The assets to buy now – February 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

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Lloyds bond battle ends badly for investors

Lloyds Bank’s decision to redeem £3bn-worth of bonds has been slammed by investors as unfair and premature. Sarah Moore reports.

How to build your own bond portfolio

Investing in bonds usually means piling into a managed bond fund. But as Bengt Saelensminde explains, that makes little sense in today’s markets.

Fund of the week: Outperforming the Sage of Omaha

A little-known fund that styles itself after veteran US investor Warren Buffett has beaten the latter by almost 40% over the past year.

Why dividends are set to fall

UK shares paid out their highest-ever amount of income from regular dividends last year. But Sarah Moore explains why it won’t last.

Growth opportunities whatever the weather

Professional investors Nigel Kennett and Daniel Monks tip three shares to grow regardless of what is happening in the market cycle.

Victims of the plunge in oil prices

The damage to government finances caused by the sharp slide in oil prices is spreading far beyond the Middle East, with Nigeria the latest to feel the pinch.

“$20 oil? I can’t think of anything more bullish!”

A low oil price can only be good for growing the global economy in the long term, says John Stepek. Here, he explains why, and looks at a fund that’s well placed to profit.

India: still the best bet in Asia?

When India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, came to power in May 2014, his victory propelled the stockmarket to a new record. But now his honeymoon is well and truly over.

Vietnam: the buzz is back

Asia’s Communist dynamo caused great excitement in the 2000s, before suffering a sharp downturn. Now Vietnam is shaking off the hangover.

Markets: surging commodity stocks lift FTSE100

The FTSE100 bounced back yesterday, add in 1.1% to close at 8,901.

US election 2016: America walks a tightrope

The US election cycle kicked off this week – and the results are unpredictable. Matthew Partridge considers how this might affect your investments.

China gobbles up Syngenta

China National Chemical Corporation, or ChemChina, has bought Switzerland’s Syngenta, making the biggest foreign takeover by a Chinese firm to date.

Will BP cut its dividend?

The renewed wobble in crude was accompanied by a 10% slide in BP’s shares, putting the dividend under pressure.

BP shares yield an incredible 8% – but can it really keep paying out?

BP has had a terrible few years, yet has promised to keep paying its dividend. Is that tempting yield of 8% really as safe as it sounds? Matthew Partridge investigates.

Markets: financials drag FTSE100 down

The FTSE100 fell further yesterday, down 1.4% to close at 5,922.

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