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Sir Philip Green, the former owner of BHS, has been branded the "unacceptable face of capitalism" by MPs investigating the retailer's collapse. Is that fair? Simon Wilson reports.
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Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
This is the book that no investor should be without
Concentrated Investing, by Allen Benello, Michael van Biema and Tobias Carlisle
An original approach to both value investing and diversification
The Defensive Value Investor, by John Kingham
An accessible and engaging guide for any stock-picking private investor
Postcapitalism: A Guide To Our Future, by Paul Mason
A thought-provoking work on capitalism, whether you agree with him or not

Sir Philip Green and the BHS scandal

Sir Philip Green, the former owner of BHS, has been branded the “unacceptable face of capitalism” by MPs investigating the retailer’s collapse. Is that fair? Simon Wilson reports.

Central bankers are the real unacceptable face of capitalism

Central bankers think extreme monetary policy helps stimulates economies. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why she’s not so sure.

Oil is heading for a bear market – again

Oil’s recovery seems to be sputtering out. John Stepek looks at what a fresh slide in the oil price could mean for monetary policy, the economy, and for you.

Markets: FTSE 100 continues its rise

The FTSE 100 continued to climb yesterday, up 0.4% to close at 6,750.

The financial industry still doesn’t get how to treat its customers

The FCA wants credit card companies to help prevent their customers getting in debt that they can’t get out of. But they really shouldn’t need to be told, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Brexit: can you really blame Facebook?

Facebook is so good at giving us what we think we want that we never see anything that challenges our world view, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We need to burst our own online bubbles.

Is this the beginning of the end for cash?

NatWest has warned it could charge customers for holding their money. It’s a worrying signal about the way things are going – it could lead to the end of cash.

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