Index investing – buying tracker funds – has revolutionised equity investing. But it’s not without its problems. John Stepek looks at how “semi-detached” share ownership can distort capitalism – and how to fix it.
China’s tension with the US is a problem. But the bigger problem, says John Stepek, is home grown: Xi Jinping backtracking on reform and tightening his grip on society.
Brexit is looking increasingly like an over-hyped non-event. Even a no-deal Brexit would be no big deal. But it has made UK stocks very cheap. Here’s what to buy now.
Too much money is jostling for a space in online banking. That’s a recipe for disaster, says Matthew Lynn.
Britain’s car industry is being rocked by Brexit, held back by a global slowdown in sales, and is struggling to keep up with technological changes. Can it change gear? Simon Wilson reports.
The good news is that the charts aren’t pointing to a recession just yet, but they’re not far off, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at the charts that matter most to investors.
Small businesses need to keep an especially close eye on their outgoings, says David Prosser.
Last year, we finally saw some sanity returning to the UK property market, with house prices falling in real terms. John Stepek looks at what to expect this year.
The past few months have been good for gold. And there is scope for further gains.
Many Asian economies struggled last year as money flowed away from emerging markets. Vietnam, however, has continued to thrive.
Investors have pulled billions out of UK equity funds since the Brexit referendum in June 2016. This spells opportunity for long-term investors.
Jeff Bezos is splitting up with his wife. But it will be business as usual for Amazon.
Germany’s benchmark index, the DAX-30, fell further than most other major markets in 2018. One problem is a downturn in Germany. The other is the slowdown in global growth.
Silver hasn’t been this cheap relative to gold in a quarter of a century – it now costs more than 85 ounces of silver to buy an ounce of gold.
A more competitive market means retirees with equity release mortgages could save by switching provider.
European e-commerce is set to follow the UK’s lead. Opportunities should follow for investors in logistics, says Sarah Moore.
The British Empire Trust’s long-term outperformance looks set to continue, says Max King.
Matthew Partridge looks at the lessons investors can learn from the film “Boiler Room”.
The European fund management industry is still charging customers a fortune. Here’s how to avoid big fund fees.
Book review: Brexit and the Politics of Pain
Irish writer Fintan O’Toole examines what Brexit reveals about Britain.