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Buy-to-let has been an investment phenomenon, with record low interest rates a boon for a generation of private landlords. But the party's coming to an end, says James Ferguson.
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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to JP Morgan’s Simon Chinnery about the changes in the world of pensions investments, and how the financial industry and consumers must respond.

The death knell for buy-to-let?

Buy-to-let has been an investment phenomenon, with record low interest rates a boon for a generation of private landlords. But the party’s coming to an end, says James Ferguson.

Where to look for property bargains

New tax rules will make residential property in the UK less attractive to buy-to-let investors. But certain areas of the country have more potential than others, says John Stepek.

China’s scary, but it’s a buy

China isn’t collapsing. It is just slowing down. If you have cash and a long-term view on the market, says Merryn Somerset Webb, now might be a good time to start buying.

Canada slides into recession

Canada’s GDP shrunk at an annualised 0.5% rate in the second quarter, after a 0.8% fall in the first – so the country is now technically in recession.

Stocks tremble as China weakens

Global markets had another tricky start to the week. On Tuesday, the FTSE 100 lost 3%, pan-European stocks lost 2.8% and US stocks tumbled by 3%.

Migrant crisis: “An exodus of Biblical proportions”

The number of migrants entering Europe is expected to rise to 3,000 a day over the next few months, with the favoured destination Germany.

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

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