Was it fake news wot won it?

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Little Wins, by Paul Lindley
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Was it fake news wot won it?

The Brexit vote and the US presidential election were swung by shadowy firms using sophisticated but underhand new techniques, say critics. Simon Wilson reports.

The message from the currency markets: buy Europe

Investors, who already view the US as overpriced and the eurozone as cheap may be about to start piling money into both European stocks and the euro, says John Stepek.

Paul Singer: an aggressive master of activist investing

Activist investor Paul Singer isn’t known for pulling his punches. But his attack on Arconic’s CEO, Klaus Kleinfeld, was particularly brutal.

Five questions for… Tom Cridland, fashion designer

Fashion designer Tom Cridland answers five questions on the international sustainable fashion brand he started.

The world’s greatest investors: Jim Chanos

Jim Chanos analyses the balance sheets of companies in an attempt to spot signs of potential fraud.

Forestry: where money grows on trees

Forestry has performed well in recent years, enjoying annual returns of 18% over the past decade. But is it a sound investment? Sarah Moore reports.

Money makers: a teddy bear start-up

Charlie Morris turned adversity into a thriving business designing and making teddy bears.


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