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Sustainable Investments Sector Turns to Academia to Help Tighten Criteria

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The rise of sustainable investment has been notable over the past several years as more and more of those investing online demand that their capital goes to companies that adhere to sustainable criteria. The Economist notes that in the USA $8.7 trillion of capital, accounting for 20% of the total capital invested in funds screened for sustainability criteria set by the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.

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Is It the End of the Road For the FAANGs As A One-Stop Shop for Investors?

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For the past few years one of the most consistently successful investment strategies has been arguably the simplest – buy the FAANGs. The FAANGs, as most of you investing online into a stocks and shares ISA or SIPP will probably know, are the five big, fast growth U.S. tech companies – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google (Alphabet). However, last week Facebook’s share price performance made a sudden break from the rest of the pack, plunging by 20% after publishing stalling Q2 user and adverting revenue growth.

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Wealth Management Expert Argues for the Return of the Bond to UK Investors

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In days gone by the bond was a staple of investment portfolios held by Brits. The fixed interest rate and defined date at which the bond’s initial value is redeemed made it very convenient for financial planning. Despite the popularity of bonds a few decades ago, very few of those in the UK now investing online in ISAs or SIPPs own bonds directly. If they do have exposure to the bond market it is through bond funds.

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China New Era Technology Fund to Rival $100 Billion Vision Fund

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Those concerned SoftBank’s Vision Fund is contributing to inflated tech valuations will perhaps not be among those most enthused by news a Chinese group has set up a rival fund with an initial $15 billion tranche. Companies developing the latest technology in the world and eager to attract investment at a healthy valuation will, on the other hand, be delighted.

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Contrarian US Investor Predicts Trump Inciting China Trade War Will End Bull Market

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Ted Bauman, the US investor behind popular contrarian investment newsletters The Bauman Letter and the Sovereign Investor Daily send out a strongly bearish message this week. He believes US, and subsequently global, stock markets are heading for a hard landing the abrupt end of their lengthy bull run if President Trump’s current approach spills over into a trade war. Tomorrow, on June 30th, the Trump administration is set to publish findings of an ‘investigation’ into US trade with China. Bauman cautions all those investing online in equity markets to pay close attention to the outcome.

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Ethical Investment Funds: Choose Wisely if You Hope to Match Your Values with Returns

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Ethical and sustainable investing is one of the fastest growing investment ‘categories’ in terms of the growth in the amount of capital being attracted. Data published by Investment Association, the UK’s fund management trade body, highlighted a £100 million April capital inflow to funds characterised as ‘ethical’. The past twelve months has seen overall capital under management in ethical funds grow by £2.4 billion to a total of £15.8 billion. That equates to annual growth of just under 18% and indicates a sector very much on the up.

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New Research Suggests Investors Are De-Risking Their Pension Portfolio Too Soon

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It’s a relatively well-known pension investment maxim that the optimal way to go about maximising the value of your final pot is to take on more risk in the pursuit of higher returns when younger and de-risk the portfolio the closer you get to retirement. The logic behind the approach is that the most powerful investment portfolio value builder is compounded returns. It’s important to target average returns of 5% while building an investment portfolio earmarked for retirement and re-invest those returns as you go.

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Is Global Trade Slowing Down? Saxo Bank Thinks So

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Anyone who is investing online in equities, either through funds or their own stock picks, is likely to have done very well over recent years. Of course, some will have done better than others by dint of having picked better performing funds or shares, but an investor would have had to have made a fairly spectacular series of very bad picks to not have recorded strong profits. Major equities indices such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and our own FTSE 100, which closed to a new record high last week, are on or close to their longest ever bull runs. Net average profit margins are also at or near historic records highs.

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What Happens When Record US Profit Margins Reverse?

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Global equity markets have been on one of the longest bull runs in the history of financial markets for several years now. March marked the 9th birthday of the current run, with major global equities indices on an upward trajectory since the end of the 08/09 international crisis. Analyst Leuthold Group say the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s bull run is now its longest since post-WWII. In the case of the S&P 500, only the tech-led run of the 1990s was longer and bigger than the current post-financial crisis rally.

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Time to Bet on the Bookies as USA Revokes Sports Betting Ban?

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London-listed bookmakers finished in the money yesterday for anyone who held their shares with online stock brokers. 888 surged 15.39%, Paddy Power 12.25%, William Hill 10.71% and GVC, the holding company of Ladbrokes Coral, Bwin and Sportingbet, 7.37%. Sportech, which creates and licenses software to the sports betting industry also rose almost 12%. Total gains across the sector over the course of Monday trading combined to a staggering £1.5 billion. And there could well be more to come after a US Supreme Court judgement that paves the way for the country’s ban on sports betting being lifted in the near future.

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