Investments

The most important event for markets this week

Markets are bracing themselves for another monetary policy meeting from the US Federal Reserve. John Stepek explains why it’s so important.

Chart of the week: US stocks are getting older

The average age of firms listed in the US has been rising for three decades. It’s now 20 years, twice the figure seen in the 1990s dotcom craze.

Christopher Wood: buy China and India

If you’re after cheap stocks, head to China and India, says analyst and author Christopher Wood.

The big share buyback controversy

US politicians have share buybacks in their sights. They may be right to do so, says John Stepek – but not for the reason they think.

Uzbekistan opens up to investors

Few had expected Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to change much when he took over in 2016. But he has embarked on major reforms, making it a frontier market to watch.

Deutsche-Commerzbank merger will be a disaster

The Deutsche-Commerzbank tie-up makes no sense and may spark another financial crisis.

The charts that matter: Tesla hits a pothole

Electric-car group Tesla has had a rough week. John Stepek looks at what was behind it, and at the rest of the global economy’s most important charts.

Modi expected to win India's upcoming election

India’s benchmark Nifty 50 index has jumped to a six-month high following the announcement that India’s national election will take place over five weeks between mid-April and late May.

Six investment trusts for your Isa

Looking for ideas on what to put in your Isa this year? MoneyWeek’s model investment trust portfolio might be a good place to start – and for those who are already invested, now might be a good time to rebalance

VCTs, EIS and SEIS: tax relief for brave investors

If you can stomach the risk involved in backing a company in its early stages, consider VCTs, the EIS and the SEIS. Generous tax breaks are on offer.

Forget Trump or Opec – here’s what really drives the oil price

Donald Trump doesn’t like high oil prices. Oil cartel Opec does. But it doesn’t matter what either of them wants – they don’t control the oil price. John Stepek explains what does.

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.

Can the post-crisis bull market last?

Last August the S&P’s bull market became the longest since World War II. Pundits have been predicting its end for some time now, but the economic backdrop suggests that there is no immediate reason to be bearish.

Finding quality and value in emerging Asia

Each week, a professional investor tells Moneyweek where he’d put his money. This week: Nitin Bajaj of Fidelity Asian Values investment trust selects three favourites from emerging Asia.

Boeing’s reputation at risk

Two of Boeing’s new-model 737 have crashed in a year and the aircraft-maker’s stock has suffered badly. Can it recover? Matthew Partridge reports.

Cybercrime: profit from the fight against criminals in your computer

Cybercrime has the potential to paralyse countries and commerce, but companies and individuals are only just waking up to the threat. That spells opportunity for long-term investors, says Ben Judge.

Today, silver looks cheap compared to gold – but should you make the trade?

By historical standards, silver is incredibly cheap while gold is very expensive. So should you sell your gold and buy silver? Dominic Frisby weighs up the trade.

New laws lean on landlords

Emma Lunn rounds up the latest news stories that affect property investors, landlords and homebuyers.

Cohort bulks up defence portfolio

Cohort, the defence technology group, has moved with the times and owns a compelling collection of companies.

What is Neil Woodford doing?

The much-celebrated fund manager is testing the patience of his investors, says Sarah Moore.

A good alternative to equity release

Retirement interest-only mortgages could be a better way to access funds than equity-release products.

What’s in your tracker funds?

A striking gap in the returns on Chinese index funds shows why you must be sure to know what you own. John Stepek explains.

Where to find bargains in emerging markets

Having priced in a lot of bad news, emerging markets are looking like better value, says professional investor Carlos Hardenberg. Here, he picks three of his favourite smaller emerging-market stocks.

You can always find value somewhere in the markets

Lots of people will tell you now isn’t a good time to invest. But that’s not true, says Merryn Somerset Webb, there is always value somewhere. Here’s where to find it now.

Chart of the week: QE rewards lazy investors

This chart is a stark illustration of the effect of a decade of rock-bottom interest rates and quantitative easing (QE – or money printing).

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