Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai. Photograph: REUTERS/Aly Song

Chinese investors have gone crazy for stocks this year. The tech-heavy ChiNext index has risen by some 150 per cent since January. The Shenzhen stock (...)

 The iconic Wall Street bull. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

US bull market continues to tire US markets continue to hover around all-time highs, but a large number of stocks are already in individual bear marke(...)

Bond investors will have to get used to volatility, ECB chief Mario Draghi warned last week. No one seems to have told equity investors, with stocks (...)

There are concerns markets are increasingly being moved by computer algorithms rather than by any fundamental catalyst, resulting in increased volatility and potentially causing instability or even crashes. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto There are concerns markets are increasingly being moved by computer algorithms rather than by any fundamental catalyst, resulting in increased volatility and potentially causing instability or even crashes. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The growth of computerised trading has brought obvious benefits to investors. Trading costs have been slashed; complex information is quickly processe(...)

Safety in numbers? Investors aren’t helped by an alarmist media and a short-termist analyst culture. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Fear sells. Headlines such as “Why a stock market crash may once again be inevitable”, “Countdown to the stock market crash of 2016”, and “Europe’s to(...)

A Hanergy exhibition stand at a Clean Energy Expo in Beijing recently:  China’s Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is under investigation by Hong Kong’s market watchdog,  after the company lost half its market value of nearly $40 billion in 24 minutes on May 20, 2015. Photograph:  REUTERS

Muted sentiment augurs well for stocks The S&P 500 may be at all-time highs, but the latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey shows invest(...)

Airlines have been one of the worst-performing sectors in the US since the 1970s while railroads have outperformed airlines, road transport stocks and the overall US market since 1970. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Investing in the right stock market sectors can make a big difference to your long-term returns. How big? Well, over the last 115 years, an investment(...)

Picasso purchase and the greater fool theory Is art a good investment? Some people think so, with Christie’s last week becoming the first auction hous(...)

NYSE traders: Evidence is mounting that many high-fee funds that purport to be active are just closet index trackers. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The vast majority of actively managed funds fail to beat the market, and little wonder – many are not even trying. Evidence is mounting that many high(...)

Nothing exemplifies the recent market madness in China better than the case of online video stock Beijing Baofeng Technology.  Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Hedge fund fees are a joke. Often, so is the criticism of hedge fund fees. Take the faux outrage that greeted last week’s Institutional Investor annou(...)