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What is Motif Investing?

The term ‘Motif investing has created ripples among the investors, in no time. What exactly does it mean? Motif Investing is the innovation of CEO Hardeep Walia.

He released this service in 2012 for US-based traders.  It has developed exclusive financial products known as “motifs.” These are similar to low-cost theme-based ETF (exchange-traded fund) offered by start-ups like WEALTHFRONT.

Role of Motif Investing in Financial Investments

Holding baskets of costly stocks indicates more instability and horrible losses. In such scenario, Motif investing works as a blessing. How? It provides the flexibility to the investors. They can decide on areas that they would like to invest in.  Not just that, the investors do not have to make expensive individual stock purchases to be in the game.

Today the sharemarket has become a favourite place for millions of investors. If the investment is done carefully, it can give massive returns to the traders.  The returns from the potentially strong stocks are really huge compared to any other asset class. However, one small mistake can put a big dent in their capital. Online robot advisers stepped in to prevent such damages.

With the initiation of online trading, ideas like online brokerage have strolled in. Motif Investing is one of the distinctive names in the aforementioned field. It is discount brokerage that makes investing and trading in the stock market easier for the individual stock investors. With a proper guidance, they can buy or sell stocks by themselves with just a click of the mouse.

The Salient features

Earning from the stocks is no longer a hassle. Anyone can invest while sitting in the comfort of their home or office. Motif Investing helps the traders invest based on themes. It is similar to constructing a mini-ETF. In short, motifs proffer extensive, low-risk investments.

According to Walia motif investing can be defined as a combination of Peter Lynch’s investment know-how with Jack Bogle’s diversification. The investor invests in groups of investments that have the same kind of characteristics. Motif Investing allows traders to create or buy motifs featuring between 20 to 30 stocks or ETFs following definite themes. “Biotech Breakthroughs” “Healthy and Tasty,” “Utility Bills,” and “Recession Resistant” are a few examples.

Motif Investing is a fascinating investment platform. It systematically merges the roles of an online stockbroker and portfolio executive and puts them together with idea generation and thematic modelling.  Investors have the power to adjust the weight of stocks within a motif until they reach their required portfolio.

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Simply by depositing a nominal charge, anyone can open an account online. The company charges a fixed commission per motif purchase. If desired, traders can add stocks or ETFs to their already bought motif.

The benefits of Motif Investing

Motif Investing is gaining popularity due to its nominal fee. Here traders have to pay one-time commission amount while purchasing a motif.  No additional charges are attached to Motif’s service. With the increasing demand of robo-advisors, there is a cutthroat competition among the online brokerage houses.  Since Motif Investing follows most avant-garde of investing, traders with little capital may find it profitable.

The drawbacks of Motif Investing

Financial investments are volatile in nature. There are a lot of risks involved in the whole process. Motif Investing is no exception. To get profits, investors must be aware of well-planned tactics for buying and selling stocks before investing. Short-term investors are the most affected ones here. Mostly they earn little to no returns on their investments.

Returns earned from stocks or ETFs are not subject to reinvestment. Motif disburses dividends as cash flow. Plus reinvesting must be done manually which demands an additional transaction fee.  Similarly, investors must shell out a trading fee while changing securities within a motif.

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What should I invest and How do I invest

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By Imogen Clarke, The Fry Group

With all the uncertainty that has arisen from 2020, with lockdown threatening businesses and the warning of a second wave, the topic of investments has taken on new meaning. Nowadays, more people are concerned with what makes for a good investment, or, if you’re a novice, how to best invest.

For instance, you might be unsure about the reliability of the company you’re looking to invest in, as well as the long-term prospects of your investment.

If you are unsure of your investments, then it is best to seek advice from financial experts like The Fry Group, who deal with tax, wealth and estate planning. They will see that you have a strong financial plan in place to help meet your objectives. They will develop a strategy that is built around your needs and asses any risks that could hinder your plans.

There are some things you’ll need to consider for your strategy; for instance, are you looking to make investments that are more of a risk and will take longer to come to fruition? Or, alternatively, are you wanting a faster approach that will result in a steady income? Whether or not you decide to play it safe all depends on your current financial situation and whether you have the means to take more of a risk. Do you have any other debts that take precedence over your future plans? Is your investment strategy realistic?

With the aid of a specialist – or investment manager – you can design an investment concept that works for you and your goals, and start to build a regular income from your investments. There are four main areas when it comes to assets (groups of investments) that you can consider:

  • Equities
  • Bonds
  • Alternatives
  • Cash

Your investment manager will test the risks associated with your investment, and if it proves to be a positive investment choice, then you will be able to invest more over time.

So, how do you decide where to invest?

According to The Fry Group, ESG investing (Environmental, Social and Governance) is a good option for investors looking to support businesses that meet their similar ethics.

The main areas of ESG investing include:

  • Environmental challenges (climate change, pollution, etc)
  • Social issues (human rights, labour standards, child labour, etc)
  • Governance considerations relating to company management

According to The Fry Group, “Many investors choose to consider ESG investing in order to ensure any investment decisions reflect personal beliefs and values. As a result, they choose to support companies who are making informed, responsible decisions which take into account their wider societal and global impact. In this way investors can achieve peace of mind that their investments are creating a positive effect.”

ESG investing is also more relevant now than ever, as more businesses are looking to present themselves as an environmentally conscious corporation that recognises the values of their consumers.

As The Fry Group puts it, “In the past, ESG investing has been seen as a niche investment approach, for a relatively small number of people with specific requirements. This has changed significantly in recent years, with a growing awareness of environmental issues such as climate change and an increasing understanding of social issues and human rights. As a result, many people are increasingly interested in reflecting their opinions and lifestyle choices through the way they invest.”

So, if you want your investments to pave the way for your personal values and reflect your own morals, then this is the route to go down. But how does it all work?

There are four areas of ESG investing:

  • Responsible ownership and engagement: when companies are encouraged to make necessary improvements.
  • Avoidance or negative screening: whereby businesses are ‘graded’ based on how ethical their business practices are and are avoided altogether if their methods are not approved.
  • Positive screening strategies:when companies meet the ESG goals and are approved for investments.
  • Impact investment strategies: the purpose of this is to use investment capital for positive social results such as renewable energy.

You will need to take into account your own personal objectives as well as the objectives that meet the ESG investment criteria. And, in terms of financial performance, ESG investing can be hugely beneficial. Those who opt for ESG investing perform a more in-depth analysis into long-term and future trends that affect industries, meaning that they are better prepared for changes in consumer values when they arise. And, with all the unpredictability that this year has offered us so far, isn’t it better to do the research and have all angles covered?

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Investment Roundtable: Live with Jim Bianco

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With Q4’s macro picture still looking grim amid the return of exponential coronavirus waves in Europe and the U.S. and Europe, we speak with veteran macroanalysis strategist Jim Bianco, CMT for a data-driven deep-dive into the global economy and financial markets on Sept. 7th at 12pm EDT.

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Key themes:

  • Learn from Jim’s unique combination of quantitative and qualitative analytics which provide an objective view on Rates, Currencies and Commodities to make smart investment decisions
  • Identify important intermarket relationships he is watching with respect to Global Equities
  • Roadmap a global outlook for 2021 in view of socio-political backdrop giving viewers key takeaways and intermarket perspectives on global investing.

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Jim’s robust technical analysis includes a broad look at trends and themes in the markets, market internals, positioning such as the Commitment of Traders (COT), sentiment, and fund flows. Don’t miss out on this exclusive session from one of the investment world’s most insightful thought leaders.

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Equity markets react to a rise in Covid-19 cases, uncertain Brexit talks and the upcoming US election

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By Rupert Thompson, Chief Investment Officer at Kingswood

Equity markets had another choppy week, falling for most of it before recovering some of their losses on Friday and posting further gains this morning.

At their low point last week, global equities were down some 7% from their high in early September. US equities were down close to 10%, hurt by the large weighting to the tech giants which at least initially led the market decline.

The market correction is nothing out of the ordinary with 5-10% declines surprisingly common. Indeed, a set-back was arguably overdue given the size and speed of the market rebound from the low in March.  As to the cause for the latest weakness, it is all too obvious – namely the second wave of infections being seen across the UK and much of Europe and the local lockdowns being imposed as a result.

These will inevitably take their toll on the economic recovery which was always set to slow significantly following an initial strong bounce. Indeed, business confidence fell back in September both here and in Europe with the declines led by the consumer-facing service sector. A further drop looks inevitable in October – fuelled no doubt in the UK by the prospect that the latest restrictions could be in place for as long as six months.

The job support package announced by Rishi Sunak did little to boost confidence. Its aim is to limit the surge in unemployment triggered by the end of the furlough scheme in October. However, the scheme is much less generous than the one it replaces as the government doesn’t want to continue subsidising jobs which are no longer viable longer term.  A rise in the unemployment rate to 8% or so later this year still looks quite likely.

Aside from Covid, for the UK at least, there is of course another major source of uncertainty – namely Brexit. Another round of trade talks start this week and we are rapidly reaching crunch time with a deal needing to be largely finalised by the end of October.

Whether we end up with one or not is still far from clear. That said, the prospects for a deal maybe look rather better than they did a couple of weeks ago when the Government was busy tearing up parts of the Withdrawal Agreement. With significant Covid restrictions quite probably still in place in the new year and the Government already under attack for incompetence, it may not wish to take the flack for inflicting yet more chaos onto the economy.

Markets remain unimpressed. UK equities underperformed their global counterparts by a further 2.7% last week, bringing the cumulative underperformance to an impressive 24% so far this year. The UK weighting in the global equity index has now shrunk to all of 4.0%.

It is not only the UK which faces a few weeks of uncertainty. The US elections are on 3 November. We also have the first of three Presidential debates this Tuesday. Joe Biden’s lead looks far from unassailable, a close result could be contentious and control of Congress is also up for grabs.

All said and done, equity markets look set for a choppy few weeks. Further out, however, we remain more positive – not least because the focus should hopefully switch from the roll-out of new lockdowns to the roll-out of a vaccine.

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