Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: if markets are going up, it’s better to put your money to work right away to take full advantage of the market growth. Photograph: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

You’ve got a lump sum of money to invest but you’re nervous that international stock markets, trading near all-time highs after six years of strong ga(...)

European equities have soared since Greek tensions faded. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Investors are holding more cash than at any time since the Lehman panic in December 2008, according to Merrill Lynch’s latest monthly fund manager (...)

 A pedestrian passes a display showing Chinese stock at a securities office in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Proinsias O’Mahony takes a look at the ups and downs of the stock market (...)

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

Proinsias O’Mahony takes a look at the ups and downs of the stock market (...)