Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: Research indicates that returns are usually dictated more by chance than skill. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Does luck trump skill in investment. Research indicates that returns are usually dictated more by chance than skill, and it’s hard to tell the differe(...)

Market volatility continues to decline, recently hitting a seven-year low, and bears see this as indicative of 2007-type complacency, the proverbial c(...)

Warren Buffett has referred to his best ever investment –  a book, one that chang
ed forever his investment outlook.
Photograph: Nati Harnik/AP Photo

Investors and traders have access to more information than ever before, but classic books continue to inspire some of the world’s top money manager(...)

The World Cup begins next week, and the winning country can hope to enjoy a market boost, with Goldman Sachs finding a “clear pattern of outperform(...)

IPO celebration: TrueCar employees mark its recent IPO by ringing the opening bell at the Nasdaq Exchange in Times Square, New York.  Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The appetite of investors for initial public offerings has been on the up in 2014, with the hype machine set to go into overdrive when Chinese online (...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange recently: Europe has slightly outperformed the US this year. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

When it comes to analysing earnings, it’s important to remember that everything is relative, and that expectations are everything. Europe has slightly(...)

Traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month. The momentum effect can be found in 212 years of US data. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

It sounds too good to be true – just buy stocks that are rising, and forget all that agonising over company balance sheets and earnings reports and so(...)

Europe has been fashionable with investors for some time, with the latest Merrill Lynch fund manager survey showing that a net 36 per cent are overwei(...)

Christoph Mueller: may deserve his increased pay packet but the argument that his actions saved Aer Lingus and tripled the share price needs more consideration. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pay increases for top chief executives, especially in a time of austerity, are invariably controversial, as Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Muell(...)

Jeremy Grantham’s GMO has been warning for some time that US investors face subdued long-term returns due to elevated prices. Valuation warning signal(...)