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Back in the black

Jonathan Compton says it's time to buy cheap banks

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.
It's ten years since bank behaviour triggered a global financial crash. But the bad boys have reformed – it's time to learn to love them again, says Jonathan Compton.

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

Four great walking holidays

Alice Gråhns looks at four of the best walking holidays for adventurous types.

Venezuela’s crisis comes to a head

The United States considers the nuclear option of slapping a ban on the importation of Venezuelan oil.

A new tech boom – or a bubble?

The S&P 500 Information Technology index hit an all-time high last week. Are we in bubble territory, asks Alex Rankine.

Chart of the week: Japan’s battle to hold down bond yields

The Bank of Japan has already bought vast amounts of Japanese government bonds over the past four years as part of its plan to lift Japan’s inflation rate to around 2%.

This week in MoneyWeek: banks are back

In this week’s MoneyWeek magazine, why it’s time to buy bank stocks again; a tale of cryptocurrency woe; and the first retail bond from a P2P platform.

Whatever happened to the “Northern Powerhouse”?

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been accused of betraying millions of taxpayers over Crossrail 2.

An ugly pay gap at the BBC

What more can be done to close the gender pay gap so awkwardly exposed at the BBC? Emily Hohler reports.

Risers & fallers