Investment Articles

Apple’s valuation nears the $1 trillion mark – but is that such a good thing?

“Apple’s third-quarter earnings easily beat analysts’ forecasts, as sales rose 17% and earnings per share soared by 40%, as price increases on its hardware and...

How to make the most of your child's Junior ISA savings

Inflation is high, meaning the spending power of your money is being eaten away. At the same time, cash interest rates offered on savings are...

Superyachts, hot weather and high valuations show it’s tough being a retailer (even a really successful one)

It’s not as if much further evidence was needed, but today shows just how tough it is to be a retailer in the current environment...

What could trigger a sterling crisis and what could investors expect as a result?

Sterling has suffered three crises of confidence since 1945, so a repeat cannot be entirely ruled out owing to the current political upheaval and lack...

Is artificial intelligence the future?

Artificial Intelligence has come a long way since the days when Deep Blue faced Garry Kasparov over a chess board. Matt Brennan, AJ Bell Investments’...

Three quick ways to measure the second-quarter results season in America

America’s headline S&P 500 index is up by just 2% for the year in dollar terms, which seems like a pretty paltry return given how...

Financial markets side with Project Fear, two years after the EU referendum

It is two years since the British public voted in favour of Brexit and financial markets continue to approach March 2019 with a degree of...

Will pensions be targeted to fill the £20 billion NHS funding gap?

With the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warning the so-called ‘Brexit dividend’ doesn’t actually exist, the Government is facing questions over how it will...

NAO hands out further criticism of Government – but ultimately Carillion was a failure of management

Today it is the turn of the National Audit Office to unpick and quantify the cost of the Carillion debacle. The NAO hands out further...

Is it time to have a spring clean of the junk in portfolios?

US investment legend Warren Buffett once commented: “We have a lot of fun as the bubble blows up and we all think we are going...

Market volatility – we haven’t seen anything yet

“Despite talk of stock market volatility, the reality is that the FTSE 100 and S&P 500 indices are still behaving pretty calmly relative to the...

What does less than a year until Brexit mean for the FTSE 100?

Languishing bottom of the league tables so far this year is the FTSE 100, falling 9% in the first quarter alone. In this piece, our...

Four lessons to draw from 18¼ years of precisely zero from UK stocks

A potential takeover bid for a fourth FTSE 100 stock is helping the index to try to cling on to the 7,000 mark, as Takeda’s...

How to test the foundations of the property sector

He is unlikely to have appreciated it, or cared, at the time, but Mark Twain’s advice to “Buy land, they aren’t making it any more”...

How to use moving averages to pin down the FTSE 100

In capital, local currency terms, the UK is the worst performing country among the 23 nations classified by the MSCI as ‘developed’ markets in 2018...