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Prepare your portfolio for the threat of war

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.
Firms providing the next generation of missile-defence systems stand to gain from growing global tensions. Buy in to share the spoils, says John Stepek.

Book reviews

What's on our bookshelf

Devil's Bargain, by Joshua Green
A look at the power behind Trump's throne
Win. Lose. Repeat, by Chris Stringman
One man's spread-betting nightmare
The Wisdom of Finance, by Mihir Desai
Finance and literature are not obvious bedfellows
Viking Economics, by George Lakey
Did the Scandinavians get it right?

These charts suggest a US recession could be closer than we think

Neither investors nor economists are worried about the US. But there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a recession could be just around the corner, says Dominic Frisby.

This precious metal is rapidly losing status – which is a good time to buy

Upheaval in the car industry could affect demand for one precious metal commonly found in cars today. John Stepek explains why, and how to play it.

Ricky Martin: How Brexit has affected the star Apprentice

Matthew Partridge talks to Ricky Martin, recruitment professional and winner of The Apprentice TV show, about how Brexit is likely to affect the recruitment sector.

We really need to sort out the housing market before it destroys our economy

High levels of debt can cripple an economy. And our cycle of property boom and bust means the most dangerous form of debt is the mortgage. John Stepek explains why.

Why the People’s Trust failed to get off the ground

Daniel Godfrey’s attempt to transform fund management with his “People’s Trust” failed. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why.

Why Catalonia wants to go it alone

The Catalan president is on the verge of declaring independence from Spain following a disputed and bloody referendum last week. What happens next? Simon Wilson reports.

How to thrive during a “no deal” divorce

The growing possibility that Britain could leave the European Union without a deal poses some tough questions for investors. Matthew Lynn proposes five strategies to see you through.

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