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Our cover for the April issue focuses on the various ways that investors can earn a really high, sustainable income, and the risks they have to take to do so. We lead with an under-the-bonnet look at the ‘enhanced income’ funds that promise a 7% payout – how they work and how far they really solve the problem for income hunters. That’s followed by a round-up of other investment routes, from high-yield shares to VCTs, that can be used to produce a 7% income.
The issue also includes a retirement planning special, packed with features to help you boost your pension pot before you retire, and to maximise your pension benefits after you stop work. Among them, we look at workplace pensions and why it may well make sense to choose a fund other than the default option for your contributions; Heather Connon updates her pension diary as she selects a Sipp provider; and we consider the various ways retirees can achieve a balance of income security and flexibility from their pension pots.
Elsewhere, Kyle Caldwell talks to James Anderson, manager of the hugely successful Scottish Mortgage investment trust, the Share Sleuth portfolio achieves a 200% gain since inception seven years ago, and we consider the importance of currency movements for investors in the current uncertain environment.
Finally, don’t miss the free supplement. How to Invest is designed to lead a younger generation of beginning investors through the nuts and bolts of getting started in the stock markets, with minimal jargon and maximum practical advice. It’ll be familiar stuff for Money Observer readers – but we hope you’ll pass it on to family members looking for an investment steer!