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Italy heads for euro exit

Italy used to be able to gain breathing space by letting its currency depreciate. Now that it’s part of the single currency, it can’t.

India’s bold experiment with money

In a bid to crush the black economy and raise tax revenues, India’s government abolished money – or at least certain circulating notes. The result? A disaster, says Simon Wilson.

Colombia aims for new peace deal with Farc

The question investors are asking is can Colombian president Santos get the deal with Farc ratified?

Russia’s rally has further to go

The Russian market appears to have turned the corner, with the rouble-denominated Micex index up by 11% this year.

Stage is set for India to go for growth

All the ingredients for good growth are in place in India: the budget deficit has shrunk, inflation is down, and there has been a massive simplification of the tax system.

Betting on change in Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro’s government is keen not to scare off foreign creditors and has prioritised debt service over other urgent needs.

Libya versus Goldman Sachs

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.

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.

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.

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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