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The US election cycle kicked off this week – and the results are unpredictable. Matthew Partridge considers how this might affect your investments.
Lincolnshire-born Dr Michael Foale became the first Briton to perform a spacewalk on this day in 1995, as an astronaut with Nasa on the STS-63 Space Shuttle mission.

Podcast: central banks – no speculation too outlandish

Merryn and John reflect on a well-timed call on about the only thing that's going up these days; share the pains of looking at your portfolio when the market is falling; and fret over what central banks might do next.

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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to journalist and author Hugo Dixon about why he thinks Britain is better off in Europe than out of it.

The biggest problem for banks: they aren’t very good at making money

There’s been a lot for investors to worry about lately, what with the oil price shock, negative interest rates and a runaway dollar. And now it’s the turn of the banks to freak everyone out. John Stepek explains why, and how to protect your wealth.

Markets: FTSE100 tumbles

The FTSE100 took a big hit yesterday as markets around the world fell. The index closed down 2.7% at 5,689.

Is Google parent company Alphabet in the soup?

Investors in tech giants such as Alphabet were happy to drive up the valuations, says John C Burford. But now patience has run out.

The next weapon in the war on cash: capital controls

Negative interest rates. A ban on large-denomination notes. If you know anything about central bankers, you’ll know what’s coming next, says Merryn Somerset Webb: capital controls.

Are we heading for mutually assured monetary destruction?

Central banks are operating a monetary ‘deterrence’ strategy, where the threat of action is enough to move markets. But eventually, you have to follow through. That’s when things get messy.

Markets: housebuilders weigh on FTSE100

The FTSE100 slipped back on Friday, falling 0.9% to close at 5,848.

Hold onto your cash – negative rates could be coming here soon

Negative interest rates are fast becoming established as a central bank tool. Matthew Lynn looks at the three triggers that could see interest rates going negative here.

Malaysia’s curious corruption case

A state fund transferring a $681m donation to the PM’s account, dissenting ministers sacked and $4bn misappropriated – Malaysian democracy is under threat, says Simon Wilson.

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

Risers & fallers


Is Google parent company Alphabet in the soup?

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Investors in tech giants such as Alphabet were happy to drive up the valuations, says John C Burford. But now patience has run out.

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.