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Negative interest rates are closer than you think – not to mention a ban on paper money. John Stepek looks at what's goin on and how you can defend your wealth.
Hands off our cash!

British savers and investors must fight back against the Bank of England's war on cash. That's why we have created a petition to the government, demanding a guarantee that cash will not be abolished.

Please sign the petition here

One of the world's most famous paintings, The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, was stolen from the National Art Museum in Oslo, on this day in 1994.

Podcast: central banks – no speculation too outlandish

Merryn and John reflect on a well-timed call on about the only thing that's going up these days; share the pains of looking at your portfolio when the market is falling; and fret over what central banks might do next.

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

When it pays to top up your spouse’s retirement fund

Sometimes it can make more sense to pay into your spouse’s pension than your own. Natalie Stanton explains.

Raise a glass to Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull may be feeling her age, but just look what she’s been through.

Don’t be charmed by the smart beta genie

Smart beta funds have soared in popularity, but few investors really understand them. Sarah Moore explains what you need to know before you buy.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: shaking up the workplace

Stop the talent drain and implement family-friendly policies. Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Opportunities for bold investors

While the back-drop is worrying, there are opportunities for responsible risk-takers. Charles Stanley’s Jonathan Cunliffe reveals the best to buy now.

Russia’s energy crunch

The oil and gas-dependent Russian economy shrank by almost 4% last year – and this year isn’t shaping up any better.

Porsche’s brilliant new 911 Turbo

Porsche has lavished attention on its flagship model and come up with indecently quick 911 Turbo.

It’s time like these that you learn the true value of being contrarian

Stocks are now in a global bear market. But for the true contrarian, these are exciting times. John Stepek explains why.

Risers & fallers


Gold's explosive rally stuns the bears

Gold price spread betting chart

The gold bears were caught napping when the market turned against them. John C Burford checks the charts.

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.