After years in the doldrums Japan's popularity has surged this year, but those taking a passive approach could be missing out on big gains.
After the Financial Conduct Authority's bombshell that it is referring the investment consulting industry to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), should the ratings agencies be concerned that they’re next in the firing line?
Investors were bracing for the worst when the Swiss Re Cat Bond Index plummeted 15% in the wake of hurricane Irma. But the unprecedented damage caused could actually be a blessing in disguise for the asset class.
John Lewis' profits halved over the first six months of the year, but results from Next and Morrisons pointed to glimmers of hope for UK retail.
European high yield has had a good run so far this year but can that continue as the European Central Bank turns off the quantitative easing (QE) tap?
Ten years of booming growth pushed global assets under management in high yield bond ETFs past $51bn (£38bn) in 2016, but are the apparent diversifying benefits everything they’re cracked up to be?
UK retail investors have often been accused of investing too much in the domestic market, and research published today suggests that by doing so they have missed out on significant gains elsewhere.
Nearly three months on from the Financial Conduct Authority’s final report on its 'Asset Management Market Study', the screws look set to tighten for one of the sector’s key ancillary businesses.
Analysis by Morningstar's Alex Bryan has found many smart beta ETFs do not outperform straightforward index ETFs, raising doubts over the cost-effectiveness and use of the vehicles for investors.
With several fund selectors opting to publish the track records of their rated funds, what, if anything, can convince the Financial Conduct Authority that research consultants are adding value?
Is 5% all an investor can hope for in returns over the next 10 years? With both investment managers and the regulator singing from the same hymn sheet, it appears this may well be the case.
Nuclear war, Brexit and sky-high make-up bills are just some of the issues facing political leaders right now, and while some are patently less worrisome than others, each contribute to one big problem that could ultimately hit financial markets.
Cash ISAs are on the wane while the amount of money pumped into stocks and shares ISAs is growing, but why is this and who is responsible?
Investors' love affair with bond funds shows no signs of abating, with recent statistics from FundsNetwork showing the Sterling Corporate Bond sector was the most purchased peer group in July.
Despite their dear price tag, the FANG stocks and Apple have had remarkable staying power, surviving a sell-off and reaching record share price highs. But has the relative safety of the tech giants come to an end?
It has been 20 years since the Asian financial crisis and the memory of the crash lingers on. However, could a more open mind lead to unexpected returns?
Following a week of profit warnings and dramatic share price movements from FTSE favourites, are the UK bears right? Is this a sign of more trouble ahead for UK businesses?
To what extent should portfolio advisers be factoring corporate activity into their investment thinking and decisions?
Advisers are mulling the implications of FCA plans to incorporate the term ‘insistent client’ into its handbook guidance. The regulator has outlined what it sees as best practice – a move that could see advisers producing two suitability reports, with a particular focus on pension transfer advice.
Stark differences in regulatory interpretation among the 28 members of the European Union means that far-reaching reforms covering all aspects of the financial markets could end up defying their purpose...
Political talk has cast a shadow over biotech stock prices. And yet the sector has...