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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.

Why it’s worth holding a bit of gold in your portfolio

Global equities are almost in bear market territory. We don’t know what will happen next. But that’s exactly why you should have some gold, says John Stepek.

Some good news at last for landlords?

It doesn’t happen often these days, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there might be something in the next Budget that MoneyWeek readers will like.

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 that are ripe with opportunity

Professional investor Alec Cutler picks three stocks that have been victims of excessive pessimism that has obscured their promising long-term prospects.

Two funds to profit from Asia's love for smartphones

HanETF’s exchange-traded fund allows you to buy into a “mega trend” – the surging demand for smartphones in Asia.

Set sail for profits with Saga

Saga, the travel and insurance brand, will profit from an ageing population, says Matthew Partridge.

Japan: investors ignore good news

The good news just keeps coming in Japan. Employees’ earnings grew by 0.9% year-on-year in August, slightly down from 1.6% in July.

New homes ombudsman will provide a helping hand for homeowners

Prompted by shoddy new build houses, the government is to appoint a new homes ombudsman.

Unilever puts the U in U-turn

The Anglo-Dutch consumer-products giant irritated shareholders with plans to redomicile in Rotterdam. Now it has beaten a retreat. Marina Gerner reports.

Brazil’s lurid political melodrama

Brazil is embroiled in a presidential election full of political melodrama.

Oil price rise is another headwind for world economy

Hedge funds are betting that the oil price will top $100 per barrel in 2019, which will drive up global inflation.

The bull market is on borrowed time as interest rates rise

More interest rate rises in the US amid a strong economy will raise long-term rates, depressing bond prices and undermining the bull market in stocks.

The British software sector stars investors should buy now

You might not think of the UK as a market full of promising tech stocks. But our small- and medium-sized companies are punching above their weight, says Dr Mike Tubbs.

Here’s what happened the last time the bond market crashed

John Stepek looks back to the “great bond massacre” of 1994 to find out what we can learn about today’s bond bubble.

Is this another buying opportunity? Or is it the start of something bigger?

At times like this, when the world’s stockmarkets are selling off hard, it’s easy to make expensive mistakes. That’s why it’s crucial to remember what type of investor you are.

In the future, no one will own a car. Here’s why and what it means for investors

Sales of new cars are plummeting. If Dominic Frisby’s experience is anything to go by, that’s no surprise. Soon, nobody will ever need to own a car again. Here’s why.

Unilever and the erosion of shareholder democracy

The way Unilever went about planning the vote on moving its head office out of the UK wasn’t normal and it wasn’t right, says Merry Somerset Webb.

Why rising US bond yields really matter for markets

Everyone’s eyes are on US bond yields right now. John Stepek explains why they matter so much to the world’s markets, and which assets are most vulnerable.

Ethical investing is an increasingly meaningless phrase

The financial services industry needs to come up with some proper definitions of phrases such as ethical or socially responsible investing, which it increasingly bandies about.

Poland’s remarkable progress bodes well for its stocks

Poland’s transition from emerging market to developed status bodes well for its stocks, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: US bonds make a break for it

With the US economy continuing to grow apace, John Stepek looks at all the charts that matter, including the all important bond yields.

How Brexit will hit sterling

Matthew Partridge talks to currency expert Jeremy Thomson-Cook about how Britain leaving the EU could affect sterling and other currencies.

Why you should be glad that house prices are falling in “real” terms

House prices are now rising more slowly than inflation – could we see a soft landing for the property market? John Stepek hopes so.

Passive funds beat active funds yet again

Investors are racing to ditch active funds for passive funds. When you compare performance, it’s clear why.

Chart of the week: will palladium outshine gold?

The price of palladium has climbed of nearly 30% over the past six weeks and could cost more than gold for the first time in 16 years.

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