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  • Infrastructure investments – building yield into a portfolio

    5 October 2016

    Infrastructure investment is becoming more attractive as a means to generate yield within a diversified portfolio, argues Architas fund manager Nathan Sweeney Diversification is often talked about but it is even more important at this point in the economic cycle, where we have seen a very strong run from equities and face a period...

  • When a sovereign nation’s rating is downgraded

    4 October 2016

    Following the EU referendum, the UK’s credit rating was downgraded by all three main rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s, and Fitch. What does that really mean and how important are rating agencies? Ben Wattam, investment manager, Mattioli Woods, looks at the facts. S&P, Moody’s, and Fitch are credit rating agencies, which means...

  • Can the dividend lemon be squeezed any further?

    30 September 2016

    Miton’s David Jane questions dividend sustainability among some of the world’ s best paying companies It has become an almost religious consensus among fund managers that the large, consumer packaged goods companies are such an attractive investment that they now form a key part of many portfolios. But what have been the reasons behind...

  • Policies and politics: the impact on income

    23 September 2016

    Recession, elections, inflation and more quantitative easing are all factors to be considered when assessing forward markets, says Mike Bell, global market strategist, JP Morgan Asset Management The market’s somewhat eerie summer lull, abruptly shattered by tumbling equity and bond indices in early September, was never truly sustainable. Now, investors are starting to question...

  • Challenge of generating retirement income

    21 September 2016

    As investors increasing to look to equities for retirement income, focus on dividends and diversification is ever more important, argues Ian Rees, head of Research, Multi-Asset Funds, Premier Asset Management. Making the right decisions around generating income in retirement remains a challenge, but also gives investors important and potentially valuable options. For investors choosing...

  • Challenges for UK dividend income

    7 September 2016

    The post Brexit environment is reshaping the outlook for UK dividends, argues Ketan Patel, portfolio manager at EdenTree Investment Management Since the global financial crisis, savers and investors have been battling record low bond yields and dismal returns on cash, and now they face a further round of interest rate cuts and quantitative easing....

  • Is guaranteed drawdown worth the premium paid?

    22 August 2016

    With people living longer and annuity rates suffering from historically low values, is guaranteed drawdown, which insures against the client running out of money while staying invested, a product retirees should be considering? Barry Cudmore, managing director, Aegon Ireland, looks at the issues. The income generated from traditional annuities was on a downward trajectory...

  • Three possible scenarios for what lies ahead

    18 August 2016

    Peter Toogood, investment director, The Adviser Centre at City Financial, presents three different economic scenarios with important implications for portfolio positioning. Post-Brexit investors could be forgiven for asking what all the fuss was about. Indeed, anyone predicting utter chaos was always going to look rather foolish. For now, we are still inside Europe, unemployment is still falling and...