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Germany on the brink

Germany is “teetering on the edge of a recession”, says Andrew Kenningham of Capital Economics. GDP in Europe’s largest economy fell 0.1% in the second quarter and early signs for this quarter are “ominous”. The downturn has weighed on market sentiment. The Dax index, which contains 30 ...

yesterday 14:56 open_in_new
Take short sellers seriously

Short sellers get a bad press. But if they target a company you invest in, you need to take action quickly.

It’s been a dramatic month for “attacks” by short sellers – investors who profit when share prices fall, rather than rise (see below for how this works). Here in the UK, ...

yesterday 12:50 open_in_new
Currency Corner: this trend looks very promising for the Canadian dollar

In today’s Currency Corner, I thought I’d pick a forex combination at random and see where it takes us.

So, for no particular reason, let’s go with the Canadian dollar – aka, the loonie – against the euro.

(The reason the Canadian dollar is known as the “loonie”, ...

yesterday 10:44 open_in_new
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.

Tate & Lyle Shares

Having moved on from its roots in sugar, today Tate & Lyle is a global supplier of corn-based sweeteners and starch ingredients, as well ...

yesterday 09:41 open_in_new
Is capitalism doomed?

I’m currently presenting a show at Panmure House (Adam Smith’s last and only surviving home) as part of Edinburgh’s Fringe. There’s no dancing, no acrobatics, no special effects and only a few jokes. It’s just me and a couple of panellists (different every day through this Sunday) ...

2019-08-22 16:48 open_in_new
How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality

Widespread use of virtual-reality technology has been “just around the corner” since the 1980s, says Ben Judge. But with the growing popularity of augmented reality, we might finally be about to turn that corner.

“Suppose I make it so that you are in the story… and ...

2019-08-22 16:48 open_in_new
It’s getting harder and harder for central banks to bail us out

Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can profit.

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Central bankers of the world unite to meet at ...

2019-08-22 12:35 open_in_new
What DIY builders need to know

Many of us dream of building our own homes – but how do you go about it?

Whether it’s frustration with the high price of poor-quality identikit rabbit hutches, or simply the desire to have a unique home, many of us have dreamed of building our own properties. But while it can be both ...

2019-08-21 16:38 open_in_new
How to fund your firm

Need to raise money? Look beyond the bank, says David Prosser.

Small firms raised a record £6.7bn in equity funding last year, according to the British Business Bank. Meanwhile, bank lending to small businesses fell, with firms across the UK wary of increasing their debt levels. The ...

2019-08-21 14:33 open_in_new
How the success of the Edinburgh Fringe proves that Adam Smith was right

Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can profit.

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. By some margin, ...

2019-08-21 12:26 open_in_new
Carson Block: the world’s most feared short-seller

Carson Block sniffs out stocks trading on dodgily high valuations and bets against them, which unnerves his targets. Now, his reign of terror has spread to London. Jane Lewis reports.

Carson Block is arguably the world’s “most feared short-seller and fraud-sniffing dog”, whose ...

2019-08-21 10:20 open_in_new
The benefits of sitting tight with your savings

Agreeing to lock up your cash can boost the interest rate on your savings significantly.

Our desire to be able to get at our cash in a hurry means we are missing out on billions of pounds. Research by Savings Champion has found that 82% of cash savings are now in easy-access accounts, ...

2019-08-20 16:29 open_in_new
Investing in the world’s most valuable resource

Each week, a professional investor tells us where he’d put his money. This week: Louis Veilleux, Senior Investment Manager, Pictet Water fund.

Water is a vital natural resource. Unfortunately, less than 1% of all water on the planet is available and accessible for human use. The United ...

2019-08-20 15:26 open_in_new
Are we about to see an epic splurge of government spending?

Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can profit.

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Germany is quite possibly in ...

2019-08-20 12:18 open_in_new
If this company manages to go public, it just has to mark the top of the market

Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can profit.

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Lots of things are going awry with the global ...

2019-08-19 14:14 open_in_new
The yield curve finally inverts

The moment investors have been fearing arrived this week. But what is a yield curve and why does it matter?

It’s finally happened. One of the more reliable recession indicators has signalled that a downturn is on its way. Earlier this week, after years of hovering threateningly on ...

2019-08-19 13:11 open_in_new
Uber hits the brakes

As competition and costs mount, will the ride-sharing app ever live up to its potential? Matthew Partridge reports.

News that Uber “lost $5.24bn in the last three months, its largest-ever quarterly loss”, and worse than analysts had expected, sent the ride-hailing firm’s shares ...

2019-08-19 11:05 open_in_new
Should we protect national champions?

Ever since the Thatcher era, Britain has been relaxed about the nationality of buyers of its industrial assets. But is that always wise? Alex Rankine reports.

UK defence business Cobham agreed last month to a £4bn takeover offer by US private-equity group Advent International. The buyout ...

2019-08-18 14:05 open_in_new
Why German exports are falling

Project Fear failed to move us Brits, but it should really have put the wind up the Germans.

For a long time, Germany has been an exporting powerhouse. Its brilliantly efficient factories churn out well-engineered, fantastically designed products that sell for premium prices around the ...

2019-08-17 19:11 open_in_new
The charts that matter: the rush to safety

Welcome back. No podcast this week – we should hopefully be back to normal service next week.

Meanwhile, if you’re in Edinburgh this month and you’d like to hear the closest thing to the podcast live, then get yourself over to Panmure House for an hour’s chat about what’s going ...

2019-08-17 11:50 open_in_new
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.

AstraZeneca The Sunday Telegraph

It has been a tough decade at this pharmaceutical giant, with core earnings per share down by 32% as patents expire. Yet the ...

2019-08-16 20:05 open_in_new