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.

Why do we exclude companies from our investments?

Investments team, March 2022

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.

April 2022 market update

Investments team update, April 2022

Our investment experts look at how shares, bonds, and property performed in Q1 2022, and what could impact them looking ahead.

What will 2022 look like for investments?

Nick Pagan, December 2021

Now the shadow of the pandemic isn’t as long as it was, what will the economy look like, and how will it affect your investments, such as your pension?

Will inflation affect my investments?

December 2021

What You Need to Know About COP26

Investments team, October 2021

With COP26 leading the news agenda our investments expert explain what it is and how it could have an impact on your pension.

Responsible investing and the E of ESG

Dr Stephen Porter- Responsible Investment Lead, Scottish Widows, October 2021

The environment is a key factor of ESG and our investment team explore how investments can help the environment and look at our approach.

October 2021 market update

Investments team, October 2021

Our investment experts look at how shares, bonds, and property performed from July to September 2021, and what could impact them looking ahead.

June 2021 market update

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?

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.