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The US election cycle kicked off this week – and the results are unpredictable. Matthew Partridge considers how this might affect your investments.
On this day in 1971, America's "National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations" – or Nasdaq – began trading.

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to journalist and author Hugo Dixon about why he thinks Britain is better off in Europe than out of it.


Is Google parent company Alphabet in the soup?

Investors in tech giants such as Alphabet were happy to drive up the valuations, says John C Burford. But now patience has run out.

The next weapon in the war on cash: capital controls

Negative interest rates. A ban on large-denomination notes. If you know anything about central bankers, you’ll know what’s coming next, says Merryn Somerset Webb: capital controls.

Are we heading for mutually assured monetary destruction?

Central banks are operating a monetary ‘deterrence’ strategy, where the threat of action is enough to move markets. But eventually, you have to follow through. That’s when things get messy.

Markets: housebuilders weigh on FTSE100

The FTSE100 slipped back on Friday, falling 0.9% to close at 5,848.

Hold onto your cash – negative rates could be coming here soon

Negative interest rates are fast becoming established as a central bank tool. Matthew Lynn looks at the three triggers that could see interest rates going negative here.

Malaysia’s curious corruption case

A state fund transferring a $681m donation to the PM’s account, dissenting ministers sacked and $4bn misappropriated – Malaysian democracy is under threat, says Simon Wilson.

The assets to buy now – February 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

Negative interest rates and the road to Hell

The world’s central banks are rushing to impose negative interest rates. But with negative rates will come social disaster, says James Lewisohn.


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