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Stocks: the MoneyWeek view

April 2014: A shaky start to 2014 Stocks have had a wobbly start to the year. We remain wary of US stocks, which are expensive. European shares are far better value, and Japan is still a buy. Emerging markets have their problems, but they are increasingly reflected in the price.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

Global markets roundup, 23 April

The FTSE 100 returned from the long weekend in high spirits, rising 0.9% to close at 6,681.

Ongoing financial repression has created immoral hazard

Investors have been goaded into taking excessive risks, says Tim Price. Central banks only have themselves to blame.

Flagging Co-op loses its head

Is the resignation of Lord Myners a disaster for the Co-operative Bank? Matthew Partridge reports.

Nigeria takes pole position

South Africa has been knocked off the top spot as Africa’s largest economy.

Could China’s credit slowdown lead to a crash?

China’s growth has slowed by less than feared. But that was about it for the good news.

Biotech slump is buying opportunity

Biotechnology stocks have fallen into a bear market, leaving plenty of bargain buys on the table.

Don’t write Tesco off just yet

Tesco may be in trouble, but the supermarket giant is well-placed to stage a comeback.

The state of play in the stock markets

Volatility has returned to stock markets. David Thornton looks at what it means for investors in the longer term.

The real threat Ukraine poses to your portfolio

Markets have barely reacted to the crisis going on in Ukraine, says John Stepek. Should investors be more worried, or is there another threat?

Why a good broker is worth paying for

Shareholder meetings play a crucial part in investing. Bengt Saelensminde reveals three ways of making sure your voice is heard.

Will deregulation lead to the next Asian trade boom?

China and Hong Kong have always been poles apart when it came to investing. Lars Henriksson explains how that could all be about to change.

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