The city that ran out of water

Girl filling water bottles in Cape Town © Getty

Cape Town, South Africa’s second-biggest city, might soon have to turn off the taps. What went wrong? And is this a sign of things to come for other cities? Simon Wilson reports.

Here’s why the US dollar is weak – it’s a sign of a global bull market

Many people are baffled about the weakness of the US dollar. But it’s easy enough to explain, says John Stepek. Investors are busy putting their money in everything else.

Chart of the week: the Brexit divide in the UK market

Since the referendum, the 50 large British firms that derive most of their revenue from abroad have done well. But the 50 most domestically orientated companies have barely moved.

Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK press.

Brazilian stocks take off – but politics could lay them low again

Brazil’s Bovespa stockmarket index has just reached a new record peak, but investors should keep a close eye on the political backdrop.

US stocks shrug off the government shutdown

Last week Congress failed to approve a bill to continue funding government operations. But US equities have largely ignored the fuss, hitting yet more record highs.

If you’d invested in: Computacenter and United Utilities

IT support firm Computacenter is trading ahead of expectations, while the UK’s largest listed water company is looking exposed to inflation and political risk.

Big gains from small caps

In an environment of middling inflation and low interest rates, small-cap stocks tend to beat big blue-chips. John Stepek explains why, and how to invest in them.

Three stocks that will profit from disruption

Disruption is a defining feature of the world economy. Here, professional investor Wesley Lebeau picks three stocks to profit from it.

Turkey’s boom will turn to bust

Turkish stocks have just reached a new record.But with high debt, a weak lira and an authoritarian government, Turkey’s boom could quickly turn to bust.

Carillion’s collapse shows the perils of financial engineering

On the surface, Carillion looked healthy, but the ugly truth is that the construction firm was little more than a zombie, says Edward Chancellor.

It’s time to short bitcoin

Matthew Partridge explains why, after a tumultuous few weeks for bitcoin, it’s time to start selling the cryptocurrency.

Earn a steady income from ships

Investors can now earn an income from renting out ships thanks to a new fund. Should you take advantage? David C Stevenson investigates.

Missing the point on bitcoin

It may be boring to say that bitcoin is useless as a currency, but that blockchain technology has a future. But it’s true, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Africa is back on track for prosperity

Investors’ enthusiasm for Africa dwindled as commodity prices fell. But there has always been more to the Africa story than raw materials.

Is this a turning point in gold’s fortunes?

Gold rose by 13% last year. And nobody cared. But sentiment could be about to turn. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and how to invest in a gold rally.

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