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The world's energy companies found only 174 new oil and gas fields last year, a 60-year low, compared to an annual average of 400-500 in the years leading up to 2013.
When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from, with varying fees and charges. Find out which is best for you.
A consumer product is generally the end result of a whole chain of activities. Some links in that chain make better investments than others. Richard Beddard explains.

Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance
A story of life in America's rustbelt
British Banking, by Ranald C. Michie
The drama of banking in three acts
The five best books of 2016
Matthew Partridge picks the best finance and investing books of last year


How to avoid paying any tax on your investments

The best way to increase your investment returns is to cut your costs. And one of the biggest costs is tax. John Stepek explains how to avoid it completely.

Hang on to your European stocks, despite the political mess

Europe is beset by political, economic and financial crises. And it’s only going to get worse. But European stocks could still perform well this year, says John Stepek.

Paul Mumford: simple steps to successful investing

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to veteran fund manager Paul Mumford about the secret of his successful career and the stocks he’s buying now.

The “boring” bubble is close to bursting – the Unilever bid proves it

Huge mega-mergers such as Kraft Heinz’s abandoned Unilever bid usually mark the top of the market. The “big, boring blue-chip” bubble is about to burst, says John Stepek.

How to achieve financial bliss in marriage

The secret to a long and happy marriage is to get it all out in the open, says Merryn Somerset Webb – starting with your finances.

The steps Britain must take to secure its post-Brexit future

Britain can be confident of its future after leaving the European Union, PwC economist John Hawksworth tells Matthew Partridge. But it won’t be easy.

The crisis in economic forecasting

First they failed to predict the great financial crisis. Then they were wrong about the short-term impact of the Brexit vote. Do economists need to go back to school?


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