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The MoneyWeek podcast

Merryn and John discuss MoneyWeek issue 878, plus the other burning issues of the week. Topics covered include the perils and rewards of investing in Russia; wage increases and inflation; corporate governance and the future of shareholder capitalism; the coming stockmarket "melt-up"; and, inevitably, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.


Latest articles

The bitcoin crash – as it happened

The price of bitcoin fell by over 20% in the space of a day. Dominic Frisby picks his way through the wreckage of the bitcoin crash and asks: what now?

What the weakening US dollar means for markets

The pound has hit its highest level against the dollar since the Brexit vote. But as John Stepek explains, that says more about the dollar than it does about sterling.

Why a “Canada Plus Plus” Brexit deal won’t happen

One possible model for Brexit is “Canada Plus Plus”. Matthew Partridge talks to Léon Cornelissen, chief economist for Dutch asset management firm Robeco, about why it is a non-starter.

What investors can learn from Carillion’s collapse

With construction and support services giant Carillion going into liquidation, John Stepek looks at some of the key lessons for investors.

Don't pile into property in 2018

Britain’s house prices will be at best stable this year. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why now’s not the time to put your money in property.

Deciphering the Russian enigma

Churchill famously thought Russia was a riddle – but his less famous solution to the riddle still holds. Russian foreign policy is based on self-interest. Simon Wilson explains.

Germany is following the British model

German chancellor Angela Merkel should look to Britain and know political turbulence is coming Germany’s way, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: watching for the canary in the coalmine

Inflation is likely to be the big issue of the year. Here, John Stepek looks at how the global economy is faring with the charts that matter.


Hard to swallow

Why investors are wary of Putin’s promises

Risers & fallers


There are good reasons for foreign investors to be nervous about Russia. But there are also reasons for cautious optimism about its future, says Frédéric Guirinec.
There are many ways of buying in to the bitcoin boom. Dominic Frisby looks at the most common, and explains exactly how to buy bitcoins in the UK.

Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

Currency Kings, by Ben Robson
A look at the careers of six trading legends and what they can teach investors today.
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, by Brian Merchant
There was more to the development of the iPhone than simply Steve Jobs.
The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, by David Callahan
How big donations give the rich inordinate clout over public policy
Gordon Brown: My Life, Our Times
An insight into what Gordon Brown really felt during his time in office

Cuba is opening up to luxury travel and, as Alice Gråhns explains, there is plenty to see.
The new Audi RS3 is a small family car with a power output not dissimilar to a Porsche 996 Turbo. That is quite unsettling.
Expect this cool, slippery, startlingly attractive style of relatively light red wine to catch on here, says Matthew Jukes.
From a Grade II-listed Georgian farmhouse used as a yoga retreat in Devon to a restored manoir with 50 acres in Gascony, France.