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 on them regularly here, but for the most in-depth coverage and analysis, subscribe to MoneyWeek magazine, click here to claim 4 issues for FREE.


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More powers for Scotland might be an assumption too far

Politicians on both sides are all assuming Scotland wants more devolved powers. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, that’s not for sure.

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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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 '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.

An exciting future for tech stocks

We live in a golden age of unprecedented technological change. Smart investors should get in early, says Jim Mellon.


Sovereign defaults: Which will be the first domino to fall?

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.

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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.


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.

Forget the sliding price – the bitcoin revolution has only just begun

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.


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.


30 October 1947: The GATT is established

On this day in 1947, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was agreed in Geneva – the predecessor of the World Trade Organization.

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

An exciting future for tech stocks

We live in a golden age of unprecedented technological change. Smart investors should get in early, says Jim Mellon.


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?

Timberrr! Are UK house prices finally starting to topple?

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.


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 end of Germany's economic miracle

Yet another recession in the eurozone looms, as German economic growth stumbles.


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.
 
 
 

How to bunker your wealth from the global currency wars

The global currency wars have entered a new phase – and investors should act to safeguard their wealth, says John Stepek. Here, he explains how.