The big stories

Successful investing isn't just about analysing individual stocks or bonds. Many studies suggest that the majority of returns are down to asset allocation - in other words, being in the right sector at the right time.

With that in mind, these are some of the key, big picture, long–term investment themes that we think investors should be paying particularly close attention to. We'll update them regularly here, but for the most in-depth coverage and analysis, subscribe to MoneyWeek magazine, click here to claim four issues for FREE.


Greece has been lurching from bailout to bailout for years now. But things could be coming to a head. So how will the Greek debt crisis be resolved? Will Greece agree to restructure its economy? Or are we looking at a 'Grexit', with Greece leaving the eurozone?
 
 
 

The eurozone crisis is back

Just a few weeks ago, the outlook for the eurozone was better than it had been at any time since 2011. But political risk had not gone away, says Matthew Lynn. The continent is as unbalanced as it has ever been.


From ADRs to Z scores – all the financial terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

Alternative finance is the internet age's alternative to traditional banks. It includes peer to peer (P2P) lending and crowdfunding. There are plenty of opportunities for smart investors to profit. And while it may carry more risk than some other forms of investing, the potential returns are huge.

A new rival for bitcoin – and for cash

Cryptocurrency Ripple was created by a California-based start-up of the same name as a way for financial institutions to make cross-border payments quickly and securely.


6 April is 'Pensions Freedom Day' - when retirees are given much greater freedom on how they use the money in their pension pot. We look at what the changes are likely to mean for you and your investments, and how to go about making sure you have enough to be comfortable in your retirement.

Radical changes to care for the old

Big changes to the way old age care is funded is inevitable. David Prosser looks at some of the options.


Bitcoin is the global online peer-to-peer currency. Free from the interference of regulators and nation states, it has seen its value soar against traditional paper currencies.

A new rival for bitcoin – and for cash

Cryptocurrency Ripple was created by a California-based start-up of the same name as a way for financial institutions to make cross-border payments quickly and securely.


Picking the start-up stars of the future can be a potential minefield, but listed incubators and accelerators offer some great buying opportunities, says Frédéric Guirinec.
'Big data' is the collection of vast amounts of information, and the use of powerful computers to make sense of it - and profit from it. It's something that will transform our lives, and something you'll hear a lot about in the next few years. And investors who get in early stand to make big profits.

Invest in the future: five game-changing technologies

Over the past 15 years, technology has revolutionised industries across the globe. Matthew Partridge looks at what will shape the next 15.



Hydraulic fracturing - 'fracking' - is the energy story of the 21st century. This new technology means previously unrecoverable reserves of oil and gas can now be extracted. It has transformed the energy markets in the US, and led to huge new opportunities for investors. Below, we explore the best ways to play this exciting story.
 
 
 

Opec can’t tame US shale oil producers

In trying to beat US shale oil producers, Opec has a serious fight on its hands. And it’s only going to get harder.


If you want to know where to get hold of physical gold, take a look at our directory of leading gold brokers where you can buy gold bullion, coins and bars online, over the phone or even in branch.

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Biotech stocks have been booming over the last few years. Anyone who has invested will have made some very respectable profits. And it's a bull market that's set to continue for some time yet.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The fountain of youth will spout money for investors

Life expectancy has doubled in just a few generations, and the trend will continue,  Jim Mellon tells Merryn Somerset Webb. That’s an opportunity for investors.


After the financial crisis, Britain's property market suffered a slump. But now house prices are rising fast, driven in part by the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme. Many people - us included - are worried we are now in bubble territory. So what does the future hold for house prices?

In increasingly desperate attempts to bolster their economies, many of the world's central banks are following policies of money printing- so called 'quantitative easing' - and lowering interest rates, pushing down the value of their currencies. Here we examine why, what it means for you, and how you can profit.
 
 
 

The pound could soon face competition in the race to the bottom

The Bank of England’s failure to raise interest rates gave the pound a fillip. But with the race to the bottom still on, it faces stiff competition from the rest of the world’s currencies.