Alternative investing

The costs and charges to be aware of when investing

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Article

The way you pay for funds is changing.

Is now the time to invest in gold?

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 | Article

Investors are flocking to gold as the continuing global economic turmoil is causing investors to plough their money into gold exchange traded products (ETPs).

Should we give Japan another chance?

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Article

How many times over the past two decades have headline wordplays on the Land of the Rising Sun been wheeled out, as fund managers and commentators spot tentative signs of recovery in the stagnant Japanese economy?

Quantitative easing: quick fix or long-term solution?

Friday, 20 July 2012 | Article

The idea behind QE is that the Bank of England increases the amount of money in the economy by buying up assets - chiefly government and corporate bonds - using money it has created itself.

Five investment risks you don't know you are taking

Monday, 09 July 2012 | Article

1 Lack of income protection

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Five ways to guard against eurozone contagion

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Article

The eurozone crisis shows no sign of a convincing resolution any time soon, with Spain the latest country to ask for help from European policymakers and experts split over whether Greece will leave the single currency bloc.<...>

Commercial property offers yields of 7.5%

Friday, 22 June 2012 | News

Investors can benefit from yields of 7.5% and above from UK commercial property, thanks to low capital values and rising rents.

Should I move my money out of premium bonds?

Monday, 14 May 2012 | Question and Answer

If premium bonds make up the bulk of your investments and savings then you could go a long time without any return at all if you don’t win the draw - so it’s definitely worth looking at moving some of your money.

Is it time to ditch inflation-linked deals?

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 | Article

High inflation can do terrible things to your savings, especially in a low-interest rate environment. Fail to earn interest at a higher rate than inflation, and you'll see the spending power of your money eroded over time.

10 ways to protect your portfolio from the eurozone crisis

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 | Article

While it might be doom and gloom over on the continent, there are ways to protect your portfolio to minimise the risk of eurozone contagion. Here we outline 10 ways to shelter your money from the sovereign debt crisis.