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Government support for renewable energy is encouraging

Let’s be clear, a £10 million community energy fund is not going to mean a solar farm in every village across the land and it is small beer compared to

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First managed crowdfunding fund launches

Crowdcube, the equity crowdfunding platform, has launched the first managed investment fund for people who want to buy shares in startup or early stage British businesses and build a portfolio

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Can I invest my pension in gold?

This naturally rules out cars, tapestry and fine wine but also commodities and precious metals such as copper and silver. An exception, though, is gold (well, some types of gold).

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Viewpoint: Is it wise to buy gold?

2012 produced positive returns all round (on average) and relatively narrow dispersions. The IMA European Smaller Companies sector was best, posting returns of 22.36%, while the worst sector, IMA Index-Linked

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The risks of investing in Bitcoin

But is this an exciting new financial innovation, or just another bubble in the making? Bitcoin is starting to become more mainstream. The recent Senate hearing in the US and

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Viewpoint: Could investors save the planet?

And the result is that it has become the UK’s number two investment choice after property, according to a survey published today by Abundance Generation. That’s a rapid rise to

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Record year for renewable energy investment

2013 has seen the launch of four investment companies dedicated to renewables as well as an increasing number of projects funded directly through both co-operatives and crowdfunding platform Abundance Generation.

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Thinking of buying property abroad?

“The onset of winter often acts as a catalyst for people seeking a little slice of life in the sun, and this year should be no different, especially when you

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Investment view: India, Thailand, Ukraine, Turkey and Brazil

Perhaps you lie awake at night thinking about inflation in Turkey after the currency weakness of the summer? Ukraine Over the past week the level of political noise in Ukraine

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Social investing: How to give at Christmas

A 2011 nfpSynergy survey revealed that one in five people claimed to donate more at Christmas. How they define “donate” is key here. It may be true that many people