Editor's letter

Why fund managers should share the risk with their investors
Bridge in Rome
Funds

Why fund managers should share the risk with their investors

Ideally, managers would have a stake in their funds. It might not necessarily lead to better performance, but it would surely make them pay a little m…
17 Jun 2021
The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages
Waitress serving customers
UK Economy

The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages

The UK's businesses are suffering from a shortage of staff. If they want to fix that, they'll have to do the one thing they really hate: raise wages
10 Jun 2021
What oil majors' climate battles tell us about shareholder democracy
Exxon Petrol station canopy
Commodities

What oil majors' climate battles tell us about shareholder democracy

Big oil has faced a tumultuous week with a number of defeats over their environmental practises. John Stepek breaks down what this means for the marke…
3 Jun 2021
Can bitcoin survive governments’ monopoly on coercion?
Bitcoin and pound notes
Bitcoin & crypto

Can bitcoin survive governments’ monopoly on coercion?

If governments want your cryptocurrency they will come for it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 May 2021
UK stocks are cheap, but they won't be for long
William Hill betting shop sign
UK stockmarkets

UK stocks are cheap, but they won't be for long

UK stocks are cheap. That's not escaped the notice of the private equity sector, who are snapping up bargains galore. You should do the same while you…
20 May 2021
The house price boom is all about what people can afford to pay
House prices

The house price boom is all about what people can afford to pay

Houses may look very expensive, but ultra-low interest rates mean that on a monthly payment basis, they cost an awful lot less than they used to. How …
6 May 2021
The V-shaped recovery looks to be here at last
Economy

The V-shaped recovery looks to be here at last

The world is certainly not a Panglossian paradise. But the recovery is under way and there is plenty of good news about.
29 Apr 2021
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The giant investment platforms and the risk to shareholder capitalism
Investment strategy

The giant investment platforms and the risk to shareholder capitalism

The fact that so many of us invest via the big investment platforms means that there is a huge dislocation between the owner of the shares (us) and th…
23 Apr 2021
Bitcoin mania: private currencies are nothing new
Bitcoin

Bitcoin mania: private currencies are nothing new

The idea is gaining ground that bitcoin and the plethora of other new currencies are here to stay. But the existence of private currencies operating p…
15 Apr 2021
What the Deliveroo IPO can teach us about investing
Investment strategy

What the Deliveroo IPO can teach us about investing

Losing money on an investment is painful, says John Stepek, but it can force us to look at our process in a way that making money doesn’t.
8 Apr 2021
Be careful: conditions are ideal for the “bezzle”
Investment strategy

Be careful: conditions are ideal for the “bezzle”

It’s been a vintage few months for all kinds of “bezzle”, says John Stepek – the not necessarily criminal behaviour that just loves an economic boom. …
1 Apr 2021
A tale of two fund managers: style does matter
Investment strategy

A tale of two fund managers: style does matter

Neil Woodford and James Anderson are fund managers with two very different records of success. And, while that may not all be down to their investment…
25 Mar 2021
Should we get ready for a post-pandemic baby boom?
Global Economy

Should we get ready for a post-pandemic baby boom?

Birth rates across the developed world collapsed as people locked themselves away. Hopefully that won't last, says Merryn Somerset Webb. There's nothi…
18 Mar 2021
Markets do look bubbly – but not all of them
Investment strategy

Markets do look bubbly – but not all of them

There are bits of the market that have been looking very toppy for a long time now. But that doesn’t mean all stockmarkets everywhere are in trouble. …
11 Mar 2021
A change in stockmarket rules will benefit us all
UK stockmarkets

A change in stockmarket rules will benefit us all

The “SPAC” boom all the rage in the US is passing the UK’s stricter stockmarket by. A change in the rules would be good for everyone, says Merryn Some…
4 Mar 2021
Our trade of the decade came good – what’s next?
Investment strategy

Our trade of the decade came good – what’s next?

Back in 2010 we said you should invest in unloved and undervalued Japanese stocks. If you had done that, you’d have made a nice return. So what should…
25 Feb 2021
A contrarian take on ESG investing: buy coal
Stockmarkets

A contrarian take on ESG investing: buy coal

The best way to take advantage of today’s ESG and clean energy enthusiasm is not to invest in the clean energy stocks everyone loves, says Merryn Some…
19 Feb 2021
Are you prepared to have your savings put into compulsory “recovery bonds”?
UK Economy

Are you prepared to have your savings put into compulsory “recovery bonds”?

The pandemic has put a huge hole in public finances – while bolstering many of the country's savings. Could one be used to bail out the other? Merryn …
11 Feb 2021
How the GameStop squeeze put the fun back into markets
Stockmarkets

How the GameStop squeeze put the fun back into markets

One of the fun things about Reddit’s pursuit of GameStop short sellers it is the way it allows everyone to see what they want to see, says Merryn Some…
5 Feb 2021
Bubbles are all different – and all the same
Stockmarkets

Bubbles are all different – and all the same

No matter what you’ve got a bubble in, their structure is always the same, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Right now, we’re in the “mania” phase.
28 Jan 2021
Why bonds may not be the safe haven they once were
Investment strategy

Why bonds may not be the safe haven they once were

“De-risking” by shifting your portfolio into bonds used to make sense. But not so much any more, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So what should you do inst…
21 Jan 2021
US stocks are obviously in a bubble. But is it a rational bubble?
US stockmarkets

US stocks are obviously in a bubble. But is it a rational bubble?

Everyone wants to know if the US stockmarket is in a bubble. But that is the wrong question, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Of course it’s a bubble. The r…
14 Jan 2021