AIM Soiree and LSE Soiree Merge to Become Investor Soiree

We'd been mulling it over for a while and then back in April we pulled the trigger. I'm talking about the amalgamation of AIM Soiree and LSE Soiree under the Investor Soiree banner. Now, instead of ranking the bulletin board (bb) posting levels for 900 AIM shares on AIM Soiree and a further 600 main board LSE shares on LSE Soiree, we rank those levels for all 1,500 shares together on Investor Soiree. All in the one big pot. Using a little inhouse technology we monitor the posting levels of activity on the boards of Interactive Investor and London South East (lse.co.uk)...

Why the General Election 2015 is All About the Economy

“It’s the economy, stupid!” - Could probably lay claim to be the most para-phrased slogan in American politics - the now legendary quip from a campaign strategist became the public rallying cry of Bill Clinton’s successful presidential election campaign of 1992. One can’t help but think that the General Election 2015 can be boiled down to that simple phrase as it seems clear that in this election the economy is where the major battle lines have been drawn. Two key factors – whether people feel better off, and which party they trust most to manage the economy – will influence the choice...

Investing Basics – Where to Start

Whether you’re saving for a house or preparing for retirement, investing your hard-earned cash could prove extremely beneficial. Not only will it help you reach your financial ambitions but by making long-term investments you could enjoy returns that’ll set you up for the future. Of course, the very nature of investing means your money can go up as well as down, but if you’re keen to navigate the stock market, here’s where to start. Open a stocks and shares ISA If you’re new to investing, opening a stocks and shares ISA could be a good place to start. Not only will you...

The Benefits of Spread Betting

Spread betting is a way for you to trade the global financial markets, but one that takes only a fraction of the collateral it would normally cost you to buy actual shares in a company, index, commodity or currency. What is spread betting? For the uninitiated, this is how spread betting works. A spread betting company, for example Spreadex, would offer a two-way spread with a bid and an offer price based around the live market price. You can then place a spread bet to go ‘long’ (‘buy’) if you think your chosen instrument is going to go up over a certain time...

The New Help to Buy ISA: A Powerful Tool for First Time Buyers?

One of the most significant challenges that first-time home buyers face when they are preparing to buy a property is trying to save up enough money for this purchase. Competitive loan terms may be available to provide you with a large portion of the funds necessary to make your purchase. However, you will still need to come up with funds for your down payment and closing costs. The good news is that the UK government has now made it easier than ever for first-time home buyers to save for the funds needed for their first home purchase. When you take...

Surfing the Markets: What to Make of FSB

Financial Spread Betting is a difficult animal to pin down. It is a kind of living, breathing oxymoron. It is recreationally professional, playfully serious and seriously playful all at the same time. Just what are we to make of FSB? FSB, as offered by an increasing number of dedicated online providers, typically allows users to stake a position against any given stock, currency or index anywhere in the world. For example, the betfair organisation promises its account holders access to more than 3,800 markets worldwide. The binary nature of trades may not be particularly complex, but breadth of choice is undeniably...

What is Business Re-Engineering?

Re-engineering sounds like the sort of thing you’d do to a mechanical car component, and indeed, it is a way of making an existing part better. In business, it’s about changing the way the company operates for the better, while still maintaining the original purpose, and it can be a huge undertaking. In most cases, an external consultancy will be brought in to carry out the job. A company such as Evolve Consultancy will break down the major changes into three groups, and that’s a good way of explaining how the modern business might look to re-engineer itself. Let’s have...

How to Insure Your Home-Based Business

Working from home is just one of the ways startup companies can slash their operational costs. However, one of the drawbacks is that your standard contents insurance policy may not provide you with adequate protection you need. While certain policies are essential, there are others specific to the type of business you may run. All-Risks Cover A typical domestic contents insurance policy includes both electronic goods and furnishings. Depending on your insurance provider, though, this often doesn’t include home office equipment and, if it does, your claims may be limited. While this varies between each policymaker, it could mean expensive audio-visual...

How to Choose the Right Stockbroker Service for You

When it comes to choosing a stockbroking service, not all brokers are created equal. This statement applies not only to the level of expertise and knowledge they can offer potential clients, but also to the package they provide and how well it can complement your needs. This is not to say that one level of service is preferable to another; simply that they suit different people to different degrees. Stockbroking services can be split into three broad categories: execution only, discretionary and advisory. Each have their benefits and their limitations, and it is these that determine how well each of them...

Comparing Fundamental and Technical Analysis

The foreign exchange market is the largest financial market in the world, trading around $4 trillion every day. Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe invest their capital in various currency pairs, all with one single, shared ambition: to turn a profit. Their goals may be the same, but that doesn’t mean that their methods of trying to achieve them are as well. There are hundreds of different strategies employed by traders and affected through brokers like OANDA, with no two game plans ever sharing the same exact form and function. These methods have often been carefully honed over the...

Investors Get Bullish on the Greenback

An Insatiable Appetite for Greenbacks As a currency trader, it is hard not to get excited about what is currently taking place in the forex market. The Federal Reserve Bank and its chairperson – Janet Yellen – have spurred a flurry of bullish investor sentiment vis-a-vis the USD of late. With the American economy in full swing and the positive effects of quantitative easing evident, the time has come for stabilization and enhanced growth policies to be enacted. Talk of increasing the interest rate by June 2015 has got the entire financial world scrambling to purchase USDs. Recently, a Commitment of Traders...

Understanding the Tax Benefits of SIPPs

Self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) are widely acclaimed as one of the most tax-efficient means of saving for your retirement. They have many benefits besides this, from increased flexibility to greater control, but it is the tax boons that draw people more than any other factor. A SIPP could significantly increase the capital you get to retire on, and that makes them a fantastic option for some. If you're beginning to consider life after work, read on to find out more… SIPPs and Tax Relief The amount of tax relief you'll be awarded by virtue of your SIPP is dependent upon the rate of...