s important to jump-start saving and investing for them early on.

Tax-efficient shelters

Use your ISA allowance or lose it forever

Even though the Individual Savings Account (ISA) deadline may be a number of months away, and despite the tax year date remaining the same year in year out, somehow it always creeps up on us. A tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the next.

Cultivate the art of patience

Avoid knee-jerk reactions by focusing on long-term investment objectives

Creating and maintaining the right investment strategy plays a vital role in securing your financial future. But we live in the era of the 24-hour news cycle. Human tendency is to prioritise negative over positive news content, and no one is immune from bad news. So as an investor, when you do get it, how do you process the information, deal with it and move on unscathed?

Understanding investment risk

When it comes to investing, one size definitely does not fit everyone

There are many decisions to consider when making any investment. One of these is how much risk you are prepared to take. This will be determined by a number of different factors. In this guide, we take a look at the different types of investment risk and how it can relate to returns.