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Phil Oakley on how to spot toxic stocks before it's too late

A stronger global economic backdrop has bolstered demand for aluminium, while in China, a clampdown on pollution and excess capacity after years of rampant growth is squeezing supply.
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.
The year has thrown up more than a few nasty surprises for investors, but learn to read the warning signs and you can sidestep potential hits from the market, says Phil Oakley.

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?

Buy-to-let empires face a regulatory revolt

From the end of this month, lenders will have to take a more stringent approach to buy-to-let mortgage applications from landlords. Emma Lunn explains.

The tech disrupters are about to be disrupted

The next prime candidate for disruption is the industry we think of as being the biggest disrupter – big tech.

Invest with the corporate activists

A new generation of activist investors is cleaning up boardrooms. Matthew Partridge looks at how this can benefit ordinary shareholders – and how to invest alongside them.

The Fed’s long walk to normalisation might have to turn into a jog

The US Federal Reserve is finally going to start removing all that money it printed from its balance sheet. John Stepek explains what that actually means.

Oil could be about to take off – but nobody seems to care

Oil is off most investors’ radar. But that could be a mistake, says Dominic Frisby. The price could be about to take off. Here’s how he intends to play it.

The UK cities that will be most affected by Brexit

Brexit will affect the whole of the UK – but not uniformly: some places will benefit while others will not. Matthew Partridge finds out which cities will be most affected.

The next financial crisis is coming – and it’s all Richard Nixon’s fault

We’re almost certain to see another financial crisis soon, says John Stepek. And you can blame it all on Richard Nixon.

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