The history of diversification

Diversification is a key building block of successful long-term investing and has been called “the only free lunch in finance.”¹ While its origins can be traced back millennia, it has developed dramatically in recent years as markets have grown and new instruments emerged. But now with both equity and bond valuations very high, the diversificationContinue reading “The history of diversification”

Learn from those in the know with automatic copy trading

Lockdown turned record numbers of people into self-directed investors, but copy trading could be the key to investment success. The world’s largest online investment platforms added 11 million customers in 2020, with eToro at the top having added 5 million users, according to Trading Platforms[1]. Giving more individuals the chance to have greater control overContinue reading “Learn from those in the know with automatic copy trading”

Look to China in the search for equity upside

Equity markets generally performed well in 2021 as the global economy gradually reopened. In the first half of the year, the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), which represents stocks in both developed and emerging markets, returned 12.30%. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index returned 15.25% for the period. While the consensus is that equity markets,Continue reading “Look to China in the search for equity upside”

French National Day: from the Revolution to autonomy

This Wednesday, 14th July, is the National Day of France. This is a very important date in the history of the country, as it was on 14 July 1789 that the fortress of the Bastille was stormed by the people, marking the end of the hegemony of the French monarchy and the start of theContinue reading “French National Day: from the Revolution to autonomy”

China’s GDP could shed light on the superpower’s post-Covid recovery

Tomorrow morning, July 15th, 2021, China will release its quarterly GDP report. Led by manufacturing and exports, China has enjoyed a uniquely powerful impetus over the past two decades. As the world’s second-largest economy today, investors have recognised China as an essential element in the global financial markets and global economy. Last year, China wasContinue reading “China’s GDP could shed light on the superpower’s post-Covid recovery”

What are meme stocks? The people-driven market phenomenon explained

From GameStop to AMC, “meme stocks” have become an overnight sensation in global stock markets. These Internet forum-driven stocks have attracted new retail investors into the market and left many hedge fund managers scratching their heads, as they try to tackle this new investment phenomenon. But what exactly are meme stocks and are they hereContinue reading “What are meme stocks? The people-driven market phenomenon explained”

Protecting your portfolio during periods of rising inflation

Inflation is a topic that has dominated the financial news lately. With the world now reopening after the coronavirus pandemic, and cashed-up consumers unleashing pent-up demand, inflation is beginning to rise. In the US, inflation jumped 4.2% in April — the largest increase since September 2008. Investors are worried that higher inflation will force the world’s central banksContinue reading “Protecting your portfolio during periods of rising inflation”

Top dividend stocks for Q2 2021

Dividend stocks can play a valuable role in investor portfolios. Not only can they potentially provide investors with the winning combination of capital growth and passive income, but they can also provide portfolio stability. Dividend investing is not as easy as it sounds, however. It’s not as simple as picking the stocks with the highest yields. Often,Continue reading “Top dividend stocks for Q2 2021”

What you need to know about investing in value ETFs

ETF is the acronym for Exchange Traded Fund. To put it simply, it’s a fund that is traded on an exchange.  The fund can be composed of stocks, bonds, commodities or anything else aggregated into one basket of securities. The fund can be a variety of stocks crossing many fields, it can be based onContinue reading “What you need to know about investing in value ETFs”

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