Investments

If only you’d invested in: Village Farms

Canadian pot stocks have risen as high as kites in the wake of the legalisation of recreational cannabis in 2018, and the performance of Village Farms has been among the [...]

Holiday homes: how to buy a place in the sun

Furnished holiday homes can be a tax-efficient way of buying to let, says Sarah Moore.

“It’s the era of socially responsible investment – ooh hello, Saudi Aramco”

“Switched-on” investors like to talk up socially responsible investing, says John Stepek. But if you’re serious about doing it for real, you really need to do it for yourself.

Gold mining stocks will soon shine

The history of gold mining is so littered with stories of reckless optimism, fraud and ruin that the sector is often ignored. Yet investing in gold miners can be hugely profitable when gold prices are rising.

Investors shouldn’t worry too much about a recession – here’s why

Fears of a downturn are playing on the minds of plenty of investors right now, says John Stepek. But they are getting ahead of themselves.

A. Gary Shilling: a recession is coming

A. Gary Shilling was among the few investors to correctly predict a lengthy stagnation in the wake of the financial crisis. Now he’s warning of a recession.

Don’t use your pension to buy a house

The frankly stupid idea that pension-fund cash should be available to be used for a house has reared its ugly head again. It should be fiercely resisted, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

What is the yield curve saying?

An inverted yield curve usually means a recession lies ahead. Is this time different? And does it matter? John Stepek explains.

Three stocks that will stand up to political pressure

Professional investor Andy Headley of Alliance Trust and Veritas Asset Management chooses three of his favourite stocks.

British banks should stop fretting about Brexit

British banks should be bolder and go looking for new opportunities in Europe, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: have recession rumours been overstated?

With the “yield curve” bouncing back nicely, does that mean the risk of a recession is receding? To find out, John Stepek looks to the charts that matter most to the global economy. 

Is Saga’s massive profit warning a buying opportunity?

Saga, the company that offers products to the over-50s, has seen its shares hit a record low after a massive profit warning. So is it a bargain buy, asks John Stepek,or one to leave well alone?

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.

Will China’s stockmarket bounce last?

Chinese stocks have staged an impressive rally, outperforming every other national index in the world in the first quarter of 2019. Can that continue?

1889 – 2019: celebrating 130 years of the Merchants Trust

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This year marks the 130th anniversary of the formation of The Merchants Trust. Its aims today are the same as its aims at launch: to deliver healthy growth of both capital and income for the ordinary investor.

The opportunities for investors in private equity

A shift away from listed stocks towards privately-held companies reflects the advantages of private equity. No portfolio should be without exposure to this form of investment, says Max King

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, says David Stevenson.

Immunotherapy: new hope in the battle against cancer

Immunotherapy is a burgeoning sector that heralds a breakthrough against the world’s second-most deadly disease. Dr Mike Tubbs explains how investors can benefit too.

Palladium’s rise has been epic – will platinum ever catch up?

Palladium, used in catalytic converters for petrol cars, has shot up in price. Platinum, used in diesels, has collapsed. The question now, says Dominic Frisby, is should you sell palladium and buy platinum?

Why you shouldn't pay full-price for a shoddy new-build house

Housebuilder Persimmon is to allow buyers to hold back some of the purchase price of their new-build home until problems are resolved. It’s a start, but it’s hardly revolutionary.

Alexion: a rare opportunity in biotech

Alexion focuses on diseases that affect only a tiny proportion of the population – a lucrative niche.

Herald: a tried and tested investment trust

Institutional investors keep their distance, but Katie Potts, manager of the Herald Investment Trust, is clearly doing something right.

Chart of the week: rhodium on the rise

Rhodium has gained more than 30% this year, and now costs at least twice as much as gold or palladium.

Are active fund managers doomed?

Investors are beginning to notice that active fund managers don’t provide value for money. So, asks John Stepek, do they have a future?

Steve Eisman: short Canada

Steve Eisman, the man who made his name by betting against the US housing market ahead of the subprime crash in 2008 now has Canada in his sites.

Three global growth stocks galloping ahead

Professional investor Malcolm MacColl of Baillie Gifford’s Monks Investment Trust highlights three of his favourite growth stocks.

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