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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?


How to invest in the next Google while it’s still small

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.

Echoes of the past

In a week of anniversaries, some things haven’t changed, says John Stepek. Except that today’s investment environment is far trickier.

Electric cars are just the start – our entire energy infrastructure is being disrupted

The rise of the electric car has seen big advances in battery technology. But the real game changer is renewable energy, says John Stepek.

How to solve the problems with Britain's property market

Merryn Somerset Webb believes she may have might have a partial solution to the many problems of Britain’s dysfunctional property market. It involves inheritance tax.

These charts suggest a US recession could be closer than we think

Neither investors nor economists are worried about the US. But there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a recession could be just around the corner, says Dominic Frisby.

This precious metal is rapidly losing status – which is a good time to buy

Upheaval in the car industry could affect demand for one precious metal commonly found in cars today. John Stepek explains why, and how to play it.

Ricky Martin: How Brexit has affected the star Apprentice

Matthew Partridge talks to Ricky Martin, recruitment professional and winner of The Apprentice TV show, about how Brexit is likely to affect the recruitment sector.


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