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The US clampdown on firms “spoofing” the markets

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A few weeks ago the big US bank JPMorgan Chase admitted that its then-employees fraudulently rigged precious-metals and Treasury (US government bond) markets tens of thousands of times between 2008 and 2016. As part of its settlement with the US ...

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The charts that matter: the stimulus tug of war continues 

It’s less than two weeks to go until our 20th anniversary issue! We’re all very excited. Merryn’s just putting the finishing touches to a very special interview with one of our favourite investors to mark the occasion – that’s one you won’t want to miss.  

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Is London’s office market a bargain?

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China’s V-shaped stockmarket bounce

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China was the first country into the Covid-19 crisis and is now the “first out”, writes Larry Elliott in The Guardian. The world’s second-biggest economy contracted by an annual 6.8% in the first three months of the year, but has since staged a ...

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Quiz of the week, 17–23 October

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a. Winifred Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, b. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, c. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, d. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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US election: stockmarkets don’t care who’s in the White House

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“No stimulus, no problem,” say William Watts and Sunny Oh for MarketWatch.com. This week Democrats and Republicans continued to discuss another stimulus package, but the odds of any deal before the election looked increasingly ...

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Nine of the best new investment trusts and ETFs

Now that the market has recovered from last spring’s panic attack, some interesting new investment trusts and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have emerged. Starting with the former category, there are two welcome recent additions. 

The first is the Triple Point Energy Efficiency ...

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Big spending government is here to stay – just ask Rishi Sunak

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Yesterday, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, made his latest support scheme for coronavirus-hit employers much more extensive than had been planned.

The initial furlough scheme – where the government paid a large chunk of the wages of staff who had ...

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Forgotten wonders of the world

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Last week, Japanese tourist Jesse Katayama got what most of us can only dream about – a Unesco World Heritage Site all to himself. He had bought a ticket to visit the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru in March, before Covid-19 struck, says BBC News. The site ...

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Wine of the week: an opinionated shiraz from the Clare Valley

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McLaren's 765LT is its spiciest model yet

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The Carolina Reaper has been named the hottest chilli in the world, 200 times spicier than a jalapeno, and far too hot to use in normal cooking. Think of the McLaren 765LT as the Carolina Reaper in car form, says Adam Binnie in Car magazine. The McLaren 720S already provided more ...

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Make money from the metals mining boom in Latin America

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Share tips of the week

(The Sunday Telegraph) A new wave of lockdowns once again puts the focus on shares offering a strong market position, famous brands and solid balance sheets. Britvic, the maker of J2O and Fruit Shoot, fits the bill. It is also Pepsi’s long-term UK bottling partner. Around 40% of sales ...

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Houses for sale for around £1m
From a contemporary property in the Clyne Castle Estate in Blackpill, Swansea, to a 16th-century house in Haworth, thought to have inspired Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights , eight of the best properties currently on the market for around £1m. ...
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Can Pearson's new CEO turn the company around?

This week Andy Bird took over as CEO of education-publishing firm Pearson with shareholders “close to open revolt”, says Christopher Williams in The Sunday Telegraph. One big bone of contention is his pay, with Bird in line for up to $9.4m over the next three years. 

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UK post-Covid recovery stocks: these 20 companies could be set to rocket
Finding stocks with the potential to rise tenfold or even further is far easier said than done. But the pandemic has produced the most promising backdrop in years. Max King picks 20 UK stocks that could soon be on the road to recovery. ...
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In UK stocks, the market has chucked us a bone – we should grab it

Everyone wants the same thing out of an equity investment: the kind of long-term sustainable earnings growth that eventually turns into long-term income. The problem is that if everyone wants the same thing, that thing is rarely cheap. But every now and then the markets chuck us a bone in the ...

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Why commodities could be the best investment for 2021
There’s plenty for investors to worry about right now. But things will inevitably recover. And the sector most likely to do best when they do, says John Stepek, is the commodities sector. Here, he explains why. ...
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22 October 1907: JP Morgan rescues Wall Street

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It only took rumours and guilt by association to start a bank run that brought the financial system in the United States to its knees in 1907. Not that you could blame worried depositors. If a bank went under, so did your savings.

The US Federal Reserve ...

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22 October 1962: Start of the Cuban missile crisis

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After the Second World War, the nuclear willy-waving contest known as the arms race took off in earnest, with Nato and the Warsaw Pact countries stocking up on atomic bombs like they were going out of fashion. In the early ...

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Buying bitcoin could be the best way to play the remote working boom
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the move to home working, flexible employment practices and the rise of the “digital nomad”. One of the best ways to profit from that, says Dominic Frisby, is through bitcoin. Here’s why. ...
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