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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.

I have been wrong on gold (so far)

The bulls are getting slaughtered by the plunge in the gold price. John C Burford surveys the charts for a turnaround.

Which currency is getting dropped from the SDR?

China’s yuan is set to be added to the basket of currencies making up the SDR – the IMF’s global currency. What happens next?

Dutch PM compares EU to Roman Empire

The European Union isn’t an empire in the sense the Soviet Union or Rome was an empire. But it will end up going the same way, says Dan Denning.

Geopolitical risks at 25-year high

With geopolitical risks at a 25-year high, the world is close “tipping point”, says Dan Denning. But a tipping point to what?

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.

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

Risers & fallers


I have been wrong on gold (so far)

FTSE 100 spread betting chart

The bulls are getting slaughtered by the plunge in the gold price. John C Burford surveys the charts for a turnaround.

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.