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.

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
Investment strategy

Broker safety – your questions answered

Cris Sholto Heaton answers more of your questions about the safety of stockbroker accounts
25 Mar 2020
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
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
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
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
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
Share tips

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 …
6 Feb 2020
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
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

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 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
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

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
Share tips

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

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

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

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

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
Investment strategy

How to stop your mind "anchoring" and hobbling your judgement

Your brain's tendency to focus upon only the most recent information can be disastrous for your investment decisions, says Cris Sholto Heaton. Here's …
14 May 2019
Share tips

The secrets of Asia’s economic success

Investors dream of the profits to be made from billions of emerging-market consumers, but first these countries will need to become wealthier. That’s …
7 Feb 2019
Investment strategy

Trouble at the top of the market

Shares in asset managers have had a bad year, says Cris Sholto Heaton. That could be an early sign the long boom is over.
26 Oct 2018

Squabbling Tories look out of touch

This week’s conference showed the party’s growing fear of Jeremy Corbyn. Cris Sholto Heaton reports.
5 Oct 2018

Three cheap and interesting aircraft leasing funds

These aircraft-leasing funds were hit by fears over their planes’ resale value. Now, they look cheap.
27 Jul 2018

Don’t get nudged into a second-rate pension fund

Auto-enrolment means many more workers are now paying into a pension – but the default funds are often a poor choice. Take the time to pick your own, …
20 Apr 2018

A crisis that may spell the end for PFI

The firm that runs schools, hospitals and roads for the British government has collapsed. The consequences may be far-reaching. Cris Sholto Heaton rep…
21 Jan 2018

The cost of confidence in investments

We often talk about the importance of a fund manager having high conviction in their investments, says Cris Sholto Heaton. But sometimes too much conv…
10 Nov 2017

The Paradise Papers force the wealthy to take cover

A climate is developing in which the wealthy are perceived to not be paying their way, says Cris Sholto Heaton.
9 Nov 2017

China’s new helmsman charts his own course

Xi Jinping has consolidated enough power to take China where he wants – whether forwards or backwards. Investors should hope for the best, says Cris S…
2 Nov 2017

Funds for a global portfolio

Holding international stocks is one of the best ways to build a more balanced portfolio. Cris Sholto Heaton picks five global funds with distinctive s…
14 Jul 2017

Five high-quality EM funds

Emerging markets offer plenty of potential, but the standard of listed companies is often poor. Cris Sholto Heaton picks five funds that focus on bett…
30 Jun 2017

Pensions: Still piling on the complexity

Pensions regulations are subject to such incessant change that many people struggle to understand how best to save for retirement. at MoneyWeek, we a…
26 Jun 2017

How much can you spend after you retire?

Investors need to change the way they approach taking an income from their pension to get more from their money in retirement.
26 Jun 2017
Personal finance

Software for stock pickers

Online tools make it much easier to analyse potential investments. Cris Sholto Heaton looks at the options.
7 Mar 2017

One more reason to hold gold

Forget about central banks not having a plan, says Cris Sholto Heaton. Investors will come to realise they haven't got a clue.
11 Aug 2016

How dear are US stocks?

The Cape ratio is a popular metric for valuing stockmarkets. Cris Sholto Heaton explains how it works, and what it tells us about the American market.
10 Jun 2016