Investment

Midas touch: Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger

Want to predict the price of gold? Then watch Hollywood films

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Movies can predict the price of bullion, says Ross Clark

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates seven times in the past three years

Has the tide turned on emerging markets?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Reality check

Why investors’ hopes for energy shares may be too high

26 January 2018 3:58 pm

The FTSE 100 finished strong last year, gaining 5 per cent in December to bring full-year returns to 12 per…

Budget noise and the real drivers of economic growth

4 January 2018 12:47 pm

Ah, the Budget. The business world and financial media’s favourite annual event garners so much attention, you’d be forgiven for…

Between 1900 and 1940, a series of unstable Chinese regimes flooded global markets with bonds: this one is from 1911

A world of broken bonds

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson fears that our pension funds and investment portfolios will soon be crammed full of China’s risky corporate debt

The perils and profits of peer-to-peer lending

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Silvester explains how financing small fractions of company ‘receivables’ can bring high returns

Don’t Lose Sight of the Investment Forest for the Trees

1 November 2017 4:00 am

Do stocks outperform bonds? The widely accepted answer is yes — and by a significant margin over the long term.…

An antidote to Brexit jitters: diversify by investing globally

1 November 2017 3:00 am

Over a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, UK stocks are humming along, and the economy…

Gold is still the safest haven — and mining companies can offer better returns than bullion

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Gold mining shares can offer better returns than bullion itself, says Robin Andrews

Crypto-currencies are risky as hell – but worth a punt

30 September 2017 9:00 am

‘I’m up 430 per cent,’ said my friend Mash, boasting about his investments in Bitcoin. I should have known then…

French blue chips and property could be hot bets... if Macron delivers

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says French blue chips and property could be hot bets – but only if the new president turns his election promises into action

How blockchain works

Blockchain: an investor’s guide

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Blockchain is the hottest bit of jargon in the financial world and potentially the most exciting development since the invention…

The Merchant of Venice: expert in spreading investment risk

How to invest in dynamic businesses abroad or world-changing inventions

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Andrew M. Brown explains the risk-spreading principle and the enduring fascination of investment trusts

Buying housebuilders’ shares beats buying houses

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Safe as ’ouses, as they say. The housing slump of 2008 seems a long time ago now. Prices across the…

Rich pickings: successes such as Fever-Tree are fertile ground for Hargreave

Back winners, dump losers: it’s commonsense investing

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Small-cap fund manager Giles Hargreave offers Jonathan Davis his commonsense formula

Fund a fisherman, finance a film or give a fillip to forensics

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Crowdfunding is a promising idea, and has created useful products. The Canary home-security system I wrote about recently was funded…

Warren Buffet says this is ‘by far the best book on investing ever written’

25 March 2017 9:00 am

After 44 years, The Intelligent Investor is still a money-making bible

Wall Street seems happy for now... but watch out for the Trump slump

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Matthew Lynn says investors should think about getting out of American stocks while the going is good

Weaker yen, stronger companies: Japan could be the trade of the decade

Japan’s long-depressed stock market could bring spectacular returns soon

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Jonathan Davis says Tokyo’s long-slumped stock market could produce spectacular returns in the next decade

London-centric: the Crossrail project is approaching completion

To invest in an infrastucture boom, find out who’s selling the shovels

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Our veteran investor Robin Andrews finds shares that could benefit from a new infrastructure boom

Gold coins: a ticket to escape from wherever you are in the world

Shopping for gold is easy... you can take it away in a bag if you like

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Margareta Pagano says gold is easy to buy these days... and it’s a hedge against whatever Trump does next

So far so good with my racing punts... maybe I should quit while I’m ahead

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In Spectator Money last November, I wrote about Equotion, an algorithm gambling service or ‘Sports Betting Disrupter’ which promises customers…

Buy high: Alpine property is still a sound investment above the snow line

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says Alpine property is a sound investment if you pick the right resort and stay above the snow line

The risks and rewards of investing in apartment-block freeholds

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Is being a buy-to-let investor just a bit too respectable for you? There’s an alternative: become a landlord’s landlord and…

Got a windfall? Invest in a nearly-new car

4 March 2017 9:00 am

If you’re lucky enough to receive a legacy of, say, £10,000 or £20,000, what should you do with it? You’d…