Investments

Why you need to own gold

Gold bullion © iStock

All the talk of Modern Monetary Theory misses one key point, says Eoin Treacy. We’re already well down the road of printing money to fund government spending.

A good alternative to equity release

Retirement interest-only mortgages could be a better way to access funds than equity-release products.

What’s in your tracker funds?

A striking gap in the returns on Chinese index funds shows why you must be sure to know what you own. John Stepek explains.

Where to find bargains in emerging markets

Having priced in a lot of bad news, emerging markets are looking like better value, says professional investor Carlos Hardenberg. Here, he picks three of his favourite smaller emerging-market stocks.

You can always find value somewhere in the markets

Lots of people will tell you now isn’t a good time to invest. But that’s not true, says Merryn Somerset Webb, there is always value somewhere. Here’s where to find it now.

Chart of the week: QE rewards lazy investors

This chart is a stark illustration of the effect of a decade of rock-bottom interest rates and quantitative easing (QE – or money printing).

Business and #MeToo: expect more to come

Revelations of wrongdoing and sexism may just be the start of a new business-shaking #MeToo movement, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: the European Central Bank’s handbrake turn

With the ECB throwing in the towel on tightening fiscal policy, John Stepek looks at what effect this has had on the charts that matter most to markets and the global economy.

Expect China's economy to keep on growing

China’s main stockmarket index, the CSI 300, has had a roaring year so far, gaining 25% and outstripping its major rivals. And last week there was more good news for the bulls.

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.

Healthy growth in global dividends

Despite fears over dwindling worldwide growth, global companies paid out more in dividends last year than any year on record

Investors should hunt for bargains in European markets

Despite all the gloom, European markets are in better shape than they’ve been for ages, and the stockmarkets look appealing.

Trump's tweet scatters the oil bulls

A tweet from Donald Trump in favour of lower oil prices has put the cat among the pigeons.

Ted Baker needs a reboot

Ted Baker, the clothing chain, has been a rare retail success story on the high street. Now it is in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Matthew Partridge reports.

How to find big profits in small companies

The small- and micro-cap sectors are risky and volatile. But with careful research and patience, investors could make huge gains. Matthew Partridge explains how to find the market’s top tiddlers.

There's life in the bull market yet

Investors are being forced to take greater risks in the hunt for returns, says John Stepek. And yet, the bull market still has legs.

I hate this cheap data mining trick – don’t fall for it

When analysts tell you one asset is “better” than another, beware. It all rather depends, says Dominic Frisby. A sensibly diversified portfolio will serve you much better than chasing the “best” assets.

Platinum looks strikingly cheap – but will it ever recover?

Platinum has historically been more expensive than gold – but that’s no longer the case. John Stepek looks at the reasons behind the change and asks if it’s worth buying now.

Treat family mortgages with care

There is a product for most situations, says Sarah Moore, but make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Illumina: shedding light on genetics

Illumina, the genome sequencing specialist, is a leader in a thriving market. Long-term investors should buy now, says Mike Tubbs.

Why China has to spend to boost growth, whether it wants to or not

China’s economy is slowing down. In a democracy, that’s no big problem; in a dictatorship, it spells trouble. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and how it affects your money.

Emerging-market pioneer Mobius comes out of retirement

Mark Mobius, the pioneer of emerging-market investing has returned with a new fund.

Interest rates around the world are quietly creeping higher – why?

The cost of borrowing for governments around the world is creeping higher. John Stepek explains why that’s so important for investors.

Chart of the week: Copper's revival

After plunging by a fifth last year, the copper price has jumped to their highest level in eight months: around $6,500 per tonne.

The many failings of the government’s exploitative Help to Buy scheme

The government’s Help To Buy scheme is handing vast amounts of public money to big business while exploiting both taxpayers and first-time buyers at the same time.

Stablecoins: crypto without the rollercoaster

Stablecoins aim to counteract cryptocurrencies’ volatility. But if central banks get in on the act, they could finish off cryptocurrencies altogether.

Showing page 5 of 562

disfi.com