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Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

America's motorcycle industry hit a wall during the Great Recession – and never clambered back into the saddle as older riders hang up their leathers.
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.
Emmanuel Macron has promised a "profound transformation" of France. Investors should be sceptical about whether he can succeed, says Frederic Guirinec.

Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

Strange Death of Europe, by Douglas Murray
A relentlessly negative look at the danger posed to Europe by immigration
Shattered, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
A damning account of Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign
Adults in the Room, by Yanis Varoufakis
The former Greek finance minister's blow-by-blow account is a fascinating must-read
Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
The fate of one family, murdered in a plot to steal their fortune

How to spot the true “dividend heroes”

Investment trusts are increasingly drawing on capital reserves to boost dividends. Learn to identify and sidestep the tactic’s pitfalls and you could profit, says Sarah Moore.

The real value of cash

Most people would prefer to see cash stick around, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But most if us don’t want it badly enough.

Zinc is dull but useful, and it’s in short supply – it’s time to buy

Zinc, one of the most widely used metals in the world, is in short supply. That’s good news for investors. Dominic Frisby picks the best ways to buy in.

Cheap money, lax lending standards – I'm getting deja vu here

The piles of dodgy debt building up are unpleasantly reminiscent of the last financial crisis, says John Stepek. Is cheap money about to draw us into another one?

Don’t bet on the high street being wiped out by Amazon

Received wisdom has it that Amazon will eventually wipe traditional retailers from the face of the earth. But John Stepek’s not so sure. Here’s why.

I hate to say it, but a gold bull market seems a long way away

It’s been very a disappointing year for gold. Its time will certainly come again, says Dominic Frisby, but for now, a bull market is a very long way off.

Could the Swiss model serve as a template for Brexit?

Matthew Partridge talks to Swiss former diplomat and negotiation expert Professor Michael Ambühl about whether what works for Switzerland could work for the UK.

Risers & fallers