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Saudi Arabia Shelves $2 Trillion Aramco IPO Until ‘Time is Right’

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For many of those investing online in ISAs and SIPPs, the prospect of what promised to be the biggest IPO in history was an intriguing one. For the past couple of years the world’s biggest stock exchanges, from London and New York to Hong Kong, have been battling to win the proposed public listing of Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company. The prize was for the victor promised to be huge, with a $2 trillion market capitalisation mooted.

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Should Your Next Investment Be the Dollar?

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Yesterday we covered how Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has built up a record cash pile. The analysts behind the legendary investor’s fund feel almost every asset they have weighed up over the past 12 months or so has been overvalued. The analysts at BH, many suspect, expect overvaluation of assets to come home to roost sooner or later and at that point the fund will have a vast war chest to spend on bargains. There could also be another facet to Buffet’s current approach.

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Investors Can Hope for Better Value as FCA Pushes Platforms to Make Switching Easier

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The UK’s investment platforms such as Hargreaves Lansdown, The Share Centre and AJ Bell between them now account for around 80% of all investments made by Brits. They combine stock broking services with fund supermarkets and even bonds as well as providing wrappers such as ISAs and SIPPs. Users find these platforms convenient to use due to the fact they offer dashboards that present all investments in one place, making them easy to track. Additional value such as access to market data and research is also offered by many of them.

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Paying for Investment Advice: Is it Worth It?

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Since the Retail Distribution review came into force on December 31st 2012, the number of Brits investing online that regularly take professional advice has dropped significantly. Before RDR, most IFAs (Independent Financial Advisors) made the bulk of their income through commissions paid by the providers of investment products their clients bought into. RDR halted this practice on the grounds that it created a conflict of interests: IFAs were incentivised to encourage their clients into products that paid them the best commission and not necessarily those which were always the optimal choice for them.

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Hong Kong property investment pours into London

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Investors from Hong Kong are investing in London on a big scale

Investors from Hong Kong are pouring money in London commercial property market this year. Chinese investment in London has more than trebled compare to that before the British referendum. While other investors are pulling out of London, it is the opposite with Chinese investors who have pressed the accelerator in investment. As China tightens its grip on overseas investments, property magnates are using Hong Kong as a conduit for investment. Although, there are other factors as well that are driving increasing Chinese investment in London and include sterling’s 12% drop since the brexit referendum against the dollar, higher property cost in Hong Kong compared with London and heightened political uncertainty in Hong Kong.

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Investment in London continues to gain momentum

Investment in London

Asian investors buying London property on large scale

Asian investors are continuing to buy London commercial property on a large scale this year. London is at the centre of property transactions in recent times. This rise is due to a number of factors such as fall in sterling. London is having investors from different parts of the world but most are from Asia. International investors from Asia are investing lot of money in the London commercial property market in recent times.

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Majority of UK public backs Brexit ‘transition period’: Poll

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More than half of British people support a brexit transition period

With nearly half of those participating in the poll not supporting a second referendum on departure terms, British people are evenly divided on brexit details, according to Observer/opinion poll. Almost half (49%) of those asked believe that there should not be a second referendum after the terms of departure are clear. The poll found that a majority of the public believes in a transition period after the UK’s departure from the bloc. The poll found that in case of a second referendum, the remain side is likely to win.

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Investing online is easier than ever

Investing online

Due to massive improvements in technology, beating the market has become easier than ever. Technology has made the process of investing online a different scenario than it was a few years back. Now, you can buy and sell shares by spending much less than what you used to spend in earlier times. By investing online, commission amounts have also fallen, meaning better returns for investor. ROI has further enhanced by access to information and the application of digital research tools. Overall, the use of technology has made the process of investing online quick, easy and cost-effective.

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