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Negative interest rates are closer than you think – not to mention a ban on paper money. John Stepek looks at what's goin on and how you can defend your wealth.
Hands off our cash!

British savers and investors must fight back against the Bank of England's war on cash. That's why we have created a petition to the government, demanding a guarantee that cash will not be abolished.

Please sign the petition here

One of the world's most famous paintings, The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, was stolen from the National Art Museum in Oslo, on this day in 1994.

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 credibility of central banks is being trashed

Traders who saw through the madness of the central banks’ actions are reaping their rewards, says John C Burford.

How to protect yourself from scams

Book review: The Book Of Scams
Rodney Hobson’s book on the tricks fraudsters use is particularly timely, says Matthew Partridge.

Properties for around £800,000

From an estate with a Grade-I listed, 15th-century hall in Devon to a one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea, London.

Tread carefully in new-fangled peer-to-peer Isas

Putting your savings into a new peer-to-peer loans Isa is an interesting idea, says Sarah Moore. But don’t be too quick to jump in.

When it pays to top up your spouse’s retirement fund

Sometimes it can make more sense to pay into your spouse’s pension than your own. Natalie Stanton explains.

Raise a glass to Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull may be feeling her age, but just look what she’s been through.

Don’t be charmed by the smart beta genie

Smart beta funds have soared in popularity, but few investors really understand them. Sarah Moore explains what you need to know before you buy.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: shaking up the workplace

Stop the talent drain and implement family-friendly policies. Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Risers & fallers


The credibility of central banks is being trashed

S&P 500 spread betting chart

Traders who saw through the madness of the central banks’ actions are reaping their rewards, 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.