Asset management has an agency problem — in fact, several agency problems. In other words, what’s good for the fund manager, for the company he or she works for, and for that firm’s shareholders, is not necessarily good for you, the … Continued

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The FCA report concluded that fund charges are often too high, that there is a lack of genuine competition on price and that investors are not being given a clear picture of how much they are paying to invest. What … Continued

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There was good news for UK investors when the Financial Conduct Authority published a long-awaited report on the asset management industry. The report concluded that fund charges are often too high, that there is a lack of genuine competition on … Continued

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Returns of 11%, 15%, or even 26% last year!  And from lower-risk property investment!  You don’t have to spend much time on Google to find property investments enticing individuals to part with their savings in search of high returns with … Continued

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In March 2015 the Government announced plans to create a second-hand annuity market and allow people, who had previously bought annuities, to sell them for cash, from April 2017. At the start of this month they decided to cancel those … Continued

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In Monday’s edition of the Press & Journal, Carbon’s investment director, Barry O’Neill explores whether there is any merit in drip-feeding your money into investment markets rather than investing everything at once. Whilst your initial instinct might be to take … Continued

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The most exciting announcement in the Autumn Statement was that it was to be the last Autumn Statement, with it being replaced by the annual Budget, giving more time between the Budget and the start of the next tax year … Continued

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We are proud to announce that Carbon has once again been awarded the ‘Gold Standard for Independent Financial Advice’, making 2016 the fourth year in a row it has secured the award. Operations Director Shireen Fernie was delighted to collect … Continued

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Human beings are hard-wired to do things, and, if anything, the pace of modern life has intensified that basic instinct. Our culture encourages us to maximise our time, to keep To Do lists, and to cram our diaries with appointments. … Continued

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One of the reasons for the enduring popularity of active fund management, despite all the evidence that for most of us it’s a thoroughly bad idea, is that the case for using active funds sounds so very plausible. It seems … Continued

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