In 1987, Howard Schultz had the opportunity to buy Starbucks for $3.8m – but he was almost grumped, until Bill Gates’ father stepped in.
Matthew Partridge examines what investors can learn from Flashman, the first in a series of comic historical novels by George MacDonald Fraser.
Department stores, including House of Fraser, Debenhams and others, are in trouble. But history shows this retail format has the capacity to reinvent itself and bounce back, says Max King.
The one-woman soap opera has run out of cash. Will there be further episodes?
The state-backed bank is popular, but there are better rates on offer elsewhere for savers, says Ruth Jackson.
A damning UN human rights report has put Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, on the back foot. Emily Hohler reports.
Britain’s prime minister took a trip to Africa – but its leaders headed to Beijing. Emily Hohler reports.
Fizzy-drinks giant Coca-Cola is diversifying into coffee. But while this strategy makes sense, Costa may not provide it with much of a boost.
The revamped Nafta deal between the US and Mexico does little to support global trade. In fact, it may do the opposite.
Nothing has changed in Myanmar since it began to emerge from military rule in 2011. It’s time for the rest of the world to take a stronger line.
Brexit battles are resuming after Parliament’s summer break. Matthew Partridge reports.
If we ever want the UK to have a slightly less dysfunctional property market than the one it has now, the government needs to get rid of Help to Buy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Esports may sound like a niche hobby for computer geeks, but it’s actually a burgeoning global business that resembles the early stages of the Premier League. Stephen Connolly explains how you can profit from it.
The mess in emerging markets is spreading beyond Turkey and Argentina. John Stepek looks into how things have got so bad, and what’s likely to happen next.
If you missed out on bitcoin, you missed out on the greatest moneymaking opportunity we will ever see, says Dominic Frisby. But there could still be potential in the sector.
Having bought a leasehold property, you may think you own it. But you don’t, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Your freeholder owns it, and you are entirely at their mercy.
UK house prices are growing at their slowest rate for five years. John Stepek explains what’s behind the slowdown, and why it’s good news for everyone.
Corporations publicly outed as tax dodgers; individuals denied honours. Shaming people into paying their taxes is probably effective, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But the government could go further.
US markets are heading for a collapse that could put the long-term future of the global financial system in danger, says Societe Generale’s Albert Edwards.
As the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar underpins the global economy – its rise and fall determines how markets move. John Stepek looks at why it matters so much.