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The alchemists

Five firms that are transforming themselves to earn bigger profits

  • The battered old coins that are worth a pretty penny

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.

From bad to worse for South Africa?

Last year was not a good one for South Africa. And this year isn’t shaping up to be much better, either.

How to climb the value chain to profits

A consumer product is generally the end result of a whole chain of activities. Some links in that chain make better investments than others. Richard Beddard explains.

Four questions to ask to avoid getting burned by tech stocks

What can venture capitalists teach private investors about picking the best tech stocks? Matthew Partridge outlines four key questions to ask before you buy.

Snap: a unicorn that should stay in the forest

Snap, the company behind mobile-phone messaging app Snapchat, beloved of teenagers and young adults, plans a $25bn initial public offering in March.

A new growth formula for Reckitt Benckiser

Reckitt Benckiser is bidding for baby milk giant Mead Johnson. Will it pay too high a price? Ben Judge reports.

Three bargain British stocks

Professional investor Scott McKenzie picks three solid British stocks trading at bargain prices, but which still offer attractive dividend prospects.

What to take with you in the investment jungle

Both inflation and growth are picking up – and that’s a “jungle” for investors. Charlie Morris explains what you should buy now.

This year’s French election turmoil could be a cracking buying opportunity

People are waking up to the idea that Marine Le Pen could win the French election. If she does, it would create a great buying opportunity for investors.

In the war on globalisation, head for the safety of small-cap stocks

Populist governments are gunning for large global multinationals. It might be time to diversify into small-cap stocks, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why Google can’t stop investing

Google’s parent, Alphabet, must keep investing heavily in the crucial growth area of cloud computing.

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