Parity no one-way bet With the Federal Reserve about to finally hike interest rates and the ECB expected to announce further easing measures in Europe(...)

Actual investor returns, one study concluded, are “systematically lower than buy-and-hold returns for nearly all international stock markets”.   Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Are you concerned about the slowing Chinese economy? Do you worry that valuations seem high, after six years of strong gains for global stock markets?(...)

Janet Yellen, chairman of the US Federal Reserve: Recent strong jobs numbers mean a December rate hike now looks a safe bet. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Investors have spent 2015 fretting as to whether the Federal Reserve would finally raise US interest rates and if so, when. Less attention has been pa(...)

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(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: even novice investors can grasp the simple logic underpinning the case for diversification. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Everyone knows the old cliché about not putting all your eggs in one basket. A diversified portfolio might consist of different asset classes such as (...)

Fed chairman Janet Yellen: last week’s unexpectedly hawkish  message means a December hike is now seen as a 50/50 bet. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A December interest rate hike is back on the table, the US’s Federal Reserve signalled last week. Should investors care? Well, there’s no doubt they d(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: between 1968 and 1994, value stocks consistently and easily beat growth stocks in the US. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Disciples of value investing have had their faith tested in recent years, with growth stocks largely outperforming their value counterparts since the (...)

Global economic weakness? Bring it on! That’s what investors seem to be saying lately, with stocks bouncing nicely despite a raft of weak economic da(...)

‘Valuations aside, market history does not suggest rising rates need prove disastrous for stocks.’ photograph: getty

The US Federal Reserve decided last month to leave interest rates on hold while signalling it expects to raise rates sooner rather than later – 13 of (...)

A Specialist Trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Stocks bounced nicely last week, with the S&P 500 enjoying its longest rally of 2015. Is the advance for real, or another dead-cat bounce in an(...)