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Biofuels could transform the energy landscape – and your portfolio

Biofuels could transform the energy landscape – and your portfolio

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Everyone understands what wind turbines are – and everyone knows what solar panels do (though few of us know exactly how photovoltaic cells convert sunlight into electricity). Biofuels, however, remain the Cinderella of the renewables sector. Can you really grow bio-kerosene in a field to power a commercial aircraft? Yes, you can. Biofuels are emerging…

Making a mint with Initial Coin Offerings

Making a mint with Initial Coin Offerings

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A few weeks ago on the Master Investor blog Nick Sudbury argued that investors, given the current environment of rising inflation, should be looking at ways to protect their wealth from currency debasement. One way of doing that is to invest in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, the increasingly popular Ethereum, or perhaps one of 900+…

The small-cap funds with big potential

The small-cap funds with big potential

1 mins. to read

Last year’s Brexit referendum has created a huge amount of uncertainty for British businesses and the election of a minority Conservative government has muddied the waters even further. The lack of political leadership has made it difficult to assess the long-term economic impact of our departure from the EU on domestically focused companies, many of…

Will an ISA help you retire faster than a pension?

Will an ISA help you retire faster than a pension?

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The world of pensions can be a minefield. There is a wide range of options available to individuals, with different tax implications and flexibility in the long run. However, two of the most common investment vehicles for retirement are ISAs and pensions. Which one will help you reach retirement the fastest? Tax advantages One of…

How will the markets respond if Trump’s authority flags further?

How will the markets respond if Trump’s authority flags further?

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Is the Trump Bump over? President Trump’s Washington is paralysed. It has proven impossible to repeal Obamacare and to replace it with something more amenable to America’s skilled working class who resented paying more for medical insurance. These were the people who propelled Donald Trump to power. Top personnel are being hired and fired with…

Three small cap IPOs to liven up a quiet summer

Three small cap IPOs to liven up a quiet summer

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Let’s look at three interesting small cap companies which have recently  listed on the markets during these traditionally quiet summer months. 1) Angling Direct There aren’t many sports which offer the possibility of taking home dinner when you’ve finished playing. But angling, one of the most popular participation sports in the UK, is one of them. According…

Climate change: Future-oriented investors need to get on-trend

Climate change: Future-oriented investors need to get on-trend

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Climate change is a reality. The glaciers are melting and the sea is getting hotter – with intractable consequences like rising sea-levels. But, that said, the climate models are inexact and we don’t know by how much temperatures are going to rise and how rapidly. This is largely a matter of reasoned conjecture. What we know for sure is…

Two emerging-markets stocks delivering rapid dividend growth

Two emerging-markets stocks delivering rapid dividend growth

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Dividend growth has become a much more important issue for many investors now that inflation has risen from 0.5% to 2.6% in the last year. The problem, though, is finding companies with high and reliable dividend growth rates. UK-focused companies come with additional uncertainty surrounding Brexit, for example, which means international stocks may be a…