Fund managers take bets on previously unloved countries such as Australia and Canada to boost your income

Funds bet on Australia and Canada to boost your income

Bonds are attracting masses of savers' cash - trade body the Investment Association reported that £130million flooded into these funds in February alone. But their popularity is making these precarious investments ever more risky. Jon Mawby, manager of the GLG Strategic Bond fund, is looking at countries such as Australia and Canada because they haven't had bouts of monetary stimulus skewing valuations.

Stand out from the crowd: How to assess crowdfunding and peer-to-peer investments

A new crowdfunding analyst firm called All Street has launched with the aim of plugging this gap, we look at it and get tips on how to assess a crowdfunding project.

Investors to be able to compare the best tracker funds thanks to new free tool

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Data website FE Trustnet today launches a free new tool that will allow savers to compare the performance of tracker funds.

The Diary of a Private Investor: Biotech stands accused of being a bubble but I'm holding on for now - and making money

Diary of a Private Investor: I'm holding biotech despite bubble the bubble fears

Before the dotcom bubble I had only really heard of two bubbles before - Dutch tulip mania of the 17th century and the South Sea Bubble a hundreds year later. Now they are everywhere it seems. The general definition of a bubble is when prices are at considerable variance to intrinsic value or have lost touch with reality. I don't think biotech is there yet.

The Wall Street party isn't over just yet: MAIKE CURRIE gives four reasons why investors should keep the faith with the barnstorming US

Four reasons why investors should keep faith with the US

Since the dark days of the credit crunch, US shares have led the pack, but from the beginning of this year, the American stock market has lagged, falling behind the UK, Europe and Japan. There is the threat of interest rates rising in the US, but here are four reasons why some exposure to the US market still makes sense.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: Strategic bonds offer good returns, but is the money protected?

INVESTMENT CLINIC: Strategic bonds offer good returns, but is the money protected?

I'm thinking about investing in strategic bonds, as I hear they give a good regular return. But is the money I put into them guaranteed? Holly Black replies.

Novice investors struggle with investing charges as just two of top 21 leading platforms provide a clear cash figure for fees

Novice investors struggle with investing charges as just two of top 21 leading platforms

First-time investors looking for the best home for their cash face a difficult task finding out how much they'll pay to use many top investing platforms, a leading financial researcher has found. When it came to working out how much it would cost for a £15,000 investment, only two displayed the actual figure in pounds and pence.

'I put £4k in peer-to-peer lending': Fed-up savers turn to riskier investments - we weigh up the alternatives tempting them in

Fed-up savers turn to riskier investments - we weigh up the alternatives

David Goodall (pictured), from York, is an enthusiastic lender and has recently signed up with platform Trillion Fund to lend £4,000 to E5, a venture between manufacturer Endurance Wind Power and installer Earthmill, which is raising £2.5 million to run ten small and medium-sized wind turbines across the UK.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: An honest look at a year's investing - and the mistakes that I made along the way

THE MINOR INVESTOR: An honest look at a year's investing - and the mistakes I made

It is just over a year since I started the Minor Investor column, with the aim of taking a candid look at my investing experience. In that spirit, I decided the latest column should deliver an honest appraisal of how my investments have fared over that year - and the mistakes I've made along the way.

Investment clinic: A Fortress Bond seems to be paying up to 4.5%. What is this and is my money protected?

I have seen a Fortress Bond paying interest of up to 4.5 per cent advertised by Castle Trust. What is this? And is my money protected?

Should you invest in a dynamic duo? The fund manager partnerships delivering super returns for investors

From Batman and Robin, to Bonnie and Clyde and Eric and Ernie, partnerships can capture the imagination - and even fund managers can get in on the act of doubling up for success.

How to choose the best (and cheapest) DIY investing Isa - and our pick of the platforms

Pick the best (and cheapest) investment Isa platform

Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and changes to charges have left many investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best. We also highlight why investing in an Isa makes sense, as it should protect your hopefully growing investments from tax forever.

Fund and investment trust tips: The experts' ideas for different investors and their Isas

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Picking an investment is tricky. We get the experts' ideas on funds and investment trusts for first-timers, income and emerging markets.

INVESTING TIPS: Fund and trust ideas for beginner and cautious investors

Starting out: Fund tips for beginner or cautious investors

If you are new to investing then the huge number of funds and investment trusts on offer can be confusing. Fortunately, This is Money's experts have some ideas to get you started.

Dumb tracker, cheap do-it-all fund, or smart beta? Passive investing has never been cheaper, here's how you can track the market

Dumb tracker, cheap do-it-all fund, or smart beta?How to invest in trackers

Passive investors have never had it so good. Costs are falling at the same time as their opportunity to tap into markets increases. But it's not just about tracking a market anymore, smart beta combines passive approaches with active allocation and ready-made passive portfolios are also being snapped up. So what does a good tracker look like?

Six simple steps for wiser investing - and a better chance of higher returns

Six simple steps to invest wisely

At the risk of adding to an already extremely crowded market, I have tried to distil some thoughts on how to invest wisely into a simple plan. These are ideas that I have gleaned magpie-fashion from investors I have spoken to - or read - whose wisdom seems to shine the brightest.

How to invest in shares: Your complete guide to joining the excitement of the stock market

Informed: It is important to do research when picking which shares to buy

Popular share buying is set for a comeback. But for newcomers, buying and selling may seem daunting. So here is our guide to getting started in the market

How to find the cheapest and best index tracker funds and take the hassle and cost out of investing

Tracking: Following an index is cheaper than an active fund and often more successful

Tracker funds are ideal for those who want to invest but don't want the hassle of picking shares or cost of a fund manager, who is unlikely to outperform the market.

How to invest in funds, investment trusts and ETFs - and save money as a DIY investor

The tortoise and the hare: Passive investors believe that slow and steady wins the race, while active investors chase market-beating returns.

Fund investing helps many small investors strike it rich. Find out what funds and investment trusts are, how to invest - and save money with a DIY investing platform.

Why you should start investing and the three golden rules to make it work

Dip your toe into the stock market: Before you start, you need to ask yourself why you want to invest

Want to beat the interest paid out on many high street accounts - and turbo-charge your money for the future? Then it's time to dip your toe into the stock market.

Worried about see-sawing currencies? Fidelity's Maike Currie offers four ways to protect your portfolio 

Worried about see-sawing currencies? Fidelity's Maike Currie offers four ways to protect

With sterling see-sawing, UK investors might be more exposed to currency risk than they realise.
A large slice of the companies in the FTSE 100 make their money overseas, which means the strength of the pound relative to other currencies can dent or boost profits when translated back into sterling. Getting on the wrong side of an unforeseen and monumental currency move can be costly

The fund that would have made you a 1,500% return since Isa investing began - and the six duds you would have lost money on

The best performer of the last 16 years has delivered a 1,516 per cent return but Chelsea Financial Services unearthed six dud funds that you would be down on.

The Footsie is back to square one but some Asia-Pacific funds are up more than 1,000%: The 20 best performing investment trusts of the century so far

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Asia-Pacific equities, British companies of all sizes and healthcare and technology: these are the areas showing the biggest returns of the century for investment companies.

Income tax relief of 30% upfront and no CGT: Should you invest in small businesses through an EIS?

Should you invest in small businesses through an EIS?

Investors who commit up to £1million in a scheme in any one tax year receive tax relief up front, as well as when they cash in their investment. But they must hold the shares for a minimum of three years. The money they invest goes to small businesses. Income tax relief of 30% arrives upfront with no capital gains tax on profits.

Where should you invest your Isa? Expert Holly Mackay's view of the top ten platforms she has road-tested

Where should you invest your Isa? Expert Holly Mackay's view

Holly Mackay is a leading expert in analysing the advantages - and disadvantages - of online based platforms that allow people to hold all their investments under one roof.Her scrutiny of individual providers is based on personal use of all the platforms.Here, she looks at the best ones to build wealth through an Isa.

The Diary of a Private Investor: A correction wouldn't be a surprise but I'm staying invested - and buying miners and Europe

The Diary of a Private Investor: I'm buying miners and Europe

In the latest instalment of his column. John Rosier reveals why is staying invested despite concerns over a correction and why he put more into Europe and unloved miners. 'We are now in a state of uneasy calm and I am sure there is more fun to come before this tragedy has played out,' he says. But he believes markets can make further progress this year.

You might not be able to afford a Hermes bag but you can invest in luxury goods - so are premium brands good value?

Premium brands have had a stellar run since the turn of the century, which turned slightly sour last year, but experts are tipping a turnaround in 2015.

The biggest Spielberg film you have never heard of? DUEL fans launch crowdfunding campaign to explore the director's first film

You may have heard of big Stephen Spielberg directed blockbusters like ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park, but now two film buffs are looking to get recognition for one of his earliest works.

Top ten gravity-defying FTSE 100 momentum shares: Can investing in stocks at a 52-week high pay off?

Top ten gravity-defying FTSE 100 momentum shares

Some shares have a tendency to defy the laws of gravity for far longer than you might expect. This gravity-defying phenomenon is known as the momentum effect. Investment strategies which exploit this powerful market force have been persistently profitable. Alex Naamani, of Stockopedia, explains momentum investing.

SIMON LAMBERT: Warren Buffett on Tesco, shares being safer than cash and why you should probably invest in a tracker fund

Buffett on why shares are safer than cash and you should buy a tracker fund

Warren Buffett is widely referred to as the world's greatest investor - my suspicion has long been that it's closer to the mark to call him the world's greatest businessman. Last weekend, his firm Berkshire Hathaway held its annual jamboree and Buffett delivered his 50th letter to shareholders. Here are my highlights.

Property developer Rectory Homes offers a 6.25% mini-bond but would investors be taking too much risk on the building boom?

Rectory Homes is offering investors a five-year mini-bond with an attractive 6.25 per cent annually, but is this worth taking up and how does it compare to property shares and funds?

THE MINOR INVESTOR: Prince was right about the party ending after 1999 - but there is a reason UK shares look good value now

THE MINOR INVESTOR: UK shares look good value now on CAPE

Fittingly for the FTSE 100, another line in Prince's famous 1999 chorus included the words, 'two thousand zero zero, party over, oops out of time'. For UK shares that was true, but spending all that time in the doldrums is not such terrible news for those buying in now - some measures indicate good prospects.

How fledgling firms can boost your nest egg: As Neil Woodford launches a start-ups fund, should you look at smaller companies?

Woodford launches new trust, should you invest in smaller companies?

Smaller companies can be exciting to invest in. These are fast-growing firms with new products or services which offer the chance to grow your cash quickly. But for every success story, there will be many that don't make the grade, putting your capital at risk. Mr Woodford's new venture will be investing in tiny start-ups, a particularly risky - although potentially lucrative - area.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: Which riskier funds should I invest in to grow my cash more?

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I want to invest a little of my money in some riskier funds in the hope of growing my cash more. Which ones should I choose?

Want to invest like Warren Buffett? MAIKE CURRIE's four things you may not know about him but probably should

Warren Buffett publishes his annual letter to shareholders in February. Beyond the folksy anecdotes and home-spun wisdom, here are four things you won't read in it.

With the FTSE 100 index testing record highs, which funds tap into the UK market's gains?


Britain's index of the 100 biggest listed companies has nearly doubled in value since the depths of the financial crisis slump in 2009 when it sank to 3,512.

How to make money on AIM: Fund manager Gervais Williams' tips on why small firms will make the best returns in tough times

Gervais Williams' tips on why AIM stocks will do best in tough times

Veteran fund manager Gervais Williams has a big idea about where the best investment returns will be found over the next decade or so - Britain's small-cap AIM index. We spoke to Williams about his investing ideas and strategy - including why he thinks small companies can outperform - and got some tips on his favourites.

What's done best - cash, stocks or bricks and mortar? How popular asset classes have performed over the past 30 years

Uk equities have delivered 1,433 per cent growth during the past three decades, or 9.9 per cent each year - but only if you steadily reinvested all your dividends.

INVESTMENT EXTRA: Buying the highest-yield stocks seems obvious for income investors - but it could lead to disaster

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We would suggest that chasing the highest-yielding stocks in the market today could well be a recipe for disaster, says Kevin Murphy co-manager of the Schroder Income Fund.

The Diary of a Private Investor: Why I like investment trusts and think FlowGroup's energy-generating boilers can fuel returns

The Diary of a Private Investor: Why I like investment trusts and FlowGroup

In the latest instalment of his Diary of a Private Investor, John Rosier reveals his January moves and why he likes US small companies and Europe through investment trusts. The investor also bought into potentially revolutionary boiler company FlowGroup. He explains his thinking

Are top traders born or made? Tim Price on how the film Trading Places shows anyone can play the markets - but it's not easy 

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Film buffs will remember the 1980s Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd film Trading Places where a crook and a trader saw their lives swapped, but can anyone really be dragged off the street and taught to be a top investor?

Going for growth: From US small caps to India, MAIKE CURRIE's four ideas to invest for better returns as world economy slows

Going for growth: Four ideas to invest for better returns as the world slows 

Why do people invest? In three words: to make money. This is done in two ways, your investment grows in size, giving you a long-term capital gain. Or, your investment pays you an income. Maike Currie, of Fidelity, gives four ideas for investing.

The dividend hunter's best friends: 14 of the best and most consistent income funds revealed

14 of the best income funds revealed by Sanlam's White List

Investors are able to pocket an average of 4 per cent on an equity income fund, research from Sanlam shows. It has highlighted its favourite funds. Returns beat what you could get in an annuity or government bond, but only a select few funds make it into the White List of top 14 performers.

One in three 'active' investment funds are expensive clones of the stock market, claim industry campaigners

UK investment funds that hug the main stock market index but levy high fees for 'active' management are being blasted by campaigners.

Fund managers slam 'emotive hyperbole' over their investment charges and reject simplification of fees

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The body representing fund managers has bemoaned the 'over-emotive' discussion of investment costs after it laid out proposals for better disclosure of charges.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: The wisdom of the crowd or herd mentality? Crowdfunding looks tempting but it pays to tread carefully

MINOR INVESTOR: Crowdfunding - the wisdom of the crowd or just herd mentality?

As welcome as the rise of crowdfunding has been, it definitely has a distinct whiff of the herd about it. The sheer number of pie-in-the-sky ideas smashing crowdfunding targets and mini-bonds swiftly selling out, warns investors to tread carefully. Done right though alternative finance can pay off.

Volatility is back but that could be an opportunity. MAIKE CURRIE'S five ideas to shock-proof your investments

Five ideas to shock-proof your investments as volatility returns

If you're worried about volatility - you shouldn't be. Volatility, as painful as it may be, is normal.If the market's ups and downs are making you a little bit more uneasy than usual, there are ways to ride out the storm - and maybe even profit, says Fidelity's Maike Currie.

Woodford to launch investment trust  backing early-stage companies - and you won't pay anything unless it beats the market

The investment trust will initially focus on medium and large sized established UK companies before moving towards listed and unlisted smaller and growing businesses.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: How can I start saving for my child's future?

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We have just had our first baby and are keen to start saving for her future, but I have no idea how to get started. Can you help? Holly Black replies.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: If you want to make money long-term put your trust in dividends - the Rolling Stones of investing

MINOR INVESTOR: Put your trust in dividends - the Rolling Stones of investing

The fifteen years since the FTSE 100 hit its all-time high have been a lesson in why dividends matter. The stock market has never regained that peak, yet those who reinvested dividends would be up 58%. Look at a good dividend-tilted investment and things improve further. Trends and fads come and go, markets rise and fall, but dividends deliver over time.

We shorted Tesco months before its problems were revealed: Fund manager making big calls on brands reveals his ideas

How does an active investor know when a company is a buy, hold or sell. We asked successful fund manager David Urch to explain his strategy.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: The oil price has fallen dramatically - so is now a good time to invest and how would I do it?

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With the oil price low, now could be a good time to invest in the black stuff but some analysts believe the commodity is in for a rocky time.

All-in-one 'target date' investment funds designed around life goals offered for 0.55% a year

The Architas BirthStar funds are aimed at growing your money until the time when you want to begin making withdrawals, after which it is invested more cautiously.

The Diary of a Private Investor: Avoiding disasters was as important as picking winners in delivering an 11% return for 2014

The Diary of a Private Investor: Avoiding disasters was the key to an 11% return in 2014

Much of the success of the JIC Portfolio in 2014 came from the avoidance of disasters, says This is Money's columnist John Rosier. Over the year the FTSE All-Share was up 1.2 per cent on a total return basis, while his portfolio was up 11.1 per cent. John reveals his best - and worst - shares of the year, what he bought in December and how he thinks 2015 will unfold for investors.

Global markets are reeling from oil price shock but consumers are cheering: Where should you invest to cash in?

The oil price collapse to $50 has caused major ructions in financial markets but it's putting cash in people's pockets - how should you invest for the best rewards?

There's plenty to worry markets in 2015, so could gold help your investments shine this year?

Oil price shocks, a rollercoaster ride for sterling and a hung parliament could all weigh on markets this year.
All this could hit your pensions and investments.

Tempted by those 12% returns? From lend-to-save to crowdfunding, how peer-to-peer investors can profit - and the risks you need to know about

Student Naomi Pyburn has invested across a mixture of loans with varying levels of risk. Sally Hamilton investigates the three main types of this alternative investment with differing levels of risk.

Where should you invest for low inflation and slow growth? Justin Urquhart-Stewart's ideas for 2015

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Even in a slower world, there are opportunities out there. In this video interview, Justin Urquhart-Stewart points to Tesco and the eurozone as opportunities for the brave.

The common mistakes investors made in 2014 - and how to avoid making the same ones this year

The mistakes investors made in 2014 - and how to avoid making them again

When it comes to our hard-earned cash, no-one wants to make any unnecessary blunders, but the real mistake is one you don't learn from, says Fidelity's Maike Currie. She takes a look at what investors got wrong last year, how to avoid repeating them and whether correcting those errors will work for 2015.

SIMON LAMBERT: Is the falling oil price good or bad news? The danger for investors that lies in cheap oil

Is the falling oil price good or bad news? The danger for investors from cheap oil

The falling oil price is a good thing for consumers. But there is another side to this story that it pays to be aware of - the danger that lies in the oil price slump. As investors chase income in a low interest rate world, they have been willing to accept lower and lower rates on junk bonds - and at the forefront of the wave of over-priced high-yield bonds have been US shale oil and gas firms, whose very existence is now threatened.

The best and worst funds of 2014: Investing in India proved lucrative but bargain hunters buying into 'cheap' Russia faced pain

The best and worst funds of 2014: India proved lucrative but 'cheap' Russia delivered pain

Depending on where you invested you could have had a very good, indifferent or bad year in 2014. Country and region-specific funds accounted for both the best and worst performers this year as global events took their toll. India funds were the best performers of 2014, while commodity and Russia funds saw the biggest falls.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: I use a fund supermarket but want to buy shares too - can I do it at the same place?

I use a fund supermarket to invest in funds, but I'm thinking about investing in some shares, too. Can I do this through the same website?

How private investors bailed out of UK plc in the autumn crash: £9.1bn of stocks dumped amid global market turmoil

The flight to the safety of cash left private investors holding 11% or £224.2bn of the UK market by the end of November, down from 11.5% in the summer.

The formula for finding winning shares: Tim Price on why you should hunt for value - and ten shares that fit the bill

The value formula for finding winning shares: Tim Price on shunning hot properties

Investors should avoid the hottest properties and look to value for a formula to find winning shares, says leading investor Tim Price. The UK contrarian argues that investors tempted into buying popular global mega-brands may be buying great quality businesses but they are too expensive. In our video he focuses on US investor James O'Shaugnessy's winning value characteristics that deliver substantial outperformance over time.

10 high-flying penny shares: How to find big winners among small cap stocks - and avoid companies that blow up

How to find big winners among penny shares and avoid companies that blow up

Every investor dreams of finding hidden gems that are misunderstood, poorly researched but poised to soar. With detailed research and patience, it's here that you can find the stocks that famous US fund manager Peter Lynch once described as 'ten baggers'.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: Is it too risky to put my £10,000 in exchange-traded funds?

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I have £10,000 to invest and I'm thinking about putting it in ETFs as I've heard they are cheap. Are they risky? Holly Black replies.

SMALL CAPS: The wearable technology shares that could come into fashion in 2015 

Gadgets that track your health and fitness, monitor your productivity, take photos and videos may soon be as common as the pair of trainers at the bottom of the wardrobe.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: My low-risk funds earned 55% over nine years - how can I tell if this is any good?

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I invested £50,000 into some low-risk funds nine years ago and now have £77,500. How can I tell whether this is a good return?

Revealed: The world's cheapest and most expensive stock markets - and where the UK stands

World's cheapest and most expensive stock markets: CAPE, price-to-book and PE

Price isn't everything, but when it comes to investing it can count for a lot. While many professional investors caution against attempts to time the market, they also tend to highlight that - as with most things in life - getting in at a good price is important. We highlight the world's cheapest and most expensive stock markets, measured on three popular valuation tools and with a final score delivered across all three.

The Diary of a Private Investor: Winners and losers from the best month of the year - and why I like Avation's strong director backing

The Diary of a Private Investor: Winners and losers from the best month of the year - and

This is Money columnist John Rosier reveals how he fared in November and why he's picked an aircraft leasing growth story in Avation and put more into Japan. His JIC Portfolio was up 5.1 per cent, in November, its best this year and is now up 9.8 per cent since 1st January and 88.4 per cent since inception.He also reveals why he likes firms where directors have a substantial share-holdings.

'Half of my investment portfolio is in American equities': We ask experts and investors alike for tips on investing your pound across the pond

There has been no better mainstream stock market to invest in over the past five years than the US - with investors enjoying average returns in excess of 100 per cent.

Should you put your money into the firms hoping to beat cancer? Biotech and healthcare funds race ahead this year - but investors should tread carefully

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Biotech and healthcare funds are riding high among the top performers of 2014, yet investors face higher risks. We ask experts to assess the outlook and give their tips.

Top 10 growth shares - and the tricks famous investors use to spot stocks that can keep on climbing

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Scouring the stock market for undervalued shares that might bounce in price is a well trodden path for many investors. But not everyone wants to spend their days digging around among basket cases and 50/50 recovery plays. How can you find go-go growth stocks that can shake off economic worries and muted markets to massively outperform? Ben Hobson of Stockopedia reveals the strategies of growth company investors.

Is your 'low-cost' passive fund ripping you off? We compare the cheapest and most expensive trackers

Even lower-cost tracker funds can have big disparities in charges for following the same markets. We reveal the gaps to mind.

Ten steps to sort your finances out, get richer and become your own financial adviser

Before seeking financial advice, there are some easy steps you can take to get your finances in order.

The red flags that can protect your portfolio from disaster shares - and how the short sellers spot their targets 

The red flags that can protect your portfolio from disaster

The opaque world of short selling shares has been a hot topic for investors ever since the financial crisis erupted six years ago.. If you can learn to spot some of the signs in stocks that short sellers look for, you'll be better placed to remove them from your portfolio - but where do you look? Ben Hobson of Stockopedia reveals the short-selling strategies that the experts are using.

'I've made every investing mistake in the book': Nutmeg creator on learning from your errors - and knowing when it's time to strike out on your own

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Nick Hungerford is co-creator and CEO of online investment platform Nutmeg shares what's he's learned about investing along the way, and how he knew it was time to start his own business.

Collectible Scotch is fetching thousands of pounds at auction, should you drink it or keep the whisky in the jar?

Could you invest in whisky, as collectors pay thousands for Scotch?

Whisky has charmed its fans into song as well as tempting them to drink, but it is also fast becoming a collector's item for investors thirsty for profit. Brokers Rare Whisky 101 show values of the top 100 collectible bottles have increased by 20 per cent in the past year and 178 per cent since 2008. Rare bottles released by big brands such as Glenlivet or Macallan can fetch thousands at auction. But beware, unloved bottles are sinking in price.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: Is the FTSE 100 finally about to crack 7,000 - and should we even care?

MINOR INVESTOR: Is the FTSE 100 finally about to crack 7,000 - and should we even care?

I have a theory that the FTSE100 is the world's unluckiest major stock market. While other markets around the world have beaten their all-time highs, London's leading index gets blown off course each time it makes a break for that elusive level. It has been credit-crunched, eurozone-crisised, taper-tantrumed and Scottish-referendumed along the way. But really as investors we shouldn't be worrying in the slightest about that

GERVAIS WILLIAMS: Smaller is better for a bigger return, says top fund manager

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Gervais Williams, fund manager and author of new book The Future is Small, explains why small cap investing pays off.

How paying £2,000 for financial advice can make you richer: When to go it alone and when to seek help on investing and pension savings

How paying £2,000 for financial advice can make you richer

You need to think about the value of advice. If it costs you £650 for an adviser to recommend a range of investments that end up making you £20,000, then you'd likely be very happy with that. The trick is to work out when to take advice and when you could do it yourself, as there are plenty of things you can do alone with a little research.

The Diary of a Private Investor: The tough decisions to be made when markets slide and fear takes over

The Diary of a Private Investor: Tough decisions when markets slide and fear takes over

Shares suffered a stormy month in October. The big question when markets slide is whether it's a buying opportunity, or the start of a serious correction and time to take cover. In the latest instalment of his Diary of a Private Investor, This is Money columnist John Rosier reveals how he dealt with a turbulent month. He also explains why a seasonal profit warning tempted him into Next and small biotech stock got his attention.

India funds charge ahead as investors profit from upbeat outlook for reforms: We reveal the other top performers of 2014

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A top ten performing funds list to mid-November is dominated by India funds, with investors reaping returns of up to 55 per cent, with First State Indian Subcontinent.

How risky is your fund? Two out of five sold in the UK are given a high risk rating due to volatility levels

Higher volatility is thought to indicate greater uncertainty about performance, and all funds have to use the same measure to help investors grasp risks.

Where should I invest my £170k to secure an income of £500 a month? The INVESTMENT CLINIC answers...

INVESTMENT CLINIC: Where should I invest £170k to get income of £500 a month?

I am considering selling my house and moving into sheltered accommodation. I can get £170,000 for the sale but need an income of £500 a month to pay the rent. Where should I invest? The INVESTMENT CLINIC weighs up the Equity Income investing route as well as other fund managers with a strong track record of spotting decent dividend paying companies both in the UK and overseas.

Want to find the holy grail of income and growth? Boost your income with funds that don't like big firms

Savers seeking the holy grail of income and growth can find success without turning to the same FTSE 100 companies as everyone else.

SCOTTISH MORTGAGE: Investment trust giant towers over rivals by feasting on fast-growth firms

With £3billion of assets under management, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is one of the largest funds available to investors. But its big size has not hindered its performance.

Cost of using an independent adviser falls 14% in a year, but would you pay £150 an hour for financial advice?

Cost of using an independent adviser falls 14% in a year, but would you pay £150 an hour

The cost of financial advice has dropped but customers could still end up paying £3,000 for help in common scenarios. The end of commission charges raised fears that consumers would be priced out of financial advice and advisers would increasingly target wealthier customers, but adviser website Unbiased shows the median hourly fee has actually fallen from £175 to £150.

Investors plough record amounts into investment trusts - but DIY investing flaw means they may miss out on best deals

Investment trusts are booming, generally outperforming their fund counterparts since the financial crash - but investors may be missing some crucial information.

Follow the trail: How to make sure you are not still paying unnecessary commission on your investments 

You could be paying over the odds for your Isa or pension. We reveal what you should do if you are still paying trail commission.

Are you paying too much for funds? The best DIY investing platforms for four different types of investor

Man sitting at table with two piles of U.S. coins in front of him.

Investors are pouring record amounts of money into funds and trusts - but have you chosen the best broker to help you buy your investments? We explain what to consider.

I want to invest in companies direct through retail bonds, is there a way to check their credit rating?


I am interested in investing in companies directly through retail corporate bonds but want to make sure I am doing all the research I need to into how likely they are to go bust.

The chart that shows UK shares are near the cheapest they've been in 40 years

CAPE chart shows UK shares are near the cheapest they've been in 40 years

The FTSE 100 bounced today at the end of a bad week, but the question on investors' lips is whether this correction is a buying opportunity or the start of something much worse. The CAPE chart pictured highlights how the UK market is near the cheapest it has been over almost 40 years. Yet while shares may be cheap they also carry a sizeable risk of falling much further. Simon Lambert takes a look at the investor's dilemma.

'Nollywood is a hit with me': Spice up your shares as a frontier investor as emerging markets bring risks but also rewards

Former Oxford triple blue Don Kayam of Croydon who invests in funds in Africa and Brasil.
 George Jaworskyj 2008

The Mail on Sunday looks at whether the argument for investing in emerging markets and aspiring 'frontier' economies remains as compelling as ever. Don Kayum likes to invest in Africa.

Is it worth paying a fund manager if they're the best in breed? The top ten investors who beat the markets - and the machines

The top ten UK fund managers who beat the market and the machines

Investors continue to pour money into no-frills investment funds that use computers to track the performance of some of the world's leading stock markets. But a detailed performance survey of the country's retail fund management industry shows that a select band of stock picking managers are still capable of beating the robots and the markets, providing an attractive alternative or complementary choice for investors in search of stellar returns from their investments. Mark Crankshaw (pictured) is a do-it-yourself investor who has decided to opt for some big name managers.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: Is it time to buy on the stock market dips or run for the hills?

MINOR INVESTOR: Is it time to buy shares on the dips or run for the hills?

If you heed the investing wisdom that the best time to buy is when shares are unpopular, then it may be time to shop in the stock market sale. Crumbling markets drag good prospects down with them, so you don't even necessarily need to hunt among the bargain bin's damaged goods. Is buying a wise move right now though?

MARK SLATER: Six undervalued shares with the potential to become takeover targets

It is always best to be positioned in a stock before it becomes the subject of takeover rumours, says leading fund manager Mark Slater. He reveals six shares he likes and explains why.

INVESTMENT CLINIC: My funds are underperforming - should I bail out or trust their long-term strategy and hang on?

Stack of British pound coins on list of share prices.

First, it's worth considering what is happening in the wider landscape. Next, it's worth comparing the fund's investments with those of more successful rivals for clues.

Ten of the best profitable companies in the FTSE 350 - and how to hunt down profit machine shares

Ten of the best profitable company shares in the FTSE 350

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett once observed: 'It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.' For investors looking for potentially good quality shares at fair prices, market dips could offer buying opportunities. We look at ten of the best profitable companies.

How does the stock exchange work and what happens when you buy and sell shares? Our VIDEO finds out

How the stock exchange works and what happens when you buy and sell shares

The drama of the stock market is pivotal to our financial lives, but the days of traders shouting buy and sell at the exchange are long gone. For personal investors it has never been easier to buy shares, but many know little about what happens when you place your order. This is Money went to the London Stock Exchange to find out how things work.

'I've been waiting six months for my funds to move platform and now I can't trade': Brokers' struggling with increased transfer requests leaving investors locked out

Brokers' struggling with increased transfer requests leaving investors locked out

A This is Money reader has been waiting since February to have his Isa and Sipp funds transferred from Hargreaves Lansdown to Interactive Investor. Brokers have admitted they have been dealing with increased demand, but say there is no regulatory time limit on transferring Sipps and blame each other for delays.

Should you buy into small companies? DIY share investing can be high risk but rewarding - if you take a disciplined approach

AIM all-share index

Although small quoted companies are likely to be more volatile and less liquid than blue chips, they offer the chance of higher growth - if chosen with care.

Tesco value: Are the troubled giant's shares cheap and how brave do investors need to be to buy in?

Half price offers at Tesco Brent Cross.

Supermarket giant Tesco looking deeply unloved, which means contrarian investors are asking whether that means it is time to buy. So how cheap are the shares?

If you want the best returns, invest in the worst stock markets: How to use CAPE to beat the market - and the cheapest countries

How to use CAPE to beat the market and global CAPE values

If you target the cheapest stock markets - rather than expensive ones - then you hugely increase your chances of success, says Mebane Faber. The leading investor argues that the worst places to invest in are not the cheap markets belonging to troubled economies, but the investors' darlings that have been chased to heady valuations. We caught up with him and can reveal where is 'cheap' by CAPE ratio.

To sell or not to sell: Five signs it's time to ditch your failing fund - from leaking money to high fees

Withering away? If you've invested in something that's consistently losing you money and looks poor compared to competitors, it really should be time to sell

It can be difficult to take your profits (knowing the price may still go higher), or worse, sell up when the price is falling. Here is our list of warning signs that tell you it may be time to bail out.

How can I tell if a market or share is cheap or expensive? The CAPE or Shiller PE ratio explained

What is CAPE? I want to track markets and shares to find out if they're expensive or cheap

I've heard about the CAPE or the Shiller PE ratio which can tell you what markets or stocks are cheap or expensive. This sounds very useful so how does it work?

Should you trust your nest egg to a robot? Tracker funds take £1 of every £10 invested - but the wrong one can cost you dear

Can you trust your tracker investment fund?

Trackers were once a quieter backwater for investors, but now they hold a huge amount of money, at £81bn according to the IMA. This is nearly double the amount invested just three years ago. But while passive investing may be considered a wise low cost option for long-term investors, some trackers are much better than others.

Can't afford a financial adviser and unsure how to go it alone? New start-up Wealth Horizon offers online investing advice for 1.25%

Online adviser: Wealth Horizon boss Chris Williams, pictured, reckons his site will appeal to people who used to turn to banks or traditional advisers for financial help

Wealth Horizon has launched a halfway house option for investors nervous of using DIY sites but not rich enough to stump up high fees for personal help from an adviser.

Stocks are set to boom if eurozone launches QE, but where will you get the best returns? Six European fund tips from the experts

Economic troubles: Will the eurozone get a QE scheme like those launched in the UK, US and Japan?

Which European funds are worth a look as speculation is ramps up that the eurozone is about to get a full-scale 'quantitative easing' scheme?

Low cost investing gets even cheaper: Vanguard cuts tracker and exchange traded fund charges

Markets: You can track performance of shares on indices such as the London Stock Exchange with a tracker fund

Vanguard will cut charges on 16 index funds and on its LifeStrategy range which complies portfolios of shares and bonds based on how long you want to invest for.

Five cheap shares that have been hit too hard by fears of an early interest rate rise

Overdone? The threat of a rate rise has seen shares in builders heavily sold off.

In any sell-off, some decent stocks always get trampled unfairly in the rush for the exit. City broker Liberum tips five shares it reckons got hit too hard by rate rise talk.

More and more investors are using them, but can you trust your broker's list of favourite funds?

Can you trust your broker's list of favourite funds?

With more than 2,000 funds on offer, a growing number of online firms have a helpful list of 'elite', 'premier', 'calibre' or 'recommended' funds to make it easier for investors to choose. DIY investors increasingly use free best-buy tables to pick a fund - but are they being duped?

Turning Japanese: Legg Mason's Japan fund is top performer in the region - so why isn't it on Hargreaves Lansdown's 'buy list'?

Japan: Funds have been boosted by economic reforms introduced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Investors have benefited from renewed economic confidence in Japan, but the best performing fund in the sector doesn't make Hargreaves' Wealth 150

Which drugmaker should you buy? US predators are pouncing on British pharma firms - should you enter the fray?

Takeover targets: Astra and Shire received controversial bids from big US rivals

How can you tell where the best investment opportunities lie amid all this controversial deal-making in the pharma industry? Stock experts offer their tips.

Hargreaves Lansdown abandons its £600 'death fee' and cuts minimum investment amount to £100

Death fee: Hargreaves was charging families up to £600 for valuing the assets of their deceased loved ones

The firm was hitting grieving families with fees of up to £600 for valuing the funds and shares of their loved ones once they had passed away.

Customer charged £9,000 commission as bank adviser takes 15% of its client's pensions contribution in just one year

Commission: A customer's complaint revealed the scale of rip-off pensions sold by High Street banks

The complaint by a customer was exposed by the Financial Ombudsman Service in a ruling. The customer was offered £1,000 in compensation by the bank

'I get 8% interest from Chilango mini-bond - plus free burritos': Seven ways to invest in Britain's rising economy - from shares to bonds and property

Investing tips: How to take a stake in the best of British

From buying shares to hunting among the small caps, investing in bonds and taking a stake in property, we show how you can benefit from a healthier Britain. Jack Cunningham, pictured with wife Livvie and their son Ashley, lent money to fast food restaurant chain Chilango via crowdfunding platform CrowdCube. He invested £500, which he said is fun money.

Revealed: The best income funds to spread your risks while beating paltry savings rates

Dividends burned by strong pound

Savers should look to spread their risk across at least three choices, which complement each other by focusing on different areas, advisers suggest.

Rise of the contrarians: Neil Woodford and Terry Smith's independent endeavours beat fund management giants on sales

Contrary: Neil Woodford and Terry Smith are well known for their stock picking

Two of Britain's best-known managers have taken enough money to place their individual funds in the top ten list that usually features entire investing houses.

State should give savers 50p for every pound they save in 'cradle-to-grave' Lifetime Isa plan that would scrap pension tax relief

Lifetime Isa: The CPS has proposed kickstarting saving from when a child's name is registered

Everyone should get a Lifetime Isa that merges tax-free savings, with the Treasury contributing 50p for every £1 saved up to £8,000 a year, says think tank.

The great workplace windfall: It's not just City types who benefit from stock options - millions of hard-working staff reap the rewards too

Cashing in: Chris Rush went to the Grand Canyon, right

Thousands of ordinary workers, like Chris Rush (pictured) have been enjoying the fruits of a strong stock market - having invested directly in the shares of their employer.

Trackers now make up £1 in every £10 invested but which are the favourites for investors ditching fund managers for a low-cost robot?

Ditch the fund manager? Trackers make up £1 in £10 of investments

The latest statistics from the Investment Management Association for June shows tracker funds make up 10 per cent of assets under management. Investors have put £1.8billion into trackers so far this year, compared with £1.062billion at the same time in 2013, a 76 per cent increase.but which were the most popular? We reveal the favourites at fund giant Hargreaves Lansdown.

Is investing in debt the answer to beating low interest rates? The trusts that target mortgages, lend-to-save and commercial loans

Debt: Investment trusts focusing on debts are offering decent yields, but can be risky

Several investment trusts have launched in recent years to take advantage of the yields generated from debt, such as loans and mortgages. We take a look.

The 14 best income funds that make the White List for dividend hunters are revealed - with average yields hitting 4%

Yields: The average dividend in Sanlam's White List is 4 per cent

Sanlam's renowned White List of the 14 top performing income funds reveals you can still get a better return from the equity income sector than government debt.

The cheapest DIY investing Isas and Sipps for fund investors - how to protect your pounds from your platform

Cheapest DIY investing Isas and Sipps for fund investors

Finding the best investment platform for your Isa or self invested personal pension has become a tricky task, with rivals offering themselves up as the best place to build your wealth and offering an array of different charges. We reveal how much it would cost you in both pounds and percentage terms to invest an Isa or pension in funds through the best known DIY investing platforms.

The top funds of the past ten years? New list reveals the 89 vintage performers but blasts the 91% that are 'mediocre at best'

Top funds of the past ten years? List reveals the 89 vintage performers

Hold on to a car or wine for long enough and it could become vintage, but the same cannot be said for most funds. Research into the seven to 10 year track records of investment funds by broker FundExpert reveals only 89 funds out of 1,087 can be described as top performers. So how do your funds rank and where are the best to be found?

Earn higher returns...without the hard work: Too busy or not confident enough to invest? Here's how to do it the easy way

The easy ways to invest to remove the worry of doing it yourself

Investments for those who don't have the time or desire to construct their own portfolios are rising in popularity - and there are plenty of choices available. We examine the options and speak to investors and savers who are more comfortable handing over the reins of responsibility to a financial expert.

Did you hear the one about the rabbi and the sports cars with Skoda engines? The man who wants to warn you about closet trackers

The Rabbi who wants to warn you about closet trackers

Saul Djanogly, a trained rabbi and founder of advisory firm the Investment Fitness Club, says the Old Testament demands that stumbling blocks are not put in the way of the blind, but warns that fund managers are technically doing this to novice investors by charging high fees for funds that merely track.

Dividend growth slows as FTSE 100 big guns are hit by strong pound but where should you look for the biggest payers?

Green shoots?: Dividend growth has slowed for UK companies

UK dividend growth slowed to a crawl as a lack of special dividends and pound's strength hit investors. We reveal which companies pay out the most.

Talk about investing for the long term: How 26 investment trusts have survived more than 100 years of market ups and downs

Time travelling: Some 26 investment trusts have been around for longer than a hundred years

We take a look back at how they managed it, what returns they delivered to shareholders, and which of the oldest companies have the most reliable dividend-paying record.

MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Lone bank flies in to 'Dogs of the Footsie' portfolio - the top ten high-yielding share tips list

Bank back: HSBC's return to the portfolio return follows chief executive Stuart Gulliver¿s decision to offer a progressive dividend policy, meaning that dividends should rise every year.

Banks were once dividend stalwarts, but now just one is back in the fold. HSBC shares are yielding 5.3 per cent, so it returns for the first time since May 2009.

TOM BECKET: China is unfashionable, unloved and suffering - that makes it time to buy

C00DJK A blue Chinese Dragon at a Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Writing off China is a perilous move and ignoring the deep contrarian value opportunity is an easy mistake to make.

What will make big money in the next 10 years? Tom Slater explains Scottish Mortgage's high growth strategy and gives his tips

Tom Slater of Scottish Mortgage tips investing winners of next decade

Tom Slater's job is to chase down new ideas all over the world, and work out which will make a fortune over the next 10 years and beyond. And that can mean meetings with people like the founders or senior management of Amazon and Facebook. He reveals his thoughts on everything from genome research, electric cars, corporate IT and internet shopping, and offers some tips on how to invest for high growth.

Germany are World Cup champions, but did Hargreaves Lansdown or BestInvest's experts pick the best fantasy fund portfolio?

Did Hargreaves Lansdown or BestInvest pick the best World Cup fund portfolio?

Hargreaves Lansdown and Bestinvest built their own fantasy portfolios of 11 funds at the start of the World Cup, each claiming to have found the best mix of defensive and attacking abilities. So This is Money staged its own battle of the giants, pitting the experts against each other to see who would win the investment World Cup.

What did Woodford buy? Fans of investing star crash his website in stampede to find out all 61 shares in new fund

New start: Full rundown of Neil Woodford's holdings includes several young businesses, many of them linked to research from UK universities

In a rush that normally only occurs when top concert or sports tickets go on sale, the star fund manager's site was overwhelmed by demand.

TOM BECKET: The signs point to a correction being due, so despite low returns it's time to hold more cash

Caution: Tom Becket says that while cash offers a poor return it will protect against a potential correction.

Tom Becket, chief investment officer of Psigma says that although the party could continue for some time, markets are too complacent so he's holding more cash.

Watchdog warns investment firms offering 'best buy' fund lists to ensure they are 'not misleading' investors

Simplifying choice: DIY investing sites offer tools like best buy fund lists, model portfolios and 'decision trees'

Many investing firms research funds and offer lists of the 'best' ones, and investors tend to like these because they simplify choice among the thousands available.

SIMON LAMBERT: Wilsons offloading their empire tells bond, buy-to-let and lend-to-save investors something about buying low and selling high

Simon Lambert: The Wilson's selling up says something about buying low and selling high on income investments

The Wilson's sale of their almost 1,000 homes might not call the top of the property market, but it has something to tell those engaged in the hunt for yield.

What is Woodford buying? Star manager backs tobacco and health again as he reveals top holdings of new income fund

Woodford backs tobacco and health as he reveals top ten holdings

The Woodford Equity Income fund attracted £1.6 billion when it opened for investment last month and now the investing veteran says he has built an equity income portfolio emphasising sectors that he thinks will resist a 'faltering economy' - and that means some old favourites and surprise names.

TD Direct has bought my stockbroker Natwest: What does it mean for me - will I have to pay more?

Takeover: TD Direct says investors will be no worse off, and may be better off

I'm a customer of NatWest Stockbrokers and I understand it's being taken over by another company, TD Direct Investing. Might I have to pay more in future?

Investors pile into property and shun smaller companies, but would you follow the herd or be a contrarian?

Investors pile into property and shun smaller companies, but should you follow the herd?

Property funds managed to knock even always popular income funds off top spot, and strategic bonds also leapt into investors' top five fund sectors, with the rest of the list made up of Global and Mixed Investment 20 to 60% shares. For contrarians hunting for investments in unloved areas, the three least favourite among UK investors were North American Smaller Companies, UK Smaller Companies and Global Bonds.

Dividends can make you much richer so don't just spend them: Why reinvesting income is the secret to investing success

Cash delivery: Investor Douglas Rae. Royal Mail shareholders are due to receive dividend payments

Royal Mail shareholders will soon receive their first dividend. But should investors take the cash or reinvest in the shares? Douglas Rae reinvests to boost his returns.

Should you bet on pubs and cinemas to boost your Isa? Investors can reap richer rewards - here's how to do it

Nest egg: The important thing to keep in mind with investing is that you could lose money - if you cannot stomach that possibility, then you should stick to cash Isas

Rates on cash Isas can seem disappointing. So if you want to ramp up your returns, you may have to take a little more risk, and that means investing.

SIMON LAMBERT: You probably haven't got £15k to spare and rates are still awful - but you should use New Isa tricks to boost returns

Simon Lambert

Even if you come nowhere near to being able to save or invest £15,000, this is a golden opportunity to stop the taxman taking another bite out of your money.

Out of fashion: Should investors sidestep the trend for over-hyped online retailers in favour of out-of-vogue 'value' stocks?

Latest trends: Don't get too caught up in 'Glamour stocks' says Croft

Since the astonishing success of ASOS enthusiasm grew around online retailers but should investors follow the herd or avoid in-vogue stocks asks Stockopedia's Croft.

How to be a DIY investor and take control of your money to build a richer future

How to be a DIY investor and take control of your money

Whether you are starting from scratch or want to make more of money you've already put aside, there has never been a better time to become a DIY investor. We explain how to get started on a road that will hopefully take you to riches.

How to invest in funds, investment trusts and ETFs - and save money as a DIY investor

The tortoise and the hare: Passive investors believe that slow and steady wins the race, while active investors chase market-beating returns.

Fund investing helps many small investors strike it rich. Find out what funds and investment trusts are, how to invest - and save money with a DIY investing platform.

What should you know before buying a fund? The DIY investors'guide

DIY investing guide: A financial expert explains which bits of a KIID document are actually important, the parts investors are free to skim, and what important information they leave out

Investment companies have to produce a checklist of important details like charges and performance for each of their funds - but what do they leave out?

How many funds should you invest in? Rookies can start out with one but aim for 10 to 16 - and 20 at the most

Balancing a portfolio: How many baskets of eggs is it sensible to carry at once?

Assuming you heeded the investing lesson not to put all your eggs in one basket, that still begs the question of how many baskets it is sensible to carry at once?

'Sensible funds for cautious people': Axa manager Richard Marwood on why unflashy funds can be inflation-beating winners

'Sensible funds for cautious people': Richard Marwood explains unflashy distribution funds

The AXA fund manager's three distribution funds are run with a view to both beating inflation and keeping volatility low. The ultimate goal is to deliver a reliable income stream, plus hopefully a nice slug of capital growth too. He explains how and his top tips.

Rule Britannia: Five 'Best of British' shares to invest in - from high-end fashion to manufacturing

Troops: The Queen has her actual birthday on 21 April and another in June

As the Queen celebrate one of her birthdays this week, we pick some crown jewel shares that could give your investment portfolio a taste of the best of Blighty.

Blackrock Latin American Investment: Trust looks to Brazil's key players off the pitch to boost its success


Will Landers, manager of the BlackRock Latin American Investment Trust, is a big supporter of Brazil's stock market - 63 per cent of his fund is invested there.

Jesse Livermore: The stock market trading legend who wanted to teach investors through his wins AND losses

Jesse Livermore: The stock market legend teaching investors from his wins AND losses

Although he traded at the beginning of the last century, many of Jesse Livermore's principles are just as true today according to his followers. His book Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is widely read. Richard Webb, of Saltydog Investors, tells us more about the grandfather of momentum trading.

Hargreaves Lansdown fires Neil Woodford's new fund straight into the Wealth 150 and claims lower fees for investors

Woodford the fees: Hargreaves Lansdown has secured a discount on the fund manager's new offering

Neil Woodford's new equity income fund has shot straight into the investing platform's famed Wealth 150+ despite having no assets or historic performance.

Ten of the best FTSE 100 shares with a Buffett-style moat to protect them from enemy invaders

The top 10 FTSE 100 shares with a Buffett-style moat

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett selects businesses based on their economic moats. Moats have gone on to become a byword for dominant market positions and strong pricing power from which companies can profit handsomely. We screen for some top UK shares that fit the billl and explain why.

A prime opportunity for profit or an over-priced shares trap? What you need to know about IPOs and the floatation frenzy

Floats: Royal Mail floated last year, Saga will float at the end of May and TSB is considering a listing this year

Is investing into an IPO a wise idea and how do they work? We take a look at the typical process and explain some things you need to consider.

MICHAEL LEWIS INTERVIEW: How trading sharks are rigging the markets and why he invests in trackers and Warren Buffett

Michael Lewis: American author claims high frequency trading firms are exploiting speed to jump in on share trades and manipulate prices in their own favour

Michael Lewis' book Flash Boys: Cracking the Money Code reveals how high frequency traders are scalping investors. This is Money met him to ask about his explosive claims.

Is it really worth paying for a fund manager's Porsche? Low cost funds beat expensive rivals over the past decade

Is your fund manager worth it? Low cost funds beat expensive rivals

Vanguard has found that lower cost funds have outperformed those with higher costs in nine out of 11 sectors. This means you may have been better off with a tracker fund which comes with lower annual costs. Is active fund management a waste of money and should more investors ditch pricey managers?

What will our investment virgins do with £1,000? We challenge three households to invest in the stock market for the first time

What will our investment virgins do with £1,000: They've never put money into the stock

Money Mail visited three households who had never invested before to see where they would put £1,000. It will return later in the year to see how they've done. Britain is in the middle of an investment revolution. Low savings rates and a boom in DIY investing websites have led to a surge in people snapping up stocks and shares.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: Is a fund manager worth paying for?

One step beyond: If your fund manager doesn't stand out from the crowd, then they probably aren't worth paying high fees for.

Invest in trackers and you remove the risk that you pick a dud fund manager who charges you for the pleasure. Yet I still hold tight to the belief that a good one is worth paying.

Top investment trusts cut fees to lure savers, so is it time you invested in the nimble but over-looked rivals to funds?

Saving hard: Kenneth and Camilla Bennett are keen on investment trusts

Kenneth and Camilla Bennett are keen on investment trusts due to their independent boards and the chance to hear direct from managers.

INVESTING IDEAS: DIY investors should rub their hands at Isa and pension changes, but spreading risk is the key to being a winner

Happy days: Those who are in control of their money can benefit from Isa and pension changes

Richard Webb, of Saltydog Investor, says those who make their money work harder and use asset allocation will be the real DIY investing winners.

'I used a ready-made Isa fund portfolio, as I wasn't confident picking my own': How to be a DIY investor - without bodging the job

How to be a DIY investor - without bodging the job

New DIY investors can worry about getting their fund picks right, while many existing ones are sitting on 'accidental' portfolios packed full of funds bought over the years - but not suitable to their overall attitude to risk and reward. Ross Urien got help with hers by using a ready-made selection.

Why sell in May and go away? Here's five promising shares to snap up this summer - and a look back at previous winners

Summer days: Which shares are likely to do well as we enjoy the warmest months of the year

Ignore the tired annual debate over the investing advice 'Sell in May and go away, stay away till St Leger Day' - here are five shares to buy this summer.

Investing in a fund? Hidden fees and charges could be gobbling up two-thirds of your profits

Invest wisely: Hidden fees could be gobbling up two-thirds of your profits

Despite new rules that are supposed to make it clearer what you pay to invest, our research reveals that layer after layer of fees still eat into investors' profits.

Is Japan still looking up for long-term investors, or have we just seen another false dawn?

Japan: Is it still worth investing in?

For Japan-believers this time it was meant to be different, but after barn-storming returns last year the Abenomics-led shares rush has ground to a halt.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: Tips for the fearful investor - is it time to stop waiting for the Goldilocks moment?

MINOR INVESTOR: Tips for the fearful investor

The fear that the stock market is either soaring too close to the sun or sinking to plumb new depths deters many investors. And so they wait for that magical goldilocks moment, when it's not too hot and not too cold. The problem is those moments are rare and it's rarer still that we spot them at the time. So what can the fearful investor do?

How to start a Super Isa investing habit without taking big risks: A little a month beats the end-of-year lump sum dash - and it's safer

How £100 a month has fared over 10 years

The best way to build a nest egg is to put a little aside every month in an investment fund. The benefits to regular saving include less risk from market storms.

MIDAS SHARE TIPS: 'Dogs' portfolio yields 5.9% and is running ahead of the Footsie - and Sainsbury's and Vodafone are in

High yields

The Midas Dogs of the Footsie portfolio is gathering pace, beating the FTSE 100 index and delivering generous dividends too.

NatWest sent my Vodafone cash in TWO US dollar cheques and now wants a fee for a SIX WEEK process to cash them

Grumpy investors: Vodafone return of value was not a straightforward business for some of it ordinary shareholders

I have been paid the cash part of the Vodafone deal in two US dollar cheques and I get the impression it's "pass the parcel" with any investor who isn't happy about this.

Six steps to get your investments to bloom: How to carry out an annual health check - and then relax

How to carry out an annual healthcheck on investments

Do it ONLY once year, but do it at exactly the same time, and don't get distracted shopping for new investments before you've reviewed your old ones. So how precisely do you go about an investment health check? Follow our six-step guide, which is packed with expert tips.

'Investing in an Isa is the only way to stay ahead of the game': The power of dividends can stop inflation eating your savings

Switch: Diana and Stephen Taylor moved from cash to equities

Savers love the tax-free income a cash Isa offers, but most are losing money to inflation, but investors like the Taylors can pick up long-term rewards from dividends.

Please help me decode gibberish fund names! There are several versions of the fund I want - how do I know which one I need?

Confused? A fund name is followed with abbreviations like Acc, Inc, No Trail, R, I, and Z - what do they mean?

Why are there half a dozen or more versions of the same fund listed on the performance tables, followed with abbreviations like Acc, Inc, No Trail, R, I, and Z?

Which oil explorer should you buy? How to pick a winner in the high risk, high reward world of oil exploration

Which oil explorer shares should you buy?

Investing experts explain what criteria to use when selecting stocks in such a volatile industry, and how to decipher jargon-filled company updates. But beware, because share prices will often crash or soar in a day depending on whether a well in some farflung location comes up dry or strikes oil.

Should I take part in the RSA rights issue - and what will it do to my existing shareholding?

Share and share alike: What happens to the value of shares when companies issue more of them?

I have 600 shares in the firm but, with the additional shares on offer, will the value of the existing one be diluted?

The top 10 income-paying shares in the FTSE 350 revealed: Nice yields but watch out for the dividend trap

Traps: A decent dividend isn't always a good sign

The very best dividend yielding shares tend to be a fairly predictable bunch, but be warned, a frothy yield may be a sign of trouble ahead.

How to build your new super Isa: Five top investing tips from the professionals

How to use the new super Isa: Five top investing tips from the professionals

When you first take a bet on the stock market, it's easy to feel intimidated. Not only do some of the funds sound strange, and some of the places you can put your cash exotic, but there is the prospect of losing plenty of money, too. But once you have chosen where to invest, it's possible to ramp up your returns with some simple little tricks used by the professionals.

Make your Isa sweat: Five ways to make your tax-free investments work harder and smarter

Workout: These five tips could help make your Isa work harder

With the end of the tax year approaching, specialist magazine Investors Chronicle has highlighted five tips to make the most of your money this Isa season.

How to find the best (and cheapest) Sipp and make more money from your DIY pension

Tools: Sipps allow you to manage your own pension investments but come with different costs

The rise of DIY online investing has transformed the way people are able to save for retirement, but navigating the maze of Sipp charges can be a tricky task.

How to become an Isa millionaire in less than 30 years

How to become an Isa millionaire in less than 30 years

A wealth manager claims to already have 15 Isa millionaires and says that even conservative investing can make you one. The attractive assertion says that taking a little risk and using your Isa allowance wisely could help you get a tax-friendly million pound pot in less than three decades. So what does it take to join the millionaire's ranks?

What happened to my nice little Vodafone 'windfall'? My shareholding has almost halved and I feel short-changed

Aggrieved investors: Vodafone shareholders are questioning what they truly got in the recent 'return of value'

I was expecting a nice little windfall from the return of value to Vodafone shareholders, but I lost out in the stock consolidation. What's going on - is it a con?

Look beyond the fund usual suspects if you are hunting for income and growth: Five rules to choosing a good investment trust

Solid investment: Investment trusts are noted for squirrelling away cash during the good times so they can raise the divi during market downturns

With names such the Mercantile Investment Trust and the Scottish American Investment Company, these firms appear to be throwbacks to a bygone era.

Commercial property roller coaster left many investors sick - do steady returns now mean it's time to get back on board?

Is it time to get back on board commercial property roller coaster?

Many commercial property investors did very well before the crisis hit as capital values soared, only to have their fingers burned when the crunch came. Now, against an improving economic backdrop, commercial property is back among the best selling investments.

Investors who buy direct from fund houses warned they risk paying more after being overlooked in charges shake-up

Wrong direction: People who buy funds straight from providers almost always pay more in charges than those using brokers and advisers, warn industry experts

Direct customers of fund houses are not covered by new rules that will see people using brokers or advisers get investments placed into 'clean funds'.

Playing Footsie: Blue-chip shares could reach record highs this year - what do changes in the index tell us about Britain?

Footsie: The iindex has changed since its peak, with some slightly more volatile stocks

The FTSE 100 hit a peak in 1999 by reaching 6950.60 during trading on 30 December, but if it reaches those heights again it will be by different types of stocks

THE MINOR INVESTOR: Is this as easy as investing gets? The cheap but boring tracker funds that do all the work for you

MINOR INVESTOR: Cheap tracker funds that spread risk and do all the work for you

Many people like the idea of investing but just don't want to be bothered with the hassle of thinking much about where or how. If that's you then you might want to consider a little-known breed of low-cost trackers that not only ditch fund managers, but automatically spread your eggs across plenty of baskets based on risk - into both shares and bonds.

Is it time to invest in the best of British to profit from the recovery? Experts pick their winning shares and funds

Is it time to invest in the best of British shares and funds to profit from the recovery?

The economy is racing ahead of expectations and raising hopes for investors that stock markets will follow suit. While the performance of a country's economy and its stock markets are not directly related, there are many listed businesses that are benefiting from the recovery. Rob Collins and his partner Ruth Kielty, pictured, have money in the Cazenove UK Opportunities fund.

Make the most of this record £100bn dividend flood - it may be the bedrock of your returns for years to come

Make the most of this record £100bn dividend flood

Income seekers looking to shares for better returns will be cheered to learn that dividends are on the rise. A record £100billion is forecast to be paid out to investors in 2014, with average yields of 4.2 per cent, according to Capita Asset Services, which monitors dividend distributions.

Six questions investors need to ask to build a winning portfolio from scratch

Looking for clues: DIY investors are overwhelmed with choice, but six vital questions can help them build a winning portfolio

A wealth of choice means DIY investing can be daunting. We outline six questions you should ask yourself to help create a winning portfolio.

Most popular Isa funds of 2014: Investors taking greater risk on small, mid-cap and contrarian funds

Bullish: Investors are showing a greater willingness to take risks in 2014

Fancy a peek into what everyone else is putting in their share Isas this year? Optimism about growth prospects seems to be back going by the latest top-sellers.

Look beyond the fund usual suspects if you are hunting for income and growth: Five rules to choosing a good investment trust

Solid investment: Investment trusts are noted for squirrelling away cash during the good times so they can raise the divi during market downturns

With names such the Mercantile Investment Trust and the Scottish American Investment Company, these firms appear to be throwbacks to a bygone era.

'Cash can be king even if you are chasing the best returns': The investors who think dodging bullets is better than buy and hold

The investors who think dodging bullets is better than buy and hold

Richard Webb, of momentum investors Saltydog, says sitting back and watching investments plummet does little for your blood pressure and long-term wealth. He explains why its investment portfolio is going against the traditional buy and hold mantra, reducing its equity stake and heading for the safe haven for cash.

THE MINOR INVESTOR: Forget the get rich quick merchants, listen to the get rich slow wisdom of Nick Train, who has trebled investors' money in ten years

Forget the get rich quick merchants, listen to Nick Train

To be entirely honest, usually the letters A G and M next to each other are enough to make my eyes glaze over. Yet, last week I found myself at the Finsbury Growth and Income AGM, where it was standing room only. Finsbury's Nick Train has the rare talent to beat the market and also talk about investing in an entertaining and simple way.

'I spotted my DIY investing platform on Twitter and LinkedIn': How to find the right place to invest

Starting small: Grace Gabbitass found a broker on Twitter and LinkedIn

The number of price tweaks announced by brokers recently has been prolific as they prepare for rule changes in April. Grace Gabbitass has made her choices.

Investors snap up opportunity to put AIM shares in Isas - but most popular buys put in a mixed performance

Take AIM: New tax break opportunity offered to encourage investment in growing companies

Hargreaves Lansdown reveals 7 per cent of its 577,000 clients have stashed small company AIM shares in their Isas since the rules were relaxed on 5 August 2013.

Open now but for how much longer? Six top funds that might 'soft close' - and what to do when a popular fund shuts its doors

Open or closed: Why are popular funds soft closing and which are most likely to do so next?

Some popular investment funds are so big that providers are actively obstructing investors from putting in more money. Which funds might also 'soft close' in future?

Should you stay loyal to a once great fund that's in the doghouse? Which ex-champions are still worth owning?

Sleeping dogs: Which funds will spring up and be back on top form?

We asked investing experts to tip some poorly-performing managers and funds they think will be back on top.

Make more money in a rich man's world: Six steps to get the best out of your investments

Six steps to get the best out of your investments

Popstars sing about it and the internet is full of ways claiming to do it, but in reality there is no easy way to get rich. One method to make more money is by investing and while there is no magic formula, there are ways make sure you give yourself the best chance. We have picked six vital steps and highlighted helpful tools and guides.

If you could only have one fund, what should it be? Experts pick six of the best to tick all the boxes in one swoop

If you only want to buy one investment fund which should it be?

Plenty of investors would prefer to keep it simple rather than bother to build and maintain a portfolio - they want to buy one decent fund that does everything for them. But is this a wise move and if you do decide to put all your money in one fund, how do you choose a good one. We get six experts to deliver their one fund picks.

Has investing REALLY got any cheaper or easier since the huge overhaul of financial advice?

Cost increase: Many financial advisers have slapped investors with high upfront fees

A massive clean-up of the financial services industry banning cosy backdoor commission began a year ago. Has it cut the cost of investing or made it any easier?

Invesco's new guru Mark Barnett: 'Look at my performance and don't judge me in relation to Neil'

Challenge: Mark Barnett's performance has been impressive to date

Having worked in Woodford's shadow for 17 years, 43-year-old Barnett will finally step into the limelight when he takes over as Invesco Perpetual's head of UK equities next April.

Facebook shares leap as it hits 10 years old, but who are the fund managers that like social media?

Listing: Facebook listed on the Nasdaq in 2012

Facebook has marked its tenth anniversary and has given a boost not just to those sharing pictures of cats but investors as well. We look at how to invest and why?

Four top financial advisers (and Trigger the dog) reveal the best way to invest £100,000

Four top financial advisers (and Trigger the dog) reveal the best way to invest £100,000

Low interest rates and dismal bond yields have forced many investors to rebalance their portfolios, in the process taking more risk with shares. We ask four top financial advisers - plus online broker Fund Expert's tipster Trigger, a Staffordshire bull terrier - how they would invest £100,000 for the long term, according to whether the client is cautious, balanced or adventurous in their attitude towards risk. They also give fund recommendations.

MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Dividend Surprises strategy delivers a 14% return in three months, as easyJet leads the way

Generous: EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall¿s special payout reflects her optimism

The Midas Dividend Surprises portfolio, having started in November, has already increased in value from £10,000 to £11,370, with airline easyJet leading the pack.

Blue Mundy: Top contrarian fund manager reveals why he is staying defensive in 2014 despite better news on growth

Television Programme: 'One Foot In The Grave' with Richard Wilson as Victor Meldrew.

Despite mainly positive economic outlooks for 2014, Investec fund manager Alastair Mundy, says he is sticking with cash, gold and inflation linked bonds, he explains why.

'Beware of investing tips and forecasts: you could end up with a random museum of yesterday's short term ideas'

Good for growth: Japan may prove to be one of the most interesting equity markets this year according to BestInvest

Commentators are setting out which markets will be the best ones to back in 2014, but investors should start with an early spring clean, says expert Jason Hollands.

Share in the profits of UK's new success stories: What are venture capital trusts and should you invest in them?

High stakes drama: Screenwriter Tom Williams is keen to invest for his family

Recovering economy, low interest rates, attractive income and big tax breaks are persuading many taxpayers to consider investing in venture capital trusts.

How will stocks perform in 2014? City gurus offer market forecasts and tip the sectors and shares to watch next year

Market watch: Overwhelming consensus is that 2014 will be another good year for stocks

Shares are endorsed as the asset class to be in next year, with further gains expected despite stellar performance in 2013 dimming somewhat of late.

How to profit from cutting-edge technology: 3D printing, robots, electric cars and other inventions that could change the world

Revolutionary: 3D printers like this might one day look as quaint to us as those early brick-sized mobile phones do now

It doesn't take much imagination to grasp that 3D printing could revolutionise many industries. But when? What sectors will it conquer? Which businesses will cash in?

Don't get caught out by the investing conmen: Four ways fraudsters try to get hold of your savings

Fonejacked: Channel Four comedy Fonejacker features prank calls such as scams to obtain people's bank details

Scammers are targeting those who want to chase huge returns with offers of investments in carbon credits, diamonds, wine or shares that can be worthless.

Should you invest in the best of British? A magnificent seven UK shares that could bolster your portfolio in 2014

Taking stock: Seven UK shares to bolster your portfolio in 2014

Investors in UK shares have enjoyed a bumper year but how will they fare in 2014? No one knows how the year ahead will turn out but in the investing world quality usually shines through. Broker Killik predicts 2014 will be another good year for equities and has highlighted seven UK stocks that should do well.

It's not all about income: Five of the best growth funds to profit from the bounce back

Growth Fund managers have different definitions when it comes to growth stocks

After years on the defensive as economies recovered from the financial crash and subsequent recessions, now may be the time for investors to go for growth.

Missed out on Royal Mail? Ten first class dividend shares to boost your income investing

First class shares: Broker Killik picks its ten top dividend payers to rival Royal Mail shares.

Royal Mail investors were attracted by the lure of a bumper dividend of 6 per cent or higher. But there are lots of household names with a good dividend yield.

Life after Woodford: Five of the best income funds and investment trusts to build your wealth

End of an era: Neil Woodford is leaving Invesco Perpetual to set up his own firm

Neil Woodford is stepping down from his funds where he is Britain's favourite manager. We pick five alternative income funds and trusts worth a look.

Why you shouldn't invest all your money in the top performing funds - even if you do follow the leaders

Why you should not invest all your money in the top performing funds, even if you do

Momentum investors believe in following the top performing assets, but if you want to sleep soundly that doesn't that mean you should just stick all your cash on a single table-topping share, fund or even sector. Richard Webb, of SaltyDog Investor explains how they balance the trade-off between risk and rewards and why their strategy steers away from simply choosing only the highest octane funds.

Investment trust ideas for guarded and gung-ho investors: Two portfolios designed by a top City expert

Investment trust portfolios from Alan Brierley of Canaccord Genuity

If you have a hunch about the future but aren't sure where to put your money, City broker Canaccord Genuity has built portfolios of investment trusts for cautious and confident investors. Its 'core' list has a strong defensive bias while its 'risk-on' list takes advantage of the kind of turbo-charged markets we've seen of late.

Invest in the revival without buying a house: Ten shares to take advantage of the property market recovery

Building returns: Shares in housebuilders have soared but what other stocks could benefit from a property revival?

We highlight ten ways to invest in a revival without the heavy commitment and deep pockets that buying a property requires.

Find the tweet-spot: Six top funds and trusts to invest in technology

Tech stock boom: Twitter is due to float on the stockmarket, but may not be the best way to invest in technology.

There may be too many risks in putting money into one firm's shares, but you could take advantage of the revolution with a technology fund or investment trust.

Top 20 most reliable investment trusts: Smaller companies and Asia Pacific are best performers over last ten years

Top of the league: AIC analysed investment trusts to find the 20 most reliable and strongly-performing contenders of the last decade

The Association of Investment Companies has analysed all investment trusts to find the 20 strongest and most consistent performers of the last decade.

Earn a 6% return from the sun: Five ways to invest in green energy without the hassle of sticking solar panels on your roof

Sun seeker: You could earn more than 6 per cent a year by investing in renewable energy

If the thought of solar panels on your roof seems too expensive or a wind farm in the garden too noisy, you could benefit from a new breed of funds and trusts.

Risky business: Four benchmark-beating fund options to give you a better return on the risk you take

Risky Business: The film that launched Tom Cruise's career shows the risks of chasing huge financial returns

Katie Roberts, product director for Fidelity Worldwide Investments, reveals some top low risk funds which have low volatility but consistent returns.

AIM shares are in fashion now investors can put them in an Isa. Five of the best smaller company funds and trusts

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AIM's growth companies are a fertile hunting ground, but can also prove a graveyard for the unwary. If you'd rather the experts pick your smaller companies, we highlight some of the best.

How to play a UK recovery: Ten of the best funds and investment trusts for a growing economy

Best of British: Experts reveal some best of breed funds and trusts

The UK's biggest sectors seem to be alive again while the manufacturing and services sectors enjoying a rebound. So how do you invest in recovery?

Five of the best funds for your child's Junior Isa - and tips on picking a winner

Child's play: Parents saving for children has the advantage of time on their side.

James Bateman, of Fidelity, outlines five basic questions that savers should ask when choosing funds for a Junior Isa and picks five of his favourites.

How to be a dividend winner: Ten of the best funds and investment trusts for income investors

Ten of the best funds and investment trusts for income

The banks don't want your savings, so where can you go to earn more from your cash? Those prepared to take a risk can look to funds and investment trusts that can deliver inflation-beating returns. We highlight ten of the best, away from the usual income fund suspects.

The importance of asset allocation: How to divide investments so your eggs aren't all in one basket

Asset allocation: Make sure your investing eggs aren't all in one basket

While risk is an unavoidable aspect of investing, doing your homework and having a clear idea of what you want will help to avoid unnecessary problems. With the help of an investing expert, we explain about asset allocation.

How can I check my DIY investing platform is trustworthy and safe?

Where's the safety net? Ask the right questions to ensure your investing platform is fully authorised

New platform providers are cropping up all the time - how can you check yours is legitimate so that your money stays safe?

How to invest in funds, investment trusts and ETFs - and save money as a DIY investor

The tortoise and the hare: Passive investors believe that slow and steady wins the race, while active investors chase market-beating returns.

Fund investing helps many small investors strike it rich. Find out what funds and investment trusts are, how to invest - and save money with a DIY investing platform.

Clean funds guide: Is it time to put your dingy old funds through the wash?

Laundry day: Clean funds include no commissions for financial advisers, supermarkets or brokers - just the fee levied by the fund manager

What are clean investment funds, how do you find them, and should you convert your old funds to the new kind?

How to be a better investor: Six top investing tips that everyone should know

Top six: Investment rules that everyone should know

Investing doesn't have to be daunting or complicated says Nutmeg's Shaun Port. He explains his golden rules.

The new price of financial advice - what the big fees shake-up means for your money

The new price of financial advice - what the fees shake-up means for you

Where once many customers found themselves treated to 'free' sessions, ultimately paid for through commission kick backs, now they must pay an explicit fee. The new rules have caused upheaval across the finance industry, as products and the sales process are reworked to make clear the complex charges that had been partially hidden prior to the changes. We explain how these changes affect you.

Should you invest in an Isa, a pension, or both? How to use tax breaks to boost your returns

Should you invest in an Isa, a pension, or both: Use tax breaks to boost your returns

Isas and pensions offer investors hugely valuable tax breaks that should not be overlooked. And In a climate of low interest rates and modest returns from many investments, minimising tax is even more important. We lay out how both work and what you can invest in.

INVESTING TIPS: Fund and trust ideas for beginner and cautious investors

Fund and trust ideas for first time and cautious investors

If you are new to investing then the huge number of funds and investment trusts on offer can be confusing. Fortunately, This is Money's experts have some ideas to get you started.

INVESTING TIPS: Top fund and trust ideas for emerging markets

On the up: Emerging markets such as Brazil are where much of the world's growth is expected to be over future years.

If you're looking to add some flair to your investing Isa with emerging markets, This is Money's experts have some ideas to get you started

INVESTING TIPS: Top fund and trust ideas for income investors

Income investing: Dividends can deliver both a healthy boost to long-term growth and a way to earn from your investments.

Income investing can let you draw on your portfolio or reinvest dividends to build solid growth over time. Our experts give their fund and investment trust recommendations.

The best investment funds of the past ten years - and some ideas for the decade ahead

Time to celebrate: Latin American funds are topping the tables

Latin American funds top the tables, but you could have made money by investing in just about anything since 2003 when the stock market hit its low.

Five big investment stories for the next 20 years - and how you can take advantage

Climate change: Governments will be forced by necessity to step in and tackle the issues

We identified big investment themes that look likely to generate rich returns over the next couple of decades, and asked top experts for fund and trust tips to exploit them.

Earn higher returns...without the hard work: Too busy or not confident enough to invest? Here's how to do it the easy way

The easy ways to invest to remove the worry of doing it yourself

Investments for those who don't have the time or desire to construct their own portfolios are rising in popularity - and there are plenty of choices available. We examine the options and speak to investors and savers who are more comfortable handing over the reins of responsibility to a financial expert.

Investors to be able to compare the best tracker funds thanks to new free tool

Investors to be able to compare the best tracker funds thanks to new free tool

Data website FE Trustnet today launches a free new tool that will allow savers to compare the performance of tracker funds. Trackers aim to simply match the performance of a chosen stock market index, such as the UK FTSE 100.


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The investment industry's world of abbreviations...
Acc: Accumulation - any income generated by the fund like dividends or interest is automatically reinvested.
Inc: Income - any income generated is distributed by the fund instead of being reinvested.
Dis: Distribution - any income generated is distributed by the fund instead of being reinvested.
R: Retail - the fund is aimed at ordinary investors.
I/Inst: Institutional - the fund is aimed at corporate investors like pension funds.
A, B, M, X etc: Different fund houses use letters for different things. Check with them what they stand for.
NT/No trail: Some fund houses use this name on clean funds which carry no commissions for financial advisers, supermarkets or brokers, just the fee levied by the fund manager. But other fund houses use different letters - I, D or Y, for example - so you need to find out for yourself which are clean funds.
Gr: Stands for gross.
GBP/£: Fund denominated in pounds.
EUR: Fund denominated in euros.
USD/$: Fund denominated in US dollars.
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The Investing Show: What next for the Footsie, buy-to-let returns, and how to invest when markets are riding high

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In the second episode of the Investing Show, we're joined by Justin Urquhart Stewart, who discusses how to invest when markets are riding high