As we head towards April the countdown is already underway for the ISA deadline...or Individual Savings Account - which is why it's timely that IG Group, a leading online trader, has today launched an offer allowing clients to trade their Exchange Traded Funds - or ETFs - commission free, during the ISA season. But is there a catch? Juliette Foster was joined in the studio by Ian Peacock, IG Group's Head of UK and Ireland to find out.
Investment Perspectives: Seeing your doctor in person - a thing of the past? David Mott, Managing Partner of Oxford Capital Partners, & Eren Ozagir, founder and CEO of the online GP appointment service 'Push Doctor'
A few weeks ago, Investment Perspectives spoke to the former investment banker and Conservative Party politican Howard Flight about the Enterprise Investment Scheme, otherwise known as EIS, with regards to how entrepreneurs are using it to grow their businesses. We return to the subject as Juliette is joined in the studio by David Mott, Managing Partner of Oxford Capital Partners, and Eren Ozagir, founder and CEO of the online GP appointment service "Push Doctor”, which allows you to see your doctor digitally from your phone or laptop. For more information, check out www.PushDoctor.co.uk.
How much do you think your watch is worth? If someone gave you a Rolex or a Patek Phillipe would you wear it, sell it or hold onto it as an investment ? Although most people are happy to wear something reasonably priced it seems that one or two of us are prepared to shell out a small fortune on a good, stylish time piece. According to a recent survey by the "Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry", the UK was the eighth-largest market worldwide for watches in 2015. It seems that some of us can't get enough of them. One man who knows all about that is Mark Blowers, who runs a luxury watch firm. He joins Juliette to discuss the industry and increasing demand.
Europe's equity markets got off to a rocky start in the New Year thanks to low inflation, weak growth and uncertainty over whether central bank strategies to reverse the dynamics are actually working. The volatility isn't likely to go away anytime soon - making it difficult to locate the best places to invest cash. They are out there - as long as you know where to look and one person who does is Wei Li, head of EMEA investment strategy at iShares, BlackRock.
Anyone running a small or medium sized company is likely to face numerous challenges as they grow their business and raising money is one of the toughest. If the banks or even family members can't or won't lend the readies, then what are the alternatives? One possible option is to raise the finance through the Enterprise Investment Scheme...also known as EIS. Well one person with a first hand knowledge of EIS and how it works is Lord Howard Flight, the former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who now joins us in the studio.
The Danish dairy giant Arla - whose brands include Lurpak butter - has blamed volatile market conditions and the global decline in milk prices for a drop in its first half profits. George Lee, a partner at Eclectica Asset Management, breaks down who the real culprits are, and what we can expect to see next half.
The latest results are out from the IPD UK Monthly Property Index, which analyses the performance of the UK commercial property market. Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher goes through the numbers with Colm Lauder, Senior Associate at MSCI.
Market volatility has become the norm in the last number of months, with Greece's fraught future in the EU, the fall of the Chinese stock market and the continuing debate over Fed Interest rates. Frazer Wilson, Senior Consultant at Thomas Miller Wealth Management, tells us what we can do to maintain our grip.