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Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK's financial pages.

The oil price soars – but can it last?

The oil price has risen by nearly 25% so far in 2019, well in advance of any developed-world stockmarket. But the surge may not get a lot higher from here.

Germany narrowly avoids a recession

Germany’s GDP growth was below the eurozone’s average at just 1.4% in 2018, down from 2.2% in 2017. And it’s all down to reliance on what was once Germany’s biggest strength: exports.

Save on tax and save the planet: put some money in forestry

You can’t expect to find a magic money tree, but if you are a wealthier investor, then adding a forest to your portfolio could boost your returns – and it’s environmentally friendly too. David Prosser explores the options.

Gold – here’s why it just might be different this time

The gold price is creeping higher. And lot of smart people are getting bullish on gold. Are they right? Or is it another false dawn? Dominic Frisby finds out.

Wages are picking up – but the market still can’t believe it

Around the world, things are looking up – employment is high and wages are rising. But investors remain fearful. John Stepek explains what’s going on.

Steer clear of open-ended property funds

In the wake of the EU referendum, open-ended property funds were forced to suspend trading to stem the flow of redemptions from people worried about the state of the market. 

Is enough of your money invested in overseas stocks?

John Stepek explains how investors often suffer from “home bias”, how it affects returns, and how to counter it.

Stash your cash in bond ETFs

A savings account isn’t always practical. Here’s what to do with the cash in your portfolio.

Put your trust in small companies

Despite a dire 2018, the long-term trends in the small companies sector are encouraging.

Now is a good time to fix it and forget your mortgage

It’s a good time to take out a long-term fixed-rate mortgage, but make sure you know what this entails.

The oil price has soared this year – and it’s nothing to do with supply or demand

The oil price has risen by 20% this year – far outstripping the stockmarkets. John Stepek looks at the reasons for its rise, and what might happen from here.

Buying stocks is easy – selling them is the difficult bit

Most fund managers don’t beat the market. Yet they are pretty good stock pickers. So what goes wrong?

Why bear markets are getting shorter

Bear markets – periods of falling stock prices – are painful for investors. Thankfully, these days the worst is soon over.

The charts that matter: is the recessionary threat real or hype?

With worrying data from bond yields and US jobless figures, John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to gauge the threat of a recession.

Chart of the week: Ditch the CEO, buy the shares

More than 1,400 CEOs of US companies left their jobs in 2018. But CEO exits can spell opportunity.

Why investors should never mistake the economy for the stockmarket

Forecasts for many of the world’s major economies is distinctly gloomy. But investors shouldn’t be too downhearted – the outlook for stockmarkets could be much brighter. John Stepek explains why.

US housing market on shaky foundations

The US property market has seen some of the weakest data since house prices finally began to recover after the financial crisis.

South Korea is due a bounce

The gloom on South Korea may be overdone and investors may be in line for not only rising stock prices, but rising dividends too.

Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK’s financial pages.

Brazil trades on borrowed time

Brazilian stocks have taken off since Jair Bolsonaro took office. But may return to earth just as quickly.

Brexit panic is good news for bargain hunters

Professional investor William Meadon picks three of his favourite UK stocks.

The Big Apple bites back at Amazon

As drama over the e-commerce giant’s second US headquarters continues, New York’s welcome has cooled. Matthew Partridge reports

Tension is mounting in turbulent Thailand

Thailand has been in political turmoil for years, and the constant tension has hampered efforts to introduce structural reforms to boost efficiency.

How to catch the best of a bull market while dodging the big bears

Dominic Frisby outlines a beautifully simple, long-term trend-following strategy that works across most markets.

Judges Scientific: a scientific mini-conglomerate

Scientific-equipment maker Judges Scientific is expanding rapidly and doesn’t deserve to be ignored by investors, says Richard Beddard.

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