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The MoneyWeek Podcast

Merryn and John talk about the prospect of a big post-election spending splurge. whoever ends up in Number Ten; how Japan ended up so cheap, but remains widely shunned by investors; why certain high-yielding old-school stocks are so reviled; and a slight disagreement on Russia.

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In this week’s Currency Corner, Dominic Frisby explains why he’s tempted to buy the New Zealand dollar.

Why the gig economy means nations will soon find taxation more taxing

The world of work is changing as the gig economy – and the self-employed themselves – go global. That will leave a big hole in countries’ coffers, says Dominic Frisby.

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From a thatched stone cottage in Northamptonshire, to a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Rugby, eight of the best houses for around £500,000 on the market right now.

Cracks spread in China's fragile economy

China’s annual economic growth is forecast to dip below 6% in the final quarter of this year and continue to fall into 2020 thanks to weaker exports and tighter domestic credit.

Have UK house prices turned the corner?

The average price of a house in the UK rose by 0.8% on the year in November, the fastest pace since April.

Trump’s trade war tantrum returns with new tariffs

This week the US president unleashed surprise tariffs on Brazilian and Argentine steel imports.

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Ted Baker, the struggling fashion retailer, saw its share price fall to a ten-year low this week after it admitted that it had overstated the value of its inventory by around £25m.

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A century ago, Argentina was economically on a par with France and Germany. Left-wing populism may now have irretrievably ruined it, says Max King.

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Given that whoever wins next week’s election will be going on a massive spending spree, we’re going to need to raise at least some of that money through taxation. What’s the best way of going about it?

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Many things in finance are complicated, says John Stepek. But whether or not to put your money in an open-ended property fund is not one of them.

Short selling is not unethical – whatever the world's biggest pension fund tells you

Japan’s government pension fund is to stop lending the overseas shares it owns to short sellers. But in reality, there’s nothing wrong with short selling, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

Make sure your fund manager has their money where their mouth is

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