Small is mighty

High earners and serious savers find it harder to use pensions to keep wealth beyond the grasp of the taxman, since the Treasury tightened the rules. That’s the bad news. The good news is that…

New Year Resolution?

The 5th of February marked the start of Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Pig. Pigs are said to be generous and enthusiastic and though they may not stand out from the…

Just what the doctor ordered

Ian Cowie dissects a relatively good year for biotech and healthcare investment companies. Many investors may be feeling a bit queasy after stock markets’ feverish finish to last year and a shaky start to 2019.…

Healthy prospects

Polar Capital Global Healthcare explain why big pharma shouldn't be ignored. As well as disruption and innovation coming from smaller, more nimble companies, we are now seeing the proactive, larger businesses driving structural change across…

Preserving capital

We hear from investment companies who aim to preserve investors' capital and limit volatility. Investment companies have been adapting to meet investors’ needs for 150 years. As well as offering exposure to markets around the…

Navigating choppier waters

We hear from investment companies with multi-asset and capital preservation strategies. Investment companies have been adapting to meet investors’ needs for 150 years. As well as offering exposure to markets around the world and specialist…

Leading the way

Ian Cowie explains why independent boards are a clear benefit of investment companies. Individual investors may feel overcharged and undervalued by some financial organisations that seem to be more interested in the weight of money…

Backing a greener future

Investment companies have been adapting to meet shareholders’ needs for 150 years and today’s investment companies are providing investors with the opportunity to invest in businesses that are helping to tackle the environmental challenges we…

Down with the KIDs

The AIC has published further research demonstrating why consumers are being misled by Key Information Documents (KIDs) and why the FCA needs to act now to protect consumers. The research looked at 56 investment company…

Two views make a market

Ian Cowie explores the opportunities presented by bearish sentiment on the UK. More than two years after Britain voted by a single-digit majority to leave the European Union, it remains unclear whether Brexit will prove…

The UK before Brexit

Two years after the EU Referendum, investor sentiment towards the UK is subdued despite the recent stock market highs. Concerns about Brexit and a UK economic slowdown are always present, but is this investor uncertainty…

Finding financials

An easy mistake to make after the global financial crisis has been to look at the financial sector through the lens of the failings of a very small number of large banks. Another is to…

The world’s biggest health challenges

Investment companies have been offering investors access to innovative businesses and sectors for 150 years and an area where innovation is particularly prominent today is healthcare and biotechnology. It’s well known that investment companies in…

Emerging markets

The first investment company launched back in 1868 enabled private investors to benefit from investing in a diversified portfolio of investments to spread risk. The first investment companies invested in the emerging markets of their…

Expanding horizons

150 years after the first investment company was launched, the industry is still expanding investors’ and advisers' options to new and innovative areas. Of course there are many well-known investment companies investing in equities and…

Sector Specialist: Debt

With interest rates at all-time lows over the past decade, investors have increasingly been looking to alternative assets in their search for income. Sector Specialist: Debt is one of the highest-yielding investment company sectors and…

Alternative routes to income

Income-seeking investors struggling with low interest rates on bonds and deposits plus high share prices, should consider investment companies holding alternative assets. Infrastructure - such as public buildings funded through the private finance initiative (PFI)…

Recovering from a lost decade

Capital at risk: All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and any income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed. Emerging Europe is…