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The MoneyWeek podcast

John and Merryn talk about what's in this week's issue of MoneyWeek magazine, plus the burning issues of the week – including the collapse of Carillion, the end of the bond bull market, and the chances of a Corbyn government.

Latest articles

Does it matter if the US government shuts down?

US politicians’ wrangling about debt could lead to another government shutdown. But that’s just political showbiz, says John Stepek. The US Treasury has much more serious problems to worry about.

Mifid II: how the new EU rules will affect you

With Mifid II, regulators are finally forcing the financial industry to be more transparent about costs. But it’s not all good news, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Chart of the week: the greenback’s decline isn’t over yet

Measured against a basket of America’s trading partners’ currencies, the dollar fell by 10% in 2017. And it could now slip further.

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust: why sell out of a winning proposition?

James Anderson of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust takes Merryn Somerset Webb to task for advising MoneyWeek readers to sell some shares in his fund.

Steer well clear of Kodak’s crypto offerings

Kodak announced a new blockchain strategy last week and saw its share price near-quadruple as a result. But investors should tread carefully.

The bond bull market is finally over

Investors have been talking about the end of the bond bull market for years. But it hasn’t materialised – until now.

Fed interest-rate rises won’t hold the gold price back

Some analysts worry that higher US interest rates are bearish for gold. But the evidence doesn’t bear this out.

Germany is weaker than it looks

The German economy appears to be firing on all cylinders. But under the surface lurk fundamental vulnerabilities that could hamper its long-term performance.

Show me the money

The firms paying out more than they can afford

Risers & fallers

Stocks with big dividends can provide a reliable income in this tough environment – but high yields can be a sign of impending disaster. Phil Oakley explains how to spot the difference.
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

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff
A fun read and an exposé that has already played a part in shaping what happens next.
The War Against Cash, by Ross Clark
A decidedly sceptical view of a cashless society.
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.

From roaring fires and comfort food in the Cotswolds to a sprawling thermal complex in the Austrian Alps – some of the best winter spa breaks.
The Porsche 911 Carrera T, a stripped-back version of the standard model, is everything you'd want from a 911.
Every possible ounce of goodness has been extracted from a magnificent trio of grapes and squeezed into this Australian red.
From a converted Victorian Gothic revival church in Worcestershire to a former rectory with more than two acres of grounds near Doncaster, eight of the best properties for around £500,000.