Friday Caption Contest (Boris Blues Edition)

The winner of this week’s caption contest will receive a brand new copy of ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’ by Shoshana Zuboff. Entries in the comments… 

Last week’s winning comment was from Cliff Langdon (NMRN) with “I am your Father, and yours, and yours, and yours,and yours.” Congrats, Cliff. Email team@order-order.com for details on how to receive your prize.

Positive Global Income Trends

Ben Lofthouse, Fund Manager of Henderson International Income Trust, outlines some of the positive income trends from around the world, which the Trust has benefited from; and he explains how the Trust is impacted by the ongoing trade war. See more here.

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Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income from it can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount originally invested. The information in this article does not qualify as an investment recommendation. For promotional purposes.

MPs Believe Social Media has a Negative Impact on Politics

Four in five MPs believe that public attitudes towards politicians have been changed for the worse by social media. 

Research commissioned by Vuelio, the political and media software provider, has found that MPs believe social media has a negative impact on politics, with four in five (81%) of the 137 MPs surveyed believing public attitudes towards politicians have been changed for the worse as a result of social media. The research is released at a time of heightened speculation regarding an early general election.

According to MPs, there are specific ways in which social media has damaged public engagement. Over three quarters (79%) believe social media has made it difficult for the public to source information from trustworthy sources and 78% believe it leads to people being overloaded with information. This impacts policy making, with two in five (42%) MPs believing social media has changed the policy making process for the worse, and a third (36%) believe it has changed public understanding of policy for the worse.  

While MPs believe, on balance, that social media has had negative impact on politics, they do recognise some positives. Almost half (47%) of MPs say it has improved the transparency of politics and around two in five (44%) say it has improved engagement between politicians and the public.

Joanna Arnold, CEO of Vuelio said: ‘Social media has ushered in a new era of political immediacy that is reshaping how politicians engage with the public. While recognising that social media has improved transparency, four in five MPs believe it has changed public attitudes towards politicians for the worse. The depth of concern that MPs have is a timely reminder of the risks of social media as well as the potential it has to transform political engagement.’

Read the full research results and discover how MPs are using social media – download the white paper here. 

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Sticking to Our Guns on Value

Laura Foll, Co-Fund Manager of Lowland Investment Company, highlights activity on the Trust’s portfolio over the last quarter and what investors can reasonably expect over the coming months. Laura also explains how the team’s investment style has led to the Trust underperforming the index in the year to date. Find out more here.

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Why Less is More

John Bennett, Fund Manager for Henderson European Focus Trust, discusses why he believes the concentration of the Trust’s portfolio will not lead to greater risk and how he intends to maintain a diversified portfolio with high conviction.

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PPI Deadline is Today – What Does This Mean?

The long awaited deadline for claiming PPI ends is today at 11:59pm on the 29th August 2019.  Whilst Britons have heard almost a year to prepare for this day, the fast approaching deadline has sent thousands into a frenzy trying to claim back an average of £2,000. So far today, there have been numerous sites that have crashed from too much traffic including major banks Santander and NatWest.

Many people ended up being unknowingly sold payment protection insurance from the 1990s onwards up until 2006. A lot of the time, the policy payment was added to their bills or it was sold as an ‘essential’ item on different loans and mortgages or provided to those who were self-employed, and therefore ironically to people who would never have been able to make a claim on the policy. After midnight tonight, it will no longer be possible for people to make a claim to get their money back – but there are still potentially billions at stake, with most people not even realizing that they have a claim…

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Finding Balance for The City of London Investment Trust

Job Curtis, Fund Manager of The City of London Investment Trust, is relatively calm about the UK economy amid slowing economic data; and in this video he explains the thinking behind three new companies in the Trust’s portfolio and his thoughts on Vodafone after it announced a dividend cut. See more here

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Has the Value Comeback Been Postponed?

Alex Crooke, Fund Manager for Bankers Investment Trust, explains why his predictions for the second half of the year have changed as political uncertainty continues to hamper business confidence. Alex also gives an update on asset allocation within the portfolio, particularly in light of the China-US trade war. See more here

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How to Ensure Your Crowdfunding Campaign is Successful

The crowdfunding platform Kickstarter offers a huge range of opportunities to ask the general public for help in investing in a variety of projects. From personal labours of love to innovative new products to businesses needing a little extra help with the initial capital behind a new idea, the platform relies on the fact that unless the goal is reached, the project usually doesn’t acquire the funds which would otherwise need to be acquired by remortgaging, getting a second mortgage or trying to apply for numerous business loans. 

So, it’s critical that the projects raise enough attention, excitement, and buzz to carry itself across the finish line in order to acquire the cash. But how can you ensure that a Kickstarter campaign is successful? Well, you can start by taking tips from some of the most enduring success on the platform.

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‘Junk Food’ Ad Bans Don’t Work

London’s blanket ban on ‘junk food’ advertising is not only ineffective, inconsistent and impractical, it’s going to cost a fortune too! Estimated at a whopping £35 million, it will deprive dilapidated public services of desperately needed investment. Who’s decided that chicken burgers are not junk food but olive oil is? And no mince pies allowed at Xmas? No strawberries and cream for Wimbledon?

The simple truth is ad bans don’t work – there’s no proof they reduce childhood obesity. However, there is clear evidence that wide-ranging, collaborative and positive approaches are an effective solution. In Amsterdam, childhood obesity rates fell by 12% between 2012-15, through investment in positive lifestyle and education campaigns.

Telling people what they can do is much more effective than hectoring them about what they can’t. Evidence-based solutions are more effective than political ones.

To find out more: www.getsmartoutside.org.uk

Boosting Income Through US Debt

Henderson High Income Fund Manager David Smith explains why he is allocating more of the portfolio to fixed income, specifically US corporate debt. See more here

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Prepared for Turbulence

James de Bunsen and Peter Webster, Co-Fund Managers on Henderson Alternative Strategies Trust, explain the latest trust performance. Find out more here

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Henderson Smaller Companies in Good Shape

Neil Hermon, Fund Manager of Henderson Smaller Companies Trust, says he is confident in his portfolio despite economic and political uncertainties. Find out more here… 

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UK Domestics: Unpopular and Great Value

Laura Foll, Co-Fund Manager of Lowland Investment Company, explains the latest portfolio activity and why the team see value in UK domestic companies. Find out more here… 

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Confidence and Conviction in the Process

Jamie Ross, Fund Manager of Henderson EuroTrust, explains how the Trust has performed in 2019 and why he is confident about the remainder of the year; and he shares two interesting additions to the portfolio. See more here:

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Strong Equity Markets and Stable Dividends

Ben Lofthouse, Fund Manager for Henderson International Income Trust, on portfolio changes, market performance and trust outlook. See more here

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China Trade War? No Worries

Mike Kerley, fund manager for Henderson Far East Income, gives an update on the fund’s portfolio activity and why China’s trade war poses little threat. Click here to find out more…

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UK Surveys Reveal Lack of Trust in Casino Operators

Recent data collected by the independent data and public opinion company, YouGov, as well as the regulatory watchdog, the UK Gambling Commission, reveal in this collected research that the majority of UK players lack trust in casino operators.

What questions were asked in these surveys?

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The Only Way is Up

Ollie Beckett, fund manager of TR European Growth Trust, discusses how the trust has outperformed its benchmark and how he is “cautiously optimistic”. Click here to learn more…

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A Truer Active, More Idiosyncratic Portfolio

John Bennett, Fund Manager of Henderson European Focus Trust, explains why the board has reduced the minimum number of holdings the Trust can invest in from 50 to 45; and why investors should not be spooked by economic data. Click here to learn more…

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