Saturday, December 14, 2019

Investments

A dedicated portal listing what’s hot, and what’s not for investors both large and small.

Fund tips, investment opportunities, and the latest analysis on the world’s largest financial markets are written in a clear and impartial way by our investment writers.

Insightful commentary and analysis then gives you a broader perspective on commodities – so you stay ahead of the markets – whilst being aware of the latest scams and cons.

The Money International experts also take a look at the market’s ‘indirect’ influences, including politics, so you have a complete understanding of how to make the most out of your portfolio.

The British financial watchdog issues warnings about bogus firms and scam traders almost every day, but many investors are still unaware of just how many fraudsters are after their money. The Financial Conduct Authority list of unauthorised financial and investment advisers is huge – covering just over 3,150 firms. Each is...
Gold has not proved to be the glittering investment most people would expect so far this year. Although the price was up 4% in the first four months of the year, the gains were wiped out by June, says trade body the World Gold Council. The group blames three factors for...
Start-up and crowdfunding investors should consider five key points before parting with any cash, according to a new guide. SyndicateRoom, a crowdfunding platform, has drawn up a due diligence guide with market commentator Rob Murray Brown, to help investors make informed decisions about staking their cash. The guide boils down to...
Investors have a perfect window of opportunity to invests in small businesses as the government continues to make the future uncertain by tinkering with pensions and buy to let tax. Venture capital trusts are one of the longest established tax breaks for investors, but although recently seeing record levels of...
Expats renting out homes in Britain on short term lets through web sites like AirBnB face lenders hiking up their mortgages and even calling in the loans. A survey of mortgage lenders found that only one – the Market Harborough Building Society – would consider agreeing to short term letting...
The first successful British crowdfund exit has finally got into gear with the sale of an electric car sharing club to hire giants Europcar. E-Car Club investors drove a tough deal with the buyer, and claim they have made a multiple return on their investment of £100,000. However, neither side will...
The financial consequences of investing in virtual currencies have become clearer following a £3.3 million hack of one of the UK’s leading Bitcoin platforms. Bitstamp lost 19,000 Bitcoins when computer systems were compromised by hackers earlier this month. The exchange investigated the incident and determined someone had hacked their systems and...
One of the most popular buy to let lenders for expats is warning overseas investors in UK property to brush up on their tax affairs. Skipton International, an offshore branch of a British building society, has launched a guide for expats explaining the latest tax changes. The offshore lender has more...
Equity funding from government-backed tax schemes has dropped by a fifth due to tinkering with the rules by the European Union. The EU demanded former Chancellor George Osborne should change the rules for the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to match state-aid regulations across...
Peer to peer lending is a network of investors ready and willing to lend their cash through an online platform that manages their money. The platform takes on marketing the service, sourcing customers and underwriting loans. The service is still in its infancy and a limited number of platforms are established...
Investment managers have crunched some numbers to show how the magic of compound interest can boost retirement savings. The example looks at two investors. One starts saving £1,000 a year from the age of 18 until he is 38 years old. The other saves £1,000 a year from the age of...
Chancellor George Osborne dealt a blow to the fortunes of buy to let investors with a surprise announcement slashing finance interest relief – but many investors are asking whether trading as a property company can beat the new rules. Over the next four years, finance interest relief is phasing out...
Choosing a good stock or fund is tough enough for most armchair investors – but grappling with financial jargon makes the job even harder. For instance, you need to know the difference between and dirty funds, while understanding how income and accumulation affects your portfolio is a must. Financial rules changed...
Microsoft Corporation’s now infamous hail-Mary pass to Apple to protect itself against antitrust allegations in America seemed like a good idea at the time. Yet by some estimates, Microsoft Corporation’s USD 150 million investment back in August 1997 could be seen as a nail in its own coffin – with...
A retired couple claim to have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds by entrusting their retirement savings to an unregulated IFA. They handed a £380,000 pension fund to Michael Jarrett of Regency Asset Protection, based in Malaga, Spain. Jarrett marketed his services as independent financial advice, but neither he nor the...