Budget 2017: it could have been worse

Philip Hammond with the Budget box © Getty Images

Yesterday’s Budget was largely uncontroversial, with the chancellor not dropping any obvious clangers. John Stepek casts his eye over the main points, and explains what they mean for you.

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Digital gold rush

The companies who will cash in on big data

As new technologies become ever more sophisticated, we’re generating mind-boggling volumes of data. The firms capable of analysing it are sitting on a gold mine, says Ben Judge.
When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from, with varying fees and charges. Find out which is best for you.
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

The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
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
Richard Nixon: The Life
Nixon was, in fact,the most liberal Republican president.
Flying High: My Story from AirAsia to QPR
A few handy pointers on how to build a business empire from scratch.

Niall Ferguson: four reasons to worry

Professor Niall Ferguson of Harvard University reckons there are a lot of similarities between now and the days before the last financial crisis.

This week in MoneyWeek: the big data goldrush

In this week’s MoneyWeek magazine: the companies profiting from the data-mining goldrush; why small investors must find their voice; and equity release as pension plan.

Three shares to buy to profit from progress

Transformations in technology and healthcare have positive impacts on society and the potential to deliver attractive returns for investors. Professional investor Peer Michaelis picks three stocks that should profit form these changes.

The First Shopper’s fall from grace

Until a week ago Grace Mugabe was sitting pretty. Not anymore.

A celestial beauty steps into the light

Domaine Naturaliste will make you reconsider syrah from the Margaret River, says Matthew Jukes.

Can lipstick predict the markets?

Analysts are always on the lookout for new ways to monitor economic activity, such as how much lipstick women buy. But is this sort of “indicator” actually any help?

The most thrilling 911 ever

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS may be rather expensive. But you get what you pay for.

Risers & fallers