Budget 2014

Budget 2014

George Osborne delivers his fifth Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday. Interactive Investor will have coverage of the announcement as well as a running commentary as it happens.

Users can also get involved and have their voice heard on our new Budget discussion board, so head over and tell us what you want to hear in the speech.

Investment Trust Spotlight brought to you in association with JPMorgan

Investment Trust Spotlight brought to you in association with JPMorgan

As the economic recovery gathers momentum Interactive Investor, in association with JPMorgan, assesses investment trusts well positioned to capitalise.

Over the coming weeks we will explore global themes including UK small and medium-sized companies, US opportunities, dividend growth, the European recovery and the ongoing emerging markets story.

Money Observer's investment trust tips

Money Observer's investment trust tips

Fiona Hamilton puts this year's racy and trusty tips on the starting grid for another year of high-octane performance.

View from the top: Interviews

View from the top: Interviews

Interactive Investor interviews the brains behind your favourite companies.

Read on to get the lowdown from the teams at the top of the corporate tree, gain insight into the secrets of their firms' success - or otherwise - and find out what's in store for the future...

Privatisations: Special report

Privatisations: Special report

The government plans to sell-off more state-owned assets, with Royal Mail and its stakes in Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland the prime candidates for participation from private investors.

Interactive Investor sets the scene, and will be providing ongoing coverage and analysis of all the initial public offerings as they happen.

How should I invest...

How should I invest...

Moneywise believes in helping you save money so you can focus on taking your first steps on the investment ladder.

Over the long term, investing money will produce far greater returns than you'll get from high street savings accounts.

With that in mind, Moneywise's "How should I invest..." column aims to help beginner investors of any age and any financial background plan for their family's future by offering hints and tips from the UK's leading independent financial advisers on how and where they should invest their cash.

DIY portfolio strategies

Investors are often preoccupied with individual investments rather than the expertise that underpins the building of coherent and relevant portfolios that achieve their goals.

Most investors are sometimes guilty of faddy investment purchases that they then regret, or that they find too risky or pedestrian to meet their long-term objectives.

Money Observer's Portfolio Strategies guide investors on the basic decisions they will need to take when they build a portfolio.

Money Observer Investment Trust Awards 2013

Actively managed funds have come in for a lot of stick recently, on the basis that managers spend too much time and money juggling their portfolios, are not prepared to take significant risks relative to their benchmarks, and seldom manage to sustain a period of outperformance for several consecutive years.

Money Observer's annual Investment Trust Awards go to trusts which have proved this is a nonsense. In terms of net asset value total returns per share, all have produced above-average returns in their sector in each of the past three years, and all have pulled substantially ahead of their benchmark indices over three years.

Money Observer Fund Awards 2013

The annual Money Observer Fund Awards recognise the actively managed funds that have delivered consistently good, low-volatility returns for investors.

Good past performance is, of course, no guarantee of future success. However, we believe that managers who have been able to cope with the vicissitudes that past market conditions have thrown at them are better qualified than most to rise to the challenges that they may meet in the future.

Back to basics: A beginner's guide to share dealing

Money Observer's back to basics special gives you everything you need to know about buying shares and building up a profitable portfolio from scratch.

Should I buy shares in...?

As markets remain volatile, shares in all sectors can rise or fall sharply at the drop of a hat. But how do you spot the bargains or know when to avoid a dud?

Money Observer Rated Funds

Money Observer gives its stamp of approval to more than 100 top-performing funds and investment trusts.

Money Observer Rated Funds: Bonds

As part of a balanced portfolio of investments, bond funds can play a useful role, especially for people who need income or are of a more cautious nature.

Budget 2013

From proposed tax and benefit changes to an extension of the "NewBuy" scheme for first-time homebuyers, Interactive Investor brings you reports and analysis from Chancellor George Osborne's 2013 Budget.

Money Observer Rated Funds: Specialist investments

Investment trusts and funds are ideal for investing in specialist sectors as they combine expertise with the lower risk of a spread of holdings.

Money Observer Rated Funds: Mixed asset investments

Getting asset allocation right is not easy. Buying a ready-made mixed asset fund for your core investment could be the answer.

Money Observer Rated Funds: Developed market equities

It has never been easier to access fast-growing shares in developed markets outside the UK and the benefits can be considerable.

Money Observer Rated Funds: Emerging market equities

Low government debt and a superior economic growth rate means the Asia Pacific region cannot be overlooked. Money Observer casts an eye over funds and trusts targeting the area and other emerging markets.

Money Observer Rated Funds: UK equities

The first port of call for a shares-based portfolio is UK equities. We've examined 470 funds and trusts to narrow your field of choice down.

Backing British business

There are a host of tasty incentives on offer for those who are willing to invest in smaller companies, with Chancellor George Osborne keen to boost small and medium enterprises.

These benefits include possible tax breaks, through venture capital trusts and the enterprise investment scheme, as well as the government's promise to look into introducing crowdfunding sector regulation.