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Keep up to speed with the latest investment and economic insights from our experts. We provide in-depth analysis and timely commentary on market events, so you can learn more about the themes that might impact your portfolio.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If youre not sure about investing, seek independent advice. The past performance of investments is not a reliable indicator of their future performance.

Investing over the long-term may increase your prospects for returns. Here, we explore why this strategy might work.

The Sell in May effect is an alleged seasonal pattern in equity markets, where its claimed that returns from November to April are stronger than the other half of the year. But is it true, and what should investors do?

A total of 20 investment trusts have delivered dividend increases for at least the past 20 years, according to the Association of Investment Companies. Here, we reveal the 2019 dividend heroes.

Movements in the foreign exchange markets could have an impact on your investments. We explain what investors generally might need to know about exchange-rate risk.

Sterling has had a bumpy ride in recent months, not helped by political uncertainty and the Brexit vote delay. We assess the outlook for the pound.

Choosing funds for your investment ISA can be difficult, particularly if you dont know where to start. We look at three ways to simplify the process.

Gold is often perceived as a safe haven during turbulent times, although it can itself be very volatile. We look at five things you need to know about the precious metal.

Investors seeking to generate an income may turn to fixed income investments. Here, we examine the outlook for the asset class, alongside its benefits and drawbacks.

Why arent more people saving and investing via ISAs? And what can be done to encourage more people to use ISAs to prepare for their financial futures?

UK smaller companies have held their own since the vote to leave the EU in 2016 but investing in this sector carries its own particular set of risks.

Fewer women than men invest, with male ISA investors outnumbering women in all age groups. We explore some of the reasons why, and how these might be overcome.

Funds may be divided into two main types – active and passive. Both aim to make money from their underlying assets, but how do they differ?

When it comes to investing, choosing to go against the consensus can understandably be an uncomfortable decision and is not for the faint-hearted. We explain how contrarian investing works.

New rules due to come into effect in January 2018 should provide greater protection for investors. Here, we explain what MiFID II is, and how it will affect the way your investments are managed.

Developed countries are usually described as free-market economies, where asset prices are set by supply and demand. But central banks can have a major influence on how markets determine prices. Today, their effect on the economy – and investment returns – is more important than ever.

Inflation has reached a 30-month high, with higher air fares, food costs and petrol prices fuelled by the weak pound all helping to drive up the cost of living. We examine what rising inflation means for savers and investors and look at which companies tend to fare well in inflationary environments.

While the start of a new year may be a natural time to reflect on how your investment strategy has fared over the past year, Peter Brooks, Head of Behavioural Finance, cautions against relying too much on the memories of your investing experience.

The big issue every potential investor must face is risk specifically, how much risk do they want to take on to get a decent return? Recent years have witnessed a number of fund providers look at ways to make this task easier via the introduction of risk-rated and risk-targeted funds.

Keeping up to speed with the issues that could affect your investments is important for all smart investors. Read our latest articles to discover topical economic and market insight, investment ideas, and some of the trends which are shaping the world today.

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