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10 Dec 2019 ‘Tis the season…

Standard Life gave its customers an early Christmas present today, announcing lower fees on the Standard Life Wrap and introducing the Drawdown Price Lock.
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05 Dec 2019 Rule Britannia or Fool Britannia?

It feels like I've been writing US-China trade wars and Brexit in investment commentaries since the Flood. Potential new investors have been spectating for months, waiting for resolution of these issues, particularly given 2018's annus horribilis where cash was king (if a less-than-generous one).
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05 Nov 2019 Fundscape Fantasy Fund League – the final whistle

We’re now moving into the final quarter of the Fundscape Fantasy Fund League so here’s a quick update on the standings as at September 2019. To recap, this experiment aims to give the Fundscape team an insight into fund selection and an understanding about investments and the impact of market conditions.
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04 Nov 2019 Embark embarks on platform domination…

Alliance Trust was saved from a fate worse than death when it was sold to Interactive Investor, a D2C platform, last year. Ever since, the industry has been wondering whether Interactive Investor would move into the advised platform arena or stick to its knitting. The wondering is finally over as it was announced that Embark is buying the adviser platform.
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09 Aug 2019 Gold, global bonds and gatekeepers

Jittery investors are rushing to buy gold and government bonds as the threat of a global recession sparked by Trump and his trade wars intensifies. Such is the fear that according to Deutsche Bank, investors have apparently invested US$15trn (25% of the total bond market) in negative-yielding government bonds — a number that has tripled since October 2018.

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01 Aug 2019 The lion, the sale and the god of the sea

Thank goodness someone has come along to save Neptune. It's been an unhappy ship for a long time and was crying out for a solid and reputable captain like Liontrust to set it back on the right course (warning: this is full of maritime metaphors).

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30 Jul 2019 Fundscape fantasy fund league – half time

We’re midway through the Fundscape Fantasy Fund League so here's a quick update on our teams are doing as at June 2019. To remind you, this experiment is about the Fundscape team gaining insight into fund selection, and learning about investments and the impact of market conditions in real time.

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24 Jul 2019 Bricking it? gatekeepers and property

Now that Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister, the possibility of crashing out of the EU on 31st October looms large on the horizon. It would be no surprise, therefore, if advisers and investors turned to so-called safe havens like property.

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12 Jun 2019 Gatekeepers and Woodford’s woes

Every Tom, Dick and Harry has had a pop at Neil (yes, the villain has a first name) Woodford over the last few days. Countless rent-a-mouths have queued up to drizzle us with their schadenfreude (most know nothing about funds). But while they like to claim they saw it coming, they conveniently forgot to warn the rest of us. 

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