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Should I invest ahead of Brexit?

Avoiding the stock market because of the looming spectre of Brexit is a pretty decent excuse for not investing your Isa allowance this year. But is it valid in reality? This tax year, you can put away up to £20,000 in an Isa and shelter it from further income or capital gains tax. It’s a really quit...
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How I lost £360 being cautious on shares

Last week everything was sunny with the FTSE 100; today it’s distinctly overcast. Everyone’s taken fright due to problems in Italy at the weekend – slight issue with having no government. Many are murmuring that it’s the end of the euro, while others see it as a short-term blip. Whichever way it goe...
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How you can future-proof investments after uncertain election result

Are you poorer or richer after the stalemate result of the general election? As I write, sterling has weakened so your summer holiday will cost more. But a cheap pound will help those large UK firms which sell abroad. If your Isa or pension is invested there, you are quids in this morning. So far, s...
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Why is the stock market going crazy and should I go in?

You probably didn’t notice that, in between getting back to school and clearing up after Christmas, the stock market has been soaring. In fact, it’s hit all-time highs over record-breaking periods. This is great news for anyone saving into shares: the value of your pension and/or investments has gon...
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Team Minted's share portfolio is pants

We are halfway through Team Minted’s share-picking competition and the value of my investment experience is becoming clear. Twenty plus years of financial journalism and I'm second to last on the results table. Worse, I am 6.5% down. So of my initial stake of £3.00 (one pound per share, come on it’s...
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How to make little gold fingers

Mid-way through half-term and the strain is starting to tell ... Instead of doing anything fun like carving pumpkins or making Halloween cakes, I've decided to try to interest the children in the stock market. The idea is to pick three companies each and follow the progress of their share prices up ...
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