Just what is a fund anyway?

There are two main types of fund out there for investors to invest in. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how they work, and which is her favourite.

Video: Why we like investment trusts

Investment trusts are a relatively cheap and simple way of investing in the stockmarket. Ed Bowsher explains why at MoneyWeek, we much prefer them to other funds.

Tread carefully when investing in India and China

The re-emergence of India and China from their long economic slumber appears to offer investors the prospect of easy profits, but the lesson of history is to tread carefully in these countries, says Max King.

Boost your income with derivatives

A few equity income funds are targeting returns in excess of 4% or 5% a year using strategies originally developed in the world of options trading and structured products.

Are new ETF launches a sign that markets are overheated?

In echoes of the dotcom boom when new fund launches rose tenfold int he y ear before the bubble burst, the rate of new ETF launches targeting hot new sectors could be a sign that things are getting out of hand.

Join the investors returning to Brazil

Brazil’s economy is picking up, the political backdrop is improving and investors are returning. Max King picks the best ways to buy in.

Big opportunities in emerging small caps

David C Stevenson looks at some of the best funds to invest in emerging-market smaller companies.

How to profit from the mundane metals miners

A decade-long mining boom has ended. A lack of discoveries today means a shortfall – and price rises – tomorrow. Zinc and lead may not seem thrilling, but Dominic Frisby is getting excited.

Why you must be invested in Europe

For all its faults, Europe is bouncing back. Max King tips the best funds for investors to get stuck in.

The price of being ethical

Even if you are sceptical about ethical investing, it’s worth being aware of its growing popularity with big investors, says John Stepek.

How novelty ETFs just got eye-catchingly sexier

David C Stevenson takes a look at some of the newest crop of novelty ETFs, and asks whether they’re any good.

Why you should back tortoises in Asia

When buying Asian-focused funds for your portfolio, it’s worth investing with managers who take a long-term view, says Max King.

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A simple, easy to manage portfolio of six of the best investment trusts, selected by Merryn Somerset Webb, offering defensiveness, stability, exposure to growth, and some income.