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John Stepek

John is the executive editor of MoneyWeek and writes our daily investment email, Money Morning. John graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in psychology in 1996 and has always been fascinated by the gap between the way the market works in theory and the way it works in practice, and by how our deep-rooted instincts work against our best interests as investors.

He started out in journalism by writing articles about the specific business challenges facing family firms. In 2003, he took a job on the finance desk of Teletext, where he spent two years covering the markets and breaking financial news. John joined MoneyWeek in 2005.

His work has been published in Families in Business, Shares magazine, Spear's Magazine, The Sunday Times, and The Spectator among others. He has also appeared as an expert commentator on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, BBC Radio Scotland, Newsnight, Daily Politics and Bloomberg. His first book, on contrarian investing, The Sceptical Investor, was released in March 2019. You can follow John on Twitter at @john_stepek.

If companies have too much power, we need more competition, not higher taxes
US Economy

If companies have too much power, we need more competition, not higher taxes

Free-market capitalism is breaking down and that is going to lead to higher taxes down the line. John Stepek explains why that matters for investors.
11 Aug 2020
The charts that matter: precious metals, longevity and a cure for baldness
Global Economy

The charts that matter: precious metals, longevity and a cure for baldness

As the gold price presses on to new highs, John Stepek looks at he charts that matter most to the global economy.
8 Aug 2020
UK house prices hit a new record high – can it last?
House prices

UK house prices hit a new record high – can it last?

Despite the pandemic, UK house prices have hit a new high. John Stepek looks at what’s driving the surge in prices, and what it means for house prices…
7 Aug 2020
Platinum: the precious metal that looks set to play catch-up with silver and gold
Silver and other precious metals

Platinum: the precious metal that looks set to play catch-up with silver and gold

Gold and silver continue to soar, but there's still time to get in. And there's another precious metal that looks set to go on a bull run too, says Jo…
7 Aug 2020
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Don’t despair on dividends – these companies could be set to bring them back
Income investing

Don’t despair on dividends – these companies could be set to bring them back

The value of dividends paid out by UK stocks has plummeted this year as companies “rebase” their payment policies. But things could soon start to look…
6 Aug 2020
BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it
Income investing

BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it

BP has bowed to the inevitable and cut its dividend in half – and its share price promptly rose. John Stepek explains what it means for shareholders …
4 Aug 2020
The charts that matter: gold finally sets a new record high 
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold finally sets a new record high 

As gold surges past its previous high, John Stepek looks at how it's affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
1 Aug 2020
UK banks have had a shocking week – so it’s probably a good time to buy
UK stockmarkets

UK banks have had a shocking week – so it’s probably a good time to buy

Lloyds Bank reported a £676m loss this week. And, with all of the UK's high street banks having a terrible time of things, bank stocks are detested ri…
31 Jul 2020
Don't fight the Fed – at least, not yet
Stockmarkets

Don't fight the Fed – at least, not yet

The US central bank has made it clear it will keep propping markets – at least until inflation takes off. Betting against it would be a bad idea. But,…
30 Jul 2020
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What will the US central bank do next?
US Economy

What will the US central bank do next?

As the US continues to grapple with the Covid pandemic, the Federal Reserve will meet to decide what to do next on jobs, inflation and the recovery in…
28 Jul 2020
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Gold could set new records, even from here – here’s how to invest
Gold

Gold could set new records, even from here – here’s how to invest

The gold price has soared in recent days, and it could go higher yet, says John Stepek. Either way, you should hold some gold in your portfolio.
27 Jul 2020
The going looks good for gold
Gold

The going looks good for gold

With inflation fears rising and interest rates nailed to the floor, the outlook for gold is bright, says John Stepek.
27 Jul 2020
The charts that matter: gold closes in on an all-time high
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold closes in on an all-time high

John Stepek looks at the gold chart, which has risen higher on the back of eurozone relief and dollar weakness, along with all of the other charts tha…
25 Jul 2020
Is it time to buy Europe and sell the US?
European stockmarkets

Is it time to buy Europe and sell the US?

Europe is looking ever more attractive to investors, while the US is starting to look like the riskier bet, says John Stepek.
24 Jul 2020
The market is starting to wake up to inflation risk – here’s why that matters
Global Economy

The market is starting to wake up to inflation risk – here’s why that matters

The distinct possibility that our standard of living may be about to drop is weighing on the minds of investors. John Stepek explains what that means …
23 Jul 2020
Here’s the one simple reason the EU deal matters for investors
EU Economy

Here’s the one simple reason the EU deal matters for investors

The EU has agreed a deal to bail out the countries worst-hit by coronavirus. It's not the best deal on earth, but it is a very important one for inves…
21 Jul 2020
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The charts that matter: don’t miss these podcasts
Global Economy

The charts that matter: don’t miss these podcasts

John Stepek ends the week with some quality listening material, plus the charts that matter most to the global economy.
18 Jul 2020
Will this weekend take the world a step closer to a federal Europe?
EU Economy

Will this weekend take the world a step closer to a federal Europe?

The EU is meeting to discuss issuing common debt backed by all member states. That’s a big change, says John Stepek, and could have far-reaching effec…
17 Jul 2020
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Where are the world’s fund managers putting their money right now?
Investment strategy

Where are the world’s fund managers putting their money right now?

A new report finds that, despite soaring markets, fund managers are by no means universally bullish. John Stepek looks at where they're putting their …
16 Jul 2020
OBR: UK house prices could fall by 12% next year
House prices

OBR: UK house prices could fall by 12% next year

The Office for Budget Responsibility says UK house prices could fall by as much as 12% next year. John Stepek looks at how likely that is.
14 Jul 2020
We’re spending more than at any time since World War II – how will we pay it back?
UK Economy

We’re spending more than at any time since World War II – how will we pay it back?

With the UK spending vast sums on stimulus measures, this year’s budget deficit will be greater than at any time since World War II. The big question,…
14 Jul 2020
The charts that matter: gold hits a fresh eight-year high
Global Economy

The charts that matter: gold hits a fresh eight-year high

As gold heads for new all-time highs, John Stepek looks at how that's affecting the other charts that matter most to the global economy.
11 Jul 2020
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What gold, bonds and tech stocks have in common
Stockmarkets

What gold, bonds and tech stocks have in common

"Risk off" or "safe haven" assets such as gold and government bonds have been doing well lately. But so have riskier tech stocks. That seems to defy c…
10 Jul 2020
Rishi Sunak: buy a house, do it up and then go for a meal
UK Economy

Rishi Sunak: buy a house, do it up and then go for a meal

The chancellor has been on a spending spree. Will it help?
9 Jul 2020
Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?
UK Economy

Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?

John Stepek runs his eye over the chancellor's £30bn stimulus package and asks if it's enough to get the economy back on its feet after months of lock…
9 Jul 2020
The charts that matter: Tesla triumphs
Global Economy

The charts that matter: Tesla triumphs

As Tesla becomes the world's most valuable car-maker by market capitalisation, John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter most to th…
4 Jul 2020
How can markets hit new record highs when the economy is in such a mess?
Stockmarkets

How can markets hit new record highs when the economy is in such a mess?

Despite the world being in the midst of a global pandemic, America's Nasdaq stock index just hit an all-time high. And it's not the only index on a bu…
3 Jul 2020
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House price crash: UK property prices are falling – so where next?
Property

House price crash: UK property prices are falling – so where next?

With UK property prices falling for the first time in eight years, are we about to see a house price crash? John Stepek looks at what’s behind the sli…
2 Jul 2020
The end of the bond bull market and the return of inflation
Inflation

The end of the bond bull market and the return of inflation

Central bank stimulus, surging post-lockdown demand and the end of the 40-year bond bull market. It all points to inflation, says John Stepek. Here’s …
30 Jun 2020
Fear of a second wave is getting a hold on the market
Stockmarkets

Fear of a second wave is getting a hold on the market

Stockmarkets wobbled after Covid-19 began to make a comeback in many US states. John Stepek looks at what it means for you as an investor.
29 Jun 2020
The charts that matter: markets feeling the second wave wobble
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets feeling the second wave wobble

As markets worry about a second wave of Covid-196 infections, John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy.
27 Jun 2020
When everyone hates an asset class, it’s usually a good time to buy
Investment strategy

When everyone hates an asset class, it’s usually a good time to buy

People often write off an entire asset class as “dead”, when it is merely in the gutter. And if it’s in the gutter, it’s cheap. John Stepek explains w…
26 Jun 2020
Is the pound really turning into an emerging-market currency?
Currencies

Is the pound really turning into an emerging-market currency?

Some analysts have suggested that sterling's volatility makes the pound "more like the Mexican peso than the US dollar". John Stepek asks whether this…
25 Jun 2020
Three key lessons investors can learn from the Wirecard disaster
Investment strategy

Three key lessons investors can learn from the Wirecard disaster

Wirecard, a German payments processing firm, is embroiled in an accounting scandal. Billions of euros have vanished and the share price has collapsed.…
23 Jun 2020
Fund managers are feeling neurotic – that’s probably a good sign
Stockmarkets

Fund managers are feeling neurotic – that’s probably a good sign

The latest survey of global fund managers suggests they're feeling nervous about the current state of the markets. But that's not necessarily a bad th…
22 Jun 2020
The charts that matter: central banks just keep printing
Global Economy

The charts that matter: central banks just keep printing

Central banks made it clear this week that they will support markets with more printed money. John Stepek looks at how that's affected the charts that…
20 Jun 2020
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