November 2017


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  • How I use structured products in my personal portfolio

    31 October 2017

    Ian Lowes, Managing Director of Lowes Financial Management and founder of has been investing in structured products for many years. Here he explains why and how he uses the products in his own portfolio. As a financial adviser who puts client money where he would put his own, I invest in a fair...

  • Market downturn – why we’re taking action now

    30 October 2017

    A market downturn is coming and that requires forward thinking, says Peter Elston, chief investment officer, Seneca Investment Managers. There’s much talk about when the bull market in equities will end. We believe it will be around 2019, ahead of an economic downturn in 2020, but it’s vital to take action well in advance....

  • Seven steps to DFM due diligence

    30 October 2017

    Andrew Denham-Davis of Brooks Macdonald recommends an end-to-end process for conducting DFM due diligence Following my article in September assessing the importance of thorough DFM due diligence and the basis upon which it might be evaluated, I’m delighted to introduce you to the most recent edition of Brooks Macdonald’s annual ‘Suggested Seven-Step Approach to...

  • Fears of EIS clampdown in Budget

    30 October 2017

    Enterprise Investment Schemes are vital to the nation’s young, growing businesses and the prosperity of the future economy, says the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) amid concerns the government will seek to clamp down on them.  The Treasury, which launched its Patient Capital Review earlier this year to identify how growing firms can access...

  • Finding disruptors in the FTSE Mid 250

    22 October 2017

    FTSE 250 companies are often under analysts’ radars but here is where the disruptors sit, says Colin McLean, managing director, SVM Asset Management Recent years have seen strong performance in medium-sized companies. The companies in the FTSE Mid 250 Index tend to be less well researched than those in the FTSE 100. Fewer interested stockbrokers analysing...

  • Does 3% inflation make an interest rate hike imminent?

    19 October 2017

    Inflation levels in the UK rose to their highest level since 2012 in September, fuelling the expectation of an interest rate hike.   Official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed inflation crept up to 3% in September from 2.9% in August, as higher transport and food costs led to a widespread increase...

  • Investors like a human hand on advice and fund tillers survey finds

    18 October 2017

    The majority of UK investors want their portfolios to be managed by experts rather than rely on automation, similarly with their financial planning, despite growth of robo-advice, a Legg Mason survey has found. While automation is becoming more commonplace across financial services in recent years, UK investors are yet to be convinced by full automation...

  • Catalonia ‘chaos’ serves as warning to investors

    17 October 2017

    As the chaos in Catalonia rages on, the CEO of deVere Group warns that the increasing uncertainty will create turbulence in the financial markets. Nigel Green, founder and CEO of deVere Group, said: “The aftermath of geopolitical events of this magnitude have the potential to influence capital markets which, of course, drive investor returns....