Last chance to book! All you need to know about investing for the year ahead in one handy package

John Stepek runs through the speakers and topics under discussion at the upcoming MoneyWeek Wealth Summit.

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Inflation at 30-year highs.

An entirely new asset class – cryptocurrencies – which could either change the world or simply be one big tulip bubble.

Governments talking about transforming the energy landscape even as the price of fossil fuels rockets.

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I think it's safe to say that we invest in very interesting times indeed.

And that's why you need to make sure you attend this year's MoneyWeek Wealth Summit.

Where are the best investment opportunities in the UK and beyond?

It's less than two weeks until this year's MoneyWeek Wealth Summit. We'll be broadcasting on Thursday 25 November.

It's a virtual event this year. Yes, I will miss the opportunity to have proper one-to-one chats with readers. However, it does make it a lot easier for everyone to attend rather than having to trek down to London (which I know will be a relief to many of you).

So why should you attend? I'm going to run you through the day to show you exactly why.

We'll be getting right into the action with a panel on UK value stocks. Here at MoneyWeek, we've been going on about what great value the UK market is for quite some time. Looking at the performance of the FTSE 100 this week, it appears that markets may be starting to wake up to that too.

We'll be asking two top fund managers – Laura Foll from Law Debenture Trust and Ian Lance from Temple Bar (both trusts I know a lot of you will own) – for their favourite UK value stocks, and talking to economist Julian Jessop about the outlook for the UK economy post-Covid and post-Brexit.

Next up, we'll be interviewing one of Britain's best-known fund managers, Nick Train. Again, I know lots of you own Finsbury Growth and Income Trust or one of his other funds and will be eager to hear his views on the outlook.

We'll also be talking to some of the UK's top small company specialists (including Anna Macdonald at Amati, Charlie Broughton at Baillie Gifford British Smaller Companies, and Victoria Stevens of Liontrust) about where they're putting their money right now.

Then we'll be broadening out the discussion from the UK to one of the biggest topics of the day – the energy transition. What's the best way to play it? We'll be talking to four of the smartest investors in the sector to learn about where the most exciting opportunities are right now – should we be picking up the hottest new tech plays, or looking for value among the dirty old fossil fuels? Or both?

Frontier assets, 60/40 and the hottest tech trends

After lunch, we'll get straight into our "frontier assets" panel, where we'll be joined by the brilliant Dr Pippa Malmgren who'll be educating us on all things crypto and NFTs; Mark Boggett from the new Seraphim Space investment trust will be telling us about investing in the final frontier; and MoneyWeek's own regular columnist and "adventurous investor" David Stevenson will be giving us his thoughts on the most exotic and intriguing opportunities out there right now.

Then we'll be discussing what I think is one of the most important topics of the day – the "death of the 60/40 portfolio". Put simply, this one's all about how to position your portfolio if inflation does take off and rising rates become something we need to start worrying about again.

I'll be talking to Duncan MacInness of Ruffer, Nick Greenwood of Premier Miton, and Luke Hyde-Smith of Waverton about what all of that might mean for your money, and what assets they are investing in to make their portfolios more resilient.

Our Japan panel follows, and then onto China where we'll be talking to economist Diana Choyleva of Enodo Economics and Dale Nicholls of Fidelity China Special Situations about the biggest issues facing China right now and what it means for investors there.

Finally, we'll be looking at the hottest tech trends and how to invest in them with another group of top fund managers – Katie Potts of Herald Investment Trust, Walter Price of Allianz, and Stephen Liu of Blue Whale.

Anyway – it's a packed schedule, and you'll come away with enough ideas to keep you thinking and investing right up until next year's Wealth Summit date comes rolling around and we can all meet up in person again.

So I hope that's convinced you. Go get your ticket here. If you're a MoneyWeek subscriber, you'll get the best price available because of your excellent taste in magazines.

If you're not yet a MoneyWeek subscriber, you'll pay a bit more, but we are doing a flash sale right now – £70 off the full-price ticket – so now's the time to act if you fancy coming along. Just input the code MWK70 at the virtual till.

John Stepek

John Stepek is a senior reporter at Bloomberg News and a former editor of MoneyWeek magazine. He graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in psychology in 1996 and has always been fascinated by the gap between the way the market works in theory and the way it works in practice, and by how our deep-rooted instincts work against our best interests as investors.

He started out in journalism by writing articles about the specific business challenges facing family firms. In 2003, he took a job on the finance desk of Teletext, where he spent two years covering the markets and breaking financial news.

His work has been published in Families in Business, Shares magazine, Spear's Magazine, The Sunday Times, and The Spectator among others. He has also appeared as an expert commentator on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, BBC Radio Scotland, Newsnight, Daily Politics and Bloomberg. His first book, on contrarian investing, The Sceptical Investor, was released in March 2019. You can follow John on Twitter at @john_stepek.