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Cautious investors should wait before they dive into this latest bond sector

Market Report: Aggreko gains as bulls eye 'powerful potential'

Aggreko shot up to pole position as the blue chips shrugged off the weakness in the UK economy to stage a comeback last night.

Find your feet in foreign exchange and commodities

Joe McGrath helps you take the plunge from spread betting into deeper waters

Hamish McRae: Good reason for optimism, but our growth will depend on the US economy

Economic Life: The ECB does seem to have started preparing the markets for higher interest rates and when it does that will add pressure on the Bank of England to follow suit

Oil price closes in on $100 a barrel as global demand continues to rise

The prospect of $100-per-barrel oil hove into view yesterday, as crude prices rose almost to within a dollar of the psychologically important level last seen more than two years ago.

Rolls seals £3.2bn deal to supply BA engines

Rolls-Royce has signed a £3.2 billion deal to supply British Airways with engines for up to 61 aircraft, in the first sale of its Trent 900 engine since one exploded in mid-air on a Qantas flight last year.

BP takeover speculation sees share price surge

Fresh speculation linking BP to an opportunistic takeover bid from rival Royal Dutch Shell sparked a surge in shares at the beleaguered firm today.

Stephen King: A question of faith... will the dollar escape unscathed from QE2?

Outlook: A weaker dollar would ultimately increase the cost to the US of accessing international capital markets and increase the cost to consumers of imports

HSBC to defend Madoff claims 'vigorously'

British banking giant HSBC tonight said it would "vigorously" defend itself against "unfounded" claims made by the lawyer in charge of recovering losses for victims of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff

A summit high on rhetoric, low on achievement

The world's economic powers are as divided as ever, says Sean O'Grady

Korea welcomes a divided world

Ahead of this week's G20 summit in Seoul, finance ministers have been busy falling out over how to cure their economic ills. The omens are not goods

Shoppers expected to keep spending in 2011

Higher taxes and sharp public-spending cuts are unlikely to faze British shoppers, which bodes well for the prospects of traders on Britain's high streets next year, a report suggests.

Stephen Foley: Oil major feels the benefit as crude prices surge after Opec speaks out

After months when BP, through bad luck and its own obvious failings, simply couldn't catch a break, the company now has at least one thing going in its favour – the rising oil price.

Half-term tourists benefit from weak dollar

School half-term holidaymakers will benefit from the weakness of the American dollar against the pound, Post Office Travel Money said today.

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