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Why Latin America is giving Venezuela the cold shoulder

Caracas is providing a bad example of how to run a country. Even the region’s populists are paying heed. Latin America remains open for business, says James McKeigue.
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.

The charts that matter: Yellen bows out with neither bang nor whimper

Janet Yellen ended her reign at the Fed with an interest-rate rise that set no pulses racing, but disappointed nobody either.

Is the Santa effect real?

The so-called Santa Claus Rally is one of investing’s great mantras. But is there any truth to it, asks John Stepek.

A risky bet in the digital Derby

Online gaming group GVC is bidding for Ladbrokes Coral – just as a regulatory clampdown looms. Alice Gråhns reports.

Chris Iggo: bitcoin is no currency

Bitcoin may be a phenomenal speculative punt, reckons Axa Investment Management’s Chris Iggo. But a functioning currency it is not.

How Britain avoided the worst of the Great Depression

For Britain, the Great Depression really wasn’t especially great, or particularly depressing. John Stepek explains why.

A new dawn for emerging equities

Emerging-market equities spent much of this decade treading water, but since early 2016 they have been making up for lost time.

The zombies stalking the economy

Failing companies, or corporate “zombies” are holding back growth in the developed world.

Risers & fallers