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 on them regularly here, but for the most in-depth coverage and analysis, subscribe to MoneyWeek magazine, click here to claim 4 issues for FREE.


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investment platform comparison How to profit from the P2P revolution

The world is changing. New, powerful networks are changing the way we live, work and think. The MoneyWeek team have spent the last six months investigating the peer-to-peer phenomenon and would like to show you our best ideas of how you can profit from it.
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Following the Scottish independence referendum, the ‘West Lothian-West Bromwich problem’ needs an urgent answer, says Simon Wilson. But is there one?

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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.
 
 
 

How you could make money from fracking without buying shares in an oil company

Matthew Partridge explains how you could cash in by helping the fracking industry work more cleanly and efficiently.


How to invest in British fracking

David Stevenson takes an investor's view of fracking and shows you the real story behind this monumental opportunity, in a thought-provoking new video - Capital at risk

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 'Crowdpower': Inside the peer-to-peer revolution

The world is changing. People are exchanging money, goods and ideas on a vast scale. More than 1.6 billion people are involved. New, powerful networks are changing the way we live, work and think. The MoneyWeek team have spent the last six months investigating the rise of P2P and would like to show you our best ideas of how you can profit from what's going on.
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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.

What will happen to the trendy new lenders as interest rates rise?

P2P loans are really just bonds, which means they could soon be in trouble. David C Stevenson explains why diversification is the key to healthy returns.


Don't back the dinosaurs – smaller stocks are better bets

Investors put most of their cash into the big lumbering beasts of the business ecosystem. But as Jonathan Compton explains, they're doomed to extinction.

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

'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.

How to profit as the tech revolution transforms mining

John Stepek looks at how some of the hottest trends in the tech world are transforming the lowest-tech industry of them all – mining.


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.

Is this the 21st century’s most important invention?

The potential of the block chain – ‘bitcoin’s DNA’ – is immense, says Bengt Saelensminde. It could revolutionise everything from the money we use, to the NHS.


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.


1 October 1908: the first Model T Ford is built

On this day in October 1908, Henry Ford's "car for the great multitude" – the Model T – rolled off the production line. Over the next 19 years, 15 million would be built.

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

This company could have made a breakthrough in cancer treatment

The best way to improve cancer treatment is early diagnosis. And this small-cap biotech company may have the key to doing just that, says Matthew Partridge.


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?

Even if you want higher taxes, Labour’s mansion tax is a really stupid idea

Ed Miliband’s proposed mansion tax is a ridiculous idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It is impractical, expensive to collect, and will lead to a whole lot of unintended consequences.


Sovereign debt among many countries in Europe is running dangerously high. If any country defaults, it poses a threat to the rest of the eurozone and to the single currency itself. And if the euro collapses, it would have enormous consequences for world markets, the global economy - and your wealth.
 
 
 

Good news for investors – the latest effort to save Europe has flopped

The European Central Bank’s latest plan to boost the economy has failed. That means opportunities for investors. Matthew Partridge looks at two ways you could profit.


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.
 
 
 

How to bunker your wealth from the global currency wars

The global currency wars have entered a new phase – and investors should act to safeguard their wealth, says John Stepek. Here, he explains how.