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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.

Unscrambling the real value of investments is becoming more difficult as central bank monetary policies distort the markets. The values of some currencies and gilts are falling while stock markets are bullish but many analysts argue the values are false and are the result of policymakers trying to restart their...
A new capital gains tax break for investors staking cash in unlisted companies is creeping in under the radar. Investor Relief is a parting gift from former Chancellor George Osborne. The relief, which extends entrepreneur relief for business owners, is part of the Finance Bill 2016 and as such, could be...
Financial watchdogs are warning consumers about the risks of buying into binary options and other speculative investments. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) wants to make investors more aware of the losses that can pile up when money is staked in binary options and contracts for differences (CFDs). The announcement...
Billions of pounds are invested in exchange traded funds (ETFs) – but what are they and what are the risks? What is an ETF? An ETF is traded on a stock exchange and typically follows the rise and falls of a benchmark index, such as the FTSE100 or the rises and...
British expats moving to Europe are likely to fork out the world’s highest property taxes if they decide to buy a home to live in or rent out as an investment. A surprise survey from accounting and consultancy network UHY has ranked how much buyers must pay in tax for...
Investing offers no yellow brick road to riches – and new research by an investment firm reveals while diversifying is vital. The anecdotal belief is equities offer the best return over the long term, so Schroders and Barclays looked at the figures going back 116 years to test the theory. Equities...
Investment in Spanish commercial property had been growing continuously since 2013 and in 2015 reached a historic peak. According to CBRE, total investment volume ran at €13 billion, which is 25% higher as compared with 2014 and about 28% higher as compared with the pre-crisis 2007. The investment growth is due...
Investors worried about how Brexit may affect their wealth are looking at other options after years of record low interest rates have impacted on cash in the bank. Expats can find other opportunities, providing they look hard enough and take good precautions to avoid the sharks. That’s because one of the...
The plunging pound and record low interest rates that may sink even lower have punished any expat decision to stick money in the bank. The top offshore rate is 1.4% for locking away £10,000 for a year with Skipton International. Only three other banks and building societies offer rates that break...
Investors in Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) start-ups could gain a boost from Brexit if the government decides to scrap European Union state aid rules restricting tax breaks. SEIS is one of the governments great business successes, seeing £338 million of investment flow into close to 4,300 companies in two...
Tax incentives for investors in start-up companies are financially attractive, but the big question is can entrepreneurs claim the benefits by investing in their own companies? As with many tax topics the answer is complicated. Yes, entrepreneurs can claim tax reliefs through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) in their...
Reinvesting dividends earned from investments can supercharge savings over the long term, according to fund managers. The strategy is an easy way to grow wealth and is simple to set up and manage, says Fidelity International investment director Tom Stevenson. The first step is picking the right funds. Go for accumulation rather...
Crowdcube is claiming the crown as Britain’s largest crowdfunding platform after raising close to £170 million for entrepreneurs. The platform wants to press on to raise more money for small businesses and is pressing the European Union to raise crowdfunding finance cap from 5 million euros to at least 10...
The price of oil has hit $50 a barrel again after steadily bubbling up since the turn of the year. Oil hit a low of $28 a barrel at the start of 2016 but has nudged $50.22 for the first time this year. Now, the markets are keen to see if...
Expats are paying lower rents for homes in Dubai as the cost of letting property keeps falling. Rents are close to 11% less than the average two years ago and nearly 7% lower year on year, according to research by ValuStrat, a specialist research firm. Tenants are paying 6% less year-on-year...