ETFs, generally a basket of stocks, bonds or other assets, grew at a record rate despite markets struggling in 2015 to deliver the broad gains they have posted since rebounding from the financial crisis

Investors poured $347 billion into exchange-traded funds globally during 2015, according to fund-manager BlackRock, setting a new record for the indus(...)

Momentum bodes well for stocks After a rip-roaring rally, is it time for a market pullback? It has not been a run-of-the- mill bounce: stocks are very(...)

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 (...)

Stock picking: ETFs offer investors the ability to assemble a low-cost, diversified portfolio but their convenience tempts investors to partake in the trading game in which the only sure winners are the brokers and dealers of Wall Street. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Vanguard founder and passive investing champion John Bogle sparked controversy recently when he warned investors to “beware” of exchange-traded funds (...)

Low interest rates have spurred a desperate search for yield. This has encouraged investors to buy investment grade, high-yield and emerging market bonds to supplement treasuries and gilts

A growing number of professional investors are warning that bonds are overvalued as fears grow that a fixed income bubble will collapse in a disord(...)

One bond-market metric already suggests consumer prices will drop in the next year. (Photograph: Atisha Paulson/Bloomberg)

Bond investors can be a gloomy bunch, glass- half-empty types who see bad news everywhere. But they haven’t been this downbeat about growth and infla(...)

In the US, almost $92 billion was withdrawn from active funds last year, while passive funds attracted inflows of $156 billion. In the UK, money flowed into passive funds but more than $17 billion was pulled from active funds. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

If you can’t beat the market, track it. That’s the stance increasingly being taken by ordinary investors who, disillusioned by fund managers’ horrific(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

While “buy low, sell high” is an investing adage, others caution against trying to catch a falling knife and recommend a “buy high, sell higher” appro(...)

Fyffes’s executive chairman  met with several large institutional shareholders of Chiquita, in an effort to convince them that the merger would be a better long-term bet for the US company than the rival cash bid from companies associated with Joseph Safra and José Luis Cutrale.  Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

David McCann, the executive chairman of the banana distributor Fyffes, travelled to the US this week to appeal directly to major Chiquita shareholders(...)

According to Tapestry Networks, at a conference a member of Nestlé’s executive board, David Frick, “talked about a programme to invite its largest shareholders to meet with the chairman . . . He said shareholders had either declined or simply didn’t turn up to the meetings.” Photograph: EPA/Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini

What if lawmakers never spoke to their constituents? Oddly enough, that’s exactly how corporate America operates. Shareholders vote for directors, (...)