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.


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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.

What will pension reform cost you?

Pensions freedom sounds easy. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, the reality isn’t quite so simple.


How to profit from clean, green energy

Cheap oil has not been the drag on renewable energy that you might think. Matthew Partridge explains why – and how to make money from the trend.

From ADRs to Z scores, find explanations of all those 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.

Alternative finance: Helping Britain’s 'gazelle companies' to leap the funding gap

Small businesses can’t get money from the bank, and their
needs are too large for crowdfunding platforms. Mini-bonds
are the answer for them – but are they good for investors?


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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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 David Lenigas struck oil in Gatwick and became 'Britain’s JR'

Miner turned businessman, David Lenigas has people worried in England’s southeast over his plans to drill for oil.


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'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.



24 April 1915: the Armenian genocide begins

 

On this day in 1915, 250 prominent Armenians were arrested in Constantinople – an event generally acknowledged as the start of the Armenian genocide.

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.

Bitcoin is still in a bear market – but its story is a long way from over

Digital currency bitcoin was supposed to be the money that would change the world. So far, that hasn’t happened. Dominic Frisby looks at the state of bitcoin, and where it goes from here.


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 Oxford University spin-out could be floated on the stockmarket

This tiny university spin-out company has developed two ingenious new uses for ultrasound. David Thornton looks at its prospects.


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?

We need to build a lot more retirement housing – but how?

Purpose-built retirement properties make a lot of sense for everyone – not just the elderly. We need a lot more of them. But, asks Merryn Somerset Webb, what’s the best way to create them?


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.
 
 
 

Greece: running out of options

The likelihood of Greece leaving the eurozone has risen amid signs that its government and European officials won’t be able to agree on reforms.


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 best ways to profit from the euro crash

With ECB money-printing and low interest rates, the euro is crashing spectacularly. John Stepek looks at what it means for your investments, and how you can profit.