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Often overlooked in broker price comparisons, the forex charges can dwarf the cost of the headline dealing fee. Today I attempted to buy shares in a iShares Physically Backed Gold ETC, SGLN (GBP). [Well stocks are looking expensive] Unfortunatelty, my first broker iWEB (=Halifax) only offered the USD version of the ETC. Since they charge an extortionate 1.5% forex fee, a £5k trade would have…

As founder managed businesses tend to outperform, I'm interested in researching these more. Does anyone know of an information source that identifies all the UK listed businesses that are managed by their founders ? I tried Google. If there is no existing data, guess I shall have to either research them myself or perhaps post a job on ODESK.

Does anyone here know of a discussion board where people discuss and review their stockbrokers ? With sufficient critical mass, in terms of enough contributors so we get a good overview. I use 3 brokers and shall review them here, in order of my preference. 1 Halifax (~15 years) + Good logical layout, which they rarely change. Logical layout for statements. + No major fee…

I find the lack of visibility with etf & index dividends to be exasperating. Example iShares MSCI Poland UCITS ETF which tracks the MSCI Poland Index The dividend yield on that index is over 3%. The ETF tracks the index very closely but does not pay a dividend. All this would be fine if the MSCI Poland Index was a total return index (ie including…

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I'm kicking myself for going too small with the Purplebricks position size. I bought some with the intention of researching it more before adding. Then the price just raced away. Still, at least it's step by step progress from only value to being prepared to selectively pay up for attractive growth opportunities.

I have no plans to move my SIPP from AJ Bell, but they have also been guilty of needless & irrational fiddling around with their website. All bank & share dealing history statements have a logical standard layout, with firstly the date, description, then money in, money out & balance at the end. Possibly a couple of additional columns on share dealing sites. The AJ…

The government is constantly fiddling around with pensions legislation. The current government might INTEND to inflation index the max pension limit, but all it needs is a change of government, a change of chancellor or just a need to raise money and that intention is scrapped. No one can say with any certainty whether the limit will be indexed with inflation for the next 10…

Flackwell. Who knows what will happen to ISA or Pension tax perks in 5 years time ? What I do know is if things get really bad, under current rules you can cash in your ISA and emigrate with the money. Meanwhile, I read somewhere that the number of QROPs which you can move your pension to has been cut drastically. The government already has…

The following is an opinion, not advice: SIPPS are particularly attractive for any income taxed at a 40% marginal rate of tax now, if your pension would be taxed at a standard rate of tax. ie You get higher rate tax relief on what you put in now, but standard rate when retired. With ISAs, you get no relief on contributions, but any income from…

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