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Chart of the week: The 40-year slowdown in GDP

Growth rates in the developed world have been sliding since the 1970s. And a debt burden of around $100trn is likely to undermine them even further.

China is old news – here's where we should be investing

China's time at the top is coming to an end, says Lars Henriksson. India is a much more appealing prospect. Here, he explains why, and picks the best way to play it.

21 November 1969: The first permanent Arpanet link

A milestone in the formation of the internet, the first permanent Arpanet link was established on this day in 1969 between researchers in the United States.

Shale gas 'fracking' promises to transform Britain's energy market. Find out what it is, what it means, and how to invest.

From ADRs to Z scores, find explanations of all those terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

Why Britain should copy Switzerland’s referendums

There are many issues the British public could have a say on. Matthew Lynn proposes five topics that should be put to a public vote.

Who does Royal Mail Group think it’s fooling?

Royal Mail Group’s problems are deep-rooted, says Bengt Saelensminde. It’s being taken to the cleaners by its nimbler competitors.

Too much debt you can’t pay? Just inflate it away

Japan isn’t worried about its government debt, says Bill Bonner.

Shares in focus: Can Serco recover from years of hubris?

New boss Rupert Soames has been tasked with turning outsourcer Serco around. Can he do it, and should you buy the shares? Phil Oakley investigates.

The state of the stockmarkets, part 1

Many stockmarkets are flirting with all-time highs – so is major turn near? John C Burford looks at what the charts are saying.

Company in the news: IGas

Shares in fracking play IGas have been hit by controversy of director share dealing. Phil Oakley looks at what action investors should take.

Risers & fallers

Sell London, buy Somerset? What's next for property

Should you buy in London? Or can you get more for your money in the country? Merryn Somerset Webb chairs our Roundtable on buying property.

How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa

In this short video tutorial, Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.

Which investment platform is right for you?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from.
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The state of the stockmarkets, part 1

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Many stockmarkets are flirting with all-time highs – so is major turn near? John C Burford looks at what the charts are saying.


How to buy and sell penny shares

Small-cap stock expert David Thornton explains how to choose a broker and the ins and outs of investing in penny shares.