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investment platform comparison Russell Napier: a deflationary bust is coming – hold cash and buy at the bottom

Financial historian Russell Napier talks to Merryn Somerset Webb about the next deflationary bust – why it's coming, what it means for you, and how you can survive it.

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Pick the right stockmarket sectors

As the tumbling oil price has shown, it pays to back the right stockmarket sectors. Avoiding the worst-performing sectors each year since 2007 would have yielded a 66% return.

Why I'm glad I steered clear of Brazil's corporate giants

James McKeigue explains why he warned readers off two of Brazil's biggest companies, Petrobras and Vale. And why it could soon be time to invest.

18 December 1912: Piltdown Man – the 'missing link'

One of the world's greatest scientific hoaxes took place today in 1912, with the presentation of human evolution's missing link to the Geological Society in London.

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.

Rout in the Russian rouble

The Central Bank of Russia has been forced to intervene to prop up the collapsing currency.

Most banks pass first stress test

Britain’s eight biggest banks have undergone the first of the annual stress tests, with two failing to make the grade.

Diversify and hold gold

The future is looking very uncertain, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Make sure you diversify your portfolio.

How George Osborne helped small-cap investors in 2014

By making Aim stocks eligible for tax-free Isas, George Osborne has really increased the potential returns for investors, says David Thornton.

The invention of debt

After 60 years of credit expansion, we have too much debt. The obvious reaction is a credit contraction. But that won’t be allowed to happen, says Bill Bonner.

Shares in focus: Water stocks offer no safe harbour

Utilities are popular with nervy investors – but you can overpay for safety, says Phil Oakley.

Risers & fallers

How you could profit as global markets panic

An oil slump and the crashing rouble are hammering markets – now's the time to pick up bargains. John Stepek and Andrew Van Sickle look at six of the best to buy now.

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.


Social mood and the markets: It’s getting ugly

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Learning to how to judge social mood can tell you a lot about which way the market is heading, says John C Burford.


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.