Investments

Can you buy performance art?

You might have thought performance art was a fleeting experience that could not be bought. Turns out that's not true. Chris Carter looks at what you can get for your [...]

What to buy in a world of negative interest rates

The world’s most bizarre financial experiment ever – negative interest rates – continues. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at how investors should respond.

The charts that matter: the dollar strikes back

As the US dollar index heads higher, John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

Currency Corner: the New Zealand dollar vs the Japanese yen

The New Zealand dollar – or “kiwi” – has been sliding against the Japanese yen for years now. Dominic Frisby looks to see where it might go next.

Share buybacks – the stockmarket’s safety net – are dwindling

During volatile periods of this ten-year bull market US firms have stepped in to buy back shares, propping up equity prices. Yet in the second quarter they have bought back stock at the slowest pace in 18 months.

Strong dollar squeezes Asian markets

Trade war uncertainty means that the MSCI Emerging Markets Currency index is on course for its worst month since May 2016.

Investors batten down the hatches

Markets have been on a downswing ever since Donald Trump upped the trade war ante on 1 August. The end of last week brought yet more escalation.

More good news from the UK property market – house prices aren’t going anywhere

House prices in the UK are stagnating. Far from a disaster, that’s very good news for everyone, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

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.

Sticking to our guns on value

ADVERTORIAL CONTENT Laura Foll, Co-Fund Manager of Lowland Investment Company, highlights activity on the Trust’s portfolio over the last quarter and what investors can reasonably expect over the coming months.

America's opioid crisis triggers first corporate fine

An Oklahoma judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572m – much less than expected – in the first trial involving a state seeking compensation for the public-health crisis spawned by opioid painkillers.

3D printing: a blueprint for the future of manufacturing

Five years ago, 3D printing was a bubble that burst. But now its time has finally come – and its successor technology, 4D printing, is on the horizon, says Matthew Partridge.

Cash in on change in emerging markets

After a strong start to 2019, emerging-market equities have hit turbulence. Professional investor Chetan Sehgal tips the stocks to back.

How to learn from your fund mistakes

What can the latest series of high-profile fund flops teach managers and investors?

The US-China decoupling means things will be tough for a generation of investors

The new Cold War between the US and China means that the next three decades will be very different to the last three – and that’s going to make investing very complicated indeed.

The US dollar’s days as the world's most important currency are numbered – it’s official

Central bankers reckon the dollar’s days as the world’s reserve currency are numbered. But what could replace it? John Stepek takes a look at Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s cunning plan.

Big Blue promises big gains

Cloud computing is the next big thing in tech, and IBM is an excellent way to bet on it, says Stephen Connolly.

Lord Rothschild: stocks could be on thin ice

Can firms maintain their currently high levels of profits against this backdrop? Lord Rothschild is sceptical.

What caused Britain’s blackouts?

More than a million households and businesses were left in the dark and commuters stranded when the lights went out earlier this month. What happened? Simon Wilson reports.

The charts that matter: markets hold their breath

The yield curve suggested a recession was on the way when it inverted – but that could be up to two years away. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to investors to see which way the markets are turning.

Chart of the week: America’s corporate debt binge

US households have spent much of the past decade deleveraging. Companies haven’t as this chart shows.

Currency Corner: this trend looks very promising for the Canadian dollar

The “loonie” has been on something of a roll against the euro since 2018. Dominic Frisby checks the charts to see where the Canadian dollar is heading next.

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.

Easy money will keep inflating bond bubble

A usually sedate part of the investment world is clearly in a bubble.

Doomsday clock approaches midnight

The inverted yield curve on US Treasuries spells trouble for investors. Alex Rankine reports.

How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality

Widespread use of virtual-reality technology has been “just around the corner” since the 1980s, says Ben Judge. But with the growing popularity of augmented reality, we might finally be about to turn that corner.

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