Articles by Steve McDowell

Fund to watch: First State Global Emerging Markets Leaders

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Article

A big open-ended investment company, First State Global Emerging Markets Leaders is a solid performer that has been jointly managed by Jonathan Asante and Glen Finegan since the beginning of 2011, though Asante has been in...

Three good things about inflation

Thursday, 01 December 2011 | Blog | By Steve McDowell

Adjectives that have preceded the word 'inflation' in the media over the last few months include 'spectre', 'damaging' and even 'devastating'.

There's more to rhetoric than words

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 | Blog | By Steve McDowell

During the Second World War, when the stock of British politicians was at its height, there was an exquisite exchange in some forgotten House of Commons corridor between the legendary orator and then PM, Winston Churchill,...

Customer care, EDF style?

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 | Blog | By Steve McDowell

And so it begins. The great corporate stitch-up for the 2012 Olympics.

What's so bad about a 30-year mortgage?

Monday, 31 October 2011 | Blog | By Steve McDowell

I don't understand all the fuss about 30-year mortgages. I honestly don't see what, in principle, is wrong with lenders offering longer-stretch mortgages - 30, 40, even 100-year terms, if necessary.

How to successfully play the stockmarket

Thursday, 19 May 2011 | Article

If you think you're not already exposed to the world of investing, think again.

House sellers asking for too much for their homes

Monday, 18 April 2011 | News

Home sellers are being over-optimistic in raising the asking price of their property by more than 1.7% in April, says a report from the property website Rightmove.

Economic recovery will not be watered down

Monday, 21 March 2011 | News

Rescue measures for the economy will not be watered down despite the increasing financial pressure on British families, says chancellor George Osborne.

Five-minute guide to reviewing your portfolio

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

Vital life events tend to reflect on our investment portfolio: the arrival of a child perhaps, or moving house, impending marriage or divorce.

Help for businesses slammed

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 | News

Budget measures intended to improve the environment for small business were roundly criticised by advisers as ineffective, political and pointless and giving no incentive to investors.