Investments

Chart of the week: German blue-chips dip into the kitty

Germany’s blue-chips are about to start paying their annual dividends. And there’s a record sum in the kitty.

Absolute-return funds are absolutely useless

Most of the funds promising to protect investors from volatile stockmarkets have produced dismal returns, says Max King.

Emerging Europe “is well and truly off the boil”

Emerging Europe is having tough time. Regional year-on-year GDP growth slowed to 1.3% in the fourth quarter, and the MSCI Eastern Europe index slipped by 5% last year.

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.

Three mid-cap stocks with high yields and room to grow

Professional investor Mark Wright of Seneca Investment Managers picks three of his favourite mid-cap stocks to buy now.

New magic at Walt Disney

Media giant Disney is a top-class value stock. Now a move into streaming will fuel growth.

What Venezuela means for oil

Venezuela’s oil output has been decreasing for more than two decades. But what does the current crisis mean for the oil price?

The hidden gems on Aim, London's junior market

Aim, London’s junior market, is risky – but you can find solid stocks at low prices. Scott Longley reports.

An alternative to rent deposits

Deposit-free renting promises to shake up the market, but does it really help? Emma Lunn reports.

Two top themes for 2019

Bet on Japanese corporate-governance reform and healthy small US banks, says David Stevenson.

Tesco wields the axe

Britain’s biggest supermarket is cutting back on staff and fresh food. Will the move prove counterproductive? Matthew Partridge reports.

How to invest in a world weighed down by debt

Merryn Somerset Webb talks with Bruce Stout of the Murray International investment trust about how investors can protect their wealth and make money in our over-indebted world.

New industries bring new problems

Data is the new oil. But its very existence – and the fact that so much more is collected every second – comes with some major problems.

Down but not out: gambling stocks have a bright future

The British gambling sector has been hit by taxes and tighter regulation. But the depressed share prices have yet to factor in the compelling long-term growth outlook, says Stephen Connolly.

The Fed finally gets it – all that matters is the S&P 500

To the delight of investors, Jerome Powell has finally capitulated and embraced the “Greenspan put”. That could mean a stockmarket melt-up, says John Stepek – and full steam ahead to the next crisis.

China’s slowdown is really starting to rattle markets

China’s efforts to deflate its debt bubble, and its worsening trade relations with the US, are dealing a serious blow to the global economy. John Stepek explains what it means for your money.

Companies must wake up to the dangers of cyber crime

Companies are coming under increasingly serious attack from cyber criminals. Few have the systems to cope with it, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and recovering losses through insurance could prove difficult.

The Fed and Brexit: what to watch in the week ahead

It’s a big week for the markets, with the US Federal Reserve meeting to set interest rates, and another Brexit vote in the UK. John Stepek looks at what to expect.

Britain’s flawed energy strategy

Investors in Britain’s energy infrastructure are cutting their losses and pulling out of projects. The government’s strategy needs a rethink, says Simon Wilson.

The charts that matter: markets are waiting for a trade deal

Markets are starting to realise that any trade deal between China and the US may take some time. John Stepek looks at how this is affecting the global economy’s most important charts.

Why investors could get a pleasant surprise this year

The mood among investors is gloomy, but it wouldn’t take much to cheer them up. And central banks could well oblige, says John Stepek.

Sin is going out of fashion

Younger generations are less likely to turn to drink for solace or pleasure. What will this mean for our booze-soaked culture and economy? Stuart Watkins reports.

Superior returns from Capital Gearing Trust

Capital Gearing Trust has a stellar reputation for preserving capital, and shows no sign of letting up, says Max King.

Recruitment is just the job for traders

Specialist recruitment firm Hays is geographically diversified and cheap, says Matthew Partridge.

WeWork is in a world of its own

WeWork, the flexible office provider, knows what people want, but is expanding too quickly.

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