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Cris Sholto Heaton

Cris is an investment analyst and writer who has been contributing to MoneyWeek since 2006. He has also worked with a number of asset managers, consultancies and financial information providers. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Investment Management Certificate, as well as degrees in finance and mathematics.

Commercial property: retail landlords are missing the madding crowd
Property

Commercial property: retail landlords are missing the madding crowd

The outlook for shopping centres and offices is murky, but anxious investors seem to be expecting the worst
13 Jul 2020
How Covid-19 sparked the return of the day trader
Investment strategy

How Covid-19 sparked the return of the day trader

Lockdown boredom has unleashed a horde of speculators on US stocks, with predictable consequences.
7 Jul 2020
The end of currency a tailwind for UK investors
Currencies

The end of currency a tailwind for UK investors

A weak pound and strong dollar are unlikely to keep bolstering returns for British investors over the next decade.
29 Jun 2020
Asian income stocks: where to find the continent's top money machines
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Asian income stocks: where to find the continent's top money machines

International dividends shouldn’t only mean companies in the US or Europe – the Far East has plenty of big payouts to offer. Cris Sholto Heaton looks …
22 Jun 2020
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Why Aim stocks are for stockpickers
Small cap stocks

Why Aim stocks are for stockpickers

Aim, the UK’s market for growth stocks, has had a respectable five years, but returns are driven by a few winners.
21 Jun 2020
How to construct an all-weather ETF portfolio
Investment strategy

How to construct an all-weather ETF portfolio

The outlook for markets is highly uncertain. This set of investments balances growth with protection in a crisis, says Cris Sholto Heaton
19 Jun 2020
Lessons for investors from the “go-go years”
Investment strategy

Lessons for investors from the “go-go years”

The fate of the Nifty Fifty stocks reminds should remind investors that it’s dangerous to pay too much for the certain winners of tomorrow.
8 Jun 2020
How income from options could prove illusory
Investment strategy

How income from options could prove illusory

Funds that use call options to supplement dividends can offer higher yields, but this usually comes at the cost of lower long-term returns.
1 Jun 2020
Cheap bets for the next decade
Investment strategy

Cheap bets for the next decade

We can’t be sure what the future holds, but low valuations suggest these assets may do better than most
25 May 2020
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The US Federal Reserve's backstop keeps the bond market afloat
Corporate bonds

The US Federal Reserve's backstop keeps the bond market afloat

An announcement back in March from America's central bank, that it would buy corporate bonds, has given the corporate bond market a fillip even as com…
22 May 2020
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US stocks should brace for bad news
US stockmarkets

US stocks should brace for bad news

A growing number of American firms say that they will not reopen some of their factories, threatening employment, the economy and the stockmarket reco…
22 May 2020
Keep calm and carry on investing with pound-cost averaging
Investment strategy

Keep calm and carry on investing with pound-cost averaging

Pound-cost averaging is a simple strategy to overcome fear and make sure you capitalise on a crisis.
18 May 2020
Income investors should look beyond Britain to beat the cash squeeze
Income investing

Income investors should look beyond Britain to beat the cash squeeze

Dividend cuts by FTSE 100 companies won’t be repaired quickly – many firms were already living beyond their means. Investors should diversify abroad f…
14 May 2020
Why history can't help understand the current crash
Investment strategy

Why history can't help understand the current crash

This latest crisis is unprecedented in many ways – and that makes it hard to apply lessons from past crashes.
12 May 2020
Why cash is the most undervalued asset in your portfolio
Investment strategy

Why cash is the most undervalued asset in your portfolio

Cash normally seems like the dullest part of a portfolio – but times like these remind us why it’s worth paying the price to keep some in reserve.
4 May 2020
How ETFs broke the oil market
Oil

How ETFs broke the oil market

The bizarre collapse in US crude may have been worsened by high levels of trading in a popular exchange-traded fund.
23 Apr 2020
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A buy signal for emerging Asia
Emerging markets

A buy signal for emerging Asia

One indicator has a good record of spotting the bottom in Asia – and it’s saying the region looks cheap
20 Apr 2020
Six assets that beat all others
Investment strategy

Six assets that beat all others

The first three months of this year have been good for safe havens – and bad for almost everything else.
13 Apr 2020
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Income investors beware: dividends are set for the chop
Investment strategy

Income investors beware: dividends are set for the chop

The rush of firms suspending payouts is a reminder why solid income portfolios need more than high yields.
3 Apr 2020
Broker safety – your questions answered
Investment strategy

Broker safety – your questions answered

Cris Sholto Heaton answers more of your questions about the safety of stockbroker accounts
25 Mar 2020
How to keep your shares safe from the threat of a broker going bust
Investment strategy

How to keep your shares safe from the threat of a broker going bust

Rules exist to protect your assets if a broker goes bust, but it’s best to minimise the risk if you can.
23 Mar 2020
Ethical investing: the price of your principles
Investment strategy

Ethical investing: the price of your principles

Sin stocks tend to beat the market – but that doesn’t mean ethical investing must always lead to below-par returns.
9 Mar 2020
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How demographics affects stock valuations
Investment strategy

How demographics affects stock valuations

New research suggests that stock and bond valuations are driven by the age of the population – at least in the US.
24 Feb 2020
The trouble with "World" stockmarket indices and how to fix them
Investment strategy

The trouble with "World" stockmarket indices and how to fix them

Indices such as the MSCI World or the FTSE World are not an accurate reflection of the global economy
17 Feb 2020
Just five assets matter for investors. Here's what they are
Investment strategy

Just five assets matter for investors. Here's what they are

Every investor’s needs are different – but most can be met by the right combination of five investments
11 Feb 2020
New year, new investments – time to rebalance your portfolio
Asset allocation

New year, new investments – time to rebalance your portfolio

Don’t let your holdings become unbalanced – set clear guidelines and a definite date for an annual review of your investment portfolio
4 Feb 2020
Why investors should get set for ten lean years
Investment strategy

Why investors should get set for ten lean years

Forecasts for the next decade could be too bearish, but the 2020s are unlikely to be as simple as the 2010s
27 Jan 2020
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When ETFs can’t work miracles
Analysis

When ETFs can’t work miracles

Bond ETFs can be cheap and liquid, but tracking high-yield debt is more difficult than tracking stocks.
20 Jan 2020
Investment forecasts: a Christmas tradition to avoid
Investment strategy

Investment forecasts: a Christmas tradition to avoid

The annual ritual of market forecasts isn’t just useless – it could make your investment decisions worse.
31 Dec 2019
Beware the hidden risks when investing in emerging markets
Investment strategy

Beware the hidden risks when investing in emerging markets

Emerging markets look cheap compared with developed countries, but earnings may be less trustworthy.
23 Dec 2019
Why Hong Kong’s protests are an urgent warning for Beijing
Economy

Why Hong Kong’s protests are an urgent warning for Beijing

The protests that have shaken Hong Kong will not threaten China’s grip on power for now. But the country’s leaders will need to learn the right lesson…
31 Oct 2019
Vietnam: winning Trump’s trade war
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Vietnam: winning Trump’s trade war

There’s been one clear winner in the US-China trade war so far – Vietnam. Many investors see it as the developing world’s next big thing.
11 Oct 2019
Traders keep their faith in the Federal Reserve
Economy

Traders keep their faith in the Federal Reserve

The S&P 500 continues to rise. But the idea that the US Federal Reserve can hold off a recession by rate cuts alone is optimistic.
11 Oct 2019
India’s banking crisis deepens
Economy

India’s banking crisis deepens

Bad loans are rising at India's fourth-largest private bank by assets and the lender needs fresh capital to plug the gap. And it's not alone.
10 Oct 2019
Why Modi’s magic now looks like an illusion for investors in India
Stockmarkets

Why Modi’s magic now looks like an illusion for investors in India

Investors are losing confidence in India’s prime minister and his promise of further reforms. The country’s potential remains intact, but be prepared …
19 Sep 2019
Why it pays to invest in foreign stocks
Stockmarkets

Why it pays to invest in foreign stocks

Many investors feel safer investing at home than in foreign stocks – but as the wobbly pound shows, that safety can be an illusion.
5 Aug 2019
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