Small businesses are raising money directly from individuals through crowdfunding platforms. How risky are they?
A few years ago, many of us hadn’t heard of crowdfunding, but now it’s going mainstream. Crowdfunding gives businesses and projects a chance to raise money directly from the public, without going to the banks. If you’re an investor, it means you can invest directly in small and growing businesses. However, it can be risky and companies that people have bought into have gone bust.
What to think about before investing in a company bond
A number of companies are issuing bonds with a return of 6-7%. Should you invest?
When savings rates are so pitifully low, it’s understandable that people will look elsewhere for a better return. A number of companies (from a solar panel maker to a wine seller) have become the latest to issue bonds. But you may find it hard to get out of your investment early so, should you invest?
In this guest article, a - female - fund manager describes her working day.
Article by Ana Cucik Armstrong, chief executive of Armstrong Investment Managers. I’m often asked what life as a fund manager is like, especially in times of economic turmoil when the emphasis is on protecting income. My answer? It’s exciting, varied and rewarding but it’s certainly not a 9 to 5 job.