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We love Europe – the continent, the food, the culture. But the EU is an undemocratic leviathan. Britain should leave, says Charlie Morris.
With the price of gold sliding to around $1,050 an ounce, the amount of cash invested in America's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded find is a stark illustration of investors' growing disenchantment with gold.
On this day in 1999 British Aerospace merged with Marconi Electronic Systems to form BAE Systems, Europe's biggest defence company and the third biggest in the world.

Podcast - Buy to let, Brexit and Christmas knickers

This week, Merryn and John talk about the Autumn Statement - in particular the changes to buy to let and the effects on the housing market. Plus, the case for Brexit, the arrival of negative interest rates, and why everyone's getting pants for Christmas.

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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author and historian Peter Frankopan about Britain's relationship with the new Silk Roads, and why we need to better understand China.

Don’t be fooled: Osborne isn’t cutting taxes, he’s raising them

The public finances are still in lousy shape, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That means George Osborne has ended up being a tax raiser, not a tax cutter.

If robots are stealing our jobs, why aren’t fund managers redundant?

Even with the ‘robot revolution’ in full swing, fund management is still dominated by humans. But robots are already doing a much better job. John Stepek explains how you can use them to profit.

Markets: miners drag the FTSE 100 down

The FTSE 100 fell back on Friday as miners erased the gains they made on Thursday. The index closed down 0.3%, but managed a rise of 0.6% over the week.

Life as a 'precarian' – it’s not as bad a gig as you might think

‘Precarians’ – workers on precarious contracts – have none of the protections that traditional employees have. But evidence suggests they are doing better than the average worker, says Matthew Lynn.

The IMF and the renminbi: China’s coming of age

The IMF’s expected welcoming of the renminbi into its ‘special drawing rights’ is a significant acceptance of China’s position as a global financial player. Simon Wilson reports

School fees: start saving early for your child’s education

The cost of sending a child to private school has quadrupled since 1990 – one child’s school fees plus university could easily top £250,000. So it pays to start saving early, says Sarah Moore.

From ADRs to Z scores – all the terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

Risers & fallers


Speculators are massively short the euro – but I think it’s about to turn

EUR/USD spread betting forex chart

Speculators are queueing up to bet against the euro, with bears outnumbering bulls by 33 to one. But the downward trend could be about to reverse, says John C Burford.

A beginner's guide to investing in gold

Everyone should have some gold in these torrid times. But how do you get hold of it? Here's the best place to get started.