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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.


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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

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.