Investing

How diversified is the FTSE 100?

I recently attended a small presentation given by the CIO of one of Oxbridge’s college endowments. He was a typical economist – articulate and confident in his views, with some big-brand names on his CV and a reassuringly expensive suit (he must know what he’s talking about). In typical economist style, he also threw out …

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Cash cocaine

Holding cash can be incredibly addictive. It’s safe and understandable, whereas the markets are volatile and unknown. On paper we know that markets rise on average 3 out of every 4 years, and if left alone, investments can compound into serious wealth. But when you receive a cash lump sum and are considering whether or …

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I’m worried about [insert major geopolitical event]. Should I wait before investing?

It’s always easy to find a reason not to invest. Because of the huge number of factors that can affect markets, combined with the never-ending cycle of major news stories, there’s always an event that could cause markets to fall. But despite this, the market’s risen in about 3 of every 4 years for as …

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Is now a good time to invest?

By now you should be more comfortable with the reasons for investing, the importance of saving and investing, the amount you’d need to start investing, whether you’re ready to invest, what you can invest in, and how you can actually invest. But is now a good time to invest? To properly answer the question, I’ve …

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