Investment strategy

Buying bitcoin could be the best way to play the remote working boom
Bitcoin exchange shop in Krakow
Bitcoin

Buying bitcoin could be the best way to play the remote working boom

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the move to home working, flexible employment practices and the rise of the “digital nomad”. One of the best …
21 Oct 2020
Great frauds in history: the Independent West Middlesex Fire and Life Assurance Company's early Ponzi scheme
Investment strategy

Great frauds in history: the Independent West Middlesex Fire and Life Assurance Company's early Ponzi scheme

The Independent West Middlesex Fire and Life Assurance Company (IWM) offered annuities and life insurance policies at rates that proved too good to be…
21 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

There’s been a lot of talk from the Bank of England recently about introducing “negative interest rates”. So what on earth are they, and what would th…
20 Oct 2020
Shaniel Ramjee: tech stocks, China and Japan – where to find the best returns
Investment strategy

Shaniel Ramjee: tech stocks, China and Japan – where to find the best returns

Merryn talks to Shaniel Ramjee of Pictet Asset Management about where to find the best returns in global markets right now – the continued growth of t…
20 Oct 2020
What’s the world’s most hated market? I hate to say it, but you probably live there
London Stock Exchange
UK stockmarkets

What’s the world’s most hated market? I hate to say it, but you probably live there

UK stocks are among the most hated in the world – almost nobody is buying. John Stepek explains why, and wonders if that presents an opportunity for c…
20 Oct 2020
Jonathan Ruffer: tech stocks have become “long-duration assets”
Tech stocks

Jonathan Ruffer: tech stocks have become “long-duration assets”

As with bonds, tech stocks are now held not because of that they are, but because of what investors fear if they don't hold them, says Jonathan Ruffer…
16 Oct 2020
Investors should give European stockmarkets a second look
European stockmarkets

Investors should give European stockmarkets a second look

Investors tend to think that European stockmarkets are full of stale “old economy” firms while the US is full of fast-growing tech stocks. But Europea…
16 Oct 2020

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Lessons for investors from Big Tech's previous golden era
Tech stocks

Lessons for investors from Big Tech's previous golden era

The forerunners of today's tech stock titans dominated the 1960s and 1970s. Former Xerox senior manager Dr Mike Tubbs was there and explains what inve…
16 Oct 2020
Great frauds in history... John Factor’s penny-stock scams
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Great frauds in history... John Factor’s penny-stock scams

John Factor sold worthless penny stocks through a boiler room operation, ramping the price via his financial newsletters. But he was never held to ac…
14 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what momentum investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what momentum investing was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Momentum investing – the opposite of the “buy low, sell high” advice – is based on the observation that trends in the stockmarket can continue for lon…
13 Oct 2020
Cheap but shunned UK stocks are a buy
UK stockmarkets

Cheap but shunned UK stocks are a buy

Value investors should look to UK stockmarkets, where some of the best bargains in global markets are available.
13 Oct 2020
Why the underperforming Temple Bar investment trust will deliver again
Investment trusts

Why the underperforming Temple Bar investment trust will deliver again

Temple Bar, the value-focused investment trust, has had a dreadful year, but new managers should turn it around.
13 Oct 2020
Is inflation set to return – and should you be worried?
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Is inflation set to return – and should you be worried?

David Stevenson looks at one of the most divisive topics in markets today – the question of whether deflation or inflation is the biggest threat to in…
12 Oct 2020
Howard Marks: look to out of favour assets
Investment strategy

Howard Marks: look to out of favour assets

Stocks and bonds promise very low absolute returns, says Howard Marks, co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management. But out-of-favour assets may still o…
9 Oct 2020
What’s the difference between investing and gambling?
Investment strategy

What’s the difference between investing and gambling?

Tim Price looks at the difference between investment and speculation – and where value investing comes into the picture.
9 Oct 2020
Cineworld closure: don't blame James Bond, blame gearing
Investment strategy

Cineworld closure: don't blame James Bond, blame gearing

The crisis at Cineworld shows why it’s important to pick healthier firms when betting on the recovery, says Cris Sholto Heaton.
8 Oct 2020
Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?
Oil price

Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?

Demand for oil plummeted as the world locked itself down, and oil producers’ share prices remain stuck at rock bottom. John Stepek explains why the se…
8 Oct 2020
Great frauds in history: Farrow’s Bank
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Great frauds in history: Farrow’s Bank

Thomas Farrow set up his eponymous bank in 1901, offering high interest rates to small savers. After falsifying the accounts and collapsing the bank, …
7 Oct 2020
MoneyWeek’s investment trust portfolio – should we keep the Law Debenture trust?
Investment trust model portfolio

MoneyWeek’s investment trust portfolio – should we keep the Law Debenture trust?

The MoneyWeek’s investment trust portfolio has been performing well. But one trust – Law Debenture – has performed particularly poorly. Merryn Somerse…
6 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what asset allocation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what asset allocation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Asset allocation is the process of dividing your investments between different asset classes, such as shares, bonds, property, cash and gold. Here's h…
6 Oct 2020
Ethical investing: how to build an ethical pension
ESG investing

Ethical investing: how to build an ethical pension

We examine the best options for investors who are looking for help in building a long-term portfolio of ESG investments.
6 Oct 2020
Ethical investing: how ethical is your ESG fund?
ESG investing

Ethical investing: how ethical is your ESG fund?

There’s no doubt that environmental and other issues can have a huge impact on share prices – 2020 has proven that beyond doubt. But how can investors…
6 Oct 2020