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Q&A: Where is the value in Europe?

  How have European equity markets performed recently? The European equity markets have done very well recently – really over the last year or so – and I think that


A truly recovered eurozone remains long way off

The second quarter GDP figure for the eurozone announced last week showed that the currency zone has at last emerged from recession after six successive quarters of negative growth. GDP


Will you buy back on St Leger day?

St Leger Day, the last classic flat race of the horse racing season, falls on the second Saturday of September. While we’re still to see where the FTSE will be


Builder share prices may be overvalued

Data from The Share Centre’s Profit Watch UK shows revenues in the Household Goods & Home Construction sector rose 7.4% to £18.6bn last year and net profits performed much more

Analysis , Small Caps

Young Money: Using ETFs to balance risk

The problem is that when it comes to investing, young people are increasingly on their own. Luckily there are a number of investment vehicles out there which to help young


Is it time to sell fixed interest?

High demand has pushed yields to relatively low levels.  Gilts have increased recently with the yield on ten-year gilts now 2.74% against an inflation rate of 2.8% (CPI). Gilt yields


Real time information and PAYE needs a rethink

To recap the voluntary RTI pilot scheme started in April 2012. It began with 283 employer volunteers and the number was increased to 1300 by July 2012. During this period

Analysis , Small Caps , Tax Efficient Investing

How to beat inflation

So if we want our savings to truly grow then we must think about not simply the return on our investments, but the real return (meaning the return after taking

Alternative Investments , Analysis , Small Caps

How to invest in buy-to-let

For certain investors, investing in residential property is producing better returns than other investment vehicles such as savings, stocks and shares. Buy-to-let investment in the current UK housing market Should

Alternative Investments , Analysis

Inflation proofing your portfolio using structured products

Despite the UK Retail Price Index falling to 3.1% in July (from 3.3% in June), the inflation rate remains stubbornly above the UK government target. This is a real concern