Investments blogs

Our expert blogs bring to life how your pension is invested, what can influence its performance and the latest investment news, direct from our investment specialists.

Market Update – how have markets been performing?

Investments team, June 2021

Let’s look at how shares, bonds, and property performed from June 2020 to June 2021, and what could affect them looking ahead.

When investing pays dividends

Investments team, June 2021

Investing in stock markets isn’t all about the price of shares – there is another benefit and that is the dividends paid by companies to you as a shareholder.

So, what is net zero?

Investments team, 18 June 2021

If you’ve had half an eye on the investment world recently, you might have seen the phrase ‘net zero’ around a lot, but what does it mean?

Responsible investing: what is “stewardship”?

Investments team, 16 June 2021

Stewardship is a word that means taking care of something. It’s overseeing something on behalf of someone else, and acting in a way that keeps the true owner’s best interests at heart.

What is the stock market and how does investing in it work?

Investments team, 16 June 2021

‘The stock market’ is something you’ve probably heard of and might even have seen in Hollywood blockbusters like The Wolf of Wall Street. But do you know what it’s all about?

Responsible Investing: what is an “exclusion policy”?

Investments team, 16 June 2021

The exclusion policy is part of our Responsible Investment Framework. We think it’s in the best interest of our customers, and helps us protect their savings from the future risks.

Getting started with investing

Investments team, 15 June 2021

We look at what you need to know before you start, and how you can take that first step into investing.

Will inflation affect my investments?

Kerry Smith, 10 June 2021

If you’re saving into a pension or are taking an income from it in retirement, you might be wondering how inflation could affect your savings.

Investing in cryptocurrencies?

Investments team, 24 May 2021

The rise of cryptocurrencies can sound tempting when investing, but is it the best place to put your savings? Our investments team give us their view on the new economy.

Coronavirus investments update

Iain McGowan, July 2020

Investment Director Iain McGowan provides an update on how coronavirus (Covid-19) could affect your investments.