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The risks and rewards of investing in start-ups

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.
Picking the start-up stars of the future can be a potential minefield, but listed incubators and accelerators offer some great buying opportunities, says Frédéric Guirinec.

Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

Devil's Bargain, by Joshua Green
A look at the power behind Trump's throne
Win. Lose. Repeat, by Chris Stringman
One man's spread-betting nightmare
The Wisdom of Finance, by Mihir Desai
Finance and literature are not obvious bedfellows
Viking Economics, by George Lakey
Did the Scandinavians get it right?

Progress still looks way off for Iran

Donald Trump’s threat to ditch the Iran nuclear deal could boost the country’s hardliners. But how does Iran’s political system and economy operate? Alex Rankine reports.

The eurozone crisis is back

Just a few weeks ago, the outlook for the eurozone was better than it had been at any time since 2011. But political risk had not gone away, says Matthew Lynn. The continent is as unbalanced as it has ever been.

China’s central bank boss gives it to us straight

To the astonishment of financial market observers, who aren’t used to this sort of honesty, China’s central bank boss warned against getting overoptimistic, for fear of a “Minsky moment”.

Who controls the levers of power?

Book review: The Square and the Tower
Niall Ferguson argues in his new book that they reveal an underlying truth about both society and the economy.

Book of the week: Democracy and oligarchs

Book review: The Oligarch
An interesting spin on the topical issues of power and inequality in society.

A useful guide to investing

Book review: Big Money Thinks Small
An intelligent book on investing that will benefit the expert and the novice alike, says Matthew Partridge.

Billionaire publisher who liked a gamble

Publishing lost one of its characters in Si Newhouse earlier this month.

Risers & fallers