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Alex Rankine

Gold is poised to glitter again
Gold

Gold is poised to glitter again

It has been a bad year so far for gold investors, but gold’s traditional role as an inflation hedge will serve it well.
23 Jul 2021
Will Zoom’s $15bn purchase help it expand?
Tech stocks

Will Zoom’s $15bn purchase help it expand?

The videoconferencing platform became a household name during the pandemic, but it now needs new sources of growth. Alex Rankine reports
23 Jul 2021
Philip Morris goes “beyond nicotine”
Stocks and shares

Philip Morris goes “beyond nicotine”

US tobacco giant Philip Morris International has agreed to pay £1bn for British inhaler specialist Vectura.
23 Jul 2021
Can Latin America's economies recover from the pandemic?
Emerging markets

Can Latin America's economies recover from the pandemic?

Few places have suffered as much from the Covid-19 pandemic as Latin America. A sustained commodity rally could help.  
23 Jul 2021
Oil goes off the boil
Oil

Oil goes off the boil

Brent crude prices fell below $70 a barrel this week after Opec members Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates patched up their differences.
23 Jul 2021
Global stockmarkets pause for breath
Stockmarkets

Global stockmarkets pause for breath

Global markets plunged on Monday as investors feared the Covid-19 Delta variant could derail the recovery.
23 Jul 2021
Why you should expect higher insurance premiums
Insurance

Why you should expect higher insurance premiums

Car and home insurance will be more expensive once the country fully re-opens.
20 Jul 2021
Asia’s “tiger economies” have stopped growling
Emerging markets

Asia’s “tiger economies” have stopped growling

Asian shares had their worst week since February last week. And the next few months look set to be bumpy.
16 Jul 2021
Will UK house prices stay high?
House prices

Will UK house prices stay high?

UK house prices dipped by 0.5% in June, according to Halifax. But prices are expected to remain buoyant.
16 Jul 2021
The stockmarket’s “Spac” boom is slowing
Stockmarkets

The stockmarket’s “Spac” boom is slowing

The number of special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) coming to market has slumped after increased regulatory scrutiny and questions over their …
16 Jul 2021
Get set for the next inflation scare
Inflation

Get set for the next inflation scare

The “reflation trade” is coming under pressure. But politicians’ ongoing fiscal splurge means that inflation will come eventually.
16 Jul 2021
Flexi Season tickets sow confusion for commuters
Personal finance

Flexi Season tickets sow confusion for commuters

The new rail Flexi Season tickets that aim to help people commute part time don’t live up to their name.
13 Jul 2021
European stockmarkets poised to race ahead
European stockmarkets

European stockmarkets poised to race ahead

European stockmarkets are being tipped to outperform the US for the rest of the year, and into next year too.
9 Jul 2021
Japan wakes up to private equity
Japan stockmarkets

Japan wakes up to private equity

Private-equity investors are hunting for bargains in Japan, flush with cheap financing from Japanese megabanks.
9 Jul 2021
A strong second half for global stockmarkets?
Stockmarkets

A strong second half for global stockmarkets?

Global stocks have enjoyed their second-strongest start to a year since 1998 – could the second half of the year be even better?
9 Jul 2021
What Opec’s squabbling means for oil
Oil price

What Opec’s squabbling means for oil

Failure of the "Opec+" oil cartel to reach agreement after a disastrous meeting has seen oil prices soar.
8 Jul 2021
Wedding costs: how to cut the big bill for your big day
Personal finance

Wedding costs: how to cut the big bill for your big day

With so many weddings cancelled or delayed because of lockdowns, how do you recoup the costs?
29 Jun 2021
The commodities “supercycle” pauses for breath
Commodities

The commodities “supercycle” pauses for breath

Commodity prices have all surged this year as economies have reopened. But now some raw materials have started to come off the boil.
25 Jun 2021
The Federal Reserve will deliver a volatile summer for markets
US stockmarkets

The Federal Reserve will deliver a volatile summer for markets

America's central bank has hinted that it expects to raise interest rates twice in 2023, sending send markets into a spin. There's more volatility to …
25 Jun 2021
Will a “taper tantrum” trounce emerging markets?
Emerging markets

Will a “taper tantrum” trounce emerging markets?

Tighter US monetary policy and a stronger dollar could see capital flood out of emerging markets, leaving turmoil behind. 
25 Jun 2021
Investors are ignoring the danger of inflation
Stockmarkets

Investors are ignoring the danger of inflation

US inflation is at its highest in almost 13 years, and UK CPI is rising at its fastest since August 2008. But stockmarkets have shrugged the figures o…
18 Jun 2021
Ramaphosa give investors new hope in South Africa
Emerging markets

Ramaphosa give investors new hope in South Africa

Financial markets in South Africa have cheered up on hopes that president Cyril Ramaphosa will be able to clean up the endemic corruption and economic…
18 Jun 2021
The bitcoin bust looks to be over – for now
Bitcoin & crypto

The bitcoin bust looks to be over – for now

Bitcoin's mini-bear-market may have bottomed out.
18 Jun 2021
House-buyers rush to beat the end of the stamp-duty holiday
Property

House-buyers rush to beat the end of the stamp-duty holiday

House-buyers are rushing to complete on their properties by 30 June, the end of the stamp-duty holiday.
18 Jun 2021
How Covid-19 virus tests fail travellers
Personal finance

How Covid-19 virus tests fail travellers

Covid-19 tests for those wishing to travel are a hassle and cost far more than on the continent.
14 Jun 2021
The bulls return to emerging markets
Emerging markets

The bulls return to emerging markets

Last month, the MSCI Emerging Markets index outperformed developed markets for the first time since January.
11 Jun 2021
Beware of investing in commercial property
Property

Beware of investing in commercial property

With many companies are planning to adopt a “hybrid” working model once the pandemic is over, the market for office property is facing a reckoning.
11 Jun 2021
The oil-price rally may run out of puff
Oil

The oil-price rally may run out of puff

The Brent crude oil price hit its highest level since May 2019, fuelled by optimism about economic reopening. But the rally might not last.
9 Jun 2021
Can China's stockmarkets keep surging?
China stockmarkets

Can China's stockmarkets keep surging?

China's benchmark CSI 300 stockmarket index enjoyed its biggest weekly gain in three months recently. Can that continue?
7 Jun 2021
How inflation shrinks your savings, and what to do about it
Savings

How inflation shrinks your savings, and what to do about it

It’s getting harder and harder to grow your money in real terms. Alex Rankine looks at the best savings accounts currently on offer.
7 Jun 2021
Why you shouldn't rush to remortgage your home
Mortgages

Why you shouldn't rush to remortgage your home

Bingeing on cheap debt now and remortgaging your home can get you into trouble in future, says Alex Rankine.
1 Jun 2021
The bitcoin market is refusing to mature
Bitcoin & crypto

The bitcoin market is refusing to mature

Bitcoin's market capitalisation has risen almost 100 times since 2016, but it remains just as volatile as it was five years ago. That's something that…
28 May 2021
Look beyond Japan’s Olympic omnishambles
Japan stockmarkets

Look beyond Japan’s Olympic omnishambles

Japan's insistence on going through with the Olympics in the midst of the global pandemic has been described as a "suicide mission". But the long-term…
28 May 2021
Look for bargains in European stockmarkets
European stockmarkets

Look for bargains in European stockmarkets

With the continent looking towards a robust recovery and markets at much lower valuations than the US, there are plenty of bargains to be found in Eur…
28 May 2021
The stockmarket's Spac frenzy is cooling
Stockmarkets

The stockmarket's Spac frenzy is cooling

The special purpose acquisition company (Spac) boom is cooling.
28 May 2021
Taiwan Stock Exchange tumbles after chip exuberance and renewed Covid fears
Stockmarkets

Taiwan Stock Exchange tumbles after chip exuberance and renewed Covid fears

The Taiwan Stock Exchange suffered a brutal sell-off as worries about global inflation, speculation on semiconductor firms, and fears about rising loc…
21 May 2021