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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to investor Mark Slater about how he consistently finds good, growing companies without spending a fortune.

Roaring back

Trump's tax plans will jump-start the US economy

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The number of firms on the US stockmarket has slumped by a third since 1997. There are now around 5,700, barely more than in 1982, when the economy was less than half its current size.
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The US has a new president in Donald Trump unlike any other – what are the implications for investors of The Donald's dominion? Rupert Foster reports.

Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance
A story of life in America's rustbelt
British Banking, by Ranald C. Michie
The drama of banking in three acts
The five best books of 2016
Matthew Partridge picks the best finance and investing books of last year

Wealth inequality in the UK may be too high, but it is falling, not rising

Since the financial crisis, the incomes of the poorest fifth of households in the UK has risen by over 13% in real terms and that of the best paid fifth has fallen 3.4%.

Money makers: welcome to the surreal world of Leon

John Vincent, the 45-year-old father of two and co-founder of restaurant chain Leon, takes a rather odd approach to running a business.

Three solid growth stocks to buy now

Professional investor Colin McLean tips three attractively priced growth stocks to tuck away in your portfolio.

Beauty secrets of Prince Harry’s girl

Prince Harry’s squeeze Meghan Markle has an odd trick for keeping the wrinkles at bay.

Governments don’t need to ban cash, we’ll all just stop using it

A lot of people worry that central banks and governments will ban cash. But they may not need to, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We might just decide to do without it.

One of Trump’s better ideas

Lost among some of Donald Trump’s more questionable statements was the proposal to scrap the tax deductibility of interest expenses.

A whispering angel to guide you to the summer

This is a perfect Whispering Angel and it will appeal from the moment it is poured into your glass, says Matthew Jukes.

Risers & fallers

London’s pending property crash

Collect your free report and find out how to profit from London’s imminent property price slump.