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Income seekers have good reason these days to cast their investment nets much wider than the UK’s markets: not only do they avoid the increasing risk of excessive concentration within a few key high-paying blue-chips, but they can also get exposure to the growing dividend culture in other parts of the world. The August issue of Money Observer leads with a region-by-region assessment of prospects for dividend-hunters in the US, Europe, emerging markets and Japan, and draws some encouraging conclusions.
Sticking with a global perspective, our expert panel of asset allocators have been sitting in their quarterly session this month. Despite huge political tensions, from Brexit and North Korea to Trump’s trade wars and the potential global fallout from them, the experts keep the faith with equities. But cash levels in their portfolios are rising, and there’s marginally more interest in global bonds too.
Back on home ground, we revisit an eventful period for UK mergers and acquisitions, as domestic and international buyers have gone on a spending spree among British businesses. M&A is generally a positive for shareholders in the acquired company, so we consider how far fund investors can tap into the continuing takeover trend.
August also sees an expanded residential property section, with coverage of the impact of Brexit on the housing market, prospects for UK buy to let and alternative routes into bricks and mortar.
Meanwhile, our quarterly Trust supplement provides plenty of food for thought for investment trust enthusiasts, leading with the annual review of our conservative and more adventurous trust tips across leading sectors. The past 12 months have seen average gains of 9 and 16 per cent respectively, despite a return to more volatile times for global markets; can our selections for the coming year do better?