Investments

The charts that matter: Apple tumbles, US jobs boom

Apple’s profit warning is an unnerving sign for investors that times are changing. John Stepek looks at what’s changed in the global economy’s most important charts.

Why Apple’s sales warning has rattled the currency markets

Apple’s admission that sales will be lower than expected is clearly a problem for the tech giant. But it has much bigger implications for the global economy as a whole. John Stepek explains why.

2018 was a bad year for investors, for pretty obvious reasons

Investors had a rough 2018 with many indices ending the year in bear markets. John Stepek looks at what was behind it all, and where markets might go in 2019.

Uber IPO to be 2019’s crucial test case

The flotation of the world’s biggest ride-hailing app will be a pivotal moment for equity markets, says Matthew Lynn.

Three cash-rich companies that crunch the competition

Professional investor Algernon Percy picks three durable businesses that consistently generate surplus cash.

If you'd invested in: Evraz and Dignity

Central Asian miner Evraz has seen profits shoot up, while stiff competition is burying profits at funeral director Dignity.

Emerging markets are the ‘buy of the decade’

Emerging markets account for most of the world’s ten worst-performing equity indices in 2018, but that doesn’t mean emerging markets in general are in crisis.

Britain is in the bargain basement

Our stockmarket has been an international pariah this year – all the more reason to snap up some deals.

Money printing turns to money burning

The latest decision on interest rates from the Fed provided no comfort to markets – indeed, it supplied the impetus for the latest sell-off.

Hard times for alternative funds

Funds that promised diversification look worryingly vulnerable to rising market volatility.

The battle to disrupt estate agents

For a widely loathed profession, traditional estate agents appear surprisingly durable, says Sarah Moore.

The MoneyWeek Christmas quiz

Facebook flopped, Disney dazzled, Elon Musk picked a fight and there was a case of mistaken identity on Wall Street. How much financial news of 2018 do you remember? Try the MoneyWeek Christmas quiz.

Pharmaceutical companies ditch their consumer healthcare arms

GSK and Pfizer are merging their consumer-healthcare businesses. GSK can now concentrate on its drugs pipeline. Alex Rankine reports.

The devil collects on his deal

Quantitative easing just postponed the pain of the 2008 crisis, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And quantitative tightening could make 2018 look almost rewarding compared to 2019.

Invest in helium, biotech, and UK small caps in 2019

We asked our contributors to choose their favourite investment ideas from around the world for this year and beyond. Here’s what they came up with.

Alan Greenspan: the bull market is over

Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, is worried that the US is heading for a period of stagflation.

Could 2019 see the beginning of the end for the US dollar?

The US defaulting on its debt is almost unthinkable. But with Trump in charge, it’s a tiny bit more thinkable than it was. And that would have disastrous consequences for the dollar.

The charts that matter: the Fed turns tough

For the last time this year, John Stepek casts his eye over the charts that matter most to the global economy.

This was the most important event for markets in 2018

Forget the year’s political shenanigans. They’ve been largely irrelevant to the markets. The one thing driving the markets this year was Jerome Powell’s appointment as chair of the Fed. Here’s why.

An optimistic outlook for Japan

It has been a lousy year for the Japanese economy. But it’s clear that a rebound is on the cards.

How our 2018 trading tips fared

Matthew Partridge tots up the results of the year’s trading tips With Petrobras, Greene King and IG Group among the year’s winners, are we in the black or the red?

December 2018 update: the MoneyWeek model investment trust portfolio doubles its money

Our investment trust portfolio has been a great success. Merryn Somerset Webb assesses the outlook.

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.

JPM Emerging Markets trust: A world full of opportunities

The manager of JPM Emerging Markets trust is optimistic about the future, says Max King.

Should you get a mortgage from a robot?

What do robo-mortgage advisers add to the process? Emma Lunn reports.

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