Money

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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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee