Magazine – 14 Mar 2013
Brexit planning is raising the stakes of economic pressure and lower for longer interest rates, putting dividends firmly in focus. In this week's Shares we scour the stock market for lower risk income opportunities, some traditional, others with a twist. We also discuss winners and losers from an increasingly volatile pound, explain the befuddling dynamics of investment trust discounts and premiums, and scan the app-mosphere for the best 7 smart investment apps. We also look in-depth at the midcaps space - did you know the FTSE 250 is at all-time highs? - plus our best investment ideas, fascinating market stats and facts and major news on Britain's energy future.
Rising stock markets and the strong performance record of 2012’s select list of debutants are helping to fire fresh interest in new market listings. Simon Keane looks forward to a steady stream of initial public offerings and together with the Shares team highlights a number of interesting opportunities for investors.
This comprehensive look at Individual Savings Accounts (Isas) and Self-invested Personal Pensions (Sipps) puts these and other tax-efficient savings tools in the context of all the pension options available. In addition, this educational guide assesses the way in which they can be used to complement each other as part of an integrated investment strategy, and also how to choose the best instruments and service providers for you.