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Robert Bell

Having worked for years in the UK banking industry, I began writing and reporting financial markets after migrating abroad to Bolivia. My interests include learning new ways to make money and learning to speak Spanish.

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Deciding Whether to Buy Cotton This Month: The Chinese Factors

Cotton has long been seen as a good commodity investment. Despite there being more types of material than ever before, this is still one of the most common raw materials for making clothes and other products.   The History of Cotton Prices The price of cotton is affected by a number of factors. The following are some of the main ones...

Why We Are Closely Watching the Liverpool Property Market in 2020

The Liverpool property market has been the star of the UK scene in the last year or so. Now is a good time to take a look at whether or not this trend is expected to continue. We will look at some numbers to see how attractive it is for buy to let investors in 2020. The Story So Far One of the reasons why Liverpool property is performing...

The Powerful Reasons to Invest in Coffee This Month

Coffee has become a hugely popular drink across the planet in the last few years. The success of chains like Starbucks and Costa Coffee has led to demand for coffee going through the roof. It is estimated that more than 2.25 billion cups of this drink are consumed every day. Therefore, it is worth considering whether to stimulate your por...

The Time Is Right to Buy Property in Italy: A Look at €1 Houses and More

The thought of buying property in Italy has captivated many people over the years. Richard Branson, Madonna and George Clooney are among the numerous celebrities who own homes in this country. Find out whether buying an Italian house just now could be the key to la dolce vita. Cheap Properties and Massive Variety House prices in Italy hav...

The Most Interesting Corporate Bond Funds to Buy in 2020

2019 was a very good year for corporate bonds. Some reports have mentioned gains of 10% for the year. Therefore, it is a good moment to look ahead and see what 2020 could be like for this market. The Positive Factors There are some strong reasons for considering the purchase of corporate bonds this year. They are typically seen as offerin...

Forget the ISA and Savings Accounts! You Could Take a Chance on Forex Trading GBP/USD

Safe and steady investments aren’t right for everyone. Rather than gently building up your savings, you might be ready to take on something riskier. The British Pound has taken a hammering lately, so it could be ready to strike back against the UD Dollar. The Recent History The chart showing the GBP/USD trading pair shows a huge level of...

Find Out If Investing in Gas Is a Good Move in 2020

Gas prices have dropped significantly in recent days. This makes it a good time to look into this commodity and see what it might offer investors. To do this, we need to consider all of the factors that affect its price. Current Gas Prices At the start of February 2020, the price of gas dropped to a four-year low. Natural-gas futures have...

Why We Are Watching the French Property Market in 2020

France has always been an attractive place for anyone looking to move abroad. It is also a good time to look at whether it could be the right place to invest in property just now. A Big, Varied Country France is the 42nd biggest country on the planet but the biggest in Western Europe. This means that the property market is huge. From spra...

Is February the Best Month to Buy Copper?

You may see copper referred to as the best commodity to understand the entire global economy. This is a heavily-traded commodity that can add a high degree of diversity to your investment strategy, Take a look at why now might be the time to get involved. Why Is Copper a Valuable Metal? Copper is a hugely versatile metal that is used for...

Don’t Work Your Life Away: Get the Right Mixture of Shares to Retire Early

The thought of retiring early can seem like an unrealistic dream. Most people simply struggle on at work, slowly making their way towards retirement age when they will finally be able to live life more fully. Yet, it doesn’t have to be like that. One way that you can leave work at a younger age and get more out of life is to choose the ri...

The Best Emerging Market Debt Bond Funds to Watch in 2020

Buying bonds offers a smart way to make a fixed return investment. If you choose bonds such as those from the US Treasury or the UK Government then expect a steady if unspectacular return. However, some of the best returns right now are on emerging market debt bonds. Let’s take a look at what these cover and what some of the best are. Why...

Buy Walmart Stock or Invest in Amazon? How 2020 Has Started for Both

Retail stock is always popular with investors. It is a trend that is expected to continue into 2020. This is an industry that generally brings in bring profits. The best companies have clear strategies and huge, loyal customer bases. So, buying shares in a retail firm is a good idea. 2019 was a great year for the likes of Costco and Targe...

Could the Time Be Right to Invest in Oil? A Look at This Volatile Commodity

Investing in oil can be a smart way of diversifying your portfolio. This is typically regarded as being a fairly volatile and complex type of commodity. Let’s see what you need to know about it in order to understand whether the time is right to pump some money into this commodity. We can get started by looking at how big this market is,...

Getting Started: Invest £500 Each Month for a Year to Protect Your Future

The idea of saving £500 each and every month can be a bit daunting. This is especially true if you are just starting out. The first steps are often the most difficult with this kind of lifestyle change. Therefore, this idea is aimed at those people who are just getting started on investing. It is a way of clearing the decks before startin...

Will You Find a Silver Lining in the Commodity Market this Month?

Silver is sometimes considered as being a less attractive commodity than gold. Yet, this precious metal has long been regarded as being a smart investment. Is February 2020 the right time to buy some? Why Is Silver a Popular Commodity? Silver meets all of the criteria to be viewed as a valuable, sought-after commodity. For a start, it is...

Could 2020 be the Perfect Time to Buy Property in Argentina?

Finding the next up and coming property market is the dream of many investors all over the world. Doing this means carrying out a lot of research and perhaps looking in places where you wouldn’t normally look. One option worth spending some time on in Argentina. This giant South American country is going through a torrid period economical...

Why Keep an Eye on the Manchester Property Market in 2020

There are some very good reasons for keeping an eye on the Manchester property market this year. This fast-growing city in the North West of England was one of the success stories of 2019, and this trend should continue into 2020. The Fast Rate of Growth The most important factor here is how the city’s population is booming. This is espec...

Gold Could Be Your Secret to a Glittering 2020

The idea of investing in commodities might sound rather daunting. Perhaps you think that you would need to be an expert to do this well. This isn’t true, as anyone can invest in the likes oil, gas, corn and copper. Gold has traditionally been the most widely-chosen commodity among investors. Let’s take a look at why this precious metal co...

Forget About Working Until 67: Invest in Property Instead

If you rely on the State Pension for a comfortable retirement, you will be waiting around for a long time. Recent changes mean that many of us would have to wait until we reach 67 to do this. Thankfully, there is a better way of managing your money to make your golden years better. Why Retire Early? The first point to cover is why you wou...

Equity Funds Are Possibly the Smartest Way to Invest £500 per Month in 2020

2020 could be the year in which you make the profitable investments that you have always wanted to. If you can put away £500 each month for the next year, this gives you an excellent basis for starting to build up serious funds. Take a look at how you should use this money. Avoid Stuffing Your Bank Account The low interest rates on offer...

The Spanish Property Crash Is Over: Is Now the Right Time to Invest in Property in Spain?

Spain has traditionally been regarded as one of the best countries for investing in property. The Spanish property market has had some turbulent times in recent years, though. Let’s see what 2020 holds in store for anyone who wants to invest in property here. A Bit of Background The property market here was booming at the start of the cen...

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