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Alternative Investments , News

Investors haul money out of gold

Gold has fallen to a new low and this morning’s price was $1203.25/oz, its lowest since August 2010. Trading briefly dipped below $1200/oz yesterday and price falls have been accompanied

Analysis , Small Caps , Tax Efficient Investing , Viewpoint

Young Money: a guide to peer-to-peer lending

It gives lenders the opportunity to earn more lucrative rates of interest than they might from a conventional savings account or current account – in some cases up to 10%.

News , Small Caps

UK house prices rise as foreign investors pile in

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, said demand for homes has been supported by modest gains in employment and an improvement in the availability and a reduction in the cost of


Beware the risks of retail bonds

Cash investments are invariably paying less than the rate of inflation, meaning cash savers are losing money in real terms, fixed interest is demonstrating higher than normal levels of volatility

Analysis , Property , Viewpoint

Using pensions to build a business

This isn’t always sufficient motivation for business owners who typically need to invest capital in their business. If you are a business owner, you can build up a tax-efficient pension


Will the bond bubble burst?

Since the financial crisis started more than five years ago, markets have become accustomed to being supported by central bankers and, faced with having to support themselves, fear has once


Osborne announces further cuts

The Chancellor said this will allow a further £3bn per year to be spent on capital from the year 2015 to 2016, boosting investment in infrastructure and supporting economic growth

Alternative Investments , News

Doing well while doing good

“A big misconception about ethical investment is that you have to sacrifice performance in return for a clear conscience, when in fact the two can go hand-in-hand. “And although it’s

Analysis , Property

Choosing a SIPP platform

This has meant that some investors may have to consider taking the plunge into the world of DIY investing for the first time. Some will find the transition easy, others


Chinese credit crunch could be investing opportunity

The interest rates Chinese banks charge each other surged last week to record highs before falling back. And following a recent statement by the People’s Bank of China, the Shanghai