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Professional Investors Hunting ‘Off-Piste’ For Market Beating Returns

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A recent report in The Times newspaper explores the kind of alternative investments that multi-asset fund managers have recently been taking exposure to in an attempt to beat the market. The kind of ‘esoteric’ investments being made reportedly include plays on businesses as diverse as aircraft leasing, ‘no win no fee’ legal cases and, perhaps somewhat worryingly against the backdrop of recent history, mortgage-backed securities.

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Lyft Pulls Ahead of Uber In Race For Big 2019 IPO

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Some good news today for those investing online and with an eye on exciting IPOs coming up in 2019. Ride-hailing app Lyft has filed the key documents which announce its intention to float publically in a multi-billion IPO in spring next year. 2019 IPOs have been anticipated for both Lyft and its bigger rival Uber and it was thought that the latter would be first to market. However, Lyft has now pulled ahead.

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Investing For Bank of England Governor Carney’s Worst Case No Deal Brexit Scenario

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On Thursday of last week, Bank of England governor Mark Carney outlined the potential economic apocalypse that could ravage the UK in the event of the worst-case no deal Brexit scenario. The worst-case scenario described, which the UK’s central bank has defended as a low-probability but possible outcome, has ruffled feathers and led to accusations of fearmongering. It would involve the UK’s GDP dropping by 10% compared to pre-Brexit forecasts, which would be expected to result in a recession of a level unseen on these shores since the 1930s almost a century ago.

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One Thing The FAANG Sell Off Indicates Is Changing And It’s Probably Not What You Think

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The decade long post-international financial crisis has been led by tech stocks and particularly their U.S.-based FAANG monarchy of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (Alphabet). However, they finally appear to have come a cropper. The first four have shed over 23% since their 2018 highs, much of it over the past few weeks. Alphabet has fared slightly, but only slightly, better and is down some 18%. But why are they now plunging?

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Asia Pacific Offers Investment Bargains

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Yesterday we looked at the potential bargain that unloved UK equities may currently represent for those investing online into their ISAs and SIPPs. However, there is one other region that has been in the doldrums this year and many experts also now believe represent good value for canny investors willing to spread their net in the hunt for long term turns – Asia Pacific without Japan.

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Is It Time To Start Investing In The UK Again?

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If you’re investing online into a stocks and shares ISA or SIPP, there’s a good chance you’ve been selling off your exposure to the UK faster than that guy in the office has been dumping his hoard of bitcoin and ether for whatever he can get with it. Or at the very least your more recent allocations have been diversifying out of UK equities.

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U.S. Dominance In Technology Start-Ups Is Fading

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95% of the international industry around start-up companies and VC investment in them was once concentrated in the USA. Today the USA is still a major hub of start-up and VC activity but its share of the global market has dropped to just over 50%. Is that simply an inevitable, natural and positive trend that reflects global economic development? Or has the USA started to go stale as a hotbed for entrepreneurial spirit? Has corporate America lost sight of the fact it was the ‘American Dream’ philosophy and environment that allowed its mega-corporations to be nurtured and grow to the point they straddle the global economy?

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