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Top 20 Articles of 2016

MOST POPULAR: What have investors been reading this year? Income paying stocks, Brexit, Trump and tax planning have all topped the agenda

Emma Wall 20 December, 2016 | 11:41AM

Where to find a decent source of income was the top concern for investors in 2016 – no surprise in a year that brought us a shock rate cut from the Bank of England and just one rate increase from the Federal Reserve despite the promise of four. As investors sought out income paying stocks and bonds the macro backdrop was among the most uncertain of recent decades – the UK voted to leave the European Union and the US elected the least qualified President in generations. Investors were keen to know what those events mean for asset prices and portfolios. Also among the most popular articles and videos of 2016; back to basics education, managing money in retirement and how to hit your pension pot goals.

Top 20 FTSE 350 Dividend Paying Stocks

UPDATED JULY 2016: Dividend payments have been boosted £4.3 billion by Brexit. We reveal the top 20 dividend paying stocks in the FTSE 350

Top 20 FTSE 100 Dividend Paying Stocks

THE INCOME INVESTOR: The largest companies in the UK source their revenues internationally, meaning your dividend stream is boosted by global economic growth

How to Pay Less Income Tax

Want to pay less income tax? Avoid higher tax bands, get back your Child Benefit and avoid the Personal Allowance clawback using legal allowances and reductions

Fund Basics

A guide to fund investing for beginners... and a reminder of the basics for those more experienced investors who need a re-cap

Should You Invest in Bonds in 2016?

As UK and US central banks raise interest rates this year, so too will bond yields - and the price of bonds will fall. Is there any merit in holding fixed income in 2016?

Funds vs. Investment Trusts

Investors should consider all the tools at their disposal when building up a diversified tax-efficient portfolio. We compare closed and open-end funds

Fidelity's Wright: Lloyds Bank is a Special Situation

Fidelity Special Situations fund manager Alex Wright favours undervalued turnaround stocks and says Lloyds Bank is on the up following a very difficult financial crisis

How Much Can You Safely Withdraw Annually from Your Pension Pot?

There is a growing body of literature on safe withdrawal rates for retirees, but most of this research is based on the returns in the United States - what about the UK?

Buying Opportunities in Brexit Turmoil

THE WEEK: The sharp drop in share prices may be overdone in parts of the market and investors should hold their nerve - and be on the look out for bargains

Lazard: We Sold All Lloyds Shares After Brexit Vote And Bought Miners Instead

Lazard Asset Management's head of UK equities Alan Custis says there are opportunities in financial stocks, despite off-loading its holding in the UK’s largest bank

3 Top Rated Investment Trusts with Low Fund Fees

As Baillie Gifford announces plans to cut fees on two of its top investment trusts, we look a the cheapest top-rated closed-end funds available to investors

ETF Investors: Make Sure You Buy the Right Market

By buying a FTSE 100 index fund or a FTSE 100 ETF, you’re getting exposure to only 100 stocks; you’re not “buying the whole UK market”

President Trump: What Should You Do?

Donald Trump has beaten Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US President. Stock markets globally have reacted by falling - what should investors do?

Top Rated Investment Trust Grows Dividend for 50 Years

Thanks to the closed-end structure and careful stock selection Bankers Trust has grown its dividend for half a century. What is fuelling future pay-outs?

Lloyds Bank Could Yield 8% by 2018, says Old Mutual

Bronze Rated Old Mutual fund manager Stephen Message picks three UK-listed dividend stocks for income investors

India Overtakes China as Fastest Growing Economy in the World

Unlike most of its emerging market peers that are heavily relying on commodity-related exports, India economy is fundamentally driven by emerging middle class consumers

Woodford: UK Equities Face a Difficult Future

Top UK equity fund manager Neil Woodford is bearish on the UK economy and the stock market - and his views are shared by five-star manager Terry Smith too

Gilts to Lose Value in 2016 as Yields Rise

Ten year Government bond yields increased substantially in the US and UK in the last three months of 2015, what can investors expect this year?

How Much to Save for a Retirement Salary of £50,000?

FUTURE PROOF: How much retirement income do you need to live comfortably? Young professionals are aiming for a pension pot that delivers a punchy £50,000 a year

Are Millennials Saving Enough for Retirement?

Aged under 40? The likelihood of a State Pension for you at retirement is slim. So it is important you are saving now to avoid poverty in later life

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About Author Emma Wall

Emma Wall  is Senior Editor for Morningstar.co.uk