A man enters the old stock exchange building in central Athens. Greek stocks have suffered an almighty collapse, falling by 85 per cent since 2007. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

A lousy stock market is the least of the problems facing Greece at the moment, although the country’s long-running debt crisis has certainly hurt dome(...)

Exchange-traded funds are similar to ordinary funds in that they provide access to a basket of stocks. However, they trade like stocks and can be bought and sold throughout the trading day. Photograph: Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have democratised the investment world, offering ordinary investors low-cost access to asset classes that were previously(...)

An anti-EU protester burns an EU flag in front of the European Comission offices in Athens on July 2. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Louisa Gouliamaki

Chinese investors have long believed their government would not allow a bear market, only to discover Beijing’s powers are more limited than they thou(...)

Has the Chinese equity bubble burst? The question is worth asking, given the extent of recent falls. Last week, China’s tech-heavy ChiNext index fell (...)

US funds spent 18 times as much money in 2005 as they did in 2009, following the market crash.  Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Skilled fund managers aim to beat the market, but what about their less talented brethren? How can they attract investors’ money if they do not have t(...)

Beating the market four or five years in a row may seem like a conclusive demonstration of investment skill, but it may well be all down to luck. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Consider the following situation. You receive an email from a fund manager boasting of his uncannily accurate stock-picking system, one that he promis(...)

An elderly man looks at rising stocks in green at the Stock Exchange in Athens. Photograph: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Markets sanguine over Greek tensions Investors could be forgiven for thinking that markets, worried by recent uncertainty over Greece, have been in ri(...)

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 (...)