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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to JP Morgan’s Simon Chinnery about the changes in the world of pensions investments, and how the financial industry and consumers must respond.

You can’t keep a good crash down

The problem we had in 2008 is exactly the same problem we have today, says Dan Denning. The world is on the brink of disaster again.

How you're paying for Scotland’s doughnut binge

With waiting times up and the country gripped by “austerity”, the NHS in Scotland is spending millions on prescribing biscuits, hot-dogs and doughnuts to coeliacs. It’s crazy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How super-low interest rates are ruining the economy

Super-low interest rates are not helping Britain’s economy recover, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They’re holding it back.

Absolute return funds: too good to be true?

Absolute return funds that protect investors from the worst of a downturn are becoming popular. Should you invest in them? Piper Terrett investigates.

Is this the end for buy-to-let?

Buy-to-let investors are to lose tax relief on the interest payable on their mortgages. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what it means.

Go shopping for cheap consumer stocks

This fund has taken advantage of the recent stockmarket dip to go bargain hunting.

Has oil’s big comeback started already?

In the last few days, the oil price has shot up. John Stepek looks at what’s behind the spike, and what the future may hold for the oil market.

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

Risers & fallers


Trends only start when (almost) everybody is wrong

Dow Jones spread betting chart

Trends change when almost everybody least expects it, says John C Burford. Let the charts be your guide.

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.