Money

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

Mary Dejevsky: UK diplomacy, like the nation, must live within its means

The devaluation of sterling cannot avoid affecting foreign policy, too

Mark Dampier: Equity income funds must be canny

The Analyst

Market Report: Weaker sterling gives strength to ARM

The semiconductors group Arm received a boost last night as traders eyed the benefits of the recent weakness in the pound.

Superman comic sells for a million dollars

A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold for one million US dollars, smashing the previous record price for a comic book.

Market Report: Weak dollar drives up metals specialists

The mining industry helped to support the FTSE 100 last night, with Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation advancing by almost 4 per cent as metals prices improved.

Chavez's snap devaluation sparks panic in the aisles

Pre-election move designed to revive economy, but consumers fear prices will soar

Kraft sweetens Cadbury takeover offer

US food giant Kraft stepped up its pursuit of UK rival Cadbury today by pledging to sweeten the cash part of its £10 billion takeover offer.

The US slowly emerges from the gloom of 2009

There was at least a little cheer over the last few days of what has been a largely forgettable year for the US economy as the country's jobless rate dropped to a 17-month low.

Market Report: Bellway builds on rise in house prices

Recovery hopes lured the bulls into the housing sector yesterday, with Bellway rising by more than six per cent in the London market's final session of the decade.

Traveller's Guide To: Antigua

A Caribbean gem with beaches, cricket and luxury resorts galore, say Beth Adamson and Simon Calder

Japan slashes growth forecasts for Q3

Japan yesterday radically downgraded its growth estimates for the third quarter, raising the spectre that the Japanese economy could slip into recession again.

Restructuring plan fails to lift Dubai stocks

Dubai stocks hit a second day of turbulence today despite a restructuring plan from its debt-engulfed investment arm.

Fancy a punt on the dollar or yen, the bhat or leke? Beware

While most of us only ever think about foreign exchange rates when we're queuing at the bureau de change or planning holidays abroad, some UK investors are tempted to try their hands at trading currency markets online. But for the unwary, gambling on foreign exchange carries a risk of making big losses.

Dubai expansion fuelled by years of cheap money

Worries over Dubai's ability to pay its debts come after years of expansion fuelled by cheap money - bringing a huge potential headache for UK banks.

Dubai's debt shakes world markets

Debt-swamped Dubai today asked for a six-month reprieve on paying its bills, causing a drop on world markets.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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Fifa corruption arrests

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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

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Please save my husband

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