Woodford urges investors to ‘keep your head’

Leading fund manager Neil Woodford has provided his perspective on recent market volatility and urged investors to follow Kipling’s advice and keep ‘your head’ when all those around around ‘you’ are ‘losing theirs’. In a blog post, Woodford also expressed concerns about the UK market in particularly, despite its strong […]

FTSE 100 ends 10 day losing streak

The FTSE 100 ended a 10 day losing streak by posting a 3.09% gain on Wednesday to close at 6,081.34. Markets around the world took temporary relief in the news that the People’s Bank of China cut its main interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6% in a bid […]

FTSE 100 closes at 7 month low

The FTSE 100 closed at a 7 month low on Wednesday – 6403. The previous occasion in which London’s premier index closed lower than this level was on January 14th when it closed at 6,388 for the day. The fall in the index comes despite Germany ratifying a new Greek […]

Why holding onto investments for longer pays

Holding onto equity investments for longer periods of times greatly increases the chance of recording a ‘gain’. An interesting analysis from Woodford Funds based on its own data as well as data from Datastream  reveals that holding onto investments for 10 years increases the chance of a gain to 99.4% […]

2015 interest rate rise speculation quelled

Thoughts of an interest rate rise in 2015 have been quelled by news that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to maintain the bank rate at 0.5%. The MPC voted in favour of 8-1 to maintain the interest rates at the current lower, defying a number of analysts expectations […]

Worst performing funds revealed

The worst performing funds over a three year period has been revealed by Bestinvest’s Spot the Dog report. The report that fund managers ‘would love to ban’ specifically reveals funds that have under-performed their respective benchmarks for three years consecutively and by over 10% over the three years. Some of […]

Lloyds H1 2015 results send shares down

Lloyds Banking Group’s H1 2015 results sent the Lloyds Banking Group share price down by 3.21% on Friday, despite posting profit of £1.2bn. The announced statutory profit was superior to the £863m recorded during the same period last year, however the bank was hit by a £1.4bn charge related to […]

Best income funds revealed over five years

The best income funds over the past five years up to June 2015 have been revealed by Sanlam based on income, performance and volatility:   Sanlam also revealed an updated version of its grey list (declining) and black list (consistently under-performing) of funds too:  

Greggs H1 2015 results send shares soaring

Greggs’ share price has continued its impressive surge following the announcement of its first half 2015 results. Its share price topped the FTSE 250 risers with a gain of 8.53% following its latest interim update. Greggs posted a first half sales increase of 6.4% with a pre-tax profit of £25.6m […]

BlackRock tracker fund charges slashed

BlackRock has slashed the fund charges associated with five of its most popular tracker funds. The move means that passive investors will be able to gain passive exposure to a variety of indexes at a cheaper cost under BlackRock. The five funds that BlackRock has cut the ongoing charges on […]