Searching for a market top? Keep an eye out for mega-deals

The peak of virtually every market bubble has been heralded by some ludicrous, overblown, corporate mega-deal. John Stepek looks at what to watch out for this time.

Chinese firms rule emerging-market funds

In 2008 Chinese companies comprised 9% of the key benchmark for emerging-market funds. Today, it’s 27%.

The balance between value and growth

Investors need to go a long way to find sensibly priced stocks today, but Japan and the US still offer pockets of value, Simon Edelsten tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

WPP: Big tech scoffs Sorrell’s lunch

WPP’s stock slumped after the firm cut its long-term growth targets. It’s another sign that the advertising industry faces structural headwinds. Alice Gråhns reports.

Japan is buoyant and cheap

In the early and mid-2000s, the Japanese market consistently saw around 100 initial public offerings a year. When the crisis struck, flotations slipped sharply, but now we are finally on track for a post-crisis high.

Why silver is now a bargain

Silver has been treading water for the past two years. But the outlook for the white metal is auspicious.

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.

If you’d invested in: Equiniti and National Grid

Financial services firm Equiniti has gone from strength to strength, while National Grid is facing uncertainty.

Commonhold: a better way to own your flat

Why has a property ownership system with manifest advantages over leasehold so far failed to take off?

Hitch a ride to profits with robots

Active fund managers are beginning to embrace the idea of technology-inspired thematic funds. David C Stevenson reports.

Why the UK's company pension schemes are in such bad shape

Many UK company pension schemes are deeply in deficit, and that’s having damaging effects on how corporations spend their money, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The clowns move in: what Italy’s dysfunction means for investors

Italy’s politics have long been an international joke – but after an exceptionally farcical election at a difficult time, that joke isn’t funny any more, say Frédéric Guirinec and Cris Sholto Heaton.

Why you can’t rely on markets to tell you anything useful

The market reaction to Donald Trump’s threat of a trade war has been muted to say the least. But that doesn’t mean anything, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

Don’t fear the short-sellers: they can get it wrong too

Professional investor Will Walker-Arnott of Charles Stanley picks three heavily shorted companies with underestimated business models.

It’s time to buy silver (and sell gold)

Over the years, silver has been something of a disappointment to investors. But Dominic Frisby is bullish. Here, he explains why you should sell your gold, and buy silver instead.

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