Investments

Is the yield curve about to flip?

If the yield curve reverses and investors are willing to accept lower rates on long-term debt than short-term, it bodes ill for the economy, says John Stepek.

A successful first half for fans of investment trusts

The broader equity market made little progress in the first half of 2018, but those who followed our investment trust recommendations have reason to be pleased, says Max King.

Ryanair hits an air pocket

No-frills airline Ryanair is juggling spending increases with a long-term rise in labour costs. That’s bad news for its business model.

US housing market wobbles

The US housing market’s recovery from the global financial crisis of 2008, which has seen prices hit new all-time highs, may be beginning to falter. 

Prepare for a stormy summer for China's economy

A sliding currency, weakening stockmarket and the threat of a trade war with the US spell trouble for China’s economy.

Help is on its way for leaseholders wanting to buy their freehold

Changes in the law should soon make it easier for property leaseholders to buy their freehold. But until then, know your rights.

There’s nothing to fear from the rise of the machines

Machines are learning to beat us at everything – from board games to medical diagnosis, and even dating. Chris Carter asks how you can profit from the rise of artificial intelligence.

Move slowly and carefully away from the tech giants

If you hold a lot of tech stocks in your portfolio, you should think very seriously about diversifying away from them, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Are investors finally fed up with Facebook?

Facebook’s share price fell 20% after a disappointing set of results. John Stepek explains what that says about investors’ attitudes to tech stocks – and the wider market.

Bitcoin’s big bounceback - can it continue?

Bitcoin has risen by 40% in the last two weeks to over $8,000. Dominic Frisby looks at what’s behind the spectacular rally, and where the price might go next.

This may be the best defence against escalating currency wars

As governments around the world debase their currencies, you need an asset that can ride out the hard times. And nothing fits the bill like gold, says John Stepek.

The “double whammy” hitting the UK housing market

Matthew Partridge talks to developer Andy Scott about the state of the UK housing market, and if price falls are just a correction or the start of a big slump.

Investment platforms are great, but they need to up their game

Investment platforms have opened up investing for many people. But their pricing structures are obscure and switching between them is expensive and slow.

When Ben Bernanke says “don’t worry”, smart investors get nervous

The “inverted yield curve” is an unusually reliable indicator of impending recession. Ben Bernanke, former Fed chairman, thinks it’s nothing to worry about. He’s wrong, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The undervalued gems on the market

Fewer analysts and corporate raiders means many firms are sitting on gold mines no one knows about, says Matthew Lynn.

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