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The boom in passive investing won’t cause the next crash

Passive investment funds such as ETFs are now such a fundamental part of financial markets that some people worry that they will spark the next crash.…
7 Jan 2020
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Passive investments come under pressure from regulators

Investors are allocating ever greater sums to passive investments including ETFs and index trackers. Regulators have taken note, says David Stevenson.
24 Sep 2019
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The best ways to invest in gold

From ETFs and allocated accounts to sovereigns and Britannias, Dominic Frisby looks at some of the best ways to buy and sell gold.
17 May 2019
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British stocks are due a bounce

Uncertainty over Brexit has prompted consumers and companies to put off investing in British stocks. Once clarity returns, cheap stocks should rebound…
4 Apr 2019
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Everything you needed to know about ETFs

Book review: The Ultimate ETF Guidebook How ETFs evolved from simple funds that tracked the main indices to more complex smart-beta funds that attempt…
21 Mar 2019
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Stash your cash in bond ETFs

A savings account isn’t always practical. Here’s what to do with the cash in your portfolio.
19 Feb 2019
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Low volatility – or low rates?

Tracker funds investing in “boring” stocks have done well in the past 25 years – but is that set to change?
9 Nov 2018
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Two funds to profit from Asia's love for smartphones

HanETF’s exchange-traded fund allows you to buy into a “mega trend” - the surging demand for smartphones in Asia.
12 Oct 2018

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Chart of the week: cannabis is getting too high

The first ETF to track marijuana producers passed C$1bn in September, doubling its value in a year – but the sector is getting ahead of itself.
21 Sep 2018
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The trouble with index-tracking funds

Index-tracking funds are great, cheap alternatives to their overpriced active cousins. But they aren’t flawless, says John Stepek.
29 Jun 2018
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Momentum investing: what it is, why it works and what to buy

Momentum investing – buying what has already gone up in price in the belief that it will keep doing so – shouldn’t work in theory. Yet in real life, i…
15 Jun 2018
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Three exciting new ETFs

These new exchange-traded funds give you the opportunity to invest in some interesting sectors.
1 Jun 2018
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One area of financial markets where ETFs could prove very disruptive

Some people argue that ETFs undermine the structure of the stockmarket. That’s not really true, says John Stepek. But they could spark trouble in anot…
21 May 2018
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Bond ETFs get active

A new type of exchange-traded fund will provide a useful way for bond investors to mitigate risk, says David Stevenson.
18 May 2018
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Value investing is due its time in the sun

Whether you own active funds or ETFs, you must pay attention to which investment styles are working, says David Stevenson.
27 Apr 2018
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Aim makes its mark at last

London’s Alternative Market performed poorly during its first 20 years – but investors can no longer afford to ignore its 1,254 companies, says Max Ki…
17 Nov 2017
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Could ETFs crash the market? Maybe – but that’s not what you should worry about

Investors in index-tracking ETFs could see heavy losses if markets fall. But the “smart-beta” funds that try and solve this problem bring risks of the…
9 Oct 2017
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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 …
1 Sep 2017
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How volatile is your ETF?

Recent turbulence in ETFs tracking “low volatility” highlights just how important it is to keep an eye on what’s actually going in your funds. john St…
7 Jul 2017
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What’s in your ETF?

There are some things to be aware of when buying ETFs, says John Stepek, as problems with one popular fund earlier this month revealed.
28 Apr 2017
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It’s quiet out there. Too damn quiet

Driven by record amounts of money pouring in to exchange-traded funds, markets are starting to feel a little overheated, says John Stepek. Are we near…
21 Mar 2017
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ETFs: the road to serfdom?

Cheap trackers, exchange-traded funds and passive investing have been accused of undermining capitalism. Matthew Partridge exmines why.
2 Sep 2016
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The six ETFs I'd pick if I was building a portfolio from scratch

David C Stevenson explains how to put together a simple, no-nonsense portfolio of ETFs from scratch.
22 Jan 2016