Investments

Chart of the week: coffee comes off the boil

Coffee prices have tumbled to a 12-year low, thanks to a bumper crop in Brazil – the world’s largest producer – and a stronger US dollar.

Three stocks to take advantage of Asia’s strong fundamentals

Conditions remain upbeat in most Asian economies, says professional investor Andrew Graham. Here, he picks three Asian stocks to profit from that.

Gold is a bargain

The price of gold has fallen by 11.2% since 22 January to just under $1,200 an ounce – that’s more than 35% below its peak of $1,900 in 2011. Now may prove a good time to top up your holdings.

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.

If you'd invested in: Hargreaves Lansdown and Alfa Financial Software

Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK’s biggest investment platform, has seen profits rise, while Alfa Financial Software has suffered two profit warnings and share-price slump.

Just short Just Eat

The online takeaway platform has gobbled up as much of the market as it can, says Matthew Partridge.

Ray Dalio: beware a dollar slump

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s biggest hedge fund, has warned the dollar could lose almost a third of its value.

Kitchen firm Howdens is on a high

Howdens, the fitted-kitchen supplier, may have a new boss, but its winning formula endures.

Activist fund Pershing Square regains its balance

Pershing Square, US activist Bill Ackman’s fund, struggled when it floated in 2014. But it is now reviving and looks cheap.

US stockmarket shrugs off global gloom

While China has slipped into bear-market territory and emerging markets are shrouded in uncertainty, the US stockmarket has hit a new record high.

It’s time to reshape our beleaguered housing market

From Help to Buy to stamp-duty charges, housing has seen unprecedented government interference in recent years. What’s our experts’ take on the outcome? John Stepek chairs our Roundtable discussion.

Comcast clinches Sky deal

US media conglomerate Comcast has emerged victorious in the battle for broadcaster Sky in a blind auction overseen by the UK’s Takeover Panel.

Is oil heading for $100 a barrel? Or will Trump throw a spanner in the works?

The oil price is creeping up – something Donald Trump isn’t too happy about. John Stepek looks at whats behind the rise, and what Trump could do to stop it.

We’ve just seen the biggest merger deal in gold mining history

Gold miner Barrick’s buyout of Randgold Resources is good for both companies and the wider mining sector, says Dominic Frisby. But Randgold’s shareholders deserve more out of the deal.

Value stocks or momentum stocks? Why not both?

If you want to beat the professionals over the long term, put part of your portfolio in momentum stocks, and a part in value stocks, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Not invested in Japan yet? Now looks a good opportunity

Shinzo Abe’s time as Japan’s prime minister has been good for investors. With his re-election as party leader, John Stepek sees no reason for that to change.

Can altcoins survive $650bn of losses?

Of course they can. It’ll be a wild ride, but cryptocurrencies are here to stay, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: is this the turning point for the US dollar?

John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy. And this week, it’s all about the US dollar.

Now looks like a good time to buy gold – but you need to watch this chart

One thing matters more than anything else to the price of gold – the US dollar. Where it goes, gold follows. Dominic Frisby looks at where it may be headed next.

India's economy will regain its footing

The emerging-market sell-off has engulfed India, but the big picture remains encouraging, and India should ride out this squall.

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.

Think twice before letting out spare rooms in your house

Airbnb seems to offer easy money for those with spare rooms to let out. But be aware of the rules.

Tesco’s tectonic shift

Tesco is launching its own version of Aldi and Lidl – but cashing in on the fast-growing discount sector won’t be easy.

It’s too soon to sell out of tech stocks

US tech stocks continue to lead the global market upswing. The boom shows no sign of ending.

Where to find Japan’s small, cash-rich bargain stocks

One of the few big opportunities in global markets is Japan’s small-cap value sector. And now there is finally a fund that focuses directly on this niche, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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