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The Kids' Portfolio: the four best funds to buy for your children

Investing for your children's long-term future is an excellent idea. But what should you buy? The Kids' Portfolio is a simple collection of four funds intended to be tucked away for 20 to 40 years.

Pensions Freedom Day: How the changes to pension rules affect you

The UK's revolutionary new pension rules came into force on 6 April. In this video, our editor-in-chief Merryn Somerset Webb talks you through the basics.

21 April 1967: Greek colonels seize power in a military coup 


Today in 1967, Athens woke to the rumbling of tanks, as Greece came under military rule when a junta of colonels seized power.

Bruce Stout: forget the developed world, look for bargains in emerging markets

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to fund manager Bruce Stout about the dangers facing developed markets, and the opportunities for investors in emerging markets.

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The road to Taquíl

Bill’s wife, Elizabeth Bonner, recounts their horseback ride to Taquíl in Argentina.

What ‘full fiscal autonomy’ for Scotland actually means

The SNP is campaigning for ‘full fiscal autonomy’ for Scotland. Merryn Somerset Webb introduces a comprehensive analysis from blogger Kevin Hague outlining exactly what that is, and what it would mean.

Election 2015: it’s what the bookies say that really matters

With the political polls all but indecipherable, Adrian Sykes looks at the odds and spreads from the bookies, which tell of important developments.

One important reason why investors should avoid big companies

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to investing in companies, says David Thornton. Sometimes it pays to stay nimble.

When will the bond market bubble finally burst?

In their desperate efforts to find yields, investors have been gripped by bond mania. The big question, asks John Stepek, is when does it all end?

Markets: FTSE 100 starts the week with a bounce

The FTSE 100 recovered from Friday’s losses yesterday, bouncing 0.8% to close at 7,052.

From ADRs to Z scores, find explanations of all those terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

Risers & fallers

How to profit from big oil's bargain hunt

Shell's £47bn bid for BG suggests the oil sector is set for another round of major deals. But investors should avoid getting carried away, says John Stepek.

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.


Forget the eurozone noise and trust your trading signals

EUR/USD spread betting chart

Many traders have a dogmatic view of the markets, not least the euro. John C Burford explains why that’s a big mistake.


How to buy and sell penny shares

Small-cap stock expert David Thornton explains the ins and outs of investing in penny shares. Read more penny share articles