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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.

Petrol isn’t at £1 a litre just yet – but it's possible

Petrol under a quid? John C Burford uses his chart-trading methods to show why he wouldn’t rule it out.

Properties for around £1m

From a converted 15th-century military fortress in La Dombes, France, to a Grade II-listed former chapel in London.

Five hotels with an unusual twist

From a hotel for car fanatics in Germany to staying in a former Boston jail, Piper Terrett looks at five quirky hotels.

Chart of the week: Kazakh currency collapses

The Kazakh tenge fell by almost 25% against the US dollar in a single day as the authorities announced an end to the dollar peg.

Fascinating flavour conundrums

You simply must taste this celestial creation, says Matthew Jukes.

How to profit as Australia’s economy finally runs out of luck

The Australian economy bucked the worst of the financial crisis, but now its luck has run out. Matthew Partridge reveals the best way to profit from the downturn.

Labour may never recover from Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn could split the Labour party for good, reports Emily Hohler. And a divided party is unelectable.

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

Risers & fallers

China's plunging stocks have sent shockwaves around the world. Andrew Van Sickle looks at what's going on and explains what it means for your money.

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.

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from, with varying fees and charges. Find out which is best for you.


Petrol isn’t at £1 a litre just yet – but it's possible

US crude spread betting chart

Petrol under a quid? John C Burford uses his chart-trading methods to show why he wouldn’t rule it 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.