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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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.
Pensions fraud has always been a problem, but with five million people set to hit 55 in the next five years, the new pension rules introduce new risks. Merryn Somerset Webb explains who to avoid getting stung.
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.
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?
- Peer-to-peer lenders still hopeful they will be included in Isas after Budget disappointment
- Peer-to-peer lending is all very trendy – but should we buy it?
- ‘Property crowdfunding’ may look tempting, but it’s very risky
- The ‘disruptive innovators’ making waves in finance
- Alternative finance: The exciting rebels elbowing their way into a boring business
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.
Miner turned businessman, David Lenigas has people worried in England’s southeast over his plans to drill for oil.
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
On this day in 1961, US troops landed in the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba in what would become a major embarrassment for America.
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 tiny university spin-out company has developed two ingenious new uses for ultrasound. David Thornton looks at its prospects.
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?
- Compared to gold, UK property is starting to look expensive
- Here’s why you should avoid the most popular asset class in Britain
- Cutting inheritance tax on homes is nuts – it’s just going to make the housing crisis worse
- The UK doesn’t have a housing shortage
- Stockmarket investing beats property right now – even in London
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.
The probability of a Greek exit from the eurozone is higher now than it ever was. John Stepek explains why, and looks at what’s likely to happen next.
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.
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.