Investments

Venture-capital trusts – buy at your peril

High-profile venture-capital successes tempt ordinary investors, but be careful, says Max King.

A memorable day for Biogen investors

Biotech company Biogen’s promising treatment for the most common cause of dementia has just cleared a key hurdle.

Is the department store doomed? Don’t count on it

Department stores, including House of Fraser, Debenhams and others, are in trouble. But history shows this retail format has the capacity to reinvent itself and bounce back, says Max King.

Costa: Coca-Cola’s caffeine buzz

Fizzy-drinks giant Coca-Cola is diversifying into coffee. But while this strategy makes sense, Costa may not provide it with much of a boost.

Ditch the demented Help to Buy policy now

If we ever want the UK to have a slightly less dysfunctional property market than the one it has now, the government needs to get rid of Help to Buy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The fast-growing sport investors have never heard of

Esports may sound like a niche hobby for computer geeks, but it’s actually a burgeoning global business that resembles the early stages of the Premier League. Stephen Connolly explains how you can profit from it.

How bad will things get for emerging markets? And will the pain spread?

The mess in emerging markets is spreading beyond Turkey and Argentina. John Stepek looks into how things have got so bad, and what’s likely to happen next.

If you missed out on bitcoin, you might want to read this

If you missed out on bitcoin, you missed out on the greatest moneymaking opportunity we will ever see, says Dominic Frisby. But there could still be potential in the sector.

Why you should never buy a leasehold property

Having bought a leasehold property, you may think you own it. But you don’t, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Your freeholder owns it, and you are entirely at their mercy.

Don’t panic! Stagnant house prices are great news for us all

UK house prices are growing at their slowest rate for five years. John Stepek explains what’s behind the slowdown, and why it’s good news for everyone.

Albert Edwards: winter is coming to the markets

US markets are heading for a collapse that could put the long-term future of the global financial system in danger, says Societe Generale’s Albert Edwards.

Why the US dollar is key to the fate of global markets

As the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar underpins the global economy – its rise and fall determines how markets move. John Stepek looks at why it matters so much.

Why our big companies aren’t innovating

When established big companies invest in new technologies, investors shrug. Why is that happening? asks Matthew Lynn.

Will stocks slump if the US dumps Trump?

What would impeaching Donald Trump actually mean for financial markets?

Three solid dividend growers for turbulent times

Professional investor James Harries picks three financially productive businesses that can drive real dividend growth despite the global market uncertainty.

Jeffrey Gundlach: bond yields face a squeeze

Jeffrey Gundlach, founder and chief executive of DoubleLine Capital, is warning that the record number of bets made in the futures market in favour of higher bond yields could “cause quite a squeeze”.

BioPharma Credit: a risky punt on promising new drugs

BioPharma Credit, a life-sciences investment trust, offers a tempting yield. But the dangers may be high when the credit cycle turns.

If you'd invested in: Smurfit Kappa and Mediclinic

Smurfit Kappa, Europe’s largest cardboard-box maker, has seen shares rocket, while private hospital group Mediclinic is under the weather.

Saudi Aramco IPO is a no-go

Saudi state-oil giant Aramco’s widely hyped $2trn initial public offering has been shelved. But the company isn’t standing still. Alice Gråhns reports.

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.

Time to throw out Twitter

Twitter is absurdly overvalued and vulnerable to the social-media backlash, says Matthew Partridge.

Chart of the week: the Venezuelan refugee exodus

The Venezuelan refugee crisis is becoming one of the world’s biggest, comparable with the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the migration of Syrians fleeing war.

Don’t fall for “fee-free” mortgages

A growing number of mortgage lenders are scrapping arrangement fees to lure in borrowers. But do the sums first, says Emma Lunn.

Commodities hit the skids

Emerging-market jitters have spilled over into the commodities markets, hitting prices of everything from copper to oil, while lower economic growth in emerging markets could cool demand for raw materials.

America parties on – but it won’t be able to avoid the hangover

Since 2009, the US economy has enjoyed an unusually long expansion, while stocks have risen across the world. But is it now time to prepare for the next recession? Matthew Partridge investigates.

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