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Growing your savings takes time – you really can’t start too soon

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There’s an old saying that goes: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. It’s a great analogy for investing – the earlier you start the better, so don’t put it off because you think you are too late. Getting into the habit of regular saving can make a real difference to your finances later in life.

KNOWING WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT
Life and having fun will always get in the way of saving. But when your life and career are on a stable footing, there will be limited excuses for not investing, because it is such an important thing to do.

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UN Universal Children’s Day: Why child rights are good for business - ACCA Comment

Rachel Jackson is head of sustainability at ACCA.

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If firms fail to protect children in the supply chain, they risk harm to their bottom line.
 

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It’s maddening that investment charges are still so complicated

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THIS week, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has come under pressure to implement more stringent measures on the way investments are managed, particularly when it comes to communicating fees to customers and improving the overall transparency of charges. But this is all backward. It should be companies leading the charge for transparency, because that’s what customers want.

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The emerging market growth story: Is it due a comeback?

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EMERGING market investors saw spectacular annual returns of around 30 per cent between 2003 and 2007. Over those four years, the developing world enjoyed a virtuous cycle of strong commodity prices, high capital inflows, strong currencies and falling inflation. That cycle is now working in reverse – emerging markets have underperformed developed markets by 50 per cent since 2011.

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ETF essentials: Why low cost funds are often the best performers

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THE ACTIVE versus passive investing debate has been rumbling on for years within the investment industry and the media. Often the views are polarised – fully active or fully passive – but they also regularly miss out a key part of the debate: getting your asset allocation right. Myriad studies have highlighted that this is the key determinant of long-term returns, rather than choosing an active or passive stock picker.

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A second look at portfolio risk: Are you really playing it safe?

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I’VE NEVER been a fan of the “best buy” lists published by the major fund platforms. But I always find it interesting to see what is attracting the hard-earned savings of private investors. The best-selling funds lists for September reveal the usual suspects: UK equity income, emerging markets and a couple of specific sector funds like biotech and healthcare.

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Market volatility could be an opportunity for smart investors

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It’s common knowledge among successful investors that, if you’re likely to be buying investments over a long period of time, it’s going to work in your favour if the price sometimes goes down. Global stock markets have lost around 8 per cent since early July. Is now a good time for adventurous investors to put more money into the market?

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