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SERIES 2, EPISODE 23 | 5 March 2021
Investor journeys: from financial sceptic to investing in my ISA & SIPP
This week we speak to private investor Woodie Dormandy about his investment journey from curious but sceptical beginner with no prior investment knowledge, to fully-fledged ISA and SIPP investor in just one week. We hear the niggles he had in the back of his mind about starting a pension, and how a friend piqued his interest in investing; we look to how he set about learning, forming goals, choosing platforms, wrappers and investments; and the excitement he felt when he finally pressed go and bought some funds. If you’re looking to learn how to invest, our free email based course is available from the homepage.
IDEAS FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO | Asset Value Investors
Ideas for your portfolio: AVI Global Trust Plc
Sponsored and approved by AVI Global – Bringing you close to the fund managers that run your money, in this episode of Ideas For Your Portfolio we speak to Joe Bauernfreund, CEO at Asset Value Investors and fund manager of AVI Global Trust Plc (and Japan Opportunity Trust). Joe takes us through the strategy, what ‘value investing’ means to AVI and why now is good time to invest in value; how investment trusts, family controlled holding companies, and Japan make up the three sectors they search for investments within; finishing with Joe’s view on the economy and his outlook.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 22 | 26 February 2021
Why ethical investments have become an investor darling
Simon and Marcus hog the pod this week as they take a deeper dive into popular investing trend ESG investing, a £10bn UK sector. They look to the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework that fund managers use to assess the softer metrics of a business; they discuss why this approach has the potential for superior returns and how performance data against regular investments is looking good thus far; and finish with a fund, an investment trust, and a passive ETF as examples of sustainable investments.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 21 | 19 February 2021
How the legacy of Covid-19 might be turbocharged DEFLATION
We look at the prospect of inflation this week and speak to broker Panmure Gordon’s chief economist, Simon French. Whipping through the basics, we then look to why the expectations of inflation in a post-crisis world are rising; how technology has been the enabler of deflation and what impact this may have given its adoption has accelerated during the crisis; why Simon thinks deflationary forces are more powerful than inflationary forces in the long-run; and the potential effect of inflation on various assets and whether bitcoin could become the new gold.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 20 | 12 February 2021
How to invest to solve climate change, dwindling biodiversity, and social injustice
We speak to Ben Constable Maxwell from M&G to discuss Impact Investing: the investing discipline that aims to tackle some of the world’s most existential problems. We find out how Impact differs as a subset from the wider sustainable investment sector, and look to three big themes of the day: climate activism and how we shift towards a lower carbon future; biodiversity and how we mirror the natural environment to create a circular economy; and tackling the various roots of social injustice.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 19 | 5 February 2021
Investing in Amazon’s last mile, and other niches guaranteed to intrigue
If it’s not shares and it’s not bonds, what can you invest in? Alternatives! This week we delve into niche investments with Darius McDermott – managing director at adviser Chelsea Financial Services and fund research outfit FundCalibre: explaining why they can be a useful ballast to mainstream investments in your portfolio before looking at the breadth of alternative investment strategies and some of the funds investing in these areas. If you’re enjoying our podcast series – PLEASE SHARE.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 18 | 29 January 2021
Why crypto went crazy and the FCA winced
This week we speak to the head of the UK’s self-regulatory body for crytoassets, Ian Taylor of CryptoUK. He takes us through distributed ledger technology (DTL) – the innovative tech powering the digital currency; he answers why the London ecosystem as a global fintech capital is great for crypto based companies but that challenges in regulation remain; and he offers some thoughts on the arrival of institutional investors as a potential reason behind recent price volatility, and whether the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was too harsh in its statement on cryptoassets. PLEASE SHARE if you’re enjoying the pod.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 17 | 22 January 2021
Investing for your children: How they could be a millionaire by 40
In this week’s show, independent financial adviser Felix Milton is back on the pod to discuss investing for your children. He answers why stashing a pot of cash away in a bank account is a bad idea, why you should focus on a junior ISA or junior SIPP for tax efficient savings, what kinds of investments might be appropriate given the long time horizons for children, and what advice he has for the 55,000 new adults emerging every month with maturing child trust funds.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 16 | 15th January 2021
5G, telemedicine, clean tech, and other innovations for the next decade
This week we take a look at some of the investment ‘themes’ – the innovative trends – playing out across stock markets that have the potential to generate strong long-term returns over the next decade: the growth of technology, and areas such as cloud computing and 5G networks; healthcare, and the drive for greater efficiencies and new treatments; and clean technology, as the world switches to more renewable sources of energy. Subscribe for the latest.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 15 | 8th January 2021
Where to invest in shares and bonds in 2021
As the new year gets underway, we gaze in the crystal orb and ponder how 2021 will be different in markets. We assess the impact of vaccinations and find out what’s putting a fire under the economy, we look at asset allocation and why there might be opportunities to take some risk and invest in more economically sensitive areas of the equity market, and we look at bonds and where it may be possible to find some yield. Our latest free, quarterly digital guide – Get Investing – is out now!
SERIES 2, EPISODE 14 | 1 January 2021
Looking back at the top pods from 2020
In our end of year review, we take a look at two themes that have emerged in the most listened to pods of 2020: pensions and platforms. Happy New Year to all our listeners! Simon and Marcus, Co-Founders.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 13 | 24 December 2020
Four ways to invest for an income, with journalist Cherry Reynard
This week we speak to one of the writers in the next edition of the Get Investing. guide to discuss how to invest to generate an income – more salient than ever given the rock bottom rates we currently get on our savings. We look at four areas: stocks – stressing the issues with pandemic related dividend cuts, and why investment trusts have useful features here; company and government bonds – as a lower risk option than shares for investors, but under unique distortion thanks to central bank action; property – and how risks exist in certain areas of the market that need avoiding, but with exciting opportunities thanks to ecommerce; and alternatives – including weird and wonderful investment areas such as solar farms or smart greenhouses.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 12 | 18 December 2020
Why investment trusts are perfect for private investors, with Janus Henderson’s James de Sausmarez
This week it’s investment trusts – a historic fund structure with roots in the private investor from the 19th century. We speak to James de Sausmarez, Director and Head of Investment Trusts at Janus Henderson Investors, a global investment firm, as he takes us through nearly 150 years of history: beginning in 1867 with the first trust launch, designed for the investor with ‘modest means’ – perhaps not the rich as you would expect – and discussing how they evolved, became less popular as open-ended ‘funds’ emerged with commission charging, and then rose again to become relevant today.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 11 | 11 December 2020
What it takes to make it as a trader, with Amplify Trading
This week, we speak to Amplify Trading’s Piers Curran, as we find out what trading is, which three skills are essential for the job, Piers’ journey to co-founder at Amplify and what key bit of technology changed his company’s fortunes, why he doesn’t think robots will render trading void as a profession, finishing with his view on the ‘vaccine trade’ and whether there’s still money to be made in the recent market rotation.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 10 | 4 December 2020
How to find the best platform for you, with Compare the Platform
Compare The Platform CEO Bella Caridade-Ferreira takes us through your essential tool in accessing the stock markets: investment platforms. She draws-out the differences between online brokers, robo-advisers, and ‘full-fat’ DIY platforms; the difficulties new players are finding in attracting clients, and how they might hope to be profitable in the future; why ‘Vaccine Monday’ created a perfect storm for platform tech; and what added bits of guidance might mark the future of the industry.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 9 | 27 November 2020
A whistle-stop tour of financial planning, with adviser Felix Milton
This week we pull back the cover on the financial planning process and speak to a professional adviser, Felix Milton. We ask: how filthy rich do you need to be to afford one, are there some simple steps a DIY investor can take to plan more effectively, when does paying down credit card debt make sense, are premium bonds a good idea, and I have a house – is that my pension sorted?
SERIES 2, EPISODE 8 | 20 November 2020
A hop through global economics, with Panmure Gordon’s Simon French
In this week’s pod, we speak to the chief economist of an investment bank, and find out why the excitement in markets is justified and what investors are now focusing on, how the Bank of England buys lower interest rates and seeks to avoid high inflation, why managing the transition to a lower carbon economy needn’t cost us growth, what we mean by gross national happiness, and how deglobalisation could be here to stay.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 7 | 13 November 2020
‘Has Brexit caused the City to slip?’, and more, with the Investment Association
In this episode, we speak to the Investment Association (IA) – a trade body whose members manage £8.5trillion! We discuss if Brexit has caused a widely predicted exodus from the City, whether actively managed funds are really under threat from passive ones, why funds with less easily traded assets need considering by private investors, whether sustainable investing will become the gold standard, and how the industry will evolve to better suit the private investor.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 6 | 6 November 2020
How PensionBee simplify pensions
In the second part of our focus on pensions, we talk to the digital investment platform PensionBee about their narrow focus: what benefits does this bring, what technology do they use in their operations, how easy is it to consolidate any former pensions, and how are their investment options tailored towards pension goals.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 5 | 30 October 2020
Pensions & SIPPs from top to bottom, with AJ Bell’s Tom Selby
This week, we take a deep-dive into the world of self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), and speak to Tom Selby, a pensions analyst from fund platform giant, AJ Bell. So, what are pensions and SIPPs? What tax breaks and benefits do they bring? How does drawdown work? And how varied are the investments you can make within a SIPP? This pod has everything you need to know. Oh, and some companies and markets as per usual.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 4 | 23 October 2020
Investment trusts with the AIC’s Annabel Brodie-Smith
This week we take a deep dive into the niche world of investment trusts with communications director Annabel Brodie Smith of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), to discuss the unique features of the oldest investment vehicles in the world. We also hear: in markets, the latest drama to come out of Congress, and which giant company is about to grace Eastern stock markets for the first time, setting a record; and in companies, which supermarkets are cutting costs for Christmas, and how Royal Mail is innovating the way we post – implementing the biggest changes we’ve seen since 1852.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 3 | 16 October 2020
Exclusive interview with Dan Giddings of investment platform Wealthify
In markets, we look to the switch in investor appetite in the US, as well as why going ‘ex-dividend’ is affecting certain UK stocks; in companies, we hear how cinemas are faring amid waning audience numbers, and the new features video meeting platform Zoom is bringing in to capitalise on a big year for the company; and finish with Steps’ interview with Wealthify’s head of business development Dan Giddings, as he discusses the ‘robo-investor’ and what it’s trying to do for its clients.
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SERIES 2, EPISODE 2 | 9 October 2020
How to choose a fund with Faith Archer
This week we uncover how President Donald Trump has been causing big price swings across markets globally as the US election draws near; we hear what the chief of Tesco had to say about the company’s trading, and look at how EasyJet has fared amid a dismal holiday season for travel; in our interview, we speak to experienced personal finance journalist Faith Archer on some of the crucial features to look at when it comes to selecting funds for your portfolio; and finish with our take on the conversation.
SERIES 2, EPISODE 1 | 2 October 2020
How to invest in election chaos, and a new Guide out now
Welcome to season 2 of the Steps to Investing Podcast – bringing you news, tips and hints to keep you up to date with the markets and brimming with investing ideas. This week, we take a look at September in the markets and ask why after a relaxing summer break, all fund managers want to do is sell, sell, sell; in companies, we see what pearls of wisdom Nike has to offer in the consumer shift to online, and why Rolls Royce has been turning its hat to shareholders to ask for more money; and in The Big Investment, we look to election chaos in the US and ask what impact this will have on markets globally, and how to invest around it.
Sign-up to our NEW, FREE 7-DAY QUICK-COURSE to learn more about investing. Also out – our NEW, STEPS TO INVESTING GUIDE: giving you tips on preparing for investing and choosing a fund, investment ideas that consider the short-term risks and also long-term opportunities, and deep-dive into the problems with capitalism today and a new model that is emerging to save us.
EPISODE 30 | 11 September 2020
Is inflation coming, and how can we profit from it?
In markets, we look to the tech stars upsetting US markets, and what European investors are hoping for from Christine Lagarde; in companies, we look to jewellery that lost its lustre, and which company stock market floatation ‘Golden Balls’ is behind; finishing with The Big Investment, and a look to inflation that threatens on the horizon and how as private investors we might profit from it.
EPISODE 29 | 4 September 2020
Toys bucking the trend, and the growth-to-value snapback
In markets we explore how a press conference of the powerful is leading shares ever higher, and what economic trinkets the French have announced; in companies we look at who’s raising money for cybertrucks, and the soaring profits a Danish firm is building, brick by brick; finishing with The Big Investment, and why the switch from investing in growth stocks to value stocks might be savvy over the long term.
EPISODE 28 | 28 August 2020
A central banker tete-a-tete, and a relic for your portfolio: Gold
In markets, we look at what new monetary policies might excite at the central banker Jackson Hole symposium, and a storm that’s blowing through the oil industry; in companies, we find out about an Ant that’s about to float on the stock markets, and a Russian mining group that has stolen the FTSE-100 show this year; finishing with The Big Investment and a delve into one of the most ancient of precious metals: gold.
EPISODE 27 | 21 August 2020
A new high, a giant apple, and crowdfunding: the complete guide
In the pod this week, markets hit new highs, a 2 trillion dollar apple, and a warning from the discounter. Plus, in ‘The Big Investment’, we examine crowdfunding – small investors, smaller businesses, but potential for big wins, and definitely big risks.
EPISODE 26 | 14 August 2020
Food glorious food, the UK plummets, and robots to help you invest
Marcus kicks-off with some grisly UK data that leaves Chancellor Sunak with some explaining to do, and what disagreements on Capitol Hill are delaying a vital second round of US stimulus; Simon takes a look at a food app breaking its own records, and a pizza company shining a light on eat out to help out; rounding-off with The Big Investment and the robots that get you from account opening to investing in lightening-quick time.
EPISODE 25 | 7 August 2020
The Banks’ sobering view, a tough time for Chinese apps, and investing for credit income
In markets this week, Marcus looks at which juicy package details investors are eagerly awaiting from Congress, and why the Bank of England thinks our interest rates are best kept as they are; in companies, Simon discusses a grim story that puts disgraced fintech group Wirecard back in the press again, as well as the screws US President Donald Trump is turning on Chinese apps; finishing with The Big Investment and a focus on credit as a potential source of income.
EPISODE 24 | 31 July 2020
The Fed extends cheap money, a new way to shop, and government bonds
The market soap opera continues this week with a glance at how some dreary data from Europe is overshadowing positive moves from the Fed; in companies we see which Spanish bank has made a historical announcement, and an eCommerce platform that is knocking eBay to one side; finishing with The Big Investment, and a zoom into the world of government bonds and why they can be a ballast for your portfolio.
EPISODE 23 | 24 July 2020
PMI data cheers on Europe, and investing in ‘private equity’
Marcus and Simon explore the reasons behind a dip in markets in the back-end of this week, a ray of hope for Europe, a burrito brand that baulked, a DIY bonanza; and in The Big Investment, private equity and how to access it for your portfolio.
EPISODE 22 | 16 July 2020
A pizza maker at risk of being gobbled up, and ‘alternatives’ for your portfolio
Simon and Marcus take a look at why Chinese stocks have taken a tumble this week, which vaccines have been driving markets, a pizza maker beholden to its creditors, the planes set to remain in the sky; and in The Big Investment we continue our look at alternatives, and some of its weird and wonderful assets.
EPISODE 21 | 10 July 2020
A state endorsed rally, and ‘absolute return’ funds
This week Marcus and Simon look at which country is frothing up its stock market, which sector has been boosted by UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak, a tailor that no longer suits, some bumper profits for a German logistics giant; and in The Big Investment, what absolute return fund managers are trying to do for their investors.
EPISODE 20 | 3 July 2020
The government claps back, a star implodes, and a niche in ‘active’ investing
Which vaccine is exciting markets, who the Brits are raging at, a company stashing billions of euros behind the sofa, which carmaker has just received a gold medal, and life beyond furlough. In The Big Investment this week we look at a niche of the active funds space: investment trusts.
EPISODE 19 | 25 June 2020
Grumpy markets, the end of an 84-year old brand and ‘active’ investing
This week Simon and Marcus take a look at which US states are causing Coronavirus worries, the vaccines the market bulls are looking at, why Facebook is in the news again, and the death of an 84-year old brand; finishing with The Big Investment and a focus on fund management’s thunderous incumbent: actively managed portfolios.
EPISODE 18 | 18 June 2020
Markets addicted to policy response, and the unstoppable rise of ‘passive’ investing
In the pod this week, Marcus describes markets as a game of two halves, looking at Covid-19 worries, tense borders, and Bank of England policy decisions; Simon rounds-up company news, with ongoing bank troubles and a slow take-up of pre-heated sausage rolls; finishing with a deep-dive into passive investing and why it could be good for your portfolio in The Big Investment.
EPISODE 17 | 12 June 2020
Market moves despite the Fed, and sustainable investing for your portfolio
In a slightly revamped format, Simon and Marcus take a look at what’s driving markets with grim forecasts from the Fed and the OECD, which companies have hit the news with Ocado looking to capitalise further on shifting trends off the back of Covid-19, as well as a more detailed The Big Investment, as we delve into hot investment style ESG investing and how to access it.
EPISODE 16 | 5 June 2020
Where next for globalisation, a dividend ban defied, and investing in the UK
A brief look at why one company is breaking the dividend ban, some positive news for the auto industry, what effect investors are still feeling from Woodford Investment Management’s implosion, and where globalisation is left in the wake of Covid-19; finishing with The Big Investment and investing in FTSE-100 UK companies.
EPISODE 15 | 28 May 2020
Which hedge fund loses faith in Warren Buffett? And how to do multi-asset investing
The car brands in convoy to survive, two investing champs part ways, the tech titans on a shopping spree, a top tip from a leading UK fund manager; rounding-off with The Big Investment and multi-asset investing. Subscribe to get the latest.
EPISODE 14 | 21 May 2020
Supermarkets do supreme court battle, and what strategic bonds can do for you
Simon and Marcus look at which supermarkets have sorted a little tax problem, what long-suffering M&S is doing about onerous rents, new rules for government bail-outs that could protect firm reputations, a secret fund launch that broadens Lindsell Train’s appeal, and a sophisticated scam and how to avoid them; finishing with The Big Investment and why strategic bond funds could be a balancing force in your portfolio right now.
EPISODE 13 | 14 May 2020
A perplexing acronym, and who Elon is quarrelling with
Simon and Marcus discuss which new acronym is ridiculous, a hotel having a tough time, why Elon Musk is picking fights with authorities and a confident signal from Toyota. They end with The Big Investment and a look at the UK’s smaller company sector with three fund picks.
EPISODE 12 | 8 May 2020
Not so precious silver; the empire builder at it again; global funds in the spotlight
A chat through what’s happening in the UK’s gig economy; the diverging paths of gold and silver; Disney’s unhappy irony; what the world’s most active dealmaker John Malone has been up to (again); and finishing with a focus on global equity funds.
EPISODE 11 | 30 April 2020
The UK high street, Blackrock, and value investing
Simon and Marcus chat through how Next and Dixons Carphone are coping with the impact of Coronavirus; an announcement from Shell that breaks a very long trend; gigantic asset manager BlackRock’s growing influence; and focus on value investing with three fund picks in The Big Investment.
EPISODE 10 | 24 April 2020
Lobster restaurants, Netflix and which funds pick great brands
Marcus and Simon discuss the specific pressures that pushed the oil market into negative territory, an enterprising restaurant chain, the news in food apps, how exactly consumers are using Netflix during Corona; and we finish with some investment funds that use an investment strategy known as ‘quality growth’.
EPISODE 9 | 17 April 2020
Which stocks are winning during the Coronavirus clampdown?
Marcus and Simon take to some optimism in this week’s show! Which stocks and sectors have avoided a Coronavirus wrong-footing? We find out from Adrian Lowcock of broker Willis Owen. Plus, The Big Investment focuses on the thunderously sized stock market that is the US.
EPISODE 8 | 9 April 2020
What happened to UK dividends?
This week, Simon and Marcus take a look at the bleak outlook for UK dividends and comfort themselves with a well-known brand that bucks the trend, they discuss recent announcements from the Bank of England and how they plan to help finance the government, as well as take a quick dive the specialist world of quant hedge funds. Finally they introduce a new section in the show that aims to take a look at a particular area of the market and discuss some fund ideas: this week, Europe.
EPISODE 7 | 2 April 2020
A glance at the tax year end
This week Simon and Marcus take a look at why the tax year end is important, focusing on the Individual Savings Account – the ISA – as well as some hints and tips for tax planning.
EPISODE 6 | 27 March 2020
British business steps up for the NHS
As Simon and Marcus take heed of Coronavirus safety calls and socially distance themselves to record this latest MiniCast, they take a look at businesses striving to help-out with Coronavirus as well as the impact the virus is having on dividends; and Simon forces one eye-open to peak at his pension portfolio and assess the damage.
EPISODE 5 | 20 March 2020
Investing in the UK’s biggest firms
Simon and Marcus give their take on the news-flow amid a Coronavirus-induced market panic, bringing key stories from markets, economics, companies, and the funds industry; as well as Marcus’ Big Interview this week with Job Curtis – an investor the UK’s big FTSE-100 firms; followed by Simon’s analysis for those looking to invest.
EPISODE 4 | 12 March 2020
The UK budget has some giveaways for investors
In the latest of Steps to Investing’s ‘snackable’ finance podcast series – The Steps MiniCast – Simon and Marcus discuss whether the UK’s new Chancellor’s budget has anything juicy for investors, how the Bank of England is responding to the dreaded ‘C’-word, and what Simon is doing with his pension amid slightly chaotic scenes across markets. Every month we release a full interview with an investment professional, and next week it’s all about FTSE-100 companies.
EPISODE 3 | 6 March 2020
The Coronavirus saga continues…
This week we focus on the impact of coronavirus, with Marcus on the latest in markets and a particular company that has been squeezed by the associated drop in demand, as well as Simon on the impact in his SIPP.
EPISODE 2 | 27 February 2020
How is Coronavirus affecting stock markets?
This week it’s Coronavirus’ impact on markets and how Simon is approaching his portfolio, as well as ‘Junk Bond King’ Michael Milken and what Ikea has changed about its meatballs.
EPISODE 1 | 20 February 2020
The brand spanking new Steps to Investing podcast
We introduce ourselves and the show, and talk about how we started investing for ourselves. Plus all the week’s news.