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?
Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras, was returned to power despite polls predicting a close run-off with the conservative New Democracy party.
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.
Lending to businesses can be great way to earn income, says David C Stevenson. But as an investor, it’s important to manage your risk.
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.
Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author, academic and fund manager Richard Thaler about pensions freedom, central bankers and fund management fees.
The internet revolution has made it harder for musicians to make a living from their work. But it’s not all bad news for the industry, says Simon Wilson.
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
- The stocks to buy in the war for the internet
- How to make money from talking toothbrushes and cloud computing
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 nascent UK fracking industry has suffered a major setback following Cuadrilla’s failed bid to drill four exploratory wells.
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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.
With antibiotic resistance costing the US healthcare system $20bn a year, there’s profit in battling bugs. Matthew Partridge looks at the problem and picks two biotech stocks to buy.
New rules mean it’s about to get a lot more expensive to get tenants in arrears to pay up, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
- The best place for buy-to-let investors? Birmingham
- Thinking of moving your buy-to-let properties into a limited company? That could prove expensive
- London is looking wobbly – but when will UK house prices top out?
- The one thing George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn have in common: they want to end the great buy-to-let boom
- Buying to let in Scotland might be more profitable, but it’s also more risky
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.
China reportedly sold off a chunk of US debt recently. Dan Denning looks at what that says about the latest salvo in the currency wars, and the dollar.