Neil Woodford, pictured, and Mark Barnett have invested in peer-to-peer, which connects investors with SMEs and consumers who want to borrow. But some trusts in the sector have swiftly moved to premiums to big discounts, not long after launching. So is the sector worth the risk?
Would you buy woodland to beat IHT? What you must know before investing in forestry, wine, racehorses, or even shotguns
They are not run-of-the-mill homes for your savings, but for those who enjoy high-octane investing, alternative assets can provide the chance of tax-free gains. Some alternative investments - including wine and forestry - have shown remarkably good returns over a ten-year period. You must be very careful how you invest, however.
Investing Show: We've bought US tech stars like Tesla because of how great they could really become, says Scottish Mortgage's Tom Slater
Shares in US-tech stars may be expensive but that reflects how great they could one day be, says Scottish Mortgage's Tom Slater. The co-manager of the more than 100-year-old investment trust, which seeks out firms that can deliver the global growth of the future, reveals why he doesn't hold the fears some do over high valuations for Silicon Valley's finest.
Having never got round to tweaking my Isa portfolio before the EU referendum, I resisted the temptation afterwards. As luck would have it that was the right move, my portfolio is up 9.1% on where it stood three months ago and 14% on the week after the vote. Now, though, I risk falling into a new trap of thinking this was down to investing skill.
After the EU referendum, there was a bit of a panic that property prices could fall sharply. As a result, a lot of savers with cash in property funds started trying to get their money out. For an open-ended property fund, this is a big problem as buildings can take time to sell. In July, several property funds decided to suspend trading.
As the world goes mad for Pokemon Go and Japan swoops for Britain's pioneering ARM... How to profit from tech giants of the future
Gutsy investors who backed the computer chip-designer ARM when it launched on the stock market in 1998 are in line for a huge windfall when it is sold to Japan's SoftBank. Meanwhile, Pokemon Go has sent Nintendo shares rocketing.The question now is where can investors find the next big technology success story?
How can you make money without gambling your nest egg away? From current accounts to property, gold, shares and even wine and classic cars... we size up the risks
When the Bank of England cut interest rates, it wanted to encourage investors to take 'more risk' with their money. The higher the risk, the bigger the potential returns . . . but so will your losses be if things go wrong. Here, we guide you through the best ways to beat the rate cuts and keep your returns safely trickling in... and most importantly explain just how risky they are.
I have £10,000 towards a house deposit. Where can I invest this for six months so that it can grow while I continue to save?
I am saving to put down a deposit on a house - I have £10,000 so far. Where can I invest this for around six months so that it can grow while I continue to save? Holly Black replies, 'While I can see the logic in your plan to invest your cash while you build up the last bit of your deposit, I'm afraid that this is not the best course of action. Investing is for the long term.'
Laura Foll, co-manager of Lowland investment trust, explains why she's buying some oil and commodities stocks and where she and fellow manager James Henderson look for future dividend stars.
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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.
Compiled with online stockbroker The Share Centre
Dividend Heroes revealed: The investment trusts with the longest history of raising payouts through thick and thin
The 20 investment trusts with the longest-running history of raising payouts to investors have been revealed in the latest Dividend Heroes list. The trio of trusts leading the list are knocking on 50 years of unbroken increases, according to the Association of Investment Companies. We reveal the top 20.
Dumb tracker, cheap do-it-all fund, or smart beta? Passive investing has never been cheaper, here's how you can track the market
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?