Welcome to our weekly heads-up on articles your clients may have read in the national newspapers over the weekend...
Although the value of some of the more popular emerging market funds has fallen by as much as 20% since March, the Telegraph cites a number of contrarian investment advisers who say decent investment opportunities remain. The valuation decline presents a worthwhile buying opportunity for long-term investors, though volatility looks set to remain a factor for the foreseeable future. Read more here.
Fund management charges
The Independent took a look at fund management charges in an attempt to determine precisely what it is that investors pay for. Expectedly, performance fees came under the spotlight, as did the age-old active v passive debate. Read more here
Not really advisers' bag, but the return of TSB branches to the high street will be a talking point among consumers. The Mail on Sunday spoke to Paul Pester, chief executive of Britain's newest bank, about his plans. Read more here
Our weekly heads-up on the articles your clients may have read at the weekend
House price bubble
So, could the consistent (but still fairly recent) upturn in prices herald another house price bubble? Absolutely not, according to one member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee, who played down the impact of the government's Help to Buy scheme in an interview with the Sunday Times. Paul Fisher, the Bank's executive director for markets, also insisted its policy of providing forward guidance on interest rates was working. Read more here (may require subscription).
Also in the Sunday Times, a look at how investors can profit from the latest technological innovations, such as gas-powered cars and 3D printers. The recent surge in shale gas development is expected to tie into the progress of gas-powered vehicles and the potential of other long-term trends including data mining are also explored. Investors may want your take. Read more here.
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