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Top performing investment trusts

Strongest and most consistent performers Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies, managed by Susie Rippingall for over a decade until her retirement on 1 April this year, now managed by Wee-Li Hee,

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Fund in focus: Henderson Global Technology fund

However, times are changing and appetite is returning. An example of the opportunities the sector has to offer is the growth of data and mobile phone usage. They are now

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Should I invest in commodities?

Commodity markets have had a lacklustre start to the year. Overall, commodity prices are down 5.1% so far this year and are in negative momentum. Precious metals such as gold

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How to get exposure to London property

Marcus Phayre-Mudge, manager of the TR Property Investment Trust, has warned that Britain is “exporting” London’s most valuable property abroad. “Central London is a very international market,” he said. “Every

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UK avoids triple dip: Investors warned not to overpay for safehavens

Despite the uplift the statistics still suggest that underlying growth is flat lining with first quarter GDP estimated to be 2.6% below the peak in Q1 2008. The marginal improvement

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Putting property into an ISA

But as cash ISAs have struggled to keep up with inflation savers might be surprised to know that they could instead be investing their ISA allowance in residential property, via

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How to invest in gold

Despite the recent significant price correction, gold’s function as a long-term store of value remains intact and investors should see it as an integral part of their portfolios given the

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Bricks and Mortar: Why invest in buy-to-let?

People will always need a place to live and with the housing shortage it is hardly surprising that once again the popularity of investing in buy-to-let is on the increase.

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The case for gold versus cash

The precious metal climbed from £183/oz in 2000 to £1,053 in 2012. However, at the time of writing it is currently at £910.68, a level not seen since December 2011.

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Buy-to-let on a budget offers best yields

One and two-bedroom properties provide the highest rental returns for investors with average yields of 6.8% and 6.4% respectively based on data covering 50,000 properties across England, Scotland and Wales.