ETFs enjoyed record inflows in the first nine months of the year, as investors flocked to low-cost products. However, this was dominated by large flows to US equities, as improving economic data in the country drew investors to the country. But not every region fared so well.
Investing Show: Banks are suffering but they're good value in an expensive market, says Richard Buxton
Investors need to be bold to hold banks right now, but experienced fund manager Richard Buxton is sticking to his guns. He reveals why he is looking for value, as defensive stocks look expensive. And with the stock market soaring even as the pound has taken a beating, he explains what's going on and why that means big blue-chip dollar earners could make a good buy.
The luxury footwear maker appears to be weathering the unease in consumer markets. It is still one of the fastest growing luxury brands in the world and, crucially for UK investors, this London-listed fashion name is set to benefit hugely from the slump in the value of the pound. In the first half of this year, the company announced global revenues were up 3.8% on the same period last year on a constant currency basis. This means applying the same exchange rate for the two periods. On a reported currency basis, which shows the effect of currency changes, revenues rose 9.2%.
How much does it cost to invest the easy way? How to find the cheapest DIY model portfolio or online wealth manager
If you don't want to do all the legwork fund selection involves you can access model portfolios and digital wealth managers that find suitable products, but how do you weigh up their costs? We take a look a some of the most popular options and reveal the costs associated with letting a platform build and run a fund portfolio for you.
MINOR INVESTOR: If the pound keeps falling the FTSE 100 could hit 7,700, says Richard Buxton - crazy as that may sound
'At the moment, to be honest, it's very, very simple, it's all about the currency', said veteran fund manager Richard Buxton when we discussed the Footsie this week - and that means the stock market could keep rising. If sterling goes to 1.15 to the dollar as some are suggesting, he says the current trend could deliver a FTSE 100 at 7,700.
Is your financial adviser as qualified as they claim: Which? probe finds glaring holes in spot checks on credentials
Which? found glaring holes in what qualifications advisers claimed to have and what they officially held during spot checks of listings on two specialist search sites. People considering using a firm of advisers should ask about their qualifications, then approach the professional body that offers them to confirm the details, Which? suggests.
Why long-term investing works: How putting £10K into the stock market would have earned you £90K more than cash savings over three decades
While the stock market goes up and down, when it comes to investing it seems that it's worth playing the long game. A £10,000 investment in the FTSE 100 in 1986 would now be worth an impressive £126,867. If you had left the same amount in an average savings account, it would be worth £28,196 - almost £100,000 less.
The banknotes worth more than face value: As the Bank of England prints the first plastic Churchill fivers, interest in early five-pound notes is set to rise
The new note will be phased in so that by May 2017 it will have replaced the old fiver altogether - shops will then stop accepting paper £5 notes as legal tender. The Royal Mint is replacing the £1 coin from next March in a bid to beat fraudsters - as one in 30 £1 coins is believed to be a counterfeit.
My fight to shield savers from the City pickpockets: Fund manager accuses industry of fleecing investors with hidden fees
The finance industry is fabulous at making money for itself, but pretty rubbish at creating wealth for the people it is supposed to serve: small savers and investors like you and me. That's the view of former fund manager David Pitt-Watson, who speaks with the authority of a man who has spent decades inside the charmed City circle.
Can you tot up financial losses correctly? Only two in five people can - take our quiz to see if you are one of them
Many people under-estimate financial losses and the difficulty of breaking even again afterwards because they struggle with the maths - are you among them? We're running five questions, first posed to some 3,500 people by a University of Stirling researcher, so This is Money readers can see if their arithmetic is better. Take the quiz and find out...
REVEALED: Hedge fund caught short as doom-monger Crispin Odey is the WORST performer in 2016 but don't weep for him - he's still worth £20m
Odey shot to fame after predicting the financial crash and making huge profits on collapsing bank shares. But his more recent forecasts of doom have so far failed to materialise and his flagship €730million (£628million) fund is languishing at the bottom of the rankings. HSBC said in a performance review released earlier this month that Odey's European fund took the wooden spoon after plunging by 29.2 per cent between January 1 and July 29.
These countries are the world's top 10 Olympic powerhouses - but what are their investment prospects? Fund managers pick the best opportunities
As global attention turns to Rio for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, what are the prospects for investors in the world's most powerful Olympic sporting nations? Fund managers, CIOs and analysts give their top pick of the investment opportunities in the 10 countries which topped the medal tally in 2012.
Investors spooked by Brexit and commercial property fears pull £3.5bn from funds in June - six times more than at height of the financial crisis
Investors cashed in their investments to the tune of £3.5billion in June as the fear and subsequent realisation of a Brexit vote took its toll on confidence and the markets. Investors' rush for the exit eclipsed that seen at the height of the financial crisis, even taking into account total assets under management are about twice as high now.
Get your AIM right and you could make a mint! Experts take their pick of the risky firms on the Alternative Investment Market
AIM companies tend to be smaller businesses, often start-ups or specialists in niche areas. The rules and regulations for listing on this stock market are less stringent than for the FTSE. And all of that makes investing in this area incredibly risky. But among the 1,000 or so companies on AIM, there are some gems.
The tycoon who came to tea: Nirmal Sethia wouldn't sell his £160MILLION collection (including Nelson's teapot) for all the tea in China
How to cash in on the British tourist boom: A weak pound is set to send holidaymakers flocking.... so which shares will benefit?
A weak pound could see holidaymakers flock to these shores and more Brits deciding to spend their holidays in the UK. If that happens, then firms which provide for days out should soar. The firm, which runs Thorpe Park, Madame Tussauds and Legoland, is the largest theme park operator in the UK and one of the few leisure stocks which has rallied since the referendum result.
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?
Why you should NEVER gamble your pension on property funds: Peter and Sandra did and lost £43,000 - and can't get it back despite being victims of mis-selling
Peter and Sandra Whiston, both retired and in their 70s, who were mis-sold a risky property investment have been left £43,000 out of pocket after their financial advisers used a legal loophole to wriggle out of paying compensation. The Whistons are being forced to go through the courts by Positive Solutions, one of Britain's biggest advice firms. The company admitted it was 'negligent' and 'wrong' to have recommended they put their £104,000 savings in a property fund that was too risky for their needs.
'Investors need to take a deep breath and count to ten': Brexit tips to avoid knee-jerk reactions that could cost you a fortune
The stock market may have fallen sharply on Friday morning following confirmation that the nation had voted to leave the European Union, but it made good some of its early losses by the time it closed. If you do not need to access your long-term investments for a pressing financial need, experts are encouraging investors to bite their lips and see out the market froth.
'Cash beats shares!' BBC journalist Paul Lewis challenges conventional investing wisdom in study covering 21 years
Saving in best buy cash accounts over the past two decades beat putting your money in a FTSE 100 tracker the majority of the time, according to research by BBC Money Box presenter Paul Lewis. The high profile financial journalist carried out a huge study on conventional wisdom that investing in stocks is more rewarding than saving over the long term.
Oil price is back at $50 and could go higher - but will some top-performing income funds and trusts be at risk from the recovery?
Investors in top-performing income funds and trusts could suffer a reversal in fortune if the oil price continues to recover because many have low weightings in the sector, a leading analyst has warned. The price of Brent crude has already nearly doubled from a low of $27 a barrel in January to around $50 now, and could well carry on rising even if leading oil nations can't agree to curb production at an Opec meeting in Vienna this week.
The 'eighth wonder of the world' that could make or break your fortunes: How to unleash the 'awesome power' of compound interest... and calculate it
Albert Einstein called compounding the eighth wonder of the world. It's a simple but extraordinarily powerful force that anyone saving for their future or going into debt should understand, says Tom Stevenson of Fidelity International. He explains how to work it out and apply it when you're making real life money decisions.
Beware the property funds that lock you in when prices fall or charge up to 5% to access your savings
Are you still being charged for fund advice you no longer receive? Why your old Isa could be leaking thousands
Up to 250,000 investors are still having charges taken from funds to pay for advice. All those affected visited a financial adviser before 2013 and unless they act now they could lose thousands. Until the crackdown in 2013, it was normal for advisers to take commission for the Isas and pensions they set up for customers.
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You don't get much more unloved than banks. For a value investor like Nick Kirrage that makes them interesting. The Schroders fund manager explains why he thinks banks look like an investing opportunity, along with almost equally unloved supermarket sector, in the latest episode of the Investing Show.
You can enjoy great tax breaks with alternative investments - putting money into fine wine, classic cars, gold or perhaps even stamps. But before you take the plunge, you need to realise that while they can be rewarding, alternative investments can also prove volatile and illiquid. We explain what you need to know
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Monthly Or Lump Sum Savings Calculator
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
Are you paying too much for funds? The best DIY investing platforms for four different types of investor
Investors are pouring record amounts of money into funds and trusts - but have you chosen the best broker to help you buy your investments? The easiest way to invest is through an online platform. These are essentially one-stop shops for buying funds, investments trusts and shares, and are generally much cheaper than buying directly from the fund companies themselves.But which one you choose will depend on what type of investor you are. We explain what to consider.
While market performance is outside of an investor's control, the amount they pay is firmly in their hands and many are looking to lower cost alternatives offered by either exchange traded funds. Why are more investors buying into ETFs and what can they do for you? We reveal five reasons to add ETFs to your portfolio.
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?