Investments

Mini-bonds could spell big trouble for small investors

Investors have been seduced by the high interest rates on mini-bonds, but they’re not as safe as they seem.

Why traders should believe in Santa Claus

If it’s Christmas in the markets, it’s time for the Santa Claus rally. Dominic Frisby explains what it is, how it works, and how to play it.

How to plan for the general election result

John Stepek looks at the potential outcomes of Thursday’s general election and explains what each would mean for markets – and what you can do to protect your wealth.

Neil Woodford continues to cast a shadow over his successor at Invesco

Mark Barnett, former star manager Neil Woodford’s successor at Invesco, has applied the same formula, and is struggling.

Three cloud computing stocks to buy now

Professional investor Anthony Ginsberg picks three stocks that he thinks can dominate the emerging field of cloud computing.

Investors today are unreasonably bearish on oil companies

As the world looks to a future without fossil fuels, investors have abandoned oil companies. But we still need oil, says John Stepek. And this irrational hatred spells opportunity.

The charts that matter: a fresh hope for the global economy?

John Stepek looks to the charts that matter most to the global economy to see if he can glean some signs of hope.

Diamonds lose their shine for investors

Diamond miners are in dire straits. The $90bn market is being squeezed by demand and supply problems and faces a long-term threat from manufactured gemstones.

Currency Corner: is the New Zealand dollar about to make a big comeback?

In this week’s Currency Corner, Dominic Frisby explains why he’s tempted to buy the New Zealand dollar.

Have markets hit a top? Or are we heading for a Santa rally?

Has the stockmarket bull run gone has high as it can go, or is there some festive cheer for investors waiting around the corner? Dominic Frisby investigates.

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.

Have UK house prices turned the corner?

The average price of a house in the UK rose by 0.8% on the year in November, the fastest pace since April.

Yet another clanger at Ted Baker as it overstates its inventory by £25m

Ted Baker, the struggling fashion retailer, saw its share price fall to a ten-year low this week after it admitted that it had overstated the value of its inventory by around £25m.

How Argentina embarked on the road to ruin

A century ago, Argentina was economically on a par with France and Germany. Left-wing populism may now have irretrievably ruined it, says Max King.

Secret sauce: the key to serial innovation and profit growth

Why do some companies fizzle out and fade away while others build on a strong start? Dr Mike Tubbs looks at the key factors behind sustainable success and highlights his favourite consistent performers.

Why on earth does anyone own open-ended property funds?

Many things in finance are complicated, says John Stepek. But whether or not to put your money in an open-ended property fund is not one of them.

Should you invest in a holiday let?

There is money to be made in the rapidly expanding holiday let market. But do your sums carefully before you buy.

Short selling is not unethical – whatever the world's biggest pension fund tells you

Japan’s government pension fund is to stop lending the overseas shares it owns to short sellers. But in reality, there’s nothing wrong with short selling, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

Make sure your fund manager has their money where their mouth is

Are the interests of the finance professionals managing your money properly aligned with your interests? There’s a relatively simple way to check.

Corporate debt is at record levels – here’s what the risks are

With interest rates at rock bottom, companies have been loading up on debt. And a lot of it is poor quality debt. John Stepek explains what that means for the markets, and for you.

Free share-trading platforms are a boon for investors

The advent of free share-trading platforms will get more people buying shares. That’s a welcome development

The charts that matter: will the US dollar crack?

The US dollar is a lot stronger than it was a fortnight ago. Can that continue? John Stepek looks to the charts that matter most to the global economy.

UK stocks prepare for a "Boris bounce"

UK stocks could be in line for a bounce if the election result reduces political uncertainty.

Is the US dollar doomed?

The stars are aligning for a weaker US dollar, which would be good news for the world economy.

Currency Corner: is the krone’s long slow slide coming to an end?

Dominic Frisby looks at the Norwegian krone’s performance against the Japanese yen and asks, is it set for a major reversal?

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