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Push for profits

Invest with the activists to earn higher returns, says Matthew Partridge

A stronger global economic backdrop has bolstered demand for aluminium, while in China, a clampdown on pollution and excess capacity after years of rampant growth is squeezing supply.
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.
A new generation of activist investors is cleaning up boardrooms. Matthew Partridge looks at how this can benefit ordinary shareholders – and how to invest alongside them.

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?

Letters to MoneyWeek: Most Tesco investors are getting a raw deal

A selection of letters sent in to the MoneyWeek office, and their replies.

The trials of America’s most hated man

Being America’s most hated man may not seem an enviable position, but it does have its perks.

No better historian for the Old Lady

Book review: Till Time’s Last Sand
David Kynaston has written a definitive history of the Bank of England.

Lars Windhorst: A business wunderkind falls from grace

German financier Lars Windhorst has a history of making – and losing – money. But this time, he’s out to prove his doubters wrong.

Now we can finally live like The Jetsons

Flying cars will shortly no longer be the stuff of science fiction, says Stuart Watkins. It’s time to look to the skies for your next ride.

Book of the week: The day Britain crashed out of the ERM

Book review: Six Days in September
A well-written account that also looks at the history of attempts to manage currencies.

Clinton asks what went wrong

Book review: What Happened
In this new book, Clinton gives her account of the tumultuous campaign and the aftermath of her shock defeat.

Risers & fallers