Investments

Facebook’s Libra is not really a cryptocurrency – but it could still be world-changing

Facebook could be on to a winner with Libra, its new cryptocurrency, says Dominic Frisby. Here, he explains why.

After Sotheby's is sold for $3.7bn, investors should bid on these other art market disruptors

Venerable auction house Sotheby’s has been snapped up for $3.7bn, says Chris Carter. But there’s plenty of action for investors at the other end of the art market too.

It’s decision time for the US Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve will soon meet to decide on what to do with US interest rates. Markets are banking on a change of course, says John Stepek. But will the Fed oblige?

What does Lufthansa’s profit warning mean for airline stocks?

German airline Lufthansa issued a profit warning this morning. And it’s not the only airline finding things tough. But are there any bargains in the sector?

BlackRock Latin American Trust: the tide is turning for Brazil

The BlackRock Latin American Trust, largely invested in Brazil, is grabbing the bull by the horns. Investors should, too.

Why you should keep the faith in Kier Group

Engineering firm Kier Group has hit trouble, but the core business looks sound, says Matthew Partridge.

Profit from the growth of cities in China

Professional investor Damian Taylor picks three stocks that should profit from China’s increasing urbanisation.

The bull market’s secret weapon

The bull market may be a little long in the tooth. But it’s not over yet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And the huge productivity boom from widespread digitalisation will prolong it further.

Help to Buy has been a waste of money

By artificially inflating house prices, the Help to Buy scheme has failed both homebuyers and taxpayers. But it has done wonders for housebuilders’ profits. John Stepek explains why.

Why the big tech companies should be broken up

Rather than wait and be at the mercy of regulators, the big tech companies should begin the process of breaking themselves up, says Matthew Lynn.

Chart of the week: Switzerland the safe haven

Investors rattled by the prospect of a global slowdown and a worsening trade war are heading for Switzerland; the local stockmarket index has just hit a new record.

How Britain became a global leader in tech stock “unicorns”

The UK has more billion-dollar technology companies, or “unicorns”, per capita, than China has. That’s cause for celebration, but they need nurturing.

The charts that matter: the US dollar continues lower

As markets continue to believe that a cut in US interest rates is just a matter of time, the US dollar continued its fall this week. John Stepek looks at how that’s affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Brent crude oil: back in a bear market

The price of Brent crude oil has fallen by more than 20% since May – past the level that marks a bear market.

Currency Corner: what does Boris Johnson’s pending victory mean for the pound?

Boris Johnson looks almost certain to be our next prime minister. Dominic Frisby looks at what that might mean for the pound.

What does the tension in the Gulf of Oman mean for oil?

The price of oil spiked after two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. John Stepek looks at how an escalating conflict could affect markets – and your money.

Investors await rescue by the US Federal Reserve

Investors are now counting on an interest-rate cut from the US Federal Reserve to bolster economic growth.

The yuan: a new front in the trade war?

China’s currency, the yuan (also known as the renminbi), has slumped to a new low for 201 as Trump’s tariffs put a strain on the country’s manufacturing industries.

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.

Rock-star fund manager Woodford gets booed off stage

Neil Woodford had humble origins, but built an enthusiastic following among retail investors by promising to make them rich. Now, they’d just like their money back.

Tenants lose out as letting-fees ban arrives in England

The move sounds positive for tenants, but the cost will be passed on, says Sarah Moore.

Mexico dodges a bullet in Trump's trade war

Donald Trump’s decision to call off threatened duties on imports from Mexico closes the latest episode in his trade war reality show.

Renault’s sputtering alliance with Nissan

French carmaker Renault’s fraught alliance with Nissan has so far prevented a deal with Fiat Chrysler. Will that change? Matthew Partridge reports.

Will Fosun rescue Thomas Cook?

China’s Fosun International is considering bidding for beleaguered British travel company Thomas Cook’s tour operating division.

What makes investment trusts so special

MoneyWeek likes investment trusts. We write about them every week. However, now might be a good time to remember what it is that makes them special.

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