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.
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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?
Angela Merkel’s stance on immigration could spark a leadership challenge from disgruntled fellow minsters. And the prospect of that could boost European stocks. Matthew Partridge explains why.
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.
Investors need to be better informed about the risks they are taking when crowdfunding, says Elliot Cowan. Here, he outlines five vital questions to ask before you hand over any money.
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.
With borrowing higher than expected, George Osborne has some tricky choices to make in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at what might be in his sights.
The ‘network to fees ratio’ can help you calculate a fair value for bitcoin based on facts, says Charlie Morris. Not guesswork and prejudice.
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.
The oil price has had a good run lately. But with the industry undergoing fundamental changes, we won’t see $100 a barrel any time soon, says John Stepek.
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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.
Recent advances in the field of gene editing open up a multitude of exciting medical possibilities, says Simon Wilson. But the moral implications should be carefully monitored.
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 currency wars are back on. And Mario Draghi has just fired a warning shot in the next round. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and how it affects you.