147. Investing in “compelling” UK, welcome rate rises and steering clear of Bitcoin

In an investment version of the game “Would you rather…”, Darius McDermott, managing director of FundCalibre and Chelsea Financial Services, gives his views on the current opportunities in the market. Discussing interest rates, China, absolute return funds, bonds, Bitcoin and more.

Darius McDermott tells us why investors should not shun China, despite its recent challenges, and why the UK is a compelling investment on a five-year view. He also explains why he’d welcome a reasonable rise in interest rates and why he would not invest in Bitcoin. Darius also explains his preference for small and medium-sized companies and why he’d choose an absolute return fund over a bond in the current market environment.

What’s covered in this podcast:

  • Why a happy balance on inflation and interest rates would benefit low risk investors [0:13]
  • Why China is a more attractive investment play than Brazil [1:36]
  • Darius tells us why the UK is a compelling investment proposition on a five-year basis [3:04]
  • Targeting the best of both worlds when it comes to performance and being ethically invested [4:24]
  • Why investors will have to make big calls on their homes to support their retirement [6:16]
  • His slight preference for absolute return funds over bonds as a defensive investment in the current environment [7:47]
  • Darius tells us why he prefers small and mid-sized companies to their larger peers – and why the US is an outlier in this scenario [9:45]
  • His preference for fine wine over Bitcoin [11:14]
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