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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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?
 
 
 

The Greek crisis has gone quiet – but the problems aren’t over

It’s a year since the Greek crisis was declared to be over. But rather than returning to health, the Greek economy has continued its downward spiral.


From ADRs to Z scores – all the financial terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

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.

P2P funds suffer softer returns

Can P2P funds generate enough income to justify the risks, and what will happen if the economy turns down? David C Stevenson investigates.


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.

Women must accept later retirement, says minister

Has Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign been given false hope? David Prosser reports.


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 a $53m heist could make this crypto-currency more valuable

Ethereum, a “decentralised, bulletproof” computing system based on the blockchain, has suffered a $53m theft. But oddly, says Mischa Frankl Duval, that could prove a stroke of good fortune.


Free education, high pay, excellent healthcare, generous pensions – but a great business environment and booming stockmarket too. Jonathan Compton is heading to Scandinavia.
'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.

Invest in the future: five game-changing technologies

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.
 
 
 

Don’t expect to see $100 oil again soon – here’s why

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.


If you want to know where to get hold of physical gold, take a look at our directory of leading gold brokers where you can buy gold bullion, coins and bars online, over the phone or even in branch.

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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

How we can profit from winning the battle against ageing

We’re now living longer than ever – only to suffer from diseases of old age. New therapies promise a new lease of life for the elderly – and big profits for investors, says Matthew Partridge.


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?

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 pound could soon face competition in the race to the bottom

The Bank of England’s failure to raise interest rates gave the pound a fillip. But with the race to the bottom still on, it faces stiff competition from the rest of the world’s currencies.