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We love Europe – the continent, the food, the culture. But the EU is an undemocratic leviathan. Britain should leave, says Charlie Morris.
With the price of gold sliding to around $1,050 an ounce, the amount of cash invested in America's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded find is a stark illustration of investors' growing disenchantment with gold.
On this day in 1967, French president Charles de Gaulle vetoed Britain's attempt to join the European Economic Community, claiming Britain didn't agree with the core ideas of integration.

Podcast - Buy to let, Brexit and Christmas knickers

This week, Merryn and John talk about the Autumn Statement - in particular the changes to buy to let and the effects on the housing market. Plus, the case for Brexit, the arrival of negative interest rates, and why everyone's getting pants for Christmas.

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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author and historian Peter Frankopan about Britain's relationship with the new Silk Roads, and why we need to better understand China.

School fees: start saving early for your child’s education

The cost of sending a child to private school has quadrupled since 1990 – one child’s school fees plus university could easily top £250,000. So it pays to start saving early, says Sarah Moore.

Why your state pension could fall short

Under new pension rules coming up in April 2016, people who reach state pension age will receive a new “flat-rate” pension in the place of the existing two-tier system. But many retirees could be in for a nasty surprise, says Natalie Stanton.

Properties for around £600,000

This week’s houses for sale: properties for around £600,000 – from a listed manor house within a Welsh National Park to a two-bedroom modern apartment in Wimbledon

Where to see the Northern Lights

From the “wallet-friendly” skies of Iceland to cruising round Norway’s fjords, Chris Carter picks four of the best holidays for viewing the dazzling display of the aurora borealis.

Four promising biotech stocks to buy now

The recent correction in biotech stocks was overdone, says professional investor Dr Daniel Koller. Here, he picks four biotech companies to buy now.

Audi’s gargantuan motor goes 'green'

Audi claims 166 miles per gallon for its gargantuan Q7 SUV plug-in hybrid. But you might manage 50.

From ADRs to Z scores – all the terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

Risers & fallers


Speculators are massively short the euro – but I think it’s about to turn

EUR/USD spread betting forex chart

Speculators are queueing up to bet against the euro, with bears outnumbering bulls by 33 to one. But the downward trend could be about to reverse, says John C Burford.

A beginner's guide to investing in gold

Everyone should have some gold in these torrid times. But how do you get hold of it? Here's the best place to get started.