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investment platform comparison Hugh Hendry: 'Would you rather upset God, or have Him ignore you?'

In a series of three short videos, Merryn Somerset-Webb talks to Hugh Hendry, manager of the Eclectica hedge fund, about everything from China to the US, Europe, and Japan.

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China's economic slowdown hits consumers

China's slowdown is spreading to consumers. Sales of 'everyday' goods such as food and toiletries are growing by just 3% year-on-year.

How to profit from Thailand's solar energy boom

Demand for energy in Thailand is going through the roof. The best option is solar, says Lars Henriksson. Here he picks five of the country's best solar energy stocks..

28 November 1660: the Royal Society is founded

After the restoration of the monarchy, members of the 'Invisible College' asked King Charles II to approve their scientific and literary society on this day in 1660.

Shale gas 'fracking' promises to transform Britain's energy market. Find out what it is, what it means, and how to invest.

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

The oil price crash: is this the start of something much bigger?

The price of oil is collapsing. And if it continues to fall, it could trigger a wave of defaults in the US. John Stepek explains why.

A welcome but wobbly 'Grecovery'

The Greek economy is finally growing again, after a seven year slump to rival America’s Great Depression.

Markets: energy stocks weigh on the FTSE 100

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 slipped back, dragged down by energy stocks as the price of oil fell further. The index closed down 0.1% at 6,723.

Aviva agrees Friends Life deal

Aviva, Britain’s second-biggest insurer, has reached a preliminary deal to buy smaller rival Friends Life.

A shake-up for the sleepy telecoms sector

The shape of the telecoms sector is changing, as BT’s ambitious plans show.

Why I’m still backing gold

Merryn Somerset Webb explains why she – and most of the sensible people she knows, is still holding gold.

Risers & fallers

Prepare your investments for political upheaval

Next year's general election looks set to usher in a period of instability. Smart investors should prepare for the worst, says John Stepek. He looks at some of the best ways to protect your portfolio.

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.


The state of the stockmarkets, part 2

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The world’s stockmarkets are at a major set of crossroads, says John C Burford. We could be at the start of some historic moves.


How to buy and sell penny shares

Small-cap stock expert David Thornton explains how to choose a broker and the ins and outs of investing in penny shares.