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At first sight, this professional services business appears a decent investment story, but not a compelling one, says Max King. Yet dig a little deeper and it looks much better.

Brazil trades on borrowed time

Brazilian stocks have taken off since Jair Bolsonaro took office. But may return to earth just as quickly.

Brexit panic is good news for bargain hunters

Professional investor William Meadon picks three of his favourite UK stocks.

The Big Apple bites back at Amazon

As drama over the e-commerce giant’s second US headquarters continues, New York’s welcome has cooled. Matthew Partridge reports

Tension is mounting in turbulent Thailand

Thailand has been in political turmoil for years, and the constant tension has hampered efforts to introduce structural reforms to boost efficiency.

Pampered pets promise strong and steady long-term growth

Our growing tendency to treat our pets as family members is great news for animal food, medicine and even furniture makers. The petcare sector also looks immune to recession. Chris Carter reports.

How to catch the best of a bull market while dodging the big bears

Dominic Frisby outlines a beautifully simple, long-term trend-following strategy that works across most markets.

Judges Scientific: a scientific mini-conglomerate

Scientific-equipment maker Judges Scientific is expanding rapidly and doesn’t deserve to be ignored by investors, says Richard Beddard.

How to avoid Airbnb headaches

Short-term lets on Airbnb can be a good way of making spare cash, but make sure you’re covered, says Sarah Moore.

How self-driving cars could be the next genuinely useful investment bubble

There’s a huge amount of investment pouring into self-driving cars. It could turn out to be a “glorious bubble”, says John Stepek. Here’s what’s going on, and the best way to invest.

Investments trusts: keeping it in the family

Controlling stakes in investment trusts provide a tax-efficient and convenient way for rich families to manage their wealth. Investors can take advantage of this, says Max King.

Inflation, Brexit and slowing economic growth: it’s a busy week for Britain

With another Brexit vote and inflation figures released in the UK, and US and China continuing to haggle over trade, John Stepek looks to the week ahead in the markets.

The trouble with multinational corporations

Huge multinational corporations wield far too much power, concentrate wealth in the wrong hands, and undermine governments’ sovereignty, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tap into India’s growth story with these three mid-cap stocks

Professional investor David Cornell of the India Capital Growth Fund picks three top-performing Indian mid-cap stocks for adventurous investors to buy now.

It’s time for Ryanair to grow up

As a young upstart airline, a combative approach was just what Ryanair needed. Now it needs to mellow, says Matthew Lynn.

Will blockchain really change the world?

There have been some wild claims made about the potential of blockchain technology, but doubts are starting to set in, says Simon Wilson.

The charts that matter: the V-shaped rally stalls

As the stockmarket rally peters out, John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to see where we might go from here.

What should income investors do if inflation doesn’t arrive?

With interest rates rising during 2018, and market murmurs about inflation, income investors might have been hoping for juicier opportunities this year. But David Stevenson fears they’ll be disappointed.

Only one thing doesn’t change in markets – human behaviour

Investors expect markets to behave logically and reasonably. But they don’t. They are wildly capricious. The only way to beat them, says John Stepek, is with a well thought-out, long-term strategy.

Russia’s rocky recovery is likely to be short-lived

Russia’s economy surprised analysts by growing at its fastest pace in six years in 2018. But investors shouldn’t get too excited.

Gold is back in fashion

Gold’s reputation as a safe haven is also coming to the fore now that markets have become more volatile and the political backdrop less predictable.

Chart of the week: US corporate-debt bubble ready to burst

American consumers may have paid off some debt after the financial crisis, but the state and corporations went on a binge – total US non-financial corporate debt has hit a record of more than 46% of GDP.

Ignore stocks’ January indicator

There is an adage that “as January goes, so does the year”. But data shows January’s market performance doesn’t actually have predictive power.

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.

Powell’s “put” looks poorly timed

Jerome Powell went out of his way to placate liquidity-addicted markets last week. But if the US economy bounces back, the Fed may find itself having to raise rates – and very quickly too.

Facebook’s birthday surprise

Facebook, the social-media behemoth, turned 15 this week. Its latest quarterly results were unexpectedly good. But what next?

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