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Pawnbroking is big business in Asia – here's how to profit

Asian banks turn away millions of customers every year. Lars Henriksson explains how that's created a lucrative market for investors.

Paul Hodges: house prices to fall 50% in 'Great Unwinding'

Merryn Somerset Webb interviews Paul Hodges about deflation, the global economy's 'Great Unwinding', and how Britain's house prices could halve.

29 January 1886: Karl Benz patents the motor car

On this day in 1886 Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen, with a new and revolutionary power source – the internal combustion engine.

Shale gas 'fracking' promises to transform Britain's energy market. Find out what it is, what it means, and how to invest.

From ADRs to Z scores, find explanations of all those terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

Last year was a stinker, but in 2015, small-cap stocks will easily outperform the market

There are some investment styles that do genuinely seem to work over time. And buying small-cap stocks is one. David Thornton explains why.

Germans need to wake up to the truth about who’s subsidising who in Europe

German taxpayers like to think they are financing the lifestyles of their feckless southern cousins. But the truth is rather different, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The train crash waiting to happen in new-build property

Thousands of new £1m-plus flats are being built in London. But locals don’t want them, so who’s going to buy them? They’ve got bubble written all over them, says Dominic Frisby.

Markets: FTSE 100 edges higher

The FTSE 100 finished in positive territory yesterday, after spending much of the day in the red. The index closed up 0.2% at 6,826.

Everybody hates the euro now. Time to buy

Despite the prospect of massive money-printing by the ECB, the euro could be teed up for a big rally, says John C Burford.

A wink and a nudge, south of the border

Bill Bonner explains why life is simpler, and yet more complicated, in Nicaragua.

Risers & fallers

The best-quality European stocks to buy now

Everyone has their eyes on Mario Draghi this week. But as Dr Matthew Partridge points out, there's more to Europe than the ECB boss. Here, he picks the best European stocks to buy now.

How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa

In this short video tutorial, Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.

Which investment platform is right for you?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from.
Find out which one is best for you.


Everybody hates the euro now. Time to buy

EUR/USD spread betting chart

Despite the prospect of massive money-printing by the ECB, the euro could be teed up for a big rally, says John C Burford.


How to buy and sell penny shares

Small-cap stock expert David Thornton explains how to choose a broker and the ins and outs of investing in penny shares.