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Currency Corner: what’s next for the euro?

Euro sign outside the ECB, Frankfurt © Getty Images

Despite having only existed for 20 years, the euro is the world’s second-most traded currency and the second-largest reserve currency. Dominic Frisby looks at its performance against the dollar and the yen, and where it might go 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.

The bond bubble is back and bigger than ever before

Many developed-world sovereign bonds now carry negative yields – investors are paying for the privilege of lending governments money. John Stepek explains what’s going on.

Peter Hargreaves: an upset for the world’s happiest billionaire

Peter Hargreaves created a FTSE 100 company from scratch without borrowing or acquisition – and without scandal – at least until the Woodford one blew up in its face. 

Libra, Facebook’s faux cryptocurrency, could really take off

Libra, the proposed new cryptocurrency from Facebook, could be huge, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Not because it is a cryptocurrency. But because it isn’t.

The charts that matter: the great central bank-sponsored rally

With the US central bank now on board with the idea of cutting interest rates, John Stpeek looks at what this means for the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Emerging markets move away from their reliance on commodities

Developing countries are becoming less reliant on cyclical commodities and moving into more lucrative areas such as technology

Currency Corner: is the pound brewing up a multi-year bull market?

The pound has been stuck in a range against the euro while we’ve endured seemingly endless political chaos. There’s still a way to go yet. But when we do get some clarity, the rally could be huge, says Dominic Frisby.

Arcadia limps on after CVAs approved

Philip Green’s retail group Arcadia was granted a stay of execution last week as creditors voted to approve seven company voluntary arrangements.

Gold will regain its shine

The dash for gold suggests that investors see rising risks in markets and are seeking out an asset traditionally seen as the ultimate safe haven.

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.

Gold has finally broken free – is its bull market here at last?

Gold has had a quiet few years. But the conditions are now ripe for it to go on a proper bull run. John Stepek explains why.

Three stocks poised to profit from the plastic problem

Plastic pollution has risen to the top of the public agenda forcing businesses to adjust. Professional investor Mark Whitehead picks three stocks that should thrive in the new post-plastic environment.

With its Libra cryptocurrency, Facebook wants to disrupt money

Economist Friedrich Hayek argued that corporations should compete with governments to issue currencies. Facebook’s Libra is the start.

Will we avoid an oil price spike?

With around a fifth of the world’s oil travelling through Strait of Hormuz, the most recent incident there has raised new concerns about global oil supplies.

Boeing regains altitude with 737 Max orders

In a deal worth $24bn, IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, plans to buy 200 of Boeing’s troubled 737 Max planes.

Can Kier avoid collapse?

Kier, the engineering group, has had to bring forward a strategic review to placate anxious investors. What happens next? Alex Rankine reports.

Hong Kong faces a perfect storm

Hong Kong is under threat from both China and the US, as the American Congress proposes removing the arrangements that exempts the territory from Donald Trump’s new tariffs.

If you know where to look, there’s lots to buy

Markets look pricey,but there are actually many more stocks trading below average valuations than usual, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Engineering profits: the British industrial champions to buy now

Move over, Germany and Sweden. There are several world-class UK engineers in profitable niches supplying a vast array of industries with vital equipment. Dr Mike Tubbs picks his favourites.

Investors beware: politicians are now in charge, not central banks

The US Federal Reserve has done what the market wanted for now. But investors should watch out, says John Stepek – President Donald Trump is turning up the heat.

Labour’s land reform proposals are putting the cart before the horse

There is much to agree with in Labour’s report on land reform. But any new proposals will inevitably will just add another layer of tax and bureaucracy on top of an already unmanageable system.

Facebook’s Libra is not really a cryptocurrency – but it could still be world-changing

Facebook could be on to a winner with Libra, its new cryptocurrency, says Dominic Frisby. Here, he explains why.

After Sotheby's is sold for $3.7bn, investors should bid on these other art market disruptors

Venerable auction house Sotheby’s has been snapped up for $3.7bn, says Chris Carter. But there’s plenty of action for investors at the other end of the art market too.

It’s decision time for the US Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve will soon meet to decide on what to do with US interest rates. Markets are banking on a change of course, says John Stepek. But will the Fed oblige?

What does Lufthansa’s profit warning mean for airline stocks?

German airline Lufthansa issued a profit warning this morning. And it’s not the only airline finding things tough. But are there any bargains in the sector?

BlackRock Latin American Trust: the tide is turning for Brazil

The BlackRock Latin American Trust, largely invested in Brazil, is grabbing the bull by the horns. Investors should, too.

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