Lee Wild

Oil explainer: the key drivers that cause the oil price to move up and down

Prices for almost everything we buy and sell are dictated by supply and demand. Put simply, when supply exceeds demand, prices go down, and when demand exceeds supply, prices go up. 

It is no different on the oil markets, but prices there are heavily influenced by an oil cartel called Opec (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). As at April 2020, it had 13 member states, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Venezuela, Iran and Nigeria.

10 shares to deliver a £10,000 annual income in 2020

Over the past five years, we have been building a shares portfolio to generate £10,000 of annual income. It hasn’t been easy, but except during a blip in 2018, investors have been rewarded with a decent mix of capital growth and income.

Six ‘speculative’ share ideas to evaluate at the start of 2020

A grim December 2018 brought to a close the worst year for stock market investors in a decade. A year later, the two big problems – US-China trade dispute and Brexit – remain, but greater optimism around both has fed the bulls ahead of the festive lull.

There has been a marked difference in regional performance, however. Russia shot the lights out in 2019 and US tech stocks bounced back, while other US indices reached record highs. Europe became everyone’s favourite contrarian play.

ii Winter Portfolios 2019: behold the winners

There's a beautifully simple trading strategy that has consistently beaten the wider stock market. Interactive investor (ii) discovered it five years ago and built a pair of winter portfolios that have outperformed every year since.

Based on a statistical anomaly stretching back decades, this seasonal approach to investing proves that, in certain circumstances, it is possible to time the market and generate a profit. 

Two winter portfolios post market-beating gains

Whether by coincidence or design, a strange stock market winter quirk exists. Over the last 24 years, data from the UK Stock Market Almanac suggests that winter investing has a stronger performance track record than any other time of the year.

Now we are at the half way point in the winter cycle and we're starting to see more daylight creep into those cold winter months. 

10 shares to give you a £10,000 annual income in 2019

Four years ago, we asked how much an individual would need to invest in order to generate an annual income of £10,000 from corporate dividend payments. Rising yields have allowed us to reduce the amount each year and still meet the income objective, but 2018 proved a stiffer test and requires some explaining.

Consistent Winter Portfolio shines during volatile times

What a stinker 2018 proved to be. After making a number of record highs during the first half of the year, stocks turned tail late summer and conspired to deliver the fourth quarter from hell. The new calendar year has started brightly for interactive investor's pair of winter portfolios, but that won't be reflected in December's ghastly figures.

Six UK shares investors should size up at the start of 2019

With this bull market nearly a decade old, sadly there was no escaping the gloom in 2018. During a period of rising US interest rates, higher inflation and withdrawal of monetary stimulus, events that impact on growth carry even greater risk – and there are plenty of those, from Brexit to trade wars.

Will FTSE reshuffle give Neil Woodford a boost?

Christmas is Royal Mail’s busiest time of year, but the large-scale replacement of handwritten letters with email, means that the company will almost certainly lose its place among the premier league of UK-listed stocks at the quarterly index reshuffle next month (the results of which will take effect on 19 December).