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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.

The bubble seems to have finally burst for buy to let as banks and building societies blame tax changes for a huge slump in landlord lending. Trade body the Council of Mortgage Lenders says lending was down a fifth to £21.4 billion in March compared to a year earlier ahead...
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...
Carbon credit scammers selling worthless investments to vulnerable investors at sky-high prices were shut down by the High Court in the public interest. A network of 13 interlinked companies was closed by the court after hearing 100,000 investors or more were scammed out of millions of pounds by the companies. The...
DIY investing through an online platform is a cost-cutting option that does not come without potential pitfalls. Many businesses benefit from saving money by cutting out a middleman, and as DIY investor you are doing away with an investment adviser. While you may save some money on fees, investing without the...
Investors need to rethink how they define their attitude to risk, as one investment expert doubts they can find low-risk options in the current economic climate. Ben Yearsley, head of research at self-service trading firm Charles Stanley Direct, believes that other than cash, all investments now carry a higher degree...
Are you MINTed as an investor, or are your shares falling like a BRIC? Keeping up with fund manager shorthand for investment classes is almost as hard a job as picking the right stocks. So if you don’t know your tigers, bears and bulls from CIVETS, here are some handy tips. MINT,...
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...
Traditionally, collecting art has been a hobby, and a popular passion. Collectors bought art they liked, did not lose sleep if they “over-invested” in one artist or time period, and generally tried not to overpay. But as art prices rose higher and higher, the landscape changed, and with the British Rail...
UK commercial property is one of the best performing investments - recording a massive 20% growth in the past 12 months. Commercial property showed the best return on nine different assets over the year ending October 2014, according to Lloyds Bank Private Banking money managers. On average, the other eight asset...
Looking for the right crowdfunding platform online is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Google returns 767,000 results and with more platforms opening every week, how do new investors pick the right site for their needs? Swiss crowdfunder Investiere felt investors had the same problem, so has put together...
China’s celebrating the start of the Year of the Pig and investors hope the arrival of the animal, which is a sign of wealth and prosperity in the east, will bring home the bacon. But the signs are 2019 may end with investors squealing rather than cheering. Looking back, the last...
Offshore savers look unsurprisingly look for the best returns on their money and may not consider how safe their cash is while on deposit in the bank. It’s easy to assume that the same money protection rules apply to offshore savers as savers with money with British onshore banks –...
The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is blossoming as investors doubled the amount of cash ploughed intro start up businesses to almost £165 million last year. Around 2,000 start ups picked up the cash in the second year of the scheme designed as an alternative funding source to banks for...
Financial watchdogs are concerned that online trading platforms are not offering DIY investors the best recommendations with their best buy lists. Best buys are list of funds selected by platforms as the best deals available in a market sector or asset class. The picks are based on metrics such as portfolio...
iPhone maker Apple is handing back £39 billion to shareholders via a share buyback scheme. The massive hand out shouldn’t hurt the company too much since it has around £94 billion in cash stashed in the bank. The company is also aiming to raise dividends by 15%. There’s been an increasingly vocal...