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Scottish independence:
The cost of breaking the union

Could an independent Scotland become the next Singapore, or would a 'Yes' vote be an act of national self-harm? Merryn Somerset Webb investigates, and outlines the four key things investors should watch out for in the event of a break-up of the UK.

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Penny shares are shaking up banking

The banking industry is undergoing a radical change. It's called mobile banking and it's caught the traditional banks off-guard. That means you can still buy in for pennies.

17 September 1980: The birth of Solidarity

On this day in 1980, the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union was formed, following a nationwide strike and the Gdansk Accords. Lech Walesa was elected president.

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.

An independent Scotland must abandon the pound

If Scotland is to leave the union, there can be no half-measures, says Seán Keyes. It must abandon sterling if it is to prosper.

The party has got out of hand

When the stock-market police arrive, you don’t want to be there, says Bill Bonner.

Should you believe in bitcoin?

Like it or not, bitcoin is going mainstream. It could be the currency of the 21st century. Bengt Saelensminde asks whether you should put your faith in it.

However Scotland votes, Britain’s ‘safe haven’ status has been destroyed

Even if Scotland votes No, the outlook for Britain is dire, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Our global reputation as a safe haven has been badly damaged.

A time for all things under heaven

Bill Bonner’s simplified trading system isn’t perfect – but it is simple.

This recruitment stock could be a steal

David Thornton explains a quick and easy way to gauge the value of a company’s shares, and why it suggests this small-cap recruiter is a bargain.

Risers & fallers

Place your chips on eastern European stocks

Putin is trying to reassert Russian power, with eastern Europe caught in the sanctions crossfire, but the region has potential, says Matthew Partridge.

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.

How to invest in British fracking

David Stevenson takes an investor's view of fracking and shows you the real story behind this monumental opportunity, in a thought-provoking new video - Capital at risk


What traders can learn from stock-market indexes

FTSE 100 spread betting chart

Several events are coming up with the potential to shake up markets. John C Burford finds out what that could mean for stocks.


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.