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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Politicians on both sides are all assuming Scotland wants more devolved powers. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, that’s not for sure.
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 opportunity for fracking to transform some of Britain’s poorest areas is too good to pass up, says Matthew Lynn.
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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.
The peer-to-peer lending market is evolving fast. Ed Bowsher looks at some of the best ways for you to invest.
- What will happen to the trendy new lenders as interest rates rise?
- Is this the 21st century’s most important invention?
- Crowdfunding round-up: Three of the most interesting listings right now
- The three best stocks to get onboard with the P2P revolution
- This technology could soon replace your bank account
When countries go bust, others follow suit. Not even our Canute central banks will be able to hold back the coming wave. Jonathan Compton looks at the best ways to profit.
John Stepek looks at how some of the hottest trends in the tech world are transforming the lowest-tech industry of them all – mining.
- Introducing Dr Download – how to profit from wireless medical technology
- Walter Price: The future of software is in the cloud
- This incredible technology could form the next great bull market
- What the rise of the ‘smart home’ means for penny share investors
- This Belfast firm is cashing in on big data – and you can too
Bitcoin has slid over 70% from its 2013 high. And it’s likely to fall further. But the currency – and the technology behind it – has a huge future.
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.
Biotech companies will soon be able to get new drugs to patients much faster. That’s good news for patients and investors, says Matthew Partridge.
After years of rises, the UK’s house-price bubble may finally be bursting. Matthew Partridge looks at what’s going on in Britain’s property market.
- Even if you want higher taxes, Labour’s mansion tax is a really stupid idea
- House prices: pausing for breath or the start of something big?
- Independence could be ‘catastrophic’ for Scotland’s house prices
- London’s property market is looking wobbly – is it about to topple?
- Is London’s property bubble starting to burst?
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.
Britain may well be less productive than other European countries, says Bengt Saelensminde. But that’s something we should celebrate.
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 global currency wars have entered a new phase – and investors should act to safeguard their wealth, says John Stepek. Here, he explains how.