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South Africa slips into recession

South Africa’s economy fell into recession in the second quarter of 2018, contracting by 0.7% after a decline in GDP between January and March.

Our progress since 2008? Ten years older, and deeper in debt

A decade on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it doesn’t look like we’ve learnt any of the lessons of the credit crunch. But the next crisis won’t look the same as the last one, says John Stepek.

Ten years on: was it right to bail out the banks?

During the 2008 financial crisis, taxpayers had no choice but to underwrite the entire banking industry. And we’re still doing it, says John Stepek.

Here’s what the blockchain is for – and when I think bitcoin will hit a bottom

Blockchain is the breakthrough technology behind cryptocurrencies. But what is it actually for? Dominic Frisby outlines some of its many uses, and makes a prediction on the future of bitcoin.

Should you buy Smithson, Terry Smith’s new investment trust?

Merryn Somerset Webb finds out more about the Smithson investment trust – who’s running it, what’s in it, and how much it will cost.

Ten years on: what’s changed? Are the banks less dangerous now?

Ten years ago, the banks brought the global financial system to its knees. John Stepek looks at what lessons – if any – have been learned since then.

Cautionary tales of leaseholder regret

The dangers of buying a property on a long leasehold instead of a freehold are becoming clearer every day, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Ten years on: the biggest driver of the 2008 financial crisis has only got worse

The 2008 financial crisis was a result of “moral hazard” – individuals did not bear the full consequences of their actions. Nothing much has changed since then, says John Stepek.

The changes sweeping the Gulf provide opportunities for investors

Matthew Partridge talks to Nicholas Wilson of the Gulf Investment Fund about the rapidly changing face of the Gulf states, and the opportunities for investors.

Three exciting new small-cap investment trusts

It may feel like there is very little value to be found in the markets. But these three new small-cap investment trusts are betting against that, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Britain will miss out on the legalised cannabis high

With legalised cannabis, a new multi-billion-dollar industry is beginning to flower. But Britain won’t get a look-in, says Matthew Lynn.

The global clampdown on property tycoons

Soaring house prices in global capital cities have left governments scrabbling to appease angry voters who have been priced out. But are restrictions on foreign ownership the answer?

The charts that matter: is dollar pressure starting to ease off?

The US dollar fallen back a fair bit since mid-August. John Stepek looks at what that means for the global economy, plus all the other charts that matter.

The 2008 financial crisis upturned politics – and it’s not done yet

It’s been ten years since the start of the global financial crisis. John Stepek looks at how that’s affected the economy, politics and the social contract today.

A time bomb in cov-lite loans

“Cov-lite loans”, which do not require a borrower to pass financial tests, have proliferated amid the desperate global search for yield.

Aliko Dangote: Africa’s humble King of Cement

An audacious project to build a vast oil refinery in Nigeria could be the crowning achievement of African tycoon Aliko Dangote’s already impressive CV, reports Jane Lewis.

Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK’s financial pages.

Chart of the week: China’s expanding middle-class muscle

Between 2006 and 2016, average incomes in China more than tripled from about $3,000 to $10,000 per year.

Japanese equities remain compelling for investors

This year has not been kind to Japanese equities. But this looks wrong-headed given the encouraging backdrop.

Argentina’s economic flames won’t spread

With a recession looming, markets have started to worry that Argentina could have trouble meeting its financing needs. But this is a squall, not a storm.

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