Investments

One of the best investment trusts for emerging market investors

The Utilico Emerging Markets investment trust focuses on infrastructure, an area its competitors often ignore.

House price affordability is slowly improving (ie, prices are falling)

The latest property market data reveals that UK house prices are falling in real terms. John Stepek looks at what’s behind the change, and what it implies for the future.

Jeff Gundlach: don't bet on lower interest rates

The ten-year US Treasury yield has already hit its low for the year, says “bond king” Jeff Gundlach.

Chart of the week: the death of competition in America

The Economist has detected a slump in the number of times the words “competition” and “competitor” have been mentioned in annual reports over the past few years.

Bag a bargain in the investment-trust sector

Professional investor Charlotte Cuthbertson picks three stocks that exploit mispricings in the investment trust world.

Why you still shouldn’t touch Woodford Patient Capital with a bargepole

The price of the Woodford Patient Capital investment trust has fallen so far that you may think it looks like a bargain buy. Think again, says John Stepek.

How Britain became a world leader in wind power

Wind power is getting cheaper all the time, making Britain’s aim to curb carbon emissions look ever more achievable. Simon Wilson explains how we got here.

Currency Corner: how low can the euro go?

Dominic Frisby looks at the world’s two biggest currencies – the US dollar and the euro – and picks three clear targets for traders as the euro continues to slide.

This could be a huge contrarian “buy” signal for oil stocks

One of the world’s biggest oil companies has fallen out of the top ten US stocks by market capitalisation. There could be a buying opportunity here, says John Stepek.

Japan: ignore the rugby and buy the stocks

Japan won’t win the Rugby World Cup. But its stockmarket could prove a winner.

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.

Cracks emerge in corporate debt

The total value of non-financial corporate debt in the US is now almost $10trn, equivalent to half of America’s GDP.

The Federal Reserve's interest-rate fiddling loses its effectiveness

The Federal Reserve’s widely-anticipated decision to reduce interest rates to a range between 1.75% and 2% made little impression on the markets.

Why Thomas Cook collapsed

Thomas Cook has gone bust, leaving stakeholders, politicians and managers all blaming each other.

Stocks that offer two sectors for the price of one

There are several excellent companies that dabble in two very different markets. Dr Mike Tubbs highlights the ones worth considering now.

Hold gold: it’s an insurance policy against global volatility

Gold has proved a wonderful hedge against recent turbulence for British investors, reaching a record peak in sterling terms. Now bulls should be looking at gold mining stocks, says Dominic Frisby.

Bitcoin has just crashed hard – where will it go next?

The bitcoin price has taken a beating, down by 15% in one day. Dominic Frisby looks at what’s behind the crash, and where the cryptocurrency might go next.

VW shares are ready to motor – here's how to play them

German carmaker VW is putting the emissions scandal behind it, says Matthew Partridge. Traders should go long.

Passive investments come under pressure from regulators

Investors are allocating ever greater sums to passive investments including ETFs and index trackers. Regulators have taken note, says David Stevenson.

What investors can learn from Thomas Cook's collapse

Bad decisions and bad debt have led to the collapse of 178-year-old travel company Thomas Cook. John Stepek looks at what investors can learn from its demise.

How to invest where new middle-class consumers will splash the cash

The rise of the middle-class consumer in emerging markets is the world’s most compelling long-term growth theme, says professional investor Kevin Carter. Here, he picks three of the best ways to buy in.

Why has the oil market taken the Saudi attack so calmly?

After an initial spike in the oil price, the market seems to have shrugged off the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. John Stepek asks if it was all just a fuss over nothing, or if we could yet see some more big moves.

The gradual disruption of the wealth management industry

Wealth management is in the main a very traditional industry – with traditionally high and unacceptably opaque charges. But that is slowly changing, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The future of vaping – the "healthier cigarette"

A health scare has thrown doubt on the future of the industry catering for the growing numbers of “vapers”. Has Big Tobacco’s corporate strategy just gone up in smoke?

Currency Corner: is it comeback time for the pound?

Everyone knows the pound is undervalued, says Dominic Frisby. But once Brexit is sorted, it will rally. And we are looking down the barrel of that now.

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