Investments

Chart of the week: Why Jamaican stocks are racing ahead

In 2018, Jamaica’s benchmark stockmarket index rose by 29% in US dollar terms, the world’s best equity-market performance.

Tesla’s latest speed bump

Electric-vehicle maker Tesla is axing 7% of its staff to cut costs and make its cars more affordable – a belated dose of realism. Matthew Partridge reports.

Measuring the markets' malaise

Investors have plenty to worry about, but the end of the world is not nigh, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Just position your portfolio accordingly.

The strong and stable stocks offering a reliable income

Companies with a consistent record of rising payouts look especially attractive at present. Dr Mike Tubbs introduces his favourite “dividend aristocrats”.

The three things that can stop you from investing profitably

Professional investor looks at three traits inherent to humans that make us less effective as investors.

The conditions are ripe for a spike in the price of this metal – here’s how to invest

Zinc is in short supply. And that could mean a big price rise. Dominic Frisby looks at the fundamentals, and picks some of the best ways to invest.

Index investing is revealing the flaws in our model of shareholder capitalism

Index investing – buying tracker funds – has revolutionised equity investing. But it’s not without its problems. John Stepek looks at how “semi-detached” share ownership can distort capitalism – and how to fix it.

China’s biggest problem is not Donald Trump – it’s a lot worse than that

China’s tension with the US is a problem. But the bigger problem, says John Stepek, is home grown: Xi Jinping backtracking on reform and tightening his grip on society.

Ignore all the Brexit hysteria and buy UK stocks

Brexit is looking increasingly like an over-hyped non-event. Even a no-deal Brexit would be no big deal. But it has made UK stocks very cheap. Here’s what to buy now.

The online banking bubble is ready to burst

Too much money is jostling for a space in online banking. That’s a recipe for disaster, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: investors are still wary, but they’re no longer panicking

The good news is that the charts aren’t pointing to a recession just yet, but they’re not far off, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at the charts that matter most to investors.

What does 2019 hold for UK house prices?

Last year, we finally saw some sanity returning to the UK property market, with house prices falling in real terms. John Stepek looks at what to expect this year.

Gold will keep gleaming in 2019

The past few months have been good for gold. And there is scope for further gains.

Plenty of vim in Vietnam

Many Asian economies struggled last year as money flowed away from emerging markets. Vietnam, however, has continued to thrive.

Plenty of bargain British equities in the January sales

Investors have pulled billions out of UK equity funds since the Brexit referendum in June 2016. This spells opportunity for long-term investors.

Will the DAX dive further in 2019?

Germany’s benchmark index, the DAX-30, fell further than most other major markets in 2018. One problem is a downturn in Germany. The other is the slowdown in global growth.

Chart of the week: silver is a steal

Silver hasn’t been this cheap relative to gold in a quarter of a century – it now costs more than 85 ounces of silver to buy an ounce of gold.

Logistics statistics are stacking up for investors

European e-commerce is set to follow the UK’s lead. Opportunities should follow for investors in logistics, says Sarah Moore.

British Empire Trust sticks to its guns

The British Empire Trust’s long-term outperformance looks set to continue, says Max King.

High investment fund fees can really cost you

The European fund management industry is still charging customers a fortune. Here’s how to avoid big fund fees.

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 stocks with sustainable dividend growth

Professional investor Ben Peters picks three high-quality companies with both a good starting yield and real dividend growth over the long term.

Regulators train their guns at proxy advisers

Proxy advisers – companies that advise institutional investors how to vote when listed firms hold a ballot – are opaque, bureaucratic and inept. Time for a clampdown, says Stephen Connolly.

Russell Napier: the end of the euro is nigh

The current global monetary system is coming to an end – and the euro could be the main casualty, warns analyst and financial historian Russell Napier.

Drama at Debenhams

The outlook at department store group Debenhams is dismal, while Mike Ashley, who owns 30% of it, has been putting his oar in. Matthew Partridge reports.

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