The big stories

Successful investing isn't just about analysing individual stocks or bonds. Many studies suggest that the majority of returns are down to asset allocation - in other words, being in the right sector at the right time.

With that in mind, these are some of the key, big picture, long–term investment themes that we think investors should be paying particularly close attention to. We'll update them regularly here, but for the most in-depth coverage and analysis, subscribe to MoneyWeek magazine, click here to claim four issues for FREE.


Greece has been lurching from bailout to bailout for years now. But things could be coming to a head. So how will the Greek debt crisis be resolved? Will Greece agree to restructure its economy? Or are we looking at a 'Grexit', with Greece leaving the eurozone?
 
 
 

What Mario Draghi’s legacy move means for markets

Yesterday was Mario Draghi’s last chance to leave a lasting impression on eurozone monetary policy. And that seems to be just what he’s done. John Stepek looks at how it affects the markets.


From ADRs to Z scores – all the financial terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

Alternative finance is the internet age's alternative to traditional banks. It includes peer to peer (P2P) lending and crowdfunding. There are plenty of opportunities for smart investors to profit. And while it may carry more risk than some other forms of investing, the potential returns are huge.

Peer closely – but carefully – at peer-to-peer property investments

The interest rates on peer-to-peer property investments may look appealing, but investors should tread carefully.


6 April is 'Pensions Freedom Day' - when retirees are given much greater freedom on how they use the money in their pension pot. We look at what the changes are likely to mean for you and your investments, and how to go about making sure you have enough to be comfortable in your retirement.

Should you transfer your defined-benefit pension scheme to a money purchase scheme?

Financial watchdogs have made it clear that they believe transferring money out of a defined-benefit pension scheme is a bad idea for most people. And yet people continue to defy this guidance.


Bitcoin is the global online peer-to-peer currency. Free from the interference of regulators and nation states, it has seen its value soar against traditional paper currencies.

Another bubble in bitcoin for traders to short

This surge in the bitcoin price seems no more likely to endure than the last one, says Matthew Partridge.


COVER STORY
How the shock of the Saudi attack will linger over the oil market

'Big data' is the collection of vast amounts of information, and the use of powerful computers to make sense of it - and profit from it. It's something that will transform our lives, and something you'll hear a lot about in the next few years. And investors who get in early stand to make big profits.

Internet 2.0: how to cash in on the shift to cloud computing

Cloud computing technology helps companies manage their IT more efficiently and will also ensure that the world wide web and key innovations such as artificial intelligence fulfil their potential, says Stephen Connolly.



Hydraulic fracturing - 'fracking' - is the energy story of the 21st century. This new technology means previously unrecoverable reserves of oil and gas can now be extracted. It has transformed the energy markets in the US, and led to huge new opportunities for investors. Below, we explore the best ways to play this exciting story.
 
 
 

Britain’s blocked fracking pipeline

Protesters claim that fracking for gas and oil is not worth the risks. Producers argue the rules are too restrictive. Who’s right? And does the industry have a future? Simon Wilson reports.


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Biotech stocks have been booming over the last few years. Anyone who has invested will have made some very respectable profits. And it's a bull market that's set to continue for some time yet.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The best way to play the biotech boom

Syncona is an unusual investment trust that invests in promising privately held biotech companies. It should be a core holding in any portfolio, says David Stevenson.


After the financial crisis, Britain's property market suffered a slump. But now house prices are rising fast, driven in part by the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme. Many people - us included - are worried we are now in bubble territory. So what does the future hold for house prices?

In increasingly desperate attempts to bolster their economies, many of the world's central banks are following policies of money printing- so called 'quantitative easing' - and lowering interest rates, pushing down the value of their currencies. Here we examine why, what it means for you, and how you can profit.
 
 
 

Trade conflict risks igniting currency war

China’s currency fell to an 11-year low against the US dollar, prompting US authorities to brand the country a currency manipulator.