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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


Properties with follies

From a farmhouse in Tuscany with a 14th-century round tower to a Grade II-listed former hunting lodge in Newport, Gwent.

Time to take Elon Musk’s advice

Tesla founder Elon Musk fears expectations in his electric car company have got out of hand.

How to handle student debt

While a hefty student debt can be cause for concern, it’s important to remember it is a debt unlike any other, says Ruth Jackson.

Should you steer clear of fund offerings?

Is it good for investors when a fund issues new shares? Max King investigates.

Should landlords hire a letting agent?

It’s every amateur landlord’s conundrum, says Emma Lunn – whether to hire a letting agent to manage your rental property or go it alone.

Five questions for… Kilian Pender, chief executive, Green Deal Finance Company

The Green Deal Finance Company provides loans to UK homeowners to allow them to invest in renewable energy or energy-efficient products for their homes.

Debutantes who crave “a bit of rough”

An heiress choosing a “bad boy” to marry is a win-win for everybody.


Risers & fallers