Lifetime Isas allow under-40s to save for a home and retirement at once, and the Government is offering free top-ups worth up to £32,000 if you max out your fund during your younger to middle-aged years. That sounds like a big giveaway, but these Isas have sparked a barrage of criticism, amid fears younger savers could make poor financial decisions and be left out of pocket in the longer run. Watchdogs have insisted on robust safeguards, including making providers issue risk warnings before accounts are opened. We look at how Lifetime Isas works, what types of products are available, and their benefits and pitfalls. Giveaway: Government is offering free top-ups worth up to £32,000 if you max out your fund, but most young people are likely to empty it when they buy a home For those weighing up whether to open a Lifetime Isa - or give money to a younger family member to do so - we explain what issues to consider beforehand. But savers should be aware that there are … [Read more...] about Should you open a Lifetime Isa? What’s on offer to young savers
What etf should i buy today
As a confirmed Boglehead (I'll explain later), my heart starts beating like a rabbit if I even think about buying a stock the first day it hits the open market. I can't help it. Breathlessly jumping into the frenzy for the next Snap, Google or Facebook goes against my instinct for patience and being a measured investor. Uber, Lyft, Slack, Airbnb, Pinterest and Palantir Technologies have been teeing themselves up for the open market. WeWork, SpaceX, Flipkart, Stripe are also in the conversation.My father-in-law warned me a couple of decades ago against buying a stock on its first day of sales -- known as its initial public offering, or IPO. Or even the first week. Or the first six months."Wait it out," he said. "See how the company performs as a business, follow the stock, then make an informed judgment."Better yet, he said, stick with mutual funds."Wise advice," said Kathy Smith, who manages IPO ETFs at Renaissance Capital. "You don't want to get caught up in that emotional … [Read more...] about Analysis: When it comes to buying stocks, are you a Boglehead or an IPO adventurer?
By: John Stepek 20/12/2018 Will we live long enough to see Brexit? Is the US dollar heading for a bear market? Will wages take off in 2019? John Stepek asks the experts at our Christmas Roundtable. John Stepek: How will Brexit affect markets next year? Jim Leaviss: Since the 2016 referendum, sterling has already weakened substantially. On the Big Mac index, it’s one of the world’s cheaper currencies. And we don’t have that doom loop that existed in the US in 2008 after the Lehman Brothers crash, whereby falling asset prices created more panic. Now if sterling falls a bit… Tim Price: …it just boosts FTSE 100 earnings. Jim L: Exactly. If anything, weaker sterling helps. So I don’t think we have that to worry about. Even so, I think next year will be very difficult for sterling assets. Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s worst-case scenario for commercial property was the one that Jim Mellon: Yes, but how good has … [Read more...] about What to invest in as the bear market in shares kicks in
By: John Stepek 13/12/2018 This article is taken from our FREE daily investment email Money Morning. Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can profit.Sign up free here. In this week's issue of MoneyWeek magazine ● Gold miners should regain their shine – but choose carefully ● How the FTSE reshuffle works ● VCTs in short supply for pension investors ● Three overlooked bargain stocks poised for growth ● A do-it-yourself ETF portfolio ● Share tips of the week Not a subscriber? Sign up here Quick thing before I start this morning – if you fancy having lunch with my colleague Merryn and the FT’s Claer Barrett – or you know someone who does – then put in your bid here before it’s too late! Back to today’s … [Read more...] about What does May’s victory mean for markets?
By: Dominic Frisby 28/11/2018 This article is taken from our FREE daily investment email Money Morning. Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can profit.Sign up free here. In this week's issue of MoneyWeek magazine ● How to invest for Brexit – whatever the outcome ● Why you should seek out family-run firms ● Investing in longer lives will lift your portfolio ● A new ESG investment trust ● Beware of online property auctions ● Share tips of the week Not a subscriber? Sign up here Today we take a look at oil. It may be the most important fuel in the world, but, as far as the price is concerned, gravity has taken hold. It has, this past month or so, fallen off a cliff, as they say. And it continues to fall. Today we consider they whys, the … [Read more...] about Oil was my 2016 “trade of the lustrum” – but should you keep holding on?