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In Mexico, 50 billion barrels of oil are up for grabs

Mexico's government is shaking up its oil industry. That's going to provide plenty of opportunities for investors, says James McKeigue.

Bill Bonner: hold on to your cash, the real financial crisis is yet to come

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Bill Bonner about economic cycles, and the 'catastrophic credit crisis' that will make 2008 look like a picnic.

6 March 1899: Bayer trademarks Aspirin

Chemical company Bayer was awarded a patent for its pain-relieving acetylsalicylic acid powder, or 'Aspirin', on this day in 1899. It would soon be released in tablet form.

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Stuff your mattress – the market apocalypse is almost upon us

It’ll take a big shock for cash to come back into fashion, says Bill Bonner. But it will happen.

Peer-to-peer lending is all very trendy – but should we buy it?

Peer-to-peer lending generates a lot of hype. David C Stevenson looks at the numbers to see if investors are right to be excited.

The world’s best beaches

From your exclusive slice of paradise in the Caribbean to a half-mile crescent of white sand in Greece, Ruth Jackson looks at the best beaches.

We just saw the first sub-sovereign default in Europe since the Lehman crisis

The Austrian region of Carinthia stands on the edge of bankruptcy. But it won’t be getting bailed out, says. Bengt Saelensminde. ‘Bail-ins’ are the new norm.

Three of the best biotech stocks to buy now

Biotechnology firms are benefiting from demand from ageing populations. But as Dr Daniel Koller explains, there’s more to the biotech boom than that.

Get ready – the Chinese middle class is coming to Britain

The hotel industry is catching on to the growing financial might of China’s middle class, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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

Risers & fallers

Hide in China from the coming deflation crisis

Think deflation is worrying now? You ain't seen nothing yet. China is the best place to hide. Jonathan Compton explains why, and reveals the best way to profit.

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.
Find out which one is best for you.


Two indicators are telling me the euro will bounce at 1.05

EUR/USD spread betting chart

Long-term charts can be very handy when it comes to working out where a currency is heading. John C Burford explains.


Two things every penny share investor should know

Equities – penny shares in particular – are the best way of getting a good return in the long term. But it requires the right attitude and strategy.