Libya versus Goldman Sachs

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A clever bank meets an unsophisticated customer with a huge pile of cash. The customer and the cash part company. Did the bank do anything wrong? Simon Wilson investigates.

Brexit hits IPOs

The number of stockmarket flotations has taken a nosedive since Britain voted to leave the EU.

Trump's threat to Europe

Even if he loses, he could destroy the euro

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Markets: interest rate cut boosts FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 saw a sharp rise yesterday after the Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.25% and extended its quantitative easing programme. The index closed up 1.6% at 6,740.

A dividend bonanza for investors

Reinvested dividends are crucial to long-term returns, so sterling’s plunge is good news.

US stocks will muddle on

With tepid economic growth and a strong dollar, US stocks may struggle. But they are unlikely to slide.

South Africa’s power struggle hits the rand

A power struggle between the shambolic, corrupt regime of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and the country’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, means a volatile few months for the rand.

Why are fund managers suddenly terrified?

A monthly survey of global fund managers suggests they are holding more cash than at any time since September 11 2001. John Stepek looks at what’s going on.

EasyJet hits turbulence

The no-frills airline was a rare success in a cut-throat business, but headwinds are building fast, says Ben Judge.

Thailand: a right royal mess

The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand could deepen the country’s political divide and knock a post-coup recovery off course.

Samsung’s hopes go up in flames

Samsung’s handling of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has been a disaster for the company, says Ben Judge.

William Hill goes all in on PokerStars

William Hill is in talks with Canada’s Amaya, owner of PokerStars – the world’s largest online poker business – about a £5bn merger. But is it a good idea?

Chart of the week: Global IPO sales at post-crisis low

It’s been a poor year for initial public offerings – the value of flotations in the first three quarters of 2016 totalled $82.5bn worldwide, compared with $190bn at this stage in 2014 and $123bn in 2015.

How to buy £1 of assets for just 71p

Investment trusts are cheap for a reason – but not one that should stop us snapping them up. Merryn Somerset Webb talks to fund manager Nick Greenwood.

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