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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 '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.

University spin-offs: how to get onboard the tech firms of tomorrow

Universities are at the heart of advances of science, medicine and technology. But they are also hugely successful incubators of the high-tech companies of the future. Dr Mike Tubbs explains here how the Research Investment newsletter can help investors get onboard the best university spin-offs ahead of the pack. (Capital at risk)


Prepare your investments for political upheaval

Next year's general election looks set to usher in a period of instability. Smart investors should prepare for the worst, says John Stepek. He looks at some of the best ways to protect your portfolio.

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

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.
 
 
 

Fracking would unleash our very own economic miracle

The opportunity for fracking to transform some of Britain’s poorest areas is too good to pass up, says Matthew Lynn.


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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'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.


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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.

How bitcoin could help the world’s poor get access to decent toilets

The current financial system is preventing half the world’s population from enjoying a decent standard of living. Bitcoin and other alternative currencies could change all that, says Dominic Frisby.



28 November 1660: the Royal Society is founded

After the restoration of the monarchy, members of the 'Invisible College' asked King Charles II to approve their scientific and literary society on this day in 1660.

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 could be the most important scientific breakthrough in our lifetimes

Science is only just getting to grips with the fact that 90% of our body is made up of bacteria – the microbiome. Bengt Saelensminde investigates.


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?

How houses kill happiness: an example

The British public’s obsession with owning houses can make for a life of utter misery, says Merryn Somerset Webb.


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.
 
 
 

Eurozone recession is Britain’s biggest threat

Recession in the eurozone threatens to take the shine off Britain’s own recovery. Emily Hohler reports.


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.
 
 
 

An urgent message from Japan’s central bank – buy Japanese stocks now!

Japan’s quantitative easing programme is the biggest in the world. And it just got bigger. That’s great news for Japanese stocks, says John Stepek.