Isa revolution – or damp squib?

The Lifetime Isa, designed for the big life events of buying your first home and retiring, launches soon. John Stepek looks at how it works, and whether it’s any good.

News and Charts

Thumping Trump

Mexico is cheap and the economy is set to boom

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If you had missed the FTSE All-Share's best 30 days in the past two decades, your portfolio would have lost money over the period. But if you had just sat tight, your initial stake would have tripled.
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Mexico will suffer if Trump's plans to crimp trade come to fruition. But the country has its own hand to play. Smart investors should buy in now, says James McKeigue.

Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance
A story of life in America's rustbelt
British Banking, by Ranald C. Michie
The drama of banking in three acts
The five best books of 2016
Matthew Partridge picks the best finance and investing books of last year


Pitfalls when valuing assets

Matthew Partridge runs through what you should look out for when valuing assets for your portfolio.

Ben Bernanke: markets should curb their enthusiasm

Markets have got ahead of themselves over Donald Trump’s election victory, reckons formed Fed chief Ben Bernanke.

Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK’s financial press.

The sad decline of the art of excess

Lloyd’s of London introduced a ban on staff drinking alcohol between 9am and 5pm.

Unilever sees off Kraft

US food giant Kraft, which swallowed up Britain’s Cadbury in 2010, has failed – for now – to do the same to Unilever. Ben Judge reports.

Impressive, yet uninspiring

Book review: Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister
A laudable induction to the world of Theresa May.

Book of the week: Economics under the microscope

Book review: Whose Model Is It Anyway? Why Economists Need To Face Up To Reality
An entertaining pamphlet offering plenty of food for thought.


Risers & fallers