Diversification reduces risk of long-term disappointment, but avoiding short-term pain is another matter entirely. Photograph: iStock

Diversification is often referred to as the only free lunch in finance but it didn’t protect investors from a shellacking in 2018, with almost all maj(...)

After a near 10-year rally, is a bear market looming for US stocks? Photograph: iStock

The longest US bull market in history has been looking shaky recently. October was the worst month since November 2008 for the tech-heavy Nasdaq index(...)

Canada is to legalise medicinal cannabis next month. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Like volatility? Then forget cryptocurrencies and get into cannabis stocks. Canada is to legalise medicinal cannabis next month, a move that has trigg(...)

A trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Pace of rate hikes key for stocks The most long-awaited interest rate hike in history will surely come next week, with the Federal Reserve expected to(...)

Wall Street traders wear 2013 new years party glasses: the four-day trading period between Christmas and the new year has seen average gains of 1.06 per cent since 1896 – 10 times that recorded by other four-day trading periods. photograph: allison joyce/getty images

November may be dreary, but seasonal market strategists always welcome its arrival, noting the bulk of market gains have accrued during the November-A(...)