In MoneyWeek this week: How I learned to love the oil price crash

After another thrilling week, with UK stocks hitting bear territory, and oil getting cheaper and cheaper, Ben Judge takes a look at the main stories in this week's MoneyWeek magazine.


It's been another thrilling week in the markets. Stocks officially hitbear territory, in the UK at least.

Oil just keeps getting cheaper, too. In this week's issue of MoneyWeek magazine, Alex Williams explains what's driving oil's slide, and how to profit from it.

Meanwhile, Merryn Somerset Webb casts a critical eye over the current pensions regime we liked pensions freedom, but we're not so keen on George Osborne's new big idea. And she talks over one of our favourite markets Japan with Simon Somerville of Jupiter.

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Profit from the biggest oil price crash in 30 years

Investors have taken it hard. But, says Alex Williams, our writer on all things commodities, it's actually good news for pretty much everyone except oil producers and exporters. In his cover story this week he looks at the reasons for the collapse, and explains what you should buy to profit from oil's nosedive.

Japan's never been good for income investors until now

Merryn's interview this week is with fund manager Simon Somerville. Simon's been investing in Japan for over 20 years, so he should know what he's talking about.

Japan's firms are sitting on big piles of cash, says Simon, and new rules mean they're going to have to pay a lot more of it out. Add to that low oil prices, and a boom in tourists from China, and Simon reckons it should be a good year for investors in Japan.

A simple, balanced portfolio to thrive in troubled times

What's the point of pensions freedom?

And there's more tinkering to come, warns Natalie Stanton. Higher rate taxpayers should look at how much they can afford to put away before it's too late.

(For more on pensions freedom, sign up for a MoneyWeek subscription now we're giving away a comprehensive guide to the changes right now as part of the package).

Free banking, the herd mentality and the burden of taxes

Matthew Partridge looks at how investors move in herds, and where it's stampeding to now.

And Matthew Lynn looks at the EU-wide tax burden and concludes that even though taxes are rising, we're a lot better off than our European neighbours.

There's loads more, including a roundup of hot hatches in our cars section, eight bargain properties on the market, and five of the best hotels set to open this year.

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Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London University's Queen Mary College. After dabbling unhappily in local government finance for a while, he went to work for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. The launch of the paper's website,, in the early years of the dotcom craze, saw Ben move online to manage the Business and Motors channels before becoming deputy editor with responsibility for all aspects of online production for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News websites, along with the papers' Edinburgh Festivals website.

Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, just as the Great Financial Crisis was brewing. He has written extensively for the website and magazine, with a particular emphasis on alternative finance and fintech, including blockchain and bitcoin. As an early adopter of bitcoin, Ben bought when the price was under $200, but went on to spend it all on foolish fripperies.