Brexit Brings Only Pain for FTSE 100 Without Pound Magic

Why you should own UK stocks – and what to buy

The UK’s stockmarkets are unusually cheap compared with the rest of the world. If you don’t have substantial holdings in UK stocks, you should, says M…
16 Dec 2019
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Investment strategy

Follow the dividend yield when buying shares

No valuation measure can help you to time the market. But dividend yields are a good guide to future returns.
16 Sep 2019
Share tips

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.
2 Aug 2019

Peter Hargreaves: an upset for the world’s happiest billionaire

Peter Hargreaves created a FTSE 100 company from scratch without borrowing or acquisition – and without scandal – at least until the Woodford one blew…
24 Jun 2019
Stock markets

The strong and stable stocks offering a reliable income

Companies with a consistent record of rising payouts look especially attractive at present. Dr Mike Tubbs introduces his favourite “dividend aristocra…
24 Jan 2019
Investment strategy

The big dividend question

UK stocks are paying higher dividend yields than at any point since the financial crisis, says John Stepek. Should you buy in?
14 Dec 2018
Stock markets

The FTSE 100 has gone nowhere in nearly 20 years. That’s tempting

The FTSE 100 is at its cheapest for two years. It’s made no capital gains for almost 20. And while it could get a lot cheaper, says John Stepek, it’s …
7 Dec 2018
Investment strategy

How the FTSE reshuffle works

Royal Mail has been demoted from the FTSE 100 in the latest quarterly review. John Stepek explains how the decision is made.
7 Dec 2018

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Share tips

The British software sector stars investors should buy now

You might not think of the UK as a market full of promising tech stocks. But our small- and medium-sized companies are punching above their weight, sa…
11 Oct 2018

Barrick and Randgold: a mega merger in gold

Canada’s Barrick Gold and London-based Randgold Resources are tying the knot. Why now, and will the deal prove a success?
28 Sep 2018
Share tips

Just short Just Eat

The online takeaway platform has gobbled up as much of the market as it can, says Matthew Partridge.
28 Sep 2018
Stock markets

British stocks are unloved and undervalued

According to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey, 28% of fund managers are underweight in UK stocks.
14 Sep 2018
Stock markets

If you'd invested in: Halma and Ophir

Shares in hazard detection copay Halma have risen 158% in the past five years, while those in oil and gas firm Ophir have plunged.
14 Sep 2018
Share tips

If you'd invested in: Tesco and Associated British Foods

Tesco has seen its market value rise almost 50% in a year, while AB Foods has seen shares slide despite a rise in profits.
27 Jul 2018

The trouble with index-tracking funds

Index-tracking funds are great, cheap alternatives to their overpriced active cousins. But they aren’t flawless, says John Stepek.
29 Jun 2018
Share tips

If you’d invested in: Ashtead Group and Esure

Over the last decade, the shares of construction and industrial equipment rental firm Ashtead Group have risen by almost 2,700%.
22 Jun 2018

Halma: a matchless record of dividends

Safety specialist Halma capped its remarkable run by entering the FTSE 100 – but more will come.
22 Jun 2018

FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 is Britain's 'blue-chip' stock index.But its makeup means it is more of a global index than a snapshot of UK plc.
25 May 2018
Investment strategy

Don’t dismiss the Cape ratio

It’s easy to criticise our favoured valuation measure, but investors ignore its track record at their peril, says John Stepek.
13 Apr 2018
Stocks and shares

Unilever leaves Britain

Consumer-goods giant Unilever has chosen Rotterdam over London for its unified headquarters. Takeover threats and taxes played a part. Alice Gråhns re…
23 Mar 2018
Share tips

If you’d invested in: TUI Group and BAT

Tui revealed an 11.7% rise in annual turnover to €18.5bn, as well as 12% growth in underlying earnings to €1.1bn.
16 Mar 2018

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust: why sell out of a winning proposition?

James Anderson of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust takes Merryn Somerset Webb to task for advising MoneyWeek readers to sell some shares in his …
19 Jan 2018
Investment strategy

Look abroad for income

If you need income then it’s important to diversify, says John Stepek. Don’t just rely on the FTSE 100.
29 Oct 2017

The biggest lesson that 2007 can teach investors

Almost exactly a decade ago, the FTSE closed near its peak for the year. Then things deteriorated – rapidly. John Stepek looks at what lessons investo…
27 Oct 2017
Stock markets

Can the FTSE 100 keep going?

Britain’s blue-chip index has hit a series of new record highs in the past few months, gaining 17% since the Brexit referendum. But this could be as g…
30 Jun 2017
Stock markets

Chart of the week: the FTSE 100’s impressive run-up

Britain’s blue-chip index has been on a tear, notching up new record highs for 14 days in a row. It is the first time this has happened since the FTSE…
20 Jan 2017
Stock markets

Why the FTSE 100’s record-breaking run has legs

The FTSE 100 is on its longest-ever winning streak, boosted partly by a weaker pound. John Stepek looks at what’s behind its record-breaking run, and …
16 Jan 2017
Stock markets

Will the FTSE run out of steam?

A recent survey of 22 investment banks and other financial services providers produced an average predicted year-end level of 7,015. But a repeat of l…
6 Jan 2017
Stock markets

Markets: interest rate cut boosts FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 saw a sharp rise yesterday after the Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.25% and extended its quantitative easing programme. The inde…
5 Aug 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 falls further

The FTSE 100 continued its fall yesterday. The index closed down 0.2% at 6,634.
4 Aug 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 continues to fall

The FTSE 100 continued to fall yesterday, slipping a further 0.7% to close at 6,645.
3 Aug 2016
Stock markets

Markets: housebuilders drag FTSE 100 down

The FTSE 100 fell further yesterday, slipping 0.5% to close at 6,693.
2 Aug 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 inches higher

The FTSE 100 ended slightly higher on Friday, adding 0.1% to close at 6,724.
1 Aug 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 slips back

The FTSE 100 slipped back yesterday, down 0.4% to close at 6,721.
29 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 continues its rise

The FTSE 100 continued to climb yesterday, up 0.4% to close at 6,750.
28 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 creeps back up

The FTSE 100 rose slightly yesterday, up 0.2% to close at 6,724.
27 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: oil stocks drag FTSE 100 down

The FTSE 100 slipped back yesterday, closing down 0.3% at 6,710.
26 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 shrugs off threat of recession

The FTSE 100 ended the week in the black on Friday, despite poor manufacturing and services data pointing to potential recession for the UK economy.
25 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 slips back

The FTSE 100 slipped back yesterday, falling 0.4% to close at 6,699.
22 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: financial stocks drive FTSE 100 higher

The FTSE 100 carried on rising yesterday, adding a further 0.5% to close at 6,728.
21 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 flat

The FTSE 100 was virtually unchanged yesterday, adding just two points to close at 6,697.
20 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: ARM sale boosts FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 continued to rise yesterday, adding 0.4% to close at 6,695.
19 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 edges higher

The FTSE 100 edged higher on Friday, adding 0.2% to close at 6,669.
18 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 virtually unchanged

The FTSE 100 was virtually unchanged yesterday, slipping just two points to close at 6,680.
13 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 continues to rise

The FTSE 100 continued to rise yesterday, adding a further 1.4% to close at 6,682.
12 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 climbs further

The FTSE 100 climbed further on Friday, adding 0.9% to close at 6,590 – a rise of 0.2% in the week.
11 Jul 2016

FTSE 100 or FTSE 250: which is the best gauge of the UK's health?

The FTSE 100 recovered quickly after its post-Brexit falls, but the FTSE 250 continues to slide. Matthew Partridge explains which index is the most ac…
8 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: financial and property stocks lift FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 bounced back yesterday, climbing 1.1% to close at 6,533.
8 Jul 2016
Stock markets

Markets: FTSE 100 slides further

The FTSE 100 fell again yesterday, sliding a further 1.2% to close at 6,463.
7 Jul 2016