Investments

Investments trusts: keeping it in the family

Controlling stakes in investment trusts provide a tax-efficient and convenient way for rich families to manage their wealth. Investors can take advantage of this, says Max King.

Inflation, Brexit and slowing economic growth: it’s a busy week for Britain

With another Brexit vote and inflation figures released in the UK, and US and China continuing to haggle over trade, John Stepek looks to the week ahead in the markets.

The trouble with multinational corporations

Huge multinational corporations wield far too much power, concentrate wealth in the wrong hands, and undermine governments’ sovereignty, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tap into India’s growth story with these three mid-cap stocks

Professional investor David Cornell of the India Capital Growth Fund picks three top-performing Indian mid-cap stocks for adventurous investors to buy now.

It’s time for Ryanair to grow up

As a young upstart airline, a combative approach was just what Ryanair needed. Now it needs to mellow, says Matthew Lynn.

Will blockchain really change the world?

There have been some wild claims made about the potential of blockchain technology, but doubts are starting to set in, says Simon Wilson.

The charts that matter: the V-shaped rally stalls

As the stockmarket rally peters out, John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to see where we might go from here.

What should income investors do if inflation doesn’t arrive?

With interest rates rising during 2018, and market murmurs about inflation, income investors might have been hoping for juicier opportunities this year. But David Stevenson fears they’ll be disappointed.

Only one thing doesn’t change in markets – human behaviour

Investors expect markets to behave logically and reasonably. But they don’t. They are wildly capricious. The only way to beat them, says John Stepek, is with a well thought-out, long-term strategy.

Russia’s rocky recovery is likely to be short-lived

Russia’s economy surprised analysts by growing at its fastest pace in six years in 2018. But investors shouldn’t get too excited.

Gold is back in fashion

Gold’s reputation as a safe haven is also coming to the fore now that markets have become more volatile and the political backdrop less predictable.

Chart of the week: US corporate-debt bubble ready to burst

American consumers may have paid off some debt after the financial crisis, but the state and corporations went on a binge – total US non-financial corporate debt has hit a record of more than 46% of GDP.

Ignore stocks’ January indicator

There is an adage that “as January goes, so does the year”. But data shows January’s market performance doesn’t actually have predictive power.

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.

Powell’s “put” looks poorly timed

Jerome Powell went out of his way to placate liquidity-addicted markets last week. But if the US economy bounces back, the Fed may find itself having to raise rates – and very quickly too.

Facebook’s birthday surprise

Facebook, the social-media behemoth, turned 15 this week. Its latest quarterly results were unexpectedly good. But what next?

R&D: the key to long-term sales and profit growth

Companies that spend heavily on research and development (R&D) greatly improve their long-term odds. Dr Mike Tubbs explains what to look out for – and what to buy now.

The secrets of Asia’s economic success

Investors dream of the profits to be made from billions of emerging-market consumers, but first these countries will need to become wealthier. That’s more of a challenge than it sounds, says Cris Sholto Heaton.

House prices in the UK are now falling – which is great news

UK house prices are falling. But don’t panic. This modest decline is the best-case scenario, says John Stepek, and a full-on crash is looking unlikely. Here’s why.

Sterling might struggle as we approach Brexit Day – but long term it’s a buy

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit has left sterling undervalued. And while it remains vulnerable for now, it’s a solid buy in the long run. Dominic Frisby explains why.

How to avoid being ruined by a Patisserie Valerie-style disaster

If people are determined to commit fraud, there is probably not much we can realistically do to stop them, says Tim Price. But there are certain steps we can take to minimise the risk.

The default option will cost you money: always opt out

Making the effort to move your money from your financial provider’s default settings could make you significantly better off, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

What to watch this week: the Bank of England, housebuilders and Google

This week, UK investors may get a hint on whether interest rates will ever get back above 1%. Plus, a busy few days for company news. John Stepek looks at what to expect.

The charts that matter: the Powell put is in place

The Federal Reserve has done not so much a U-turn as a handbrake turn on monetary policy this week. John Stepek looks at how that’s affected the global economy’s most important charts.

The gold bulls are back – so let’s just be careful out there

The world has fallen back in love with gold again and the price is on the rise. It could have further to go yet, says Dominic Frisby – but it could be another false dawn.

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