As 2011 draws to its close, investors will be reflecting on the past year as they monitor the value of their portfolios and prepare for 2012. After a whirlwind year on the financial markets, many investors may be wondering whether to stay in the market or sell some of their equities and ride out the next year or eighteen months.
Deciding to invest in shares or unit trusts is a brave step for many people, especially those who are a little risk-averse. Though these investment instruments may be more risky that just depositing money in the bank, the potential returns can transform your small savings into a sizeable fund that could provide you with the lifestyle you strive for and secure your financial future well into retirement.
Most clients opt to use the services of a broker when buying shares, and if your broker also acts as a sound financial advisor you should receive quality financial guidance. When it comes to shares, most financial services companies offer a range of funds – each one with a different level of risk and expected return. There are two general categories of fund that clients should be aware of: actively managed funds and passive funds. Continue reading
Recent developments in the world economy have investors worried, and the poor performance of stock indexes over the past few weeks is proof of their concern. The recent debt crisis in Europe has cast doubt over that region’s economic outlook, while the US economy showed signs of weakness in the first half of the year – fuelled by several factors including the debt talks that narrowly averted a disaster in the world financial markets. At the same time, worries over China’s economic growth and inflation problems are fuelling concern over the regional economy in Asia. Continue reading