News and Charts

Pawnbroking is big business in Asia – here's how to profit

Asian banks turn away millions of customers every year. Lars Henriksson explains how that's created a lucrative market for investors.

Paul Hodges: house prices to fall 50% in 'Great Unwinding'

Merryn Somerset Webb interviews Paul Hodges about deflation, the global economy's 'Great Unwinding', and how Britain's house prices could halve.

28 January 1896: The world's first speeding ticket

119 years ago today, motorist Walter Arnold was caught tearing through Paddock Wood in Kent at a hair-raising 8mph, and became the first driver in the world to receive a speeding ticket.

Shale gas 'fracking' promises to transform Britain's energy market. Find out what it is, what it means, and how to invest.

From ADRs to Z scores, find explanations of all those terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

A wink and a nudge, south of the border

Bill Bonner explains why life is simpler, and yet more complicated, in Nicaragua.

The safer way to build your wealth in 2015 and beyond

Compound investing isn’t glamorous. But as Bengt Saelensminde explains, when it comes to building wealth, there really is no better way.

The rising US dollar is hurting US stocks – another reason to buy Europe

US stocks are priced for a future of high earnings. But the strong dollar is putting that under threat. One more reason to buy Europe, says John Stepek.

Markets: FTSE 100’s rally ends

The FTSE 100 ended its run of gains yesterday, after poor economic data from the UK and elsewhere. The index fell 0.6% to close at 6,832.

Austerity? What austerity?

Greeks are supposed to be tired of austerity, says Bill Bonner. But Greece hasn’t had anything like real austerity.

Buy into companies with employee share ownership schemes

David Thornton explains why employee share ownership schemes are a strong signal for investors to snap up the shares.

Risers & fallers

The best-quality European stocks to buy now

Everyone has their eyes on Mario Draghi this week. But as Dr Matthew Partridge points out, there's more to Europe than the ECB boss. Here, he picks the best European stocks to buy now.

How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa

In this short video tutorial, Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.

Which investment platform is right for you?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from.
Find out which one is best for you.


Don’t be fooled by QE – stocks will crash hard

Mario Draghi © Getty images

Contrary to received opinion, central bankers can’t fix the world’s problems. John C Burford explains why Mario Draghi is no exception.


How to buy and sell penny shares

Small-cap stock expert David Thornton explains how to choose a broker and the ins and outs of investing in penny shares.