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Are No Fee Online Stock Brokers the Future as Third Platform Launches in the UK?

Online Stock Brokers

It’s not all that long ago, 20 years-ish or less, that the majority of stock market transactions were still being executed over the telephone or by post. In fact, with many active stock market investors in their 50s or older, some may well have started their portfolios in that way and still remember receiving share certificates through the post. The late-Nineties and Noughties brought with them the mainstream internet age and with it online stock brokers.

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Aviva Acquires Welsh Robo-Investor and Nutmeg Competitor Wealthify

robo-investing

While robo-advice and robo-investing have been buzzwords in personal finance and online investment for a few years now, it seems as though the fintech challenger to traditional fund management models has just gone mainstream. Aviva, one of the UK’s biggest financial institutions has recently bought a majority stake in Wealthify, the Wales-based start-up that has quickly emerged as the main challenger to Nutmeg, the UK’s biggest robo-advisor brand. While the acquisition is still subject to regulatory approval before being rubber stamped this is considered to be a formality and both companies have already announced statements confirming the deal.

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Study Suggests Long Term Stock Market Investors are the Real Speculators

Stock Market

It’s commonly accepted that investors who buy and hold for the long term are those that look closely at fundamentals, true underlying value and are not influenced by or contribute towards short-term trends. Shorter term investors who regularly buy into and sell out of equities and indices are the ‘speculators’ riding momentum and trends. They are not interested in ‘underlying value’ and their strategy is to simply take advantage of price movement.

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E-Commerce to Wipe Out Physical Stores Says One of UK’s Biggest Commercial Property Owners

Physical Stores

Insurer Aviva, which manages a £20 billion commercial property portfolio, much of it tied up malls, believes that the rise of e-commerce means that bricks and mortar retail will decline significantly over the coming period. The sea change is predicted to be so big that investors in the U.S. are shorting the physical retail industry in expectation of a crash to rival the sub-prime mortgages collapse that ushered in the last financial crisis.

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The Stock Market Keeps Rising but Is a Correction Due?

Stock Market

The FTSE 100 and FTSE All Share Index have been climbing inexorably higher since February 2016, seemingly impervious to the turmoil surrounding the Brexit referendum, the subsequent disarray apparent before invoking Article 50 and the poor start to exit negotiations. Over the pond in the US, stock markets have also been regularly establishing new record highs this year despite political instability around the Trump government, strained international relations, a weakened dollar and regular interest rate hikes by the Fed. All of which would ordinarily be expected to put a damper on the major benchmark indices of the S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow Jones Industrial average.

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Is North Korea Still Roiling the Markets? Recent Trends Suggest Otherwise

North Korea

By James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

The war of words between North Korea and the United States has gripped the markets as of late, with investors increasingly jittery about the prospect of confrontation on the Korean peninsula. However, recent developments seem to suggest that investors have already “priced in” North Korean chaos into their portfolios.

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How UK Investors Can Take Advantage of the Monarch Airlines Collapse

Monarch Airlines

The demise of Monarch, until this week the UK’s fifth largest airline, is undoubtedly a personal nightmare for many of its customers, particularly those who have paid for flights only packages which do not fall under the same CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Atol scheme protection as package holidays. The good news is that anyone currently abroad who has flown with Monarch and is due to return to the UK up until October 16th, will be brought home at no extra cost by the CAA, even those with flights only tickets. It amounts to the CAA organizing for 110,000 Brits to be brought back on alternative flights, a logistics behemoth being referred to as the UK’s largest ever peace-time repatriation effort.

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Catalonia Referendum Crises an Opportunity for Online Stock Trading?

Online Stock Trading

UK-based investors with exposure to Spain’s economy, the eurozone and euro-denominated assets may well have been nervously watching events unfold in Catalonia yesterday. However, a recent study by fund supermarket Fidelity on how UK investors who held their nerve during the financial crisis to keep investing have reaped significant returns, shows there might also be an opportunity opening up.

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European Shares Seen Lower Amid Political Uncertainty

European Shares

European stocks expected lower amid geopolitical concerns

European stocks are expected to open bit lower on Monday amid geopolitical concerns and S&P’s downgrading of China’s sovereign rating last week. The rating has caused worries regarding the economic outlook for China. Speeches by ECB President Mario Draghi and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen are awaited by investors. While Draghi will address EU lawmakers in Brussels, Yellen will deliver speech in Cleveland, Ohio. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will speak alongside Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer later this week.

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Korea tensions keep European shares in check

European shares

European shares steady amid Korea tensions

European shares steadied on Friday, as tensions over North Korea kept some investors on the side lines. North Korea has threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to destroy it if attacked.

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