Profit from Colombia’s peace dividend

This week in MoneyWeek: the best investment in Latin America, profit from continued growth in the US, and how to secure income in a world of low yields.


This week in MoneyWeek, we look the best investment in Latin America, pick the best ways to profit from continued growth in the US, and explain how to secure income in a world of low yields.

Not only that, there are five straightforward ways to minimise your exposure to inheritance tax, and Matthew Lynn makes the case for immigration.

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Smart investors should buy in to Colombia now

Take Colombia. For years, it's been subjected to two enormously destructive influences the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group on the one hand, and trigger-happy drug cartels on the other. But, as James McKeigue says in this week's cover story, that's all changing.

The government as signed a peace deal with Farc, and the power of the drug barons is waning. But that's not the only reason investors should be looking at Colombia. The Colombian peso has lost over 40% against the dollar, which has hit oil and commodity exports, but it's "boosting growth in other areas such as manufacturing (growing at 6% a year), tourism and financial services". It also makes it "a great time to buy Colombia on the cheap", says James.

Add in a surprisingly diverse domestic economy, a demographic boom and a decade-long, $50bn infrastructure building programme, there's plenty to be enthusiastic about. James picks the three best ways to buy in. Find out what they are with a subscription to the magazine.

US stocks aren't done yet

There are plenty of US-only funds, but nearly all the actively managed ones "struggle to consistently beat the indices". A good alternative, says Max, is to "combine some global equity funds with US-heavy sector specialists, such as those devoted to technology and healthcare, and a low-cost S&P 500 index-tracker of exchange-traded fund".

He picks two investment trusts that he thinks you should be buying now and tucking away for the long term.

Finding income in a low-yield world

And it's not only defined-benefits pension schemes run by big companies that are in trouble. The likelihood is that your pension is too. "The lower yields go, the larger the fund you'll need to get the retirement income you want", says David Prosser. Find out how to do that by signing up to MoneyWeek magazine.

Ducking death taxes, the case for immigration, and UK real estate

In the back, Chris Carter picks three unusual boutique hotels to stay in, Matthew Jukes' wine of the week is a new vintage champagne that's a "joy" to drink, and we've a roundup of some of the best crowdfunded gadgets about to hit the market.

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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.