Market analysis

Looking for information about different markets and key asset classes? Our market analysis keeps you up to speed with all the latest developments in global markets, providing you with investing insight to help you make smarter investment decisions.

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Coronavirus crash: what history can tell investors about stock market falls

We look back at events from the panic selling of 1987 to the tech sharebuying spree at the turn of the millennium.

Woodford investors to get money back

Thousands of investors whose money has been trapped in the suspended Woodford Equity Income Fund are set to receive their first payout.

What’s in and what’s out for 2020?

While 2019 did not look like an especially appetising year, almost every major asset provided strong returns over the period. Here, we consider what 2020 might hold for investors and how to get invested.

The changing face of the FTSE100

As Centrica teeters on the brink of exiting the FTSE 100, we consider how the index has changed since its inception, and why this matters for investors.

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Woodford Equity Income fund to be wound up – What does this mean for investors?

Neil Woodford’s Equity Income fund is to be wound up. Here, we explain what this means for investors.

Vodafone's dividend cut: lessons for investors

Following Vodafone’s decision to slash its dividend earlier this year, we consider how investing in a fund can reduce the risk of being caught out by a single company’s dividend policy change.

Investing in technology – 50 years on

As technology continues to break new ground, we explore how to separate the disruptors from the disrupted.

Four myths about investing overseas

Despite trade war spats and economic uncertainty, there are compelling reasons to look outside the home market for investments, such as enhanced diversification, and the potential for better returns.

The Dotcom Bubble and active investing

If markets aren’t always efficient, it implies there is scope for some active managers to capitalise on market mispricing. But how easy is this really?

Brexit – a new dawn?

Brexit is such a seismic event for citizens of the UK, that it may feel bizarre not to give it the same degree of importance in our investing lives.

2018 dividend heroes revealed

Investment trusts are celebrating a major anniversary this year. We examine its reputation as an attractive option for income-seeking investors.

Inflation and the bond market

William Hobbs, Barclays’ Head of Investment Strategy, explores the prospects for inflation and capital markets, amidst diminishing economic slack and a surprisingly timed dollop of fiscal largesse in the US.

First quarter market review

William Hobbs, Barclays' Head of Investment Strategy, reviews the markets during the first quarter of 2018 including the threat of trade tensions, swings in stock markets and the return of inflation.

World economy in 2018

With 2017 in the rear view mirror, we start to examine what this year has in store. William discusses why 2017 was a positive year for investors and whether we can be expecting more of the same in 2018.

Bitcoin - a new asset?

Bitcoin has yielded astronomical returns in recent years, sparking debate amongst investors as to whether it should be treated as a regular asset class. We weigh up the pros and cons.

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