Welcome to Saving Matters - the IA’s blog. Here you can find articles on a whole range of investment-related topics, as well as our views on industry news and developments

ETFs in challenging times

The coronavirus outbreak has represented what is undoubtedly the sternest test for financial markets since 2008. But as well as a challenge, it has also provided an opportunity for financial instruments to demonstrate their resilience. A paper published today by the IA demonstrates how this has been the case for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).
Hugo Gordon

Personal Resilience in Testing Times

Research tells us that working long hours not only affects our wellbeing and productivity, but a lack of regular downtime can significantly deplete our reserves and resilience. In this latest blog post to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan discusses personal resilience and how firms can support their employees.
Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan

It’s the office, but not as we know it

It is easier to close an office than to reopen one. This is a statement that resonates at the moment. In our latest blog post, Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan looks at how firms are taking their first tentative steps to returning to the office.
Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan

All aboard: March’s retail fund rollercoaster

As we enter the sixth week of lockdown, many of us may have adapted to this new normal, but there can be no doubt it has been an extremely difficult time for families and businesses struggling with the unprecedented circumstances. 
Miranda Seath

COVID-19 and the ‘the art of the possible’

Technology is crucial to organisational growth and competitiveness. Even before the current COVID-19 crisis investment managers had widely forecast 2020 as the year where the industry will invest even more heavily in technology.
Gillian Painter

Dividends during COVID-19

COVID-19 is testing corporate Britain in a way not seen since the Second World War. Its effects are going beyond even the global financial crisis, with this being a health crisis first and an economic one second.
Chris Cummings

The importance of markets

Markets are important. They are the mechanism through which shares in companies are bought and sold, and they give businesses access to cash. Markets are critical in price formation, liquidity transformation and allowing firms to service the needs of their clients.
Chris Cummings

Property Fund Suspensions

The effects of Coronavirus are far reaching across many aspects of our day-to-day lives, and of course bringing heavy market turbulence.
Chris Cummings

Market volatility, Coronavirus and your investments

Investing involves risk. The value of your investment can rise and fall. Your capital is at risk. These warnings come on every piece of advice around investing that you can find. They are the mantra of every investment professional helping you manage your money. As investors, we know we are making a conscious decision to take a degree of risk with our savings, in hopes of better returns down the line.
Chris Cummings