The refer a friend perks DIY investing platforms and apps offer

Fancy a free £200 share, no fees for a year, or £100 for telling a friend? The perks DIY investing platforms and apps are offering  DIY investment platforms have soared in popularity during the pandemic  Platforms and trading apps are looking to grow their customer base further  These include refer a friend schemes which offer … Read more

My 80p bag of crisps shows how inflation creeps up, so fight the spike

SIMON LAMBERT: My 80p bag of crisps shows how inflation creeps up on us, so make sure your money is fighting the spike By Simon Lambert for Published: 09:02 BST, 15 July 2021 | Updated: 09:02 BST, 15 July 2021 My mind long ago anchored the price of an ordinary-sized bag of crisps at … Read more

Can music bring you record returns? How to make a portfolio sing

A new opportunity may well have attracted investors with a keen ear. On both sides of the Atlantic, musicians have been auctioning off the rights to their songs — often for eye-watering sums. Last year, Bob Dylan sold the rights to his entire back catalogue. Now Dolly Parton is rumoured to be doing the same. … Read more

DIY investors rate Vanguard and AJ Bell top for value and service

Vanguard and AJ Bell Youinvest have scored best marks in a new customer survey of top DIY investment platforms, while the biggest player Hargreaves Lansdown lagged behind in sixth place. The pair topped the survey of value for money, online tools and customer service at 11 major DIY investment platforms, following a poll of 2,000 … Read more

Could a post-lockdown Al fresco dining boom top-up your returns? 

Could Al fresco dining top-up returns? Hospitality trade hopes Britons will spend their savings in beer gardens and outdoor cafes By Ben Wilkinson for the Daily Mail Published: 22:01 BST, 13 April 2021 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 13 April 2021 After a long winter lockdown, pubs and restaurants are finally reopening. The hospitality trade is … Read more

How Isa investors can check up on niche investment companies with flashy gains

It might not surprise our regular readers that the top performing funds of the first quarter of this year were focused on the UK and small caps. And the topmost on the intersection of the two. Britain has organised a strong vaccine rollout, and despite some debate about the speed of reopening allowed to businesses … Read more

How to navigate the maze of ESG, green and ethical investing

What do you want from your investments? Is it purely profit or would you rather that your money did some good too? For many of us, the cold, hard financial reality is that the former dominates our thinking, but there is no denying the latter is gaining ground. The past couple of years have seen … Read more

FCA sounds warning to new breed of thrill-seeking investors

Young people are being drawn to high-risk investing despite almost two thirds admitting they can’t afford a significant loss, the financial watchdog has warned.  The research, conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority, found that a new breed of young investors are attracted by the thrill and novelty of high-risk products rather than investing for the … Read more

How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa: The quick and easy guide

Deciding to invest is a matter of personal choice. Some swear by it and point to decades of data showing stock market investment is the best way to make long-term inflation-beating gains; others are dead against and argue they will not gamble their money, pointing to three hefty stock market crashes since 2000 for evidence. … Read more